personalized merchandise to its Ohio customers following the passage of a new law.
Effective in March 2012 production breweries will be allowed to have tasting rooms and
avoid a hefty fee when selling beer by the glass.
Previously in Ohio, brewers had to apply for a second permit for beer tasting, which often
meant paying around $4,000. Ohio House Bill 243, passed in December 2011 changed
that while boosting the state’s beer tourism and putting it more in line with wineries. The
new law also means that more micro-distilleries will be able to open for business outside
the Ohio counties of Hamilton, Franklin and Cuyahog.
Arthur Oestrike, Grandstand customer and owner of Athens, Ohio brewery Jackie O’s is
ready for the change. According to Oestrike his brewery has been paying the extra fee for
years and the new law will help their bottom line. Jackie O’s has a new production
facility in the works for 2012 and this law will enable them to open a taproom on site and
sell beer by the pint for sampling from this new location.
Grandstand’s national sales manager, Christine Fleek, is excited about the changes. “Any
time new laws are passed to supersede the archaic, there is potential for industry-wide
growth. We look forward to helping our brewery customers enhance their growth, both
through increased local business as well as higher tourism dollars. It all adds up to
greater economic opportunities for the entire Ohio Craft Brewing industry,” Fleek said.
Grandstand is embracing the new law by selling special products such as tasters, pints,
apparel, and promotional merchandise that celebrate the new changes. For more information on Grandstand please call 800.767.8951 or visit www.egrandstand.com.
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Grandstand is a Lawrence, Kansas based company that provides high-quality, custom
sportswear and glassware to clients across the country. Since 1988 Grandstand has
consistently supplied a premium screen-printing experience with the lowest possible price
at the fastest possible turnaround. For more information on Grandstand please call
800.767.8951 or visit www.egrandstand.com.