J Rieger & Co to increase production by 500%

10th September, 2018 by Owen Bellwood

American spirits producer J Rieger & Co has announced plans to renovate its Kansas City facility in order to quintuple average daily production capacity.

J Rieger & Co will renovate its facility in order to increase production by 500%

The whiskey maker will develop its current facility as well as the adjoining Heim Brewery bottling house in the Electric Park neighbourhood of Kansas City.

The renovations, due for completion in spring 2019, will allow the distillery to expand its production by 500% and will offer whiskey fans a “vibrant, new brand experience” that celebrates the history of J Rieger & Co.

Andy Rieger, co-founder of J Rieger & Co, said: “This project is a true catalyst for change at our distillery and for the once vibrant Electric Park neighbourhood.

“Our expansion allows us to continue to meet increased production demands, while also hosting the many spirits lovers in our community and beyond who want to participate in our brand story.

“We’re not just restoring a building; we’re reviving a long-forgotten legacy in Electric Park and inviting visitors to enjoy world-class spirits and hospitality while celebrating the past.”

The new visitor experience will showcase the distillery’s production processes, while offering guests the opportunity to learn about J Rieger & Co’s history and its ties to Kansas City and the surrounding Electric Park neighbourhood.

As part of the development, the distillery will renovate the three-floor Heim building, which will include views of the production facility, distillery tours, exhibition spaces, tastings, multiple bars and event spaces for private parties.

The total size of the site will be 60,000 square feet, allowing the distillery to host up to 100,000 guests annually.

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