Tours / Events




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.

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  • Live Music: Doty and Dexter

    Live Music: Doty and Dexter

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM

    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 for 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. Musicians play for tips.

  • Live Music: Sippy Rock

    Live Music: Sippy Rock

    3:00 PM-5:00 PM

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Sippy Rock

    February 9, 1964 The Beatles were on The Ed Sullivan Show. Michael was sitting on the edge of his bed playing his brothers guitar trying to learn a Rolling Stones song. Since that time he has played and recorded with musicians from every genre including Rock, Blues, Country and Americana.

    While Sippy (as he has become to be known) continues to perform with groups he has come full circle to his old passion of solo acoustic performances. With a big boomy voice and a catalog of songs spanning many generations and styles he has been pleasing crowds in Central and Southern Illinois and looks forward to seeing you soon.

    When not playing music he enjoys working on guitars and amps and building cigar box guitars.

    You can follow him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sippy.rock.16

    Sippy is available for performances and can be contacted through Messenger or at howlindogrecords@gmail.com

    No cover charge. Musicians play for tips.

  • Live Music: Corduroy

    Live Music: Corduroy

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM

    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 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. Musicians play for tips.

  • Live Music: Luke Rund

    Live Music: Luke Rund

    5:30 PM-8:30 PM

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Luke Rund is a locally grown musician playing his favorite tunes. With a song list that hits just about any genre, his set list has a little something for everyone. Luke played and sang for a year in Honkeytonks on Nashville’s famous Broadway Blvd and is now back in IL to share some beers and good times here in CU!

    No cover charge. Musicians play for tips.

  • Live Music: Jake and Jackson

    Live Music: Jake and Jackson

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Jake & Jackson (Tatar) are a father-son duo that formed in 2015 when Jake retired as the lead singer of the Boat Drunks. Jackson, in 7th grade at the time, was a great drummer, piano player, and singer, and he and Jake would perform at community festivals and other family events together. Since then, Jackson (now a junior in high school) has quickly learned the guitar and the duo now brings a piano and acoustic guitars. Jake has written dozens of his own songs and the duo often play these originals, with Jackson taking the lead on the songs his father recorded. This isn’t a typical musical duo; the two mix piano and guitars, switch instruments and lead vocals, and add other interesting musical touches that make their music sound nothing like anyone else is doing. And that’s reinforced in their musical catalog–they perform songs from every decade from the 1960s to the 2010s, and it’s typically material you won’t hear other bands/duos/musical acts cover (Howard Jones, Shenandoah, John Prine, and REO Speedwagon to name a few).

    No cover charge. Musicians play for tips.

  • Live Music: Jerod Bolt

    Live Music: Jerod Bolt

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM

    Jerod Bolt, born on April 17, 1984, is an American Country Music Artist from Midwest Indiana. Embraced on a journey that so many follow, defined in country music, and a platform for which he stands, has given him the opportunity to tell timeless stories enlaced with hard ship and triumph. If you haven’t yet heard the name Jerod Bolt, chances are, you will hear the name eventually as someone to keep your eye closely on!

    In fall of 2016, Bolt gave a his first featured performance at Valparaiso University that landed him a spot in the Northwest Indiana Entertainment Magazine. Embraced by the local and regional radio, Jerod has made 5 radio talk show appearances that gained him even more followers and buzz that circulated in the area. Adding to the momentum and the force behind the music, Bolt would go on to win the 2018 Entertainer award of the Indy 500 Marathon.

    “When you have a catalog that holds over a 100 songs that consists of a handful of co-writes and long hours in a private room, eventually a song presents itself,” he says, and that’s exactly what happened with a song titled “One Prayer Away.” It’s a gripping and true story based on a friend who Bolt served with in the Marines back in 2011, who was engaged and pinned down in a 15 hour long fire fight in Fallujah, Iraq. Jerod was invited to Nashville Weekly Entertainment to present the song and to discuss the song.

    In spring of 2018, Jerod was invited to open for Lee Greenwood making it his first major direct supporting role ever. With his previous background and dedication to serving others, supporting roles to national acts such as John Rich, Brantley Gilbert, and Jason Michael Carrol, he would see first hand the music business and the impact music has to a wider scale audience.

    Playing amongst his Nashville peers, Bolt has shared the stages twice at the CMA festivals in downtown Nashville in both 2018 and 2019, reaching more and more new listeners that are captivated by his versatility and high energy performances. “Music is a gift and so I made it my job to go out and perform 150% because the music deserves it,” Bolt says.

    Bolt began his musical pursuit at a very early age. “My family is very very musically induced and it seems like everyone plays an instrument or sings,” he says, “so for me I remember as early as 4 years old, grabbing my Grandma’s candle sticks and singing to her on their fire place mantle, that was my stage.” At age 6, Bolt was introduced to country. “My dad was a farmer so obviously country music filled the ambience of my upbringing.” “I remember him showing me how to drive a tractor when I was around 7 while pulling out a fence line, and the radio on board was playing “Love Without End, Amen” by George Strait, it was then that my love for country music started.” His mother, a church secretary in the church he grew up in, influenced Bolt in the gospel genre and modern Christian music and participated in church choirs. In his teenage years, Bolt experienced the rawness and malice beat of rock n’ roll. “When I was in 6th grade, a friend let me listen to Metallica for the first time and I felt like my whole world was blown away,” Bolt says. With the influence to start a band, at age 15, he picked a pair of sticks and started a band called “Blackout” with some friends from high school. “Me and my friends at the time, would sit and write songs around guitar riffs and record them on a digital software recorder,” Bolt says, “We played live all over from Chicago, to parts of Indiana and even opening for bigger bands,” Bolt says, “and the funny thing is we were just kids walking into these venues and seeing these bigger guys, it was a little scary.” As time went going into his early adult years, Bolt decided it was time for a change. “My dream was to write and play my own songs and you can’t do that with a drum kit.” “My best friend to this day, taught me some basic stuff and off I went.” Performing in church as a worship leader, open mics and small city cafes, he would soon take it a step further and find himself in Music City, Nashville Tn where he began co-writing and building relationships that has earned him favor with those in the music industry.

    “I’m always trying to push myself farther and farther, vocally and lyrically, because I constantly find room to grow. I see how my songs resonate with people, because they’re honest. It’s extraordinary to me, the stories of people of whom I’ve never met, because a song I played, provoked positive and open minded thinking. It’s become my mission, it’s why I do what I do, and I see that more than ever now!”

    No cover charge. Musicians play for tips.

  • Live Music: Mid-October

    Live Music: Mid-October

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM

    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 over 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. Musicians play for tips.