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Ram Restaurant & Brewery

Not Rated.
Ram Restaurant & BreweryRam Restaurant & Brewery
Based on:
22 Beers
115 Hads
Place Score: 81
Reviews: 32
Visits: 50
Avg: 3.44
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1901 E. McConner Pkwy
Schaumburg, Illinois, 60173
United States
phone: (847) 517-8791

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Photo of mynie
4.01/5  rDev +16.6%

Can't believe I've never rated a RAM before. I've been to a handful, and the quality has been pretty consistent location by location. Since I'm most familiar with the Schaumburg location, that'll be the one I review.

The vibe and aesthetics are markedly like a neighborhood chain restaurant, although that's not really a bad thing. Chain restaurant aesthetics are bad when they're too aggressive--Applebee's is aggressively stupid, Red Lobster is aggressively ersatz, Buffalo Wild Wings is aggressively masculine, etc. RAM's have a little bit of a soulless prefab feel to them, yes, but they're not in your face about it--they don't make the waitresses dress slutty, bad music isn't blasting, and there's no kitschy crap on the walls.

The beers are consistent. I've never had a RAM beer that knocked my socks off, but I've also never had one that wasn't at least pretty good.

The food is maybe a step above your standard chain restaurant fare, and the beers are a step above, say, Granite City, or even a good number of smaller, non-chain brewpubs. Stopping by RAM doesn't generate the same king of enjoyable adventure vibe you get from checking out a new, completely independent brewery. But it does mean you're in for solid beer in a pleasant atmosphere.

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Photo of stouts4me
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Surprised on the lower ratings on this location; stop by on a Fri or Sat night, jammed. Rest of the time, steady. Must not be anyone taking time to review.

Have stopped here many times on the way to or from O'Hare. Great place for a beer, solid choices, not over the top, but good beer, good service, have always had that, and solid atmosphere. Nice outdoor patio, good merch, if you like. The $5 summertime growler fills were nice, too.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I've visited Ram Restaurant and Brewery in Schaumburg on many occasions as I used to live about 5 minutes away.

The Atmosphere is great. There's a separate bar and dining area. It's laid out well and provides a clean, comfortable environment.

The Quality is pretty good. I give a 3.5 for the food as I've enjoyed most things I've ordered from here, but nothing has really stood out. I give a 3 for the beer as nothing I've had from them has stood out while not being bad either.

The Service is great. I've never had a problem, and they provide timely, polite service.

The Selection is alright. They have some house brews, but as of the last time I visited, they didn't offer anything noteworthy outside of that.

The Food is good. I've enjoyed what I've ordered, but I've never had anything that would specifically bring me back. Their mexican-influenced burger was probably the thing I most enjoyed on the menu.

Overall Ram is an enjoyable location to eat and drink, but on that same note, I've never had anything that's brought me back, which is why I haven't visited in years. However, if you haven't been here before, it's good enough to visit and make your own call.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It's an open dining room on one side with an open bar on the other. The bar doesn't get loud and the place is split with part of the kitchen and some isolation walls.

It's got a nice atmosphere with earth tones, darker woods, and precision lighting for tables and eating areas. There are TVs in the corners in case someone has interest, but they are unobtrusive otherwise.

The beer focuses on their house variety, which are all pretty good. Their seasonals are very good and worth trying for sure if you get the chance.

The private rooms are part of the restaurant/bar enough to maintain the idea of being out for a good time, but gives enough seclusion that your party won't be interrupted.

The food is quite good. Their burgers are done very well and their bigger plates are fantastic. Some dishes seem a little high in price, but from experience, the portion is about right and the quality doesn't make you regret it.

It's definitely a place to try, especially if looking for micro-brewed beer. The menu has a good amount of variety for either a decent sized meal or just a burger (good burger at that) to have alongside a couple of beers.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

There was a desire for steak, and since I really enjoy the steaks at the Wheeling location, I figured I'd take a friend of mine here. 'Twas a Monday night, somewhere 'round 7pm; the place was pretty crowded, but we were able to quickly get a table in the "lounge" area. It's a chain restaurant-brewery like any other, with semi-dim lighting, semi-sports/semi-classy eatery decor. The year-round brews are generally pretty good, but the seasonals this time (an Irish red and a pils) were kinda weak. The waitress really didn't seem to know much about the beers (couldn't recognize the Irish red by its name, even) and was a tad on the slow side, but nothing was given in error. My friend and I both enjoyed our steaks (she seemed to like the beers more than I did, for whatever reason), though this was in no way surprising. Overall, a nice place to hit every now and again, but not really a true destination in its own right.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited 10/7/2010 late in the evening (half hour before last call).

