Bar Master Ryan Maybee
Ryan Maybee is a Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) from the Society of Wine Educators, and the first person to complete the Bar Master Certification from Beverage Alcohol Resource in New York City. Imbibe Magazine named him “Bartender of The Year,” he was a finalist in the international Vinos de Jerez Cocktail Competition, and a world-finalist in the Angostura Bitters Global Cocktail Challenge. He also co-founded the Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival in 2012. Ryan’s creative libations have received national acclaim from Wine Enthusiast, Food and Wine, The New Yorker, Vogue, GQ, Esquire and Vanity Fair, among others. Gaz Regan’s Annual Manual for Bartenders named him one of eight “Fabulous Innovators” for his technique for smoking whiskey, and his original cocktail, the “Smokin’ Choke” was awarded Innovative Cocktail of the Year by the Institute for Cocktail Excellence.
Ryan currently owns and operates Manifesto and The Rieger in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2013 he partnered with Andy Rieger to revive J. Rieger + Co., a Kansas City based distillery that was founded in 1887 and took a 95-year hiatus beginning with Prohibition in 1919. The Distillery has released a Whiskey, Gin, Vodka and coffee-based Amaro.
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