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. 

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. 

Lance

Lance joined Riggs in 2021. Lance was trained as a journeyman meat cutter, so he came with plenty of experience in food safety. For years he has trained his pallet in the Riggs Taproom and joined the production team wanting to learn and experience the other side of the glass wall.

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.

Mark

Mark joined Riggs as a bartender in 2021. He holds a Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University and worked in the aviation industry for nearly a decade. His passion for good beverages and learning eventually lead to a spot on the brew team. When Mark is not at the brewery he enjoys cycling, camping, and travel.

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.

Zach

Zach joined Riggs in 2021. When Zach isn’t at Riggs, he enjoys smoking meats on his grill, riding his motorcycle, hanging with his fiancée or his dog Ruby. His favorite Riggs beers are the Kolsch and the Helles and loves learning something new in the brewery every day.

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. If she’s not working on scheduling, restocking supplies or taking all these awesome photos on our website, you might catch her serving a beer or two. 

Abigail

Abigail joined the Riggs team in 2020. Just as she started, the world stopped. She navigated curbside, helped out on the canning line, and other odd jobs that she hadn’t signed up for.  Since reopening she’s back to work in the taproom.  If she’s not behind the bar she’s behind the scenes scheduling food trucks and live music, restocking supplies, or petting a cat. 

Ashley

Ashley has been part of the Riggs team since 2021. When she is not at the bar, she takes care of the plants around the brewery with her associates degree in horticulture. Her favorite season is spring, because everything is starting to bloom and Riggs Maibock is just around the corner.

Taproom Staff

Matt, Brandon, Kevin, Kirstin, Dee, Natalie, Jessie

Caroline, Abigail, Elizabeth, Katie, Alex, Ashley, Josiah, David, Courtney, Elissa, Jess, Daren, Will, Mark

Not pictured: Katie C., Karl

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. This old, polite gentleman likes to go for long walks throughout SE Urbana. If you catch him in the right mood, he’s a 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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