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Payette Brewing throws kids party to celebrate law change

Minors will be allowed inside the new Payette Brewing Co. starting this weekend.
Minors will be allowed inside the new Payette Brewing Co. starting this weekend. Payette Brewing Co.

If you’ve walked past the massive new Payette Brewing Co. but never stopped for a pint because your kids were along, you’re now able to reconsider.

Children legally are allowed inside Idaho breweries beginning Friday, July 1, when House Bill 649 takes effect. The new law treats licensed breweries the same as wineries, which can let minors on the premises.

Payette — at 733 S. Pioneer St. near the Boise Greenbelt — is throwing a Kids Day party to celebrate. The July 1 event will include a luau-themed bounce house (5 to 9 p.m., free), Boise Balloon Guy (6 to 8 p.m.), Big Mike’s Ice Cream Tractor (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.) and live music from bluesy, 14-year-old singer-guitarist Zack Quintana and his band (7 to 10 p.m.).

Payette’s taproom in Boise and at the original Garden City location will be kid-friendly, meaning minors are welcome during normal business hours. (That’s 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at the Boise facility). But Idaho breweries are not mandated to allow children. Idaho Brewers United Executive Director Sheila Francis says that many are still mulling their policies, which might include all-ages areas or a time cut-off.

For example, kids won’t be allowed after 7 p.m. at Boise Brewing, 521 W. Broad St., which posted rules on its website. The brewery added: “We will do our best to work with the new policies we have created, but they will remain open for adjustment as needed.”

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