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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-718-5345 .
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 email@example.com to reserve tables for your group or to get more information about planning a private event.
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Live Music: Chip McNeill Jazzhttp://www.riggsbeer.com/index.php/event/chipmcneill-6/
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.
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!
Seasonal Beer Release: Koelschhttp://www.riggsbeer.com/index.php/event/seasonal-beer-koelsch/
On April 11th, Riggs Beer Company will release April’s seasonal: Illinois Kölsch
Riggs Illinois Kölsch is brewed with 100% Riggs Grown barley and wheat. At 4.6% ABV, it’s a real thirst quencher.
It is the official beer of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon and a pint will be waiting for you at the finish line.
The beer will be available in the tap room starting at 3 pm.
With special food catering by Blue Dragonfly Catering 5-8 pm:
– Pulled Pork or Smoked Brisket
with beer infused BBQ sauces
– Schnitzel/Jägerschnitzel served with Spätzle & Red Cabbage
– German Potato Salad
– Brat Plate with Sauerkraut and Pretzel
– Pretzel with Obatzda
–> while supplies last
Science on Taphttp://www.riggsbeer.com/index.php/event/science-on-tap-18/
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.
PhD student in Biochemistry
Engineering a Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) protein to assist HIV treatment design
The HIV-1 gp160 protein fluctuates among a range of conformations – closed, partially open, and open – exposing different antibody target sites. The “closed” gp160 conformation is a primary target in current vaccine design efforts because it hides poor target sites while exposing conserved target sites. Deep mutational scanning was used to provide insight into gp160 acquiring open and closed conformations; we hope these findings may assist HIV-1 treatment design.
Live Music: The Stan O'Connor Acoustic Circushttp://www.riggsbeer.com/index.php/event/stanoconnor/
The Stan O’Connor Acoustic Circus
Playing an eclectic mix of original acoustic songs and covers from the likes of:
- Drive by Truckers
- Van Morrison
- Son Volt
- Big Head Todd and the Monsters
- New Order
- Uncle Lucius
- Jason Isbell
- Gillian Welch
- Justin Townes Earle