Currently permit-holders must charge customers for drinks, even if they don’t meet with the customer’s taste. The bill was introduced in early February and referred to the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign the bill into law in the next couple of weeks.
Lawmakers -- and the ORA -- hope the change will spur growth in the craft beer/liquor industry, and could boost overall economic activity.
It’s also good for the customer: they can try a beer or liquor before they buy the full drink. Current Ohio laws allows for sampling, but the customer has to pay for it.
The legislation will allow certain permit holders the ability to offer paying customers no more than four free samples in a 24-hour period.
The samples may include:
2 oz of beer
2 oz of wine
¼ oz of liquor
Currently, 37 other states have some type of free sampling available and HB 444 puts Ohio in line with other states.