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Riggs among new makers to join Illinois Made program

The Illinois Office of Tourism has announced five new local businesses joining the Illinois Made program. This new class of makers includes local farms offering farm-to-table dinners, a coffee roastery focused on giving back and the first craft brewery to win the Illinois Sustainability Award. Each of these makers provide visitors and locals with authentic Illinois experiences and contribute to making the state an incredible destination.

The latest makers to join the class include Urbana’s Riggs Beer Company. Riggs Beer, owned by veteran brothers Matt and Darin Riggs, offers a variety of American- and German-style beers with corn, wheat and barley grown on their family farm in Sidney. Riggs Beer is dedicated to using sustainable methods when brewing through using approximately 1,500 pounds of their own grain each month and being 90- to 100-percent solar powered. In 2018, Riggs Beer became the first brewery to be awarded the Illinois Sustainability Award.

Launched in 2016, the Illinois Made program spotlights the people, products and experiences unique to Illinois, inspiring travelers to explore off the beaten path destinations around the state. There are currently more than 150 makers in the program.

To learn more about Illinois Made, visit