Tours / Events

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Brewery tour:

If you like to drink it and want to know more about how your beer is made, let us take you on a tour of the world of beer. You will learn about ingredients, take a look inside our tanks, and find out more about the processes behind beer production.

Small-group tours will be conducted most Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm. The brewmaster guided tour will take approximately one hour followed by a sampling of all Riggs Beers. Plan for up to two hours. Closed-toe shoes are required.

We can only take a limited amount of visitors on each tour. So to make sure you have a spot, please check the tour calendar on this page and sign up. Cost for the tour is $10 per person and includes a generous sampling of our beers. Online sign-up closes 1 hour prior to tour start. For for any last minute interest, please call the brewery at 217-718-5345 to see if any spaces are still available.

Special Tours:

If want to sign up for a tour further out than the ones listed here or if you have a group of 6 or more people and want to schedule a special private tour at a different time, please contact caroline@riggsbeer.com or call 217-718-5345 .

Special Events:

Our taproom and Beer Garden host a multitude of special events such as Oktoberfest, weddings, board game nights, live music, drone races and more. For details on special events, please see the calendar below.

Reservations / private events:

Please email events@riggsbeer.com to reserve tables for your group or to get more information about planning a private event.

Sign up for a tour right here.

Pick your date and click "Register Now".

 

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  • Live Music: Stacy M. Doty and Wendy Dexter
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    08/02/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Stacy Doty has been a musician all of his life. His parents were both musicians and he has sang since he was a child and was featured in choirs and statewide choirs during his junior, high school, and college years. He plays the guitar, mandolin and native american flute.

    His former bands have been the long running “Whiskey Jack”, the sawyer brothers band fro 10 years, the equally long running “Pearl Handle Band”, as well as others throughout his 45 years of live performance. He was signed to AMI Productions in Nashville, TN in the mid 1980s and had radio airplay in the USA and Europe.

    Joining Stacy at his show is Wendy Dexter. She provides excellent harmony as well as audience interaction. Together they provide a very entertaining show.

    They focus on classic rock but also perform contemporary country, classic country as well as 50’s and 60’s hit songs.

    No cover charge. More.

     

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  • Live Music: Chip McNeill Jazz
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    08/09/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Chip McNeill, Jazz Quartet, live in the Beer Garden!

    In addition to his position with the University of Illinois School of Music, Professor McNeill is Musical Director and Jazz Tenor Saxophonist for Grammy award-winning recording artist, Arturo Sandoval. He has toured with and recorded the compact discs (CDs) Americana and Hot House with Arturo Sandoval. In 1998, Hot House won a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz recording. To his credit, Professor McNeill won a Grammy for his performance on Hot House, and two of his charts were nominated for Grammys from the recording. Professor McNeill also has performed and toured with the legendary jazz trumpeter, Maynard Ferguson, with whom he has produced, written, and performed on several CDs, including Live in London, These Cats Can Swing, and Maynard Ferguson’s final CD, The One and Only. He has recorded performances with Nat Adderley, David Liebman, Duffy Jackson, Ira Sullivan, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Ted Shumate, and Larry Willis. Professor McNeill’s most recent CD is “The Whirl” on Armored Records.

    He has performed with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joe Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine, and Wynton Marsalis. Professor McNeill has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Monterey Jazz Festival in California, and Noto Jazz Festival in Japan. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall in Sydney, Australia, and the London Palladium. He also has performed for jazz radio and television productions in Europe, Japan, the United Kingdom, India, and Indonesia. Before joining the University of Illinois School of Music, he was Chair of Jazz Studies at Florida International University in Miami and Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg.

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  • Science on Tap
    4:00 PM-5:00 PM
    08/12/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Science on Tap!

    A new discussion series for the community led by graduate students in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Hosted by the MCB Graduate Student Association and held at Riggs Beer Company.

    Philip Olivares
    Graduate student in Biochemistry

    Natural Products: Chemical Weapons Against Disease

    Natural products are molecules made by microorganisms that can have therapeutic – including antibiotic – applications. From how these new antibiotics are discovered, to how they are made in nature and how they are rationally improved upon in the lab, the importance of continued research into nature’s antibiotics will be discussed!

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  • Seasonal Beer Release: Helles
    3:00 PM-10:00 PM
    08/16/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    On August 16th, Riggs Beer Company will release August’s seasonal: Helles (which is German for “pale colored”).

    Helles is the official beverage of Munich’s beer gardens.

    Helles is light in color, but that doesn’t mean that it lacks flavor. In fact, that’s what makes Helles so special. It’s floral and herbal hop aromas blend perfectly with a delicate sweetness. A grainy sweet flavor is followed by a dry, almost champagne-like finish.

    With special catering by Gregory St. Catering 5-8 pm:

    • 1/4 rack ribs with Red Lager BBQ sauce and Helles Mac & Cheese
    • American Lager Chicken with German Potato Salad
    • Brats
    • Bavarian Pretzel with Obatzda
    • Assorted Pizza by the slice
    • Assorted Desserts
    Hefeweizen bread mini loaves (pre-orders accepted by emailing Rosatisgm@gmail.com)
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  • Yoga & Beer
    7:00 PM-8:00 PM
    08/26/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Beer and Yoga

    Sunday, August 26th at 7 pm

    Join us at Riggs Beer Company for Beer and Yoga! This one hour, all levels yoga class is a great excuse to drink beer in yoga pants on a Sunday evening.

    Certified yoga instructor Jodi Adams will guide you through a fun, light-hearted class designed for movement and laughter.

    No matter what your level of experience, Beer and Yoga is a fun way to return to the practice or try something new. Men and women are encouraged to join us.

    The cost for the yoga class is $10/person to be paid in cash to the instructor prior to class begin. Beverages can be purchased at the bar.

    The class will take place in the beer garden and will depend on good weather. In case of rain, the class will NOT take place.

    Pre-registration is recommended! Only 30 spots are available.

    RSVP at www.riggsbeer.com to sign up online.

    Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to get settled in.

    Wear comfortable clothing that you can move in.

    Please bring your own mat, although we will have extras to borrow.

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  • Live Music: Corduroy
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    08/30/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Corduroy is a musician who makes his home right here in central Illinois, where he was raised. Corduroy is a folk artist who combines acoustic guitar, crisp vocals, on-stage effects, and the occasional thunder of a bass drum to create a unique and unforgettable experience. Drawing his inspiration from folk rock, Americana, indie folk, and even familiar pop/rock artists, Corduroy has the ability to create a high energy musical experience without losing the eclectic and soulful feelings you would expect from any great folk performer.

    No cover charge.

     

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