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.
|Last Cast||ABV: 8.3%|
|Blood Orange IPA||60 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 old man's spirit 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.
|Pilot System - Tap Room Only|
|Buddy Dog Brown||ABV: 5.4%|
|English-style Brown Ale||25 IBUs|
Buddy Dog Brown is named after my sweet old dog Buddy. He was a rescued Shepard/lab mix that didn’t have a tail. One day while drinking our Brown Ale and searching for a name, a friend of mine came up with “Buddy Dog Brown, A beer short on tail but long on taste.” It was a perfect name for one of my favorite beers, and my favorite dog. BDB is rich and chocolatey with a pleasant caramel sweetness. Hints of fresh roasted coffee and a light “toastiness" add to this complex ale. BDB finishes with milk chocolate and caramel flavors blending nicely with a touch of hop spice.