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The Olive Tap Crystal Lake
68 N. Williams Street
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
Monday thru Wednesday = 10 am - 6 pm
Thursday = 10 am - 7 pm
Friday = 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday = 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday = 11 am - 3 pm
As new owners, we are enjoying each day of this new endeavor. If you haven't stopped by recently, please come in soon, we'd love to meet you!
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We appreciate the continued support as we continue to expand our selection of products and get to know all of the long time customers of The Olive Tap, and make new friends, as well.
Brett & Kristie Rainwater
The thought of Summer brings several things to mind…long sunny days, outdoor markets, produce, and pesto!! Pesto is the wonderful summer treat that changes how we decorate pastas, meats, vegetables and more!Pesto has its origins in Genoa and derives its name from the Genoese word pestâ, which means to pound or crush. Pesto is traditionally [...]
Celebrate 10 Years of The Olive Tap with 10 Ways To Incorporate Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Into Your Daily Routine!
On July 1st, 2006, The Olive Tap in Long Grove opened its doors to introduce a new way of experiencing olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Our “taste before you buy” approach introduced customers to a variety of quality olive oils and balsamics, each to be sampled from their stainless steel fusti tanks. While some may [...]
Venture in to any festival in Southern Spain and the beverage found everywhere will be Sherry Wine: Sherry punches, cocktails, etc. This complex and aromatic wine is produced in the Jerez triangle in the Southeastern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, in the region of Cadiz, and is used to make the gastronomically rich Sherry Vinegar. [...]
Andalucia, the Southern region in Spain, is known for many cultural elements. Flamenco dancers and singers are at their best here. Bullfights and férias match the intensity of the sun and heat. Splendid cross-cultural architecture and gleaming white villages glisten across the landscape. The rolling hills are speckled with ancient olive trees, which can more [...]
As the weather warms, our outdoor dining table turns lighter and brighter. This lighter fare is known as tapas, tarailletes, small plates, appetizers or simply snacks. Whether on the back deck or patio, at the local park or lake, perhaps even a baseball or soccer game, the food preferences become more playful and flavorful. We [...]
We first shared with you recipes for drinking vinegar in our Timeless Virtues of Vinegar article in 2014 when we published this recipe for a Lambrusco Shrub. Drinking vinegar has been labelled as one of the top health trends of the year for 2016. Whether you are interested in the health benefits or are just curious and interested [...]
The Olive Tap prides itself on offering a variety of 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oils from delicate to robust, to please a wide range of palettes. While the Olive Tap Tasting Panel approves only the highest quality of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) based on chemical and sensory analyses, we always consider flavor above all else. How [...]
Surely you have heard of the Mediterranean Diet, which evokes images of white-washed Greek islands, turquoise seas, and 90+ year-old men and women breakfasting on olives and olive oil. The Mediterranean Diet is composed primarily of fruits, vegetables, pulses (dry peas, beans, lentils and chick peas), seafood, sheep and goat’s milk and, best of all, [...]
The recent 60 Minutes exposé on Mafia involvement in Italian agriculture and especially fraudulent and adulterated olive oils has generated a lot of inquiries into the difference between the Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO) offered by The Olive Tap stores and those suspect oils sold in grocery and other retail outlets. Firstly, we need [...]