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For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
(a) “Alcohol”. Ethyl alcohol, whether rectified or diluted with water or not, whatever its origin may be, and includes synthetic ethyl alcohol. The term does not include denatured alcohol and wood alcohol.
(b) “At Retail”. For use or consumption by the purchaser and not for resale.
(1) Includes all beverages brewed or fermented wholly or in part from malt products and containing one-half of one percent (0.5%) or more of alcohol by volume.
(2) Beer, regardless of the percent of alcohol by volume, is not intoxicating liquor for purposes of this code, the Ohio Revised Code, or any rules adopted under it.
(d) “Cider”. All liquids that are fit to use for beverage purposes that contain one-half of one percent (0.5%) of alcohol by volume, but not more than six percent (6%) of alcohol by weight that are made through the normal alcoholic fermentation of the juice of sound, ripe apples, including, without limitation, flavored, sparkling, or carbonated cider and cider made from pure condensed apple must.
(e) “Hotel”. The same meaning as in Oho R.C. 3731.01, subject to the exceptions mentioned in Ohio R.C. 3731.03.
(f) “Intoxicating Liquor” and “Liquor”. All liquids and compounds, other than beer, containing one half of one percent (0.5%) or more of alcohol by volume which are fit to use for beverage purposes, from whatever source and by whatever process produced, by whatever name called, and whether they are medicated, proprietary, or patented. The terms include cider and alcohol, and all solids and confections which contain one-half of one percent (0.5%) or more of alcohol by volume.
(g) “Low-Alcohol Beverage”. Any brewed or fermented malt product or any product made from the fermented juices of grapes, fruits, or other agricultural products that contains either no alcohol or less than one-half of one percent (0.5%) of alcohol by volume. The beverages described in this definition do not include a soft drink such as root beer, birch beer, or ginger beer.
(h) “Manufacture”. All processes by which beer or intoxicating liquor is produced, whether by distillation, rectifying, fortifying, blending, fermentation, brewing, or in any other manner.
(i) “Manufacturer”. Any person engaged in the business of manufacturing beer or intoxicating liquor.
(j) “Mixed Beverages”. Include bottled and prepared cordials, cocktails, highballs, and solids and confections that are obtained by mixing any type of whiskey, neutral spirits, brandy, gin or other distilled spirits with, or over, carbonated or plain water, pure juices from flowers and plants, and other flavoring materials. The completed product shall contain not less than one-half of one percent (0.5%) of alcohol by volume and not more than twenty-one percent (21%) of alcohol by volume. The phrase includes the contents of a pod.
(k) “Person”. Includes firms and corporations.
(l) “POD”. Means a sealed capsule made from plastic, glass, aluminum, or a combination thereof to which all of the following apply:
(1) The capsule contains intoxicating liquor of more than twenty-one percent (21%) of alcohol by volume.
(2) The capsule also contains a concentrated flavoring mixture.
(3) The contents of the capsule are not readily accessible or intended for consumption unless certain manufacturer’s processing instructions are followed.
(4) The instructions include releasing the contents of the capsule through a machine specifically designed to process the contents.
(5) After being properly processed according to the manufacturer’s instructions, the final product produced from the capsule contains not less than one-half of one percent (0.5%) of alcohol by volume and not more than twenty-one percent (21%) of alcohol by volume.
(m) “Restaurant”. A place located in a permanent building provided with space and accommodations wherein, in consideration of the payment of money, hot meals are habitually prepared, sold, and served at noon and evening, as the principal business of the place. The term does not include pharmacies, confectionery stores, lunch stands, nightclubs, and filling stations.
(n) “Sale” and “Sell”. The exchange, barter, gift, offer for sale, sale, distribution, and delivery of any kind, and the transfer of title or possession of beer and intoxicating liquor either by constructive or actual delivery by any means or devices whatever, including the sale of beer or intoxicating liquor by means of a controlled access alcohol and beverage cabinet pursuant to Ohio R.C. 4301.21. Such terms do not include the mere solicitation of orders for beer or intoxicating liquor from the holders of permits issued by the Division of Liquor Control authorizing the sale of the beer or intoxicating liquor, but no solicitor shall solicit any orders until the solicitor has been registered with the Division pursuant to Ohio R.C. 4303.25.
(o) “Sealed Container”. Any container having a capacity of not more than 128 fluid ounces, the opening of which is closed to prevent the entrance of air.
(p) “Spirituous Liquor”. All intoxicating liquors containing more than twenty-one percent (21%) of alcohol by volume. The phrase does not include the contents of a pod.
(q) “Vehicle”. All means of transportation by land, by water, or by air, and everything made use of in any way for such transportation.
(r) “Wine”. All liquids fit to use for beverage purposes containing not less than one-half of one percent (0.5%) of alcohol by volume and not more than twenty-one percent (21%) of alcohol by volume, which is made from the fermented juices of grapes, fruits, or other agricultural products. Except as provided in Ohio R.C. 4301.01(B)(3), the term does not include cider.
(ORC 4301.01, 4301.244)