On this episode, the podcast crew take a trip downstate to the Urbana side of the Champaign-Urbana area, and sit down with two guys who really know their brewing, as we visit Riggs Beer Company.
Joining The Brit, Phil Clark, are Yankee co-host Ken McMullen from Hopvine Brewing, and riding in the back seat, Illinois beer historian, glass collector, and beer nerd, John Bittermann.
It was Tuesday, and the taproom was closed today, so we had the place to ourselves, so the mics were setup, samples of brews were provided, and we talked with them about their life histories, their journeys into brewing, and the beer styles they are producing. This edition take the farm-to-brewery-to-glass story to another level as we learn about how these guys are growing the corn and wheat needed for a lot of their beers, while at the same time being 90% self-sufficient with their solar panels.
Matt and Darin’s passion showed through in every aspect of their professional and personal lives and careers. As we say in the UK, these guys are “the bees knees!”, or as the term is today, ‘Respect!”
Oh, and did we mention that their beers are some of the freshest, to-style, traditional brews that we’ve tasted in a while, and their glass style lends itself to enjoying the flavors and color of the beer! So, once again, they show that there are great breweries outside of the greater Chicago area that are definitely worth a drive! Cheers to Darin and Matt!
- Dunkelweizen, 5.2%
- Oktoberfest, 6.0%
- American Lager, 5.0%
- Doppelbock, 8.0%
- English Barleywine, 8.9%
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