Ohio House Reps. Steve Hambley and Martin Sweeney introduce HB509, the Ohio Proud Craft Beer Act, a bipartisan bill creating a certification for craft beer brewed with Ohio-grown ingredients. The Ohio Proud Craft Beer Act is supported by the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, the Ohio Hop Growers Guild, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association and many breweries and barley maltsters across the state.
Ohio Proud is a marketing program that will require an investment from breweries who want to use the designation when they produce a beer with at least 50% Ohio grown ingredients. The program already exists. This just adds craft beer and cider.The Department of Agriculture will have to set criteria for beer and cider if the bill is passed.