New Riff Distilling has started a $3-million renovation at their Newport, Kentucky distillery, including the first floor gift shop space and the third floor event space.
A statement from the distiller notes that the renovation will pave the way for a new home for The Aquifer, the distillery’s tasting and cocktail bar. New Riff’s distillery will remain open for visitors throughout the project.
“We’ve always been focused on providing visitors an engaging way to learn about New Riff and our award-winning spirits,” said Hannah Lowen, vice president of operations. “As New Riff’s popularity has grown, people are looking to share in the experience, whether that be through our tours, tastings, unique events or by having a drink at The Aquifer, which we’ve long outgrown. This renovation will create comfortable, inviting spaces for conversation, education or simply enjoying the product we all love.”
Lowen explained that visitors to the distillery will see a difference as they walk in the front door, with an all-new welcome station and pre-tour waiting area, along with the gift and bottle shop.
The Aquifer, which was previously tucked into the first floor space, will move up to the third floor with its large rooftop patio and views of the Cincinnati skyline. A new, reservable private room will be available for community gatherings.
“Our library of whiskeys and other spirits has grown substantially since we opened in 2014,” Lowen said. “And along with some recent legislative changes, we’re excited to use this new space to share some unique and rare expressions that have been hiding away in our warehouse.”
First floor renovations are expected to be completed in late summer and the third floor by year’s end. To plan a visit or for more information, check out www.newriffdistilling.com.