Half of the "12 Beer of Christmas" served up at the Dayton Beer Company's special event spotlighting Christmas ales and "winter warmers" on Dec. 13. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Free samples of beer, wine, and spirits might be coming to Ohio

Currently, Ohio law prohibits businesses from giving away beer or alcohol.

If House Bill 444, passes some businesses would be allowed to provide free tasting samples to customers.

Customers, 21 and over, would be allowed to consume a total of four tasting samples.  A “tasting sample” would not exceed   2 ounces of beer, 2 ounces of wine, and a quarter ounce of a spirituous liquor, according to the bill.

The bill was introduced in early February and referred to the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. After several revisions by both the committee and the House, it passed with a vote of 93-3, on Tuesday.

Bill Dean (R), who represents District 74 which includes parts of Clark, Greene, and Madison County, voted no on the bill when it reached the House floor.

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