Ryan Maybee is in the process of taking Kansas City whiskey out of the history books and into the bottle. The co-owner of the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange and Manifesto (1924 Main Street) is partnering with Andy Rieger on a new concept — a whiskey distillery by the name of J. Rieger & Co.
Rieger, a financial advisor, recently moved from Dallas, Texas, to Kansas City, to launch the distillery. Maybee has spent the past several years digging into the rich history of the Rieger family. Alexander Rieger, once owned the building at 1924 Main, while his father Jacob started the J. Rieger & Co. Whiskey Distributorship. That business, immortalized in a mural on the side of the building on Main Street, went bust after Prohibition.
The distillery will be be located in the East Bottoms at 507 N Montgall Avenue in the former Heim Brewery building.
Love whiskey? The Recommended Daily and Genessee Royale are hosting a Whiskey and Donut four-course dinner on Thursday, May 22. See details and get tickets here.