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 this historic brand. Together they formed a bond based on their shared vision of re-establishing 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 4 years of distilling and a 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, 3-story building built in 1901. Prior to Prohibition, the Heim’s bottled more 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 also was 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.

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