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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.

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.

New Release

Boathouse ReserveABV: 10.3%
Barrel-Aged Stout Series45 IBUs

Sometimes, the moment demands more. Crystal Lake Brewing answers that call by brewing the perfect Imperial Stout — rich aromas of roast coffee deepened with the flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, molasses, and a touch of vanilla — and then aging it in wooden bourbon and rye whiskey barrels. This extra step creates a dark, mysterious stout with an oakey flavor and sublime whiskey notes. A truly special beer for special moments. But don’t hesitate; like those perfect evenings on the lake, these are in short supply.