Ryan Maybee is resurrecting KC whiskey with J. Rieger & Co.

Maybee announced the new home of J. Rieger this afternoon.

Maybee announced 507 N Montgall as the new home of J. Rieger this afternoon.

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.

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Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.


  • […] On Sunday evening (5/11/14) I shot some photos of the former Heim Brewery at 507 Montgall Kansas City’s East Bottoms, next door southward from Knuckleheads Saloon. This building is planned to be renovated and converted into a whiskey distillery by Ryan Maybee (of Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange and Manifesto repute) and Andy Rieger. Article Link.  […]

  • Reply May 12, 2014


    The correct address is 507 N Montgall Ave. Without the N, you end up further south along Independence Ave and Chestnut Ave, at some houses south of Kessler Park.

  • Jonathan Bender
    Reply May 13, 2014

    Jonathan Bender

    @Matt. Thanks. It’s fixed.

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