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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  • Euchre Tournament
    1:00 PM-5:00 PM
    01/06/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Join our round-robin style euchre tournament!

    It will take place on the first Sunday of every month, January through April.

    Come alone or in a team. Cards and score sheets will be provided.

    Sign-up begins at 12:30 p.m.
    Tournament starts at 1 p.m.

    No fees, no prizes, just fun!

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  • Seasonal Beer Release: Weizenbock
    3:00 PM-10:00 PM
    01/10/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    On January 10th, Riggs Beer Company will release January’s seasonal: Weizenbock
     

    With special catering 5-8 pm:

    • Schnitzel
    • Jägerschnitzel
    • German Mac and cheese
    • Brat plate
    • Pretzel with Obatzda
    • Brats
    • Pizza by the slice
    • Dessert
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  • Science on Tap
    4:00 PM-5:00 PM
    01/13/2019

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

    Alex Phillips
    PhD student in Microbiology

    Boiling biology down to its essentials: What extreme microbes tell us about the history of life on Earth

    At first glance, a microbe living in a pool of hot acid could not seem more different from us. However, modern techniques have found that at our very core, we share a surprising amount of our cell biology with a certain class of heat-loving microorganisms. What does this tell us about how life evolved and how our own cells work? Come for a discussion into one of the hottest fields around.

    mcb.gsa@gmail.com

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  • Live Music: Mid-October
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    01/17/2019

    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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  • Live Music: Corduroy
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    01/24/2019

    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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  • Live Music: Chip McNeill Jazz
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    01/31/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Chip McNeill, Jazz Quartet!

    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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