Location: Crystal Lake, IL
Last visited: July 2016
Spacious, modern feel, stainless steel bar top, comfortable padded barstools; no televisions; shuffleboard, darts, a variety of board games.
Tours on Wednesdays at 6pm and Saturdays at 2pm; cost is $5 and includes two beer samples and a take-home glass.
Beach Blonde Golden Lager (3.75) – Medium body, low bitterness, highly drinkable
Lakesider American Märzen (2.00) – Too bitter for style, medium body, not malty enough
Lakesider ESB (4.00) – Roasted malt flavor evident, low bitterness
Backflip Witbier (4.25) – Great example of style, straw yellow color, low bitterness, very light body, coriander and orange flavors evident
Worlds Collide American Amber (2.00) – Bitterness is a punch in the nose, overpowers the malt flavor
Wake Maker IPA (3.75) – Solid malt character, bitterness not overpowering with respect to malt, balanced
Slalom King Rye IPA (4.25) – Presence of rye a big enhancement over a typical IPA, superbly balanced
Overboard Oatmeal Stout (4.25) – Big, roasty malt flavor, low bitterness, outstanding example of style; smooth and drinkable, not intimidating
Complimentary popcorn and pretzels; rotating food trucks on Fridays.