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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  • Live Music: Live Thru Wednesday

    Live Music: Live Thru Wednesday

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    05/02/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Live Thru Wednesday is a 3-piece Reggae/Rock/Ska band from the Westville, IL area who formed in the fall of 2015. Since the spring of 2016, they’ve played an upwards of 75+ local shows around the Danville, Champaign-Urbana and Covington, IN areas, with an eclectic style ranging anywhere from Sublime, to 311, to Pepper.

    The line-up currently consists of Caleb Seripinas (guitar/vocals), John Seripinas (Bass/vocals), and Cody Guyer (percussion).

    In addition to multiple shows played in the area, the group has also had 2 different E.P. tracks to make local radio airplay, which includes local CU radio stations 107.1 WPGU University of Illinois, 88.7 WPCD Parkland CC, and 90.1 WEFT Community Radio. After laying down a 4 track E.P. last summer, the band is currently in the studio (courtesy of Rebelsfare Collective Studios) recording a full-length, 12-track L.P, which should be released by the spring of 2019.

    Listen to them here.

     

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  • Drone Racing at Riggs

    Drone Racing at Riggs

    All day
    05/05/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

  • Der fünfte Mai: UIGBQ at Riggs!

    Der fünfte Mai: UIGBQ at Riggs!

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    05/05/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Come on out to Riggs Beer Company in Urbana to see the UI Graduate Brass Quintet (and friends!) play some crowd favorites!

    The UIGBQ is the premiere brass quintet at the University of Illinois. Membership consists of the brass studio teaching assistants and graduate brass students. Members are Brian Galli (trumpet), Nicole Gillotti (trumpet), Anna Marshall (horn), Brad Martinez (trombone), Austin Cooper (tuba).

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  • Seasonal Beer Release: SIPL

    Seasonal Beer Release: SIPL

    3:00 PM-10:00 PM
    05/09/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    On May 9th, Riggs Beer Company will release May’s seasonal: Session India Pale Lager

    If you’ve been following our facebook updates, you’ve seen that – for the first time – Riggs Beer Company has collaborated with another brewery on a beer. For this special event, we worked with Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, St. Louis. Just like our brewmaster Matt, their brewmaster Florian is a German certified Braumeister. Both breweries focus on traditional German and American styles. While Urban Chestnut has a branch in the Urban Chestnut Hallertau in Germany, surrounded by hop fields, we are surrounded by fields where the grain was grown for this beer.
    100% of the grain in this beer is Riggs-grown
    We pitched a mix of both the Riggs house lager yeast strain, and Urban Chestnuts lager yeast strain.
    The main difference is in the water.
    We brewed a batch here in Urbana together, which will be released on draft only on 5/9/19. We also hauled a truck load of grain down to St. Louis and brewed a batch there. This will be available for draft and in a can.

     

    SIPL (short for Session India Pale Lager) is low in alcohol content but has plenty of American hop character. At 4.6% ABV, you can literally make an afternoon out of enjoying the wonderfully balanced lemon zest aroma and soft malt character of this little beauty. The finish is dry, clean, and slightly bitter, leaving you ready for another SIPL. And why not? It’s only 4.6%.

    With special catering 5-8 pm:

    Smoked Wings with Riggs Beer BBQ Sauce
    • American Lager Battered Catfish Nuggets
    • Schnitzel / Jäger Schnitzel with Spätzle and Red Cabbage
    • Brat Plate
    • Brats
    • Pretzel with Obatzda
    • Desserts
    Prices range from $4-$10
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  • Live Music: Joel David Weir

    Live Music: Joel David Weir

    5:30 PM-7:30 PM
    05/10/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Come our to see Joel play a set in the beergarden: folk songs, singalongs, some choice covers

    No cover charge. More.

     

     

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  • Spring Wreath Making Workshop

    Spring Wreath Making Workshop

    1:00 PM-2:00 PM
    05/12/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    With the brightness of Spring on our doorstep, 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, boxwood, 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.
    Date and time: May 12th, 1pm-2pm
    Location: Riggs Beer Company, 1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, IL
    Cost: $30
    **Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Preregistration required in order to best accommodate space and supplies. Class spaces limited.

    Sign up here.

  • Science on Tap

    Science on Tap

    4:00 PM-5:00 PM
    05/12/2019

    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.

    Janhavi Kolhe

    PhD student in Cellular and Developmental Biology

    will be speaking on

    Beer, Bread and Biology?

    Using bakers yeast as a model organism to study a variety of cellular processes.

    mcb.gsa@gmail.com

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  • Live Music: Gavin Stolte

    Live Music: Gavin Stolte

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    05/16/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    Gavin Stolte, a local music veteran of nearly 40 years in the Champaign-Urbana area, performs classic R&B, rock and pop tunes in a solo setting.
    Gavin plays acoustic guitar and sings along with some funky keyboard drum and bass beats. You may be tempted to dance! His songwriting skills are revealed in a dozen of his own compositions which he performs at every show.

    Listen to them here.

     

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  • Live Music: John McMahon

    Live Music: John McMahon

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    05/23/2019

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

    John McMahon has been playing music locally since around 1991, either as a solo acoustic performer or in a number of bands. Recent projects include Hi Ho Buffalo, Rockaway Beach and The Doubt. Currently John is doing a mix of solo shows and playing in The Painkillers Blues Band.

    No cover charge.

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  • Live Music: Mid-October

    Live Music: Mid-October

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    05/30/2019

    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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