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Chain O' Lakes Brewing Company to open in McHenry

A Storm is Brewing ...

A half a century after McHenry Brewery stopped brewing beer, Chain O'Lakes Brewing Company will again bring hand crafted beer to the city, the county and to the lakes region.


When the Chain O'Lakes Brewing Company unveils its new brew house, it will mark the return of the brewer's art to the city of McHenry after a near half-century absence.  With a history of an operating brewery dating back to the 1861, McHenry Brewing Company brewed beer until it closed its doors in the fifties, leaving a great void in the local beer scene.  As a result, local residents' beer choices were limited to the bland, mass-produced malt beverages from national breweries.


Fortunately, the installation of a tiny ale brewery in a historic, turn-of-the-century building will bring with it the return of fresh, handcrafted ales brewed in the Old World tradition.  A far cry from the mainstream lager-brewery products, the Chain O'Lakes Brewing Company ales will be produced from only the finest malted barley extracts, generous amounts of fresh hops, water and specially selected ale yeasts. The end result is a selection of unfiltered, unpasteurized ales in a variety of classic beer styles.  Chain O'Lakes Brewing Company ales can be enjoyed at the peak of freshness directly from the serving tanks.

Look for The Colonel's IPA, Heartland Amber, Fox River Scotch Ale, Rusty Anchor Red and Thunder Storm Black.


Visit Chain O'Lakes Brewing Company located in the heart of McHenry's historic downtown shopping district...coming soon.

Come experience all the local flavor we have to offer!

Chain O’ Lakes Brewing Company:

“Good Beer – Made Here”


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