Service was prompt and friendly. Too late for anything from the kitchen so we just got a sampler. Had a nice conversation with the waitress about the upcoming 20th, or 25th (can't remember) anniversary of the place and about the fact that they make the same standard recipes at all these places, which saves me the trouble of ticking them all.

The beer was all over the place in terms of quality. Some were downright bad while others were bordering on good.

Didn't stay long but the place was open with lots of tables and high ceiling. Don't know how loud it gets on a Friday or Saturday night though as we were there on a Thursday night.

Nice place over all but not sure if there is a good reason for me to go back, unless I'm staying in the area or a friend really wanted to go.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Amongst the few times I've come to this place, the last time I came here was was when my girlfriend brought me for my birthday (does she know me or what).

Anyway, The atmosphere of the places looks similar to the other ones I've been to it does have that chain restaurant feel to it, but the brewing equipment and bar area do look rather unique.

The overall quality of the establishment is pretty good there is no visual problems or out right complaints that I've had with anything in particular in my visits with the place. Or else I probably wouldn't come back as many times as I have.

The service is pretty darn good, they have a pretty good knowledge of the beer types that they serve. As well as the majority of the individuals have been attentive and friendly. And as far as I recall they've never messed up an order.

The selection is anywhere between 6-8 beers depending on the season. They have their standard brews as well as some rotating seasonals. For the most part I don't care for a few of the regulars save the Porter, but the seasonals tend to be rather nice. Even with the limited options it's rather nice that they have their own style of beer.

The food is good as well I believe that I've never been dissatisfied with it. I particularly enjoy several of the meals that either beer batter or use beer in the bbq sauce. Overall, the food and the beer combined keep me coming back.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Man, was this a big place, yet hard to find.
A huge bar with huge tables along the walls. They make their own beer offerings and I tried their Hefeweiss which was pretty good. Everything food related we had was quite good despite a slightly steep price. The staff was very friendly and helpful until it came time to ordering the beer, but I did not mind.

I would go back again for sure just for the food. I would be curious how their other beer offerings stack up for the styles they are in. The deep fried pickles were amazing by the way, i would go back just to try a few brews and a giant bowl of those fried pickles.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Ram Restaurant/Big Horn Brewing is located in Schaumburg right off I-90 on McConner Pkwy. They have a fairly large lot.

The inside is very spacious with high ceilings. The lounge/bar area is on the right and the restaurant seating area is on the left. There is a lot of brick along with red/brown colors and the place has a somewhat industrial feel. In the bar area the brewing equipment is visible, and there are large boards displaying the beers on tap.

As for the beers, this location has more or less the standard "spiral" group of beers from the Hefe, Big Red IPA, 71 Pale, etc as well as a seasonal (Maibock). All of the beers are more or less average and are available in a sampler for $4.

Service was decent on a weekday lunch. The bar server didn't seem overly knowledgeable about beer but was friendly.

The food at Ram is pretty good, no complaints about my sandwich.

Overall this is a decent stop along the highway but is pretty far down the list of Chicago-area beer spots.

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Photo of claytri
3.75/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I really like this place. I've been several times when travelling in the area. It's a loud sports bar atmosphere. The beer and food are good solid products. The service at the bar was a bit slow, but was due to the crowd that was gathered there. Pretty standard bar food menu, but large so something for most people. They specialize in burgers and have a variety of named special burgers. The food is always good here. It's nothing pretentious, just good solid food done well. I'd say it's pretty reasonable, but that could vary. The burgers might be a bit pricey, but the steaks are a very nice price.

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Photo of tatt2ed
3.68/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

lets start out with the food, if you want hot food this is not the place to go at all , the first time we ate there i requested HOT fries and got old warm ones reheated, the second time was even worse, we sat next to the kitchen and watched our food sit there and sit there till the cold fries and waffle fries were up. the only thing positive about the food is the onion rings. they are some of the best i have ever had and the only item that was extremely hot. the service was ever so slightly above average, only reason i say this is because neither time the waitress could tell me anything about their house beers except their names (which by the way is on the menus and on the wall in very large letters)
BEER time ,seasonals.... the barefoot winter wit was good (alittle too winter moon'ish but very good). nutcracker was my favorite , hazelnutty times 10, no small flavors here ! bighorn hefe another great flavorful selection typical hefe and yet still suprized me on how the flavor carried. total disorder porter is a must try hard to describe and ever harder to forget. 71 pale ale was flavorful and worth a few refills. the buttface amber ale was a little sweet but worth trying a few more times, the other 2 house beers are next on my "to try list"
overall i would say the beer is worth going for on its own, and if you get hungry get the onion rings. maybe save your money, eat somewhere else then goto the RAM for their brews. $4 growlers and $5.50 = 1/2 price fri and sat fills is another great plus about this place

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Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Knowing this was a chain brewpub, and being disappointed by the Rosemont Ram location, I wasn't expecting much really. Found my way to the bar early in the day, past the hostess stand to the right. The space was cavernous, more suited to house a few prop planes than a restaurant. A few beer signs decorated the place, and they had copies of Great Lakes Brewing News at the door. A giant upside-down canoe was suspended overhead, the centerpiece of the northwoods lodge-meets-airplane hangar interior. The U-shaped bar was familiar, as was the "library" shelving decor behind the bar. Brewing equipment loomed large behind glass panels above the bar. Beer styles were listed on the windows, and a chalkboard listed the beers available, awkwardly posted high on the side wall. A ton of tv's stacked on top of each other, with a large projection screen behind the bar also.

Selection was pretty good, they had 4 seasonals: Higgins ESB, Norm! Pilsner, Barefoot Wit, and Brunette Bombshell, an American Brown ale. The Big Red IPA was also available, but it wasn't very good. After talking with the bartender I learned they have brewed a couple different DIPAs (Double Trouble, Hop Harvest) and a bourbon aged one also. Service was really good, although there was only one other patron at the bar when I was there.

Didn't try the food, but i'd return if I was in the area. A passable place to hide out if your significant other is at Ikea or Woodfield.

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Photo of KBomb
4/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Yes, this is a chain brewpub. I frequented some of the original locations often back when I lived in Washington state, and for the price they can't be beat. Since returning to Chicago I've come back here for some very good food offerings and some decent beer.

The atmosphere at the Schaumburg location is average. Big room, lots of TVs in the bar. There are some decent beers here and some not so good ones. Even though they're often served a little too cold, I like the Buttface Amber and the Porter. The Witbier here is not as good as others I've had at different locations. Let's be clear, none of these brews are "extreme" or even superb; but they're good enough and its hard to beat fresh draft beer to wash down good food. And the food is good.

There is a lot of the typical Bar & Grill offerings: burgers, wings, sandwiches, etc. I've never been disappointing with any of them. Where the RAM shines is its wild pacific seafood. Midwesterners are under the unfortunate impression that farm raised Atlantic salmon is good fish. Its not. Wild Alaskan Salmon, King Crab, and rock shrimp are all delicious and are featured in many well executed dishes. I'd call it a good value too; wild seafood will cost twice as much in a downtown restaurant. Their desserts are also quite good. My wife and I share one almost every time we go.

Service has been mostly good in my experience. Friendly bartenders and servers, prompt service.

Do not expect to be blown away by incredible beer, but don't write off the RAM as a typical restaurant chain.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

When you walk in you are drawn to the giant wall of brewing equipment along the back wall. Big roomy atmosphere with tons of TV's. Great place to watch a game. Good selection of beers on tap...about 10 or 11. I enjoyed several of them and liked almost all. The bartender was friendly and service was decent. The food is nothing to write home about but but bad either. As far as chain places go this was pretty cool and a great way to kill an evening watching a game or just grabbing a quick bite. Worth the visit.

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Photo of gixxerman
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I don't usually go for the chain brewpubs, but I have to admit, this one was pretty cool.

There is a bit of something for everyone here. I can see why hardcore BAs might not like it, but I think the place has value.

There is a sports oriented bar off to the right of the entrance, which was packed due to the Blackhawks playoff game. It has a giant (over 100 inch) TV screen on the wall above the bar. It is visible from anywhere in the space. This is a great place to watch a game, and alot of people are already on that script.

Straight ahead there is a counter, you can sit there and eat/drink, while watching the cooks do there thing.

To the left is a more casual/date night area with comtemporary decor and candlelighting.

I also noticed a private room throught there, but did not get to check it out.

I started with a 71 and then a Big Red IPA - I thought both beers were very good. For dinner I had the sirloin salad which was also great. I was there on Tuesday - pints are only $2.50 all day - quite the bargain.

If you are looking for a cozy local brewpub feeling - you will be disappointed. This is not what this place is, or tries to be. But if you want to get some good beer, and want to take some people who are not BAs this is a good bet. This place could also be a gateway to bring your maco friend into the world of microbrews nice and easy.

Service was above average, despite the crowd. I might actually try another Ram next time I am near one, this one was that good.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

When you first encounter the Ram you see giant brewing equipment outside that is all clean looking with pipes running inside. Then inside you look to your right and see a giant bar with a two story wall that resembles a library...of alcohol! It even has the two ladders that skid back and fourth to collect bottles from the top! Holy crap is that a lot of booze!
To the left is the dining area and straight ahead is the cooking area which jutts out from the wall and is open-air. You see fires going and cooks going nuts.

Everything is lower level lighting with dark wood and darker accents. Brick walls, open ceilings, and big, plush booths.

The food is awesome. I have never experienced anything resembling bad there and neither has anyone that I've been with. The burgers are killer and the chicken is delicious.

The beer is pretty damn good! I've done the sampler plate a few times but I will usually go with pints. I haven't had a bad beer. The hefeweiss is very banana-esque, the seasonals are always good, and the Buttface Amber is AWESOME! Now, their beer doesn't compair to a true micro or craft brewery but it's hands-down better than any macro by far. I really do think that most of their beer is very drinkable and delicious too.

I really don't think theres much not to like at the Ram. Good service, good quality, and fair pricing all wrapped up in a very cool atmosphere.

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Photo of Florida9
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 2

Commercial brewery/restaurant in the Western 'burbs close to Woodfield Mall. Don't think of this as a brewpub (it is not), it is much more of a restaurant whose gimmick is brewing beer. To get an idea of the feel, the Ram's menu is of the lamenated type with cute little pictures of the food on it. However, the place is well kept, clean and stylish and can turn into a bit of a middle-aged meat market on the weekends.

Ram brews are typically unimpressive, but are nearly always unoffensive. Brewed for the mass market, the beers are quite generic, but are still better than most macros. Typically there are six staple beers and two beers in rotation.

Food is unimpressive, uninspired, and, like their beer, intended for the masses.

Service can be hit or miss. Don't count on anyone actually knowing anything about beer, though.

Ram's best feature is $5 growler fills on Fridays, which is quite a nice way to start the weekend.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2

big, nice looking brewpub. dark wood, dark lighting, lots of tv's in the bar area. not much brewerania to look at. was disappointed by the beers. there were about six to choose from and the ones we had were served way too cold and were thin, watery, and lacking in character and flavor. for example, the "big red ipa" was neither big, red, nor an ipa per style guidelines. no guest beers, just the half-dozen or so house beers that are offered are available. if you're on a quest for beer in the chicago area, there are better options.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3

This place is huge! It's like being in a big empty warehouse, and the bar has a really cool two story shelving system to store all of the bottles of booze. The saturday night that we visited it was really busy, but we only had to wait ten minutes or so due to the sheer number of tables at this place. It's definitely more of a restaurant than a bar...there were a lot of families and children there for a Saturday night.

The food was pretty good, but not outstanding, and it's sort of expensive. But it's probably about par for the expensive Chicago 'burbs. I had a big burger that was juicy and expertly grilled, and my fiance had some sort of quesadilla things that were pretty good too.

The beer selection is pretty basic. It seems like they only brew somewhat mainstream styles. An amber ale, a porter, a pale ale, an IPA, and a boring light lager. ho hum...Where are the double, triple, imperial, booze bombs? I love it when breweries undertake ambitious offerings, but Ram is playin' it pretty damn safe with these brews. I tried the seasonal Czech pils since it's not really a common style, but they didn't get it right....it struck me as more of a below average "euro lager" with no trace of peppery Saaz or saltine cracker malts.

A girl in my party ordered her sandwich without mayo and it came out with a ton of mayo on it. When she sent it back, it came back out with the mayo obviously wiped off of the bun. She is actually allergic to mayonnaise, and the fact that they would just try to wipe it off of the bun is pretty shitty.

To their credit, they did take half price off of all of our bills and provided us with a free frozen cake desert that was bigger than my head (and I have a pretty massive noggin).

Overall, this is a nice place to eat after shopping at the mall, but it's more of a family eatery than it is a brewpub. Most of their beers are pretty good, but sort of average and basic. Vieni, vidi, vici...I won't be back.

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Photo of Zorro
3.13/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped here the week before thanksgiving since I was in Chicago and staying at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield.

Main reason for choosing this place was it was within eyesight of the hotel and I looked the nearest place in the BA BeerFly listing.

Inside it is dark and industrial looking with a reception station right there. To the left is the dining room and to the right is the bar. I picked the bar because I hate waiting for a table.

Dark inside and brick and wood with lots of wacky crap all over the place. Giant fake dead marlin on the wall and a probably fake bighorn sheep.

Average speed service beers ranged from good to crap. The "Norm" Pilsner is crap don't try it unless you enjoy the telltale taste of stale extract in a beer. The rest were OK and the IPA was rather good.

Food was expensive for the burger and cheap for the fries. Food quality was good but not a great value for the price.

Not a place to seek out just a place to hit because it is close to where you are at the moment, like the Woodfield Mall across the way.

I could see visiting again, but only if I were in a hotel in the area and I didn't want to travel far.

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Photo of reesepzor
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

RAM brewery is definately a place to come do if you're in the Schaumburg area and enjoy some quality beer.

The atmosphere varies depending on where you choose to sit for the night. The Dining area is set up very eloquently with all booths and no awkward tables lingering in the middle. They make it a very intimate setting for dining. As well as a comfortable dining area, the service is fairly quick and i've never had a problem so far with not being waited on in an appropriate time matter. I have found that their food is delicious, especially the beer cheese soup (just ask for it without the garnish so that the cilantro doesn't overpower it). They have an amazing Ciabatta Club that has a wonderful Garlic flavor and italian goodness, I definately recommend it! I've also had the burgers and the Turkey Havarti Sandwich and neither have let me down so far.

The Bar area has more of a sports bar feel, it can get pretty crowded on the weekends and can get a little difficult to find a seat, so they sometimes have to sit people in their overflow section which is a little less attached to the rest of the bar.

As far as the beer goes, I'd definately recommend getting the beer sampler to start out with to check out which flavors that you like and wouldn't get a whole glass of.

- The Buttface Amber Ale (Aside from having an awesome name), is a very tasty beer with a good f inish and caramel notes. The carbonation is very nice and doesn't go flat quickly at all.

- The Big Horn Hefeweizen - Definately one of my favorite Hefe's at local breweries in the area. The banana-coriander flavors work excellent with the smoothness of the beer to create a very pleasing taste indeed.

- The Big Red Ale is a pale ale that excels with it's bitter hoppiness and citrus flavors similar to that of a replic ale.

I also tried the Blonde and porter, but don't seem to remember much about them other than the fact that they were pleasing.

Overall, Ram is a great place to go check out to enjoy the beers and a very casual, relaxed setting.

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Photo of SchaefMan
4/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I haven't eaten here yet, but it is definitely on my list. I only went in to get a growler.

The bar area had great atmosphere, even at lunchtime, and had ample space for folks to sit.

The service was prompt and pleasant, and the young lady that got me my growler was more than happy to explain that Fridays are half price refills, and what the options are, and all.

They have a half dozen or so varieties that they brew regularly, and a seasonal one that I have not tried.

At $4 a refill, the value is very good, since that equates to just over 6 cents an ounce, or about the same as Bud or Miller.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

First off, a note of caution for public transit commuters headed for this location. Take METRA to the Medinah Station, and then plan on taking a cab out to the R & B. Schaumburg is the address and there is a Schaumburg METRA station, but they are on opposite sides of the city from one another. Trust me, I learned the hard way.

Onward and upward! Holy déjà vu all over again, Batman! I felt like I had just visited this place the previous day until it dawned on me – different day, different Ram, or something like that.

The layout here is merely the mirror opposite of the one in Wheeling, with the Omega-shaped bar to the right, plus the library ladder attached to the back bar. Aside from that, not much was different. For my loyal followers, I can only apologize, but even as a writer I only have a finite number of adjectives that I can apply to chain places, especially three in two days. The utilized their space well here, but not so differently as to keep me from feeling disconcerted upon entering.

The beers were the chain’s standards, plus Big Horn Maibock and Vienna Lager, but nothing really jumped out except me. Out the door, that is. Next! Taxi!

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I went to this place while traveling with business. My hotel was right next to the place, so needless to say, I spent about 4 nights there, out of seven.

It's a big, airy resturant with sports being played on TV's all around and every night I was there the service was very good.

They had a pretty impressive line-up of beers and had some pretty tasty dishes. I would consider their beers middle of the road - nothing to die for, but nothing that's complete trash, as well...

If I travel to the Chicago/Shaumberg again, I would definitely consider another pit stop there again.

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Photo of kdog630
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Not sure how to categorize this place. Definitely a chain that is trying to be a brew pub. One almost gets the impression they walked into a Friday's.

Visited on a Saturday night and the place was packed but the bartender got to us in a just a few minutes. Cubs and Sox on the big screens around the smokey bar. Their own selection had six brews listed. I had the hefe (see review) and my friend had the Big Red Pale. Both were passable, but not overwhelming.

It always disappoints me to see a brewpub offering bottled macros along with their own. This one offered various Lite/Light and Mexican beers that seemed to be more