Alcohol

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, January 7:

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

It’s last call for some alcohol in Ohio. Some items are being discounted for sale and will not be restocked.

The Ohio Department of Commerce, the agency that oversees liquor sales in the state, says there are about 700 products that will no longer be offered in the Buckeye State. Agency spokeswoman Lindsey LeBerth says the state decides how to stock shelves in its contracted stores.

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OLD RIP VAN WINKLE DISTILLERY

Ohio has begun a lottery to give residents a chance to buy a bottle of a rare Kentucky bourbon.

From now until Nov. 17, state residents 21 and older can enter for an opportunity to buy a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle. Tickets are available at any of the 465 contract state liquor stores around Ohio. Customers must then register those tickets online.

Lindsey LeBerth is a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Commerce.

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Ohio's liquor stores and craft brewers are limited to beers with 12 percent alcohol-by-volume or less.  But that changes on Wednesday, when a new state law removes that cap.

In 2006, the limit was bumped from 6 to 12 percent, but brewers and vendors in the state have said for years that it’s still too low, citing successful out-of-state beers with much higher alcohol content.

In May, Gov. Kasich agreed and signed a bill removing that cap.

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THE OHIO SENATE

The Ohio Senate passed a bill today that could get rid of the alcohol limits on beer in the state.

This means craft breweries could start making and selling beer that goes beyond the current 12 percent alcohol by volume cap.

Republican Ohio Sen. Cliff Hite says a change would give brewers more freedom--adding that this is an industry that’s boomed thanks to reduced regulations.

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