Sponsored by J. Rieger & Co.
In 2012, Andy Rieger, Jacob Rieger’s great-great-great grandson (and only living direct descendent at the time), and Ryan Maybee, a career bartender and restaurateur, set out to resurrect the historic J. Rieger & Co. brand. Together, they formed a bond based on their shared vision of reestablishing not only Andy’s family legacy, but also reviving the distilling industry in Kansas City. And in 2014, they relaunched J. Rieger & Co., Kansas City’s first distillery since Prohibition, with the release of “Rieger’s Kansas City Whiskey,” a unique style of American Whiskey that pays tribute to J. Rieger & Co.’s history.
After four years of distilling and growing demand in Kansas City and throughout the country, our need for a bigger home drove us to purchase the historic Heim Brewery’s bottling house, a 45,000-square-foot, three-story building built in 1901. Prior to Prohibition, the Heim’s bottled more than 100,000 bottles of beer a day in this building and shipped it out around the country on awaiting railcars right outside our front door. Sadly, the Heim brand was also lost to Prohibition. However, in 2018 we began construction to convert this building to our new distillery, breathing new life into the space while opening a visitor’s experience for the first time.
J. Rieger & Company is now open daily and invites you to experience all we have to offer: a guided tour, two cocktail bars—the Monogram Lounge and the Hey! Hey! Club—event spaces for parties of all sizes and a 3,000-square-foot historical exhibit documenting our 130-plus-year history and gift shop. Did we mention we have a slide? Located three minutes from the River Market in the historic Electric Park neighborhood. Parking is available in the complimentary surface lot on the west side of the building. O! So Good, O! So Open!