New Riff Kicks Off July Rooftop Pop-Up Events

The distillery’s month-long Riff Top pop-ups offer a safe environment to enjoy a cocktail and have some social distance-approved fun.

New Riff Distilling welcomes back guests with a creative twist with its Riff Top pop-ups throughout the month of July. Utilizing its Tower Room and adjoining outdoor terrace (which normally houses weddings and private events), there is ample room to accommodate guests while implementing social distancing. 

Photograph courtesy of New Riff Distilling

The Riff Top events began on July 3 and will continue throughout the month on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. Capacity is limited for social distancing on a first-come, first-serve basis. The distillery offers guests an array of craft cocktails and gorgeous views of the Cincinnati skyline from its rooftop.

Cucumber Castle cocktail

Photograph courtesy of New Riff Distilling

“Similar to our approach to making whiskey—cautious, with a careful inclusion of ingredients and our passion—we have created these pop-ups to ensure the safety and enjoyment of our guests,” says New Riff Director of Communications Amy Tobin.

Besides classic cocktails and seasonal options such as the refreshing Cucumber Castle or the beachy Royal Hawaiian, there are flights, neat pours, exclusive single barrel options, and various beers and wines available. Food options are nice and light, including snacks and appetizers. Live acoustic music will also be featured during many of the Riff Top nights.

“Our patrons want a calm and thoughtful—while still fun—environment that guarantees safety,” says owner Ken Lewis.

To keep customers and staff safe, masks are required unless seated; there are contactless menus accessed via QR codes; sanitizing stations have been placed throughout; and staff members are dedicated to hourly cleanings.

New Riff Distilling, 24 Distillery Way, Newport, (859) 261-7433

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