Ohio Laws May Hamper Local Liquor Boom

May 20, 2015
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio is seeing a boom in locally-made products. Communities around the state are enjoying the local coffee scene and the newest craft brew. One of the fastest growing industries is the local liquor scene. But a slew of antiquated rules might be hampering the movement.

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