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riegerJacob Rieger & Company was founded in 1887 in Kansas City’s West Bottoms Livestock Exchange district. The brand offered over 100 alcoholic products and took pride in maintaining a quarter of a million unique customers by offering mail-order delivery services. In 1919, Prohibition was enacted by the federal government and wasn’t reversed until 1933. J. Rieger & Co. was a casualty at the time, but was not destined to be lost forever. Nearly a century following Prohibition, we are proud to once again call Kansas City our home.established

Our Story

 
 
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Our Process

 

Our Products

 
Rieger_OurProducts_KCWhiskeyGraphic Our bottling of Kansas City Whiskey pays tribute to the original brand by utilizing a blend of Corn, Malt, and Straight Rye Whiskies, as well as a small amount of 15 year old Oloroso Sherry from the Williams & Humbert Bodega in Jerez, Spain. The use of Sherry in American Whiskey was commonplace in the 1800s, but was lost after Prohibition. Bottled at 92 proof and comprised of Whiskeys aged at least 7 years, our Kansas City Whiskey is a balanced, smooth, and slightly sweet and powerful Whiskey that is beautiful when served neat or on the rocks, but also works well in classic cocktails such as the Horsefeather and Old Fashioned.
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Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 4.57.26 PM Our Midwestern Premium Vodka conveys a clean and smooth flavor, as well as a full body and rich texture. Distilled in a copper pot still, we utilize a blend of potato, wheat, and corn to give our Vodka a balance of flavor and aroma that is unlike any other.
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Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 4.57.26 PM After working in the Spirits industry for 42 years, and honing my skills as a Master Distiller for one of finest Gin brands in the world, I couldn’t fully retire without crafting my signature product. My Midwestern Dry Gin is inspired by the traditional London Dry Gins that famously emphasize the spicy and aromatic character of mature Juniper Berries. By selecting only the finest botanicals from around the world, the result is bold, full-flavored Gin with layers of aroma and a complexity of flavor that makes it perfect for sipping on the rocks or ideal for creative cocktails. I hope you enjoy.

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Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 4.57.26 PM Our Caffè Amaro is a collaboration with Kansas City based coffee roasters, Thou Mayest. Thou Mayest selects a single origin coffee roast that we combine with a variety of botanicals including orange, cardamom, vanilla, and gentian. Our Caffè Amaro spends a brief amount of time in a barrel, resulting in a rich, bittersweet flavor that works great in cocktails or can be enjoyed by itself as a digestivo.

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Friends of Jacob Rieger

 

Bringing back this iconic brand has been a treat for all of us and without you, the fan and consumer, we would not have the passion that we do. If you love what we’re doing and want to keep up with us, hear about events, and know when you can come down and help us bottle, fill out your information! We promise to only use it for our own purposes. Thanks for making our dream a reality!

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Distillery Tours

 

Tours of the J. Rieger & Co. distillery are offered on select Saturdays. Led by co-founders Andy Rieger and Ryan Maybee, along with Head Distiller Nathan Perry, our distillery tours  take a deep dive into the history and legacy of J. Rieger & Co. and the process of distilling. Get a close-up look at how we create each of our products, including our Kansas City Whiskey. Tours typically last about 2 hours.

Click to “Book A Tour” button below to reserve your spot!

Tour Dates:

December 17 (SOLD OUT)

January 7 – 11am

February 11 – 10:30am and 1pm

March 11 – 10:30am and 1pm

April 8 – 10:30am and 1pm

May 13 – 10:30am and 1pm

Note: The distillery is NOT climate controlled, so please dress accordingly.

If you hold a tour gift card, feel free to join any of our scheduled tours, sold out or not, but please remember to bring your gift card!

If you’re interested in large, private tours, please email us at Cheers@JRiegerCo.com

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