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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

Beer Garden

Enjoy the warm days, and evenings, of summer with a pint of craft brew, here in the tap room or outside in our beer garden.

Oktoberfest - Sept. 16 & 17

Join us for our 2nd annual Oktoberfest celebration, September 16th & 17th! Featuring great food, terrific live music, and of course, some of the best beer you'll find this side of Munich!


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.

Summer Seasonal

BackflipABV: 5.2%
Belgian Witbier14 IBUs

This perfect turn is CLB’s “Backflip”, a delicious Belgian-style Witbier that tastes like summer in a glass. Hints of camomile, orange peel and coriander provide a refreshing balance to the wheat’s slight twang, while the high carbonation adds a crisp feel. You’ll fall heels-over-head for this one.

Limited Release - Coming Soon

Midnight HarvestABV: 7.0%
Wet-Hopped Black IPA70 IBUs

Hops are harvested just once each year, and the vast majority are dried and packaged for use year-round. But a lucky few get picked fresh, taken straight to the brewery, and made into a truly special seasonal beer. At CLB, that beer is Midnight Harvest, our wonderfully complex and delicious Black IPA.