Council gives first round approval to allow minors in microbreweries

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita City Council voted this morning on a proposal to allow minors into microbreweries even the ones that don’t serve food.

By a unanimous vote of 7-0, council members gave first round approval to the measure that would allow anyone under 21 to go into a microbrewery until 10 p.m., as long as they’re with a parent or guardian. 

Right now, five of the 10 microbreweries in Wichita don’t serve food and cannot have kids inside, but the mayor supports changing that.

“When you look at microbreweries, they are probably more family-centered than just a traditional bar, drinking establishment than we’re use to,” said Mayor Jeff Longwell. 

Longwell says those microbreweries that do not serve food right now often have food trucks parked outside.

City council members will take a final vote on this proposed ordinance when it comes up for a second reading in June. 

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