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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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  • Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
    12:30 PM-1:00 PM
    04/01/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    We’ll be holding a Children’s Easter Egg Hunt for the kiddos on Sunday April 1 at 12:30pm. Bring your own egg basket, and watch your kids run off some energy in the Beer Garden while you enjoy a cold Riggs beer.

    Children will begin the hunt promptly at 12:30pm; when all the eggs have been found, it’s over. In order to maximize fun for all the little ones, we ask that children participating in the event be age 10 or under. Older children are welcome to cheer them on from the sidelines while enjoying a cold juice or soda!

    Our Beer Garden is family-friendly. Feel free to being a picnic lunch to share after the hunt! “Smoked” food truck begins serving food at noon.

    Event may be cancelled in case of inclement weather. We’ll post here if it’s raining too hard, or you can call the brewery on the morning of the egg hunt.

  • Spring Succulent Wreath Making
    5:00 PM-6:30 PM
    04/01/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    With the brightness of Spring right around the corner, create a colorful home decoration that exudes the vibrancy and joy of the season. Farmer Holly will lead the class in crafting custom, gorgeous, wreaths on grapevine frames in the cozy Riggs brewery in Urbana. Adornments include Delight Flower Farm dried flowers, woody stems, ribbon, and fresh succulent cuttings. This is a beautiful and creative craft that will endure the seasons. Succulents can be re-potted as house plants, and the dried flowers can last years.

    Date and time: April 1st, 5-6:30 pm

    Location: Riggs Beer Company, 1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, IL

    Cost: $30

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    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Preregistration required in order to best accommodate space and supplies.

    Sign up right here.

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  • Yoga & Beer
    12:30 PM-1:30 PM
    04/08/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Beer and Yoga

    Sunday, April 8th at 12:30

    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.

    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 production brewery in case of rain.

    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.

  • Seed Starting Workshop
    12:30 PM-2:00 PM
    04/08/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics for successful seed starting. We will provide the supplies for you to start your own flower garden. Each participant will take away potted seeds, and more Delight Flower Farm seeds to start at home. Let’s get dirty together! Price of beer not included, but you’re certainly encouraged to imbibe during the workshop.

    Date and time: April 8th, 12:30-2pm

    Location: Riggs Beer Company, “party porch,” 1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, IL

    Cost: $20

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    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Preregistration required in order to best accommodate space and supplies.

    Sign up right here.

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  • Seasonal Beer Release: Illinois Kölsch
    3:00 PM-10:00 PM
    04/12/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    April’s seasonal release, Illinois Kölsch, was made with 100% Illinois grown ingredients!
    Riggs Beer Company is the official beer sponsor of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. Run the 5K, 10K, half-, or full marathon and a Riggs Beer will be waiting for you at the street fest outside Memorial Stadium.

    Illinois Kölsch will be available in the tap room starting Thursday, April 12th at 3 pm. On the release night, we’ll have special catering by Gregory Street from 5-8 pm. Including:

    • Tilapia Plate with German potato salad and Kölsch hush-puppies
    • Catfish Nuggets with German potato salad and Kölsch hush-puppies
    • American Lager Chicken
    • Giant Bavarian Pretzels with Obatzda
    • Pizza by the slice, including specialty pizza slices
    • Assorted Desserts

    Hefeweizen bread mini loaves (pre-orders accepted by emailing Rosatisgm@gmail.com)

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  • Live Music: The Salt Fork Ramblers
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    04/19/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    This band started by doing bluegrass/ gospel then moved into classic country with a drummer and now we play a small mix of oldies rock and roll with our emphasis on mostly classic country, such as songs from Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Brooks and Dunn.  Along with a whole lot more! We have been together for more than 3 years now.

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  • Live Music: Stephen Chopek
    5:00 PM-7:00 PM
    04/27/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Stephen Chopek live in the Tap Room / Beergarden!

    Ten years ago, Stephen Chopek was performing songs in the New York City subways.

    He treated it like a full-time job – heading out in the morning, picking a spot, and sticking to it. He’d pack up his guitar, head home, and do it all again the next day.

    It’s clear when Stephen tells this story that it doesn’t strike him as unusual. He was a professional drummer learning to play guitar and sing – what better way to hone your skills? He refers to his time playing underground as casually as he talks about his life on the road or studying with drummer Billy Martin of Medeski Martin & Wood. Stephen is a perennial student, as disciplined as he is curious.

    Long before those subway sets, Stephen’s apprenticeship with legendary jazz percussionist Leon Parker led to touring and recording with guitarist Charlie Hunter from 2000 to 2002, which opened the door to a world tour with John Mayer and the recording of Any Given Thursday. He’s kept the beat for Marc Broussard, Jesse Malin, The Alternate Routes, The Pimps of Joytime, Todd Carey, The Everymen, Amy LaVere, John Paul Keith, Shannon McNally, and many others.

    Not surprisingly, his stories tend to be about what was learned from every adventure; each tour, each artist, each session, was a prerequisite to the next. It is this collection of his experiences that laid the foundation for Stephen’s career as a solo artist.

    His debut album, See Through, was recorded and released in the spring of 2012 – just him and an electric guitar. Over the two years that followed, he created an ambitious series of recordings that featured full-band treatments of his new material, every instrument tracked in the studio by Stephen himself. The songs were released throughout 2015 – the two EPs and a culminating full-length album, Things Moving On Their Own Together, earned Stephen critical praise for both his songwriting and his musicianship (“A skillfully crafted tapestry of punk, pop, folk and roots” – Skin Back Alley). He spent the better part of the next two years on tour in support of the album, thousands of miles logged in route to a dozen or more cities at a time.

    Stephen released Talk Will Tell in 2017 — a solo acoustic six-song EPrecorded outside of Raleigh, North Carolina while on tour the previous year. Stephen’s latest release (April 2018) is a 45 RPM record featuring two new songs, “Radio Caroline” and “The Ballad of Cash & Dean”. Alongside a nod to history, these songs are rich in catchy hooks and dynamic melodies.

    This release is a bit of a preview of what fans will hear when his next full length album, Begin The Glimmer, comes out later this year. Recorded in Memphis at 5 & Dime and mixed by Doug Easley (Cat Power, Ben Nichols, Frazey Ford), the album finds Stephen increasingly comfortable and confident in his songwriting, both lyrically and melodically. While rhythm was at the heart of the writing on Things Moving On Their Own Together, melody takes centerstage on this new effort to great effect.

    Learn more about Stephen and listen to some sound samples here.

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  • Euchre Tournament
    1:00 PM-5:00 PM
    04/29/2018

    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 last Sunday of every month, January through April.

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

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

    No fees, no prizes, just fun!

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