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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

Congratulations, Cubs!

"World Series Champions" sure has a nice ring to it. Congratulations, Chicago, and thanks Cubs, for an epic 2016 season! Fly that "W"!

Food Truck Fridays

Every Friday, the CLB tap room hosts a great area food truck. Coming Soon: November 25, Your Sister's Tomato Wood Fired Pizza will be here, and December 2, don't miss Toasty Cheese!

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.

Winter Seasonal

Frozen OverABV: 6.5%
Spiced English Brown Ale25 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 smoother approach to winter with "Frozen Over", a traditional English Brown Ale with a spicy twist. Chewy caramel notes along with rich, decadent chocolate flavors mingle with hints of vanilla, sweet orange and clove. A truly balanced beer, which is more than can be said about the skaters on the lake.

Limited Release

Papa GrandeABV: 9.5%
Imperial IPA85 IBUs

This beer is brewed in honor of a great guy and a great friend that the world lost in 2015. He was a big dude with an incredible sense of humor, a love of people and an unquenchable zest for life. One of his favorite styles was Imperial IPA. Ryan made this beer with Big Daddy (aka Papa Grande) in mind. Gigantic hop nose, enormous hop flavor, subtle malt sweetness and a firm, bitter finish. I know he would have loved it, and I loved making it in his memory. Hoist a beer and “Cheers” Big Daddy.