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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  • Seasonal Beer Release: Pilsner
    3:00 PM-10:00 PM
    06/07/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Special catering by Gregory St. Catering from 5 to 8 pm.

    What goes better with Pilsner than Pizza? Nothing!

    We’ll have a variety of deep dish, gourmet, and traditional slices available.

    Try something new: “don’t knock it ’till you try it” – Brat and Sauerkraut Pizza.

    Selection of Desserts will available.

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

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  • Live Music: The Band Avon Dale
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    06/09/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Avon Dale is a Memphis based, rootsy rock band with a touch of soul. The four piece band features a dynamic rhythm section, blues inspired electric guitar riffs, and soulful vocals. This powerful live act combines to create melodically rich songs that range from tender and plaintive to gritty and beseeching. With a raw energetic presence, the band is quickly gaining a following and is becoming a Memphis must see act.

    The band originated in the cornfields of the Midwest in their college town of Champaign-Urbana. After only a few months from their formation, the band relocated to Memphis, TN the birthplace of rock and roll and the home of the blues. Avon Dale has hit the road hard over the past three years including two summer tours and has been featured in numerous festivals across the Midwest. They released their debut EP “Dress It Up” recorded at Ardent studios with sound engineer Mike Wilson, in November of 2014. The EP received critical praise and provided the band a framework to tour successfully.

    Most recently, the band has had a lineup change with founding member and acoustic guitarist Matt McCarter leaving the band. The band embraced the change with a farewell tour for the last original lineup of Avon Dale. The tour was dubbed “Mac’s Last Dance” and featured three cities closest to the band’s heart: Champaign, Chicago, and Memphis. Matt will truly be missed but Avon Dale will play on with the addition of a new guitarist and release of a second EP in the fall of 2016. The boys spent the winter of 2015 and spring of 2016 working with Ardent Studio’s Mike Wilson and musician/producer Rickey Shelton creating a repertoire of new songs that will culminate to create a musical milestone for the group. That EP, Little Ditty, was released October 7!

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  • Science on Tap
    4:00 PM-5:00 PM
    06/10/2018

    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.

    Dora Boyd Cohen

    Graduate student, Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology

    Restoring wetland soil microbes: Why historical flood patterns might matter for microbial communities and the services they provide for humans

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  • News & Brews
    6:00 PM-7:30 PM
    06/12/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    On Tuesday, June 12th from 6-7:30pm, join us at Riggs Beer Company to discuss the changes local schools are implementing to help students cope with local and national issues like immigration, violence, poverty, and lack of mental healthcare. We’ll hear from education reporter Lee Gaines, mental health counselor Karen Simms, and local education professionals, families and students.

    Find our most recent story on this topic here: http://illinoisnewsroom.org/2018/05/14/how-schools-can-help-kids-traumatized-by-gun-violence/

    Illinois Newsroom, Illinois Public Media and Riggs Beer Company are committed to creating conversations that move our community towards a better future.

    More about “News & Brews”:

    Illinois Newsroom and WILL present the new event series “News & Brews” where our journalists bring radio stories to life. Much of our reporting focuses on complicated community issues that deserve the time and space for in-depth discussion. A panel of experts and community members related to each topic will outline the current state of the problem, the communities affected by it, and how it’s being addressed so far. Then we’ll open up for questions and further discussion from everyone!

    All are welcome to attend. There will be many opportunities to ask questions, spark conversations, or just sit back and listen. Riggs offers many non-alcoholic options as well as their line of locally crafted beers.

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  • Science on Tap
    4:00 PM-5:00 PM
    06/17/2018

    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.

    Sisi He

    Graduate student Molecular & Integrative Physiology

    Tissue Microenvironment (TiMe) Training Program

    will speak on:

    Obesity and cancer: why a healthy lifestyle matters

    Obesity is associated with higher risk of getting cancer and lower chances of survival. The secret ingredients to evade and fight cancer: eat healthy and exercise!

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  • Yoga & Beer
    7:00 PM-8:00 PM
    06/24/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Beer and Yoga

    Sunday, June 24th 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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  • Riggs-Fest 2018
    3:00 PM-10:00 PM
    06/28/2018-07/01/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    A four day long celebration of our 2 year anniversary with beer, live music, food trucks, drones, horses, farmers and much more. For program updates, follow us on facebook!

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  • Riggs-Fest 2018
    3:00 PM-10:00 PM
    06/28/2018-07/01/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    A four day long celebration of our 2 year anniversary with beer, live music, food trucks, drones, horses, farmers and much more. For program updates, follow us on facebook!

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  • Riggs-Fest 2018
    3:00 PM-10:00 PM
    06/28/2018-07/01/2018

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    A four day long celebration of our 2 year anniversary with beer, live music, food trucks, drones, horses, farmers and much more. For program updates, follow us on facebook!