WV beer-strength bill getting legs

West Virginia limits the alcohol content of beer to 6%. That effectively precludes the relatively small number of brewers in the state from competing on an equal footing with out-of-staters who make beers with higher alcohol.

A bill now going through the legislative process in Charleston would raise the limit to 12%. A similar bill failed last year. This year's version already has passed the House of Delegates and now is before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The bill is House Bill 2719.

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