Ohio recently changed its ABV regulations, so Clown Shoes Beer is beefing up its state-exclusive release.
The beer is Ohio Unidragon 2016, a 12.5 percent ABV Russian imperial stout brewed with both rye malt and hops from the Ohio Hop Growers Guild. This is the second time the Ipswich, Mass.-based brewery has released the beer, after Ohio Unidragon 2015 (11.5 percent ABV) was released last year.
Ohio Unidragon 2016 is a variation of Clown Shoes’ popular Blaecorn Unidragon (12.5 percent) that was first released in 2014 as an Ohio state exclusive. Prior to this year, Ohio law dictated that beers distributed in the state were limited to an ABV of 12 percent and below, forcing the 2015 incarnation to be released at 11.5 percent ABV. That changed on May 31 when House Bill 37 was passed, which did away with the 12 percent ABV cap. As a result, Clown Shoes bumped up the ABV of the newest version to 12.5 percent.
In an email, Bryan Doran, director of sales and development for Clown Shoes, told Tenemu that Ohio Unidragon 2016 will be packaged in 22-ounce bombers and is scheduled to begin shipping to retailers exclusively in Ohio in early October.
Update (Sept. 15, 2016) — This post was updated to include details on the release date. It was originally published on Sept. 10, 2016.