Our Brew Crew

Matt

Matt Riggs has a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Systems Management from the University of Illinois. He worked at the 365-year-old Brauhaus Faust in Miltenberg, Germany before completing his German brewmaster certification at Doemens Akademie in Muich, Germany. He’s in charge of beer production, sales, and distribution.

Darin

Darin Riggs has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois and is a gradaduate of UC Davis’ Master Brewer Program. He worked in an Anheuser-Busch brewery in Northern California before moving back to the family farm in Illinois. His focus is on process automation, maintenance, packaging, and farming. 

Kyle

Kyle was the first “non-Riggs” to join the production team. He first knew he wanted to be a brewer after he tasted a delicious home-brew while couch-surfing. Kyle is a graduate of the associates program in brewing technology at Siebel Institute of Technology. He spent the first years of his brewing career in the Western US, before moving back home to raise his family.

Katie

Katie joined Riggs in 2018 as a bartender, but quickly realized that she wanted to learn more about making beer. She has a great palate for flavors and is a huge asset for sensory training. When she is not on the brewdeck or cleaning a fermenter, she helps out at the bar and plans out the food truck schedule.

Austin

Austin joined Riggs in February of 2021. He got into beer by homebrewing with his Dad. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinematography from SIU  Carbondale and has been brewing around the greater Midwest since 2012. 

Mike

Mike joined Riggs in 2019 looking for an opportunity outside the corporate world. He grew up with Matt and Darin, and thought their plan to open a brewery was awesome. He spends most of his time here on facility upkeep and working in the cellar. He also enjoys working down on the Riggs Farm.

Blake

Blake was born and raised in Urbana. He  joined Riggs in June of 2020 to increase his knowledge of agriculture and the science behind the brewing process. He also loves driving the forklift. 

Our Taproom Team

Caroline

Caroline Riggs grew up in Hardheim, Germany. Her brother came to Champaign County as an exchange student and eventually introduced her to her husband Matt. She went to business school in Germany and is putting her education to use managing the taproom and office. She is in charge of human resources and keeps the books in order.

Jess

Jess has been part of the Riggs team since 2017. She started as a part time bartender, but was having way too much fun to go back to teaching. So she came on full time and you can now find her behind the bar most days. If she is not working at the bar, she is scheduling live music, restocking supplies, or taking all these awesome photos you can find on our website.

Abigail

Abigail joined the Riggs team in 2020. Just as soon as she started the world stopped. She’s navigated curbside, helped out on the canning line, and other jobs that she hadn’t signed up for.  Since reopening she’s back to work in the taproom.  Sometimes you can catch her spunky seven-year-old son Noah helping buss tables or playing with the brew cats.

Taproom Staff

Blake, Will, Caroline, Gretchen, Jess, Dee, Ally Katie, Ashley Abigail, Matt, Hailey, Eden, Courtney, Jess, John, Ryan, Darin.

Not pictured: Holly, Kevin, Kat, Buddy

We’re always looking for talented people to join our team. If you are interested in working in the brewery or taproom, send a resume to: info@riggsbeer.com

The Felines

Dunkles

Dunkles is our original brewery cat. He is the old gentleman that likes to go for long walks throughout Southeast Urbana. If you catch him in the right mood, he’s a total cuddle machine.

Nugget

Nugget is always on patrol. No sane mouse or rabbit comes near his house. He is the athlete in the family. He is also the only cat you can carry on a conversation with.

Millie

Millie-girl is our princess. You’ll find her sitting on one of the heating blankets in her house, or stealing food from the boys. But they are ok with it, ’cause she’s so cute!

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