Chain O'Lakes Big Batch & Seasonal Beers
Our flagship beers are served year round and will soon be available in local bars and restaurants.
We craft brew these beers on our 8 barrel system and tap or keg them direct from the serving tanks to ensure freshness. They are available to go in our specialty growlers and grumblers.

Fox River Scotch Ale
ABV 5.0% IBU 30 “A Big Beer with Plenty of Flavor“

Scottish Ales traditionally go through a long boil in the kettle for a caramelization of the wort. This produces a deep copper to brown in color brew and a higher level of unfermentable sugars which create a rich mouthfeel and malty flavors and aromas. Overall hop character is low, light floral or herbal, allowing its signature malt profile to be the highlight. Fox River Scotch Ale has subtle smoky taste that cuts the sweetness and has a nuttiness to it for a very nice finish.
The Colonel’s IPA
ABV 5.2% IBU 45 “Refreshing Piney Bitterness”
As with a number of brewing styles, IPA was born out of necessity. When the British were colonizing India, the beers they sent down to their troops kept spoiling during the long sea voyage. With an extra healthy dose of hops and alcohol, both having great preservative value, their problems were solved, and the world had another distinctive beer style. The Colonel’s IPA does more than emulate the style. This flagship ale features Galena Hops for bittering and Amarillo Gold hops for aroma that create a crisp bitterness and imparts a balanced floral and piney aroma.
The Colonel's WIPA
ABV 7.1% IBU 71 “Bold and Bitter”

This rich West Coast amber colored ale gets its strength and depth of character from the citrusy/piney flavor of Summit, Chinook, Citra, and Cascade hops. Moderately balanced with a medium body and malt character. This beer is all about the hops.
Thunderstorm Black
ABV 5.0% IBU 22 “Seasonal”
A traditional German Style Black beer. This ale is filled with deep dark roasted flavors -- nothing too ashy, with a hint of chocolate and pepper. The rich heavy malt of Thunderstorm Black is cut clean with refreshing German hops in the finish.
I'm Bock
ABV 6.2% IBU 23 “Seasonal”
A strong brown lager with bold flavors. A complex malt profile and noble hops give wonderful roasted caramel and hints of chocolate/coffee with an earthy fruitiness, prune or raisin like. Medium to full body with a lasting and warming finish.
Dog Days Summer Wit
ABV 5.6% IBU 18 “Seasonal”
Belgian “White Beer”. A refreshing, elegant, tasty, moderate strength wheat-based ale. A fruity beer spiced with coriander and orange peel. Low hop bitterness as the bitter orange peel merges well with the wheat and coriander to produce a unique Belgian style of beer.
Chain O'Lakes Brewing Company 3425 Pearl St. McHenry , IL 60050 Phone: 815-331-8345

Tap Room Hours:   Wednesday
4-9   Thursday 4-8   Friday 4-9   Saturday 12-8