J. Rieger & Co., seeking to be catalyst for East Bottoms redevelopment, plans huge addition

Project details

The distillery’s new production area will be put into the center of the old bottling plant. It will be surrounded by glass that separates it from the retail area, yet allows people to watch the distilling process.

Sitting right behind the welcome desk, a new 35-foot-tall column still will be the center of attention in the production area. The distillery also will have three other stills, including a smaller 120-gallon still for experimenting or making special private stock runs for clients.

The rest of the first floor will include a museum, gift shop, small movie room and a tasting room for tours. An outdoor patio area will be developed later.

The museum area will share the history of J. Rieger, the Heim brewery and Electric Park — an old amusement park the Heim family constructed in 1899 that inspired Walt Disney. Overland Park-based Dimensional Innovations is helping design the exhibits for the museum.

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