Anheuser-Busch tries to block Ohio brewery measure

The world's largest brewer is trying to stop Ohio from enacting a measure that would prohibit brewers from buying wholesale beer distributors.

That provision was part of a bill that moved quickly through the Legislature last week and is now before Gov. John Kasich.

Kasich said Wednesday he was unlikely to veto the measure because it was broadly supported by lawmakers. But he says he'll hear what representatives of Anheuser-Busch InBev have to say before making a decision.

The brewer contends it didn't have a chance to comment on the pending measure and says the legislation will affect its investments in Ohio if enacted. The company runs a large brewery in Columbus.

Legislative leaders say public notice about the measure was provided and it followed the usual legislative procedures.