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: Matt Ellis

    Live Music: Matt Ellis

    5:00 PM-8:00 PM
    08/01/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Matt Ellis, a guitarist most of his life, has been traveling the United States now for several years. Growing up in central Illinois, Matt began his music career in Champaign-Urbana in the early 2000s and began expanding ever since. After many bands, performances, music studies, sessions, and even teaching, you can now find Matt Ellis performing solo acoustic shows around the states singing a variety of originals and covers ranging through several genres and eras. Find Matt and his six string at a venue near you!

    No cover charge.

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  • Seasonal Beer Release: Helles

    Seasonal Beer Release: Helles

    3:00 PM-10:00 PM
    08/08/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    On August 8th, Riggs Beer Company will release August’s seasonal: Helles

    With special catering 5-8 pm:
    Details to follow.

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  • Live Music: Ryan Burns

    Live Music: Ryan Burns

    3:30 PM-5:30 PM
    08/11/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    A UNIQUE TAKE ON FOLK

    Raised throughout the midwest and living in Chicago, Ryan Burns plays music colored with the simple values of his surroundings. After spending his childhood singing and playing songs, it wasn’t until he was an adult that he realized his calling to make music. He draws inspiration from American folk music like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. But his songs are also influenced by music as varied as David Bowie, Mande drumming, and The Dubliners. All of these threads combine to form a sound that is at once accessible and hard to define.

    Audiences have found Ryan’s songs and voice spellbinding from Chicago to El Salvador and at venues everywhere in between. He’s has played at venues in Chicago like Metro, House of Blues and Cubby Bear and even written music for a full 52 piece orchestra. Along with playing solo, Ryan plays with his band Distant Brothers, teaches music, and composes and writes music as a freelancer. He is currently working on his debut solo EP and playing shows throughout the region, perfecting his craft.

    To learn more about Ryan or listen to some of his music, click here.

    No cover charge.

     

  • Science on Tap

    Science on Tap

    6:00 PM-7:00 PM
    08/11/2019

    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.
    The public is welcome to attend to lean more about what some of the graduate students and the University of Illinois are working on.

    AJ Taylor

    PhD student in Food Science and Human Nutrition

    will be speaking on

    Going CooCoo For Cocoa – Exploring Chocolate From Bean to Bar

    This presentation will focus on what exactly is chocolate, why we have fallen in love with it, why it is a cultural icon, and then turn to current research being done at the University of Illinois. Samples will be provided on some delicious chocolate to experience ideas and labels! Come hungry for knowledge and for some smooth chocolate!

    This event is open to the public.

    mcb.gsa@gmail.com

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  • Live Music: Mid-October

    Live Music: Mid-October

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    08/15/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Mid-October, a pop-folk duo, based out of Urbana, IL, is the partnership between Jonathon Parrish and Therese Brown. The two met while putting together a band in Jonathon’s garage. For him it was love at first sight. For Therese, not so much. Through persistence and determination, from the beginning of that summer to the middle of October, Jonathon finally had changed her mind. She had fallen for him. After that, they paired their musical talents together and with beautiful, well-blended harmonies and fantastically written original love songs, are playing venues all of Illinois. They hope to remind their audiences that true passion and love can come from the heart and be put into music.

    No cover charge.

     

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  • Night Drone Racing at Riggs

    Night Drone Racing at Riggs

    8:00 PM-10:00 PM
    08/17/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

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  • Drone Racing at Riggs

    Drone Racing at Riggs

    All day
    08/18/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

  • Hops and Hymns

    Hops and Hymns

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    08/18/2019

    It’s time once again for Hops and Hymns! Join us for an evening of singing all of our favorite hymns. While this is hosted by the area ELCA Lutheran Churches, this is a public event and all all are welcome regardless of age, faith, or singing ability. Riggs is family and dog friendly (we’ll be on the party porch which opens onto the playground), serving both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, and food trucks will be open for business!

    If you have any questions, please contact Caitlyn Reinders at gracelife@gracelutherancu.org

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  • Live Music: John McMahon

    Live Music: John McMahon

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    08/22/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    John McMahon has been playing music locally since around 1991, either as a solo acoustic performer or in a number of bands. Recent projects include Hi Ho Buffalo, Rockaway Beach and The Doubt. Currently John is doing a mix of solo shows and playing in The Painkillers Blues Band.

    No cover charge.

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  • Yoga and Beer

    Yoga and Beer

    12:30 PM-2:00 PM
    08/25/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    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 afternoon.

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

    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 class will take place outside on the lawn in good weather. Shade and sun options are available.

    Drop-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is recommended! Only 35 spots are available.

    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.

    We look forward to seeing you here!

    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.
     
     
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  • Live Music: Riders of the golden maize

    Live Music: Riders of the golden maize

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    08/31/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    The Riders of the Golden Maize are a veteran local band playing a rockin gumbo of Classic Country, Classic Rock and a mix of Roots and Americana music.

    Each “Rider” has decades of musical experience and bring excitement and fun to every gig they play.

    These guys love to get the audience involved…. Dancing, joking, and having fun!

    No cover charge.