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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

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.

Limited Release

Too Much CologneABV: 5.2%
German Kölsch-Style Ale20 IBUs

Over 4,250 miles separate Crystal Lake and Cologne, Germany. That's a long way to go to get a traditional Kölsch bier. So we partnered with the good folks at Plank Road Tap Room in Elgin to create a German Kölsch-style ale we call "Too Much Cologne." Skipping the ocean crossing also makes this beer perfect for our Dry Land Series.

Light in color and wonderfully clear, this bright ale brings a pleasant, light fruitiness to the nose. Flavors of fresh pear and white grape, along with a hint of hop spice, are followed with a touch of wheat malt character, adding to the complexity. Finishing clean and refreshing, Too Much Cologne proves you don't have to go far to get a taste of Germany. Prost!

Spring Seasonal

Spring FeverABV: 5.4%
Raspberry-Hibiscus Ale17 IBUs

There’s a buzz in the air. An anticipation that builds with each passing day as robins reappear, daffodils bloom, and the lake ice goes out and the piers go in. And no one is more excited for the equinox than the folks in Crystal lake.

Another sure sign of spring is our seasonal release Spring Fever, a Raspberry Hibiscus Ale that is both tart and tasty, refreshing and delicious. Malt, hops, raspberries and hibiscus flowers conspire to create an easy drinking, fruity beer that celebrates the new season. Consider Spring sprung.