J. Rieger distillery expanding facility to boost production, draw visitors

The Kansas City-based J. Reiger & Co. Distillery announced Tuesday that it’s undertaking a “multimillion dollar” expansion in the city’s historic West Bottoms neighborhood.

The company will renovate its current 15,000-square-foot facility and expand into a connected 45,000-square-foot space.

The expansion will help the distillery quintuple production to meet growing demand. J. Reiger expects to grow from its current team of a half dozen employees to a headcount of more than 40 by next spring.

The new facility will include multiple bars and tasting spaces, an interactive historic exhibit, a gift shop and more. The company said it expects the facility, set to be completed in 2019, to draw 100,000 visitors annually.

Ryan Maybee, who helped redevelop Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, and Andy Reiger, the great-great-great grandson of the founder of the Jacob Reiger & Co. distillery, revived the brand four years ago.

J. Rieger now has distribution in 20 states and is among the 10 largest U.S. distilleries by sales volume.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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