Rieger to open KC’s first rye whiskey since Prohibition + 5 to try in Downtown

J. Rieger & Co. prepares to release the first rye whiskey produced in KC in 100 years.

Rieger to crack open KC’s first rye whiskey since Prohibition

For 95 years, J. Rieger & Co. sat dormant, a casualty of a failed social experiment known as Prohibition. Kansas City didn’t legally distill for nearly a century.

In 2014, under the guidance of industry legend, Dave Pickerell, Ryan Maybee and Andy Rieger successfully relaunched the J. Rieger & Co. brand and got the booze flowing in KC once again. The plan was always to one day release a whiskey which was milled, distilled, aged and bottled in the distillery. Well, that day is almost upon us, Kansas City.

Six years after distilling the first whiskey in Kansas City in 95 years, Rieger & Co. will release a 6-year-old Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whiskey that was milled, distilled, aged, and bottled at J. Rieger & Co. in the historic Electric Park district. The approximately 6,000 bottles available this season are rolling out in liquor retailers, bars and restaurants beginning Monday, Aug. 16. Click here to learn more.

Mike Zito’s Big Band to showcase the legendary Tito Jackson on Saturday at Knuckleheads.

5 to see: Downtown events

816 Day – celebrate KC’s official holiday on Monday

Hair Then & Now – thru Aug. 22

Mike Zito’s Big Band to feature Tito Jackson

Mudflap Mafia to pretty-up KC Live!

Singer songwriter Nicole Springer on tap Thursday

Make plans to celebrate 816 Day on Monday, 8/16.