Core Beers
About Us
Tap Room
Look For Us

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.

Tap Room Hours During Covid

The CLB tap room is open daily for pints in our outdoor beer garden and our large, physically spaced tap room. We also offer beer to go in 6-packs, growlers, howlers and crowlers, as well as merchandise and gift cards, during these same hours.

Monday - Thursday : 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday : 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday : Noon to 9:00 pm
Sunday : Noon pm to 8:00 pm

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 don't try us just because we're brewed right in your backyard. Instead, try a CLB because we're committed to brewing world-class beer. Beer that is easy to drink, and hard to put down.

Click For Video

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.

Special Release

Reel HazyABV: 5.7%
New England Pale Ale24 IBUs

Reel Hazy is an explosion of hoppy goodness! Huge tropical fruit notes erupt from the pint. The beer has a definite haze due in large part to the outrageous amount of hops we put into it. The flavors range from pineapple, mango and guava to candied orange and kiwi. The body is smooth with only a slight bitterness allowing the almost creamy mouth feel to caress your palate. If you love hops and the alcohol of an IPA, but aren’t a fan of intensely bitter beers, then this beer is for you!

Winter Seasonal

Frozen OverABV: 6.5%
English Brown Ale25 IBUs

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.