J. Rieger head distiller Nathan Perry (left) and Steve Olson worked with Tom Nichol (right), retired master distiller for Tanqueray, who took in the aroma of a glass of gin recently while the pair were preparing a batch at the J. Rieger distillery in the East Bottoms.
J. Rieger head distiller Nathan Perry (left) and Steve Olson worked with Tom Nichol (right), retired master distiller for Tanqueray, who took in the aroma of a glass of gin recently while the pair were preparing a batch at the J. Rieger distillery in the East Bottoms. TAMMY LJUNGBLAD tljungblad@kcstar.com
J. Rieger head distiller Nathan Perry (left) and Steve Olson worked with Tom Nichol (right), retired master distiller for Tanqueray, who took in the aroma of a glass of gin recently while the pair were preparing a batch at the J. Rieger distillery in the East Bottoms. TAMMY LJUNGBLAD tljungblad@kcstar.com
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