Along with a healthy dose of local pride, we're passionate about brewing
a better beer. Honest, accessible, thirst-provoking beer, created with attention
to quality and taste reminiscent of a simpler time when craftsmanship was king.
Beer that is easy to drink and hard to put down.
In The Tap Room
Pints & Flights
The CLB Tap Room is the perfect place to find your favorite beer. We always have 8 to 12 different offerings on tap, available in pints or taster flights (4 beers, each in a 4 oz pour). Bring your own food to pair with our delicious, locally made beers!
Take It Home
Staying home or headed to a party? Growlers are 64 oz glass jugs filled with fresh craft beer right from the tap, and are perfect for the back porch or gatherings with family and friends. Available in the tap room during regular tap room hours.
Your Local Beer
CLB beers are available at hundreds of better bars, restaurants and retailers across northern Illinois. Family-owned, with roots in the community, we take pride in the fact that we brew and package our products right here in downtown Crystal Lake. But donʼt try us just because weʼre brewed right in your backyard. Instead, try a CLB because weʼre committed to brewing world-class beer. Beer created with the attention to quality and taste reminiscent of a simpler time when craftsmanship mattered.
|Frozen Over||ABV: 6.5%|
|English Brown Ale||25 IBUs|
Every winter they lace ‘em up. Clearing the kids off the frozen patch of lake that doubles as an ice rink, these dads celebrate the season with a rousing — and sometimes rough-housing — game of hockey. A Crystal Lake tradition, complete with bumps and bruises.
CLB takes a smooth approach to winter with "Frozen Over", a traditional English Brown Ale. Rich aromas of dark chocolate and caramel complement a subtle hint of herbal hop spice, adding to the complexity. A sip reveals flavors of milk chocolate and chewy caramel, along with a bit of fresh baked bread rounding the sweetness out.
|Boathouse Reserve||ABV: 10.3%|
|Oak-Aged Imperial Stout||70 IBUs|
Sometimes, the moment demands more. Crystal Lake Brewing answers that call with the exceptional Barrel-Aged Boathouse Reserve Collection. These are bold brews featuring rich aromas of freshly roasted coffee deepened with the flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, and molasses, and aged for over a year in just-emptied, wooden bourbon barrels. This extra step creates a dark, mysterious stout with an oakey flavor and sublime bourbon notes. A truly special beer for special moments.