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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.

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.

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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.

Tap Room Safety

The CLB tap room is open again, and we are doing our part to ensure that tap rooms, bars and restaurants across the state stay open. That means remaining committed to limiting the spread of the Covid-19 virus by following common-sense safety protocols.

Here at CLB, we are maintaining a safe distance between tables, wearing masks at all times, washing our hands regularly, and implementing sanitary procedures that are even more strict than usual.

When you visit the tap room, you'll be asked to check in to be seated, wear a mask when not seated at your table, limit group sizes to 10 people or less, and respect physical distance between groups.

Everyone here at Crystal Lake Brewing is thrilled to welcome the community back to our tap room, and we're dedicated to doing so responsibly to keep people healthy while enjoying a pint in a safe environment.

Coming Soon: Fall Seasonal

Last CastABV: 8.3%
Blood Orange IPA60 IBUs

The Old Man On The Lake, they called him. Been around as long as anyone could remember. Knew where all the fish were; hell, he knew most of 'em by name. And famous for his signature, late summer call: "Last cast, and then one more."

We honor the spirit of autumn with our fall seasonal, "Last Cast." This Blood Orange IPA blends bright, citrusy hops with the bold flavors of the blood orange, creating an explosion of fruit and pleasing bitterness on the palate for an unforgettable character - just like the Old Man.

Coming Soon: Oktoberfest

OktoberfestABV: 5.8%
Oktoberfest Lager23 IBUs

When the sounds of polka music and clinking beer steins fill the air, that can only mean one thing: Oktoberfest is back. While the band oom-pa-pas and the crowd sings Ein Prosit, we've got you covered with a true-to-style Oktoberfest brewed right here in Crystal Lake.

Our Oktoberfest is characterized by subtle flavors of fresh baked bread and hints of honey malt sweetness. But you'll also find a slightly herbal note, adding complexity for a more traditional balance. Any more authentic, and it'd be wearing lederhosen. Prost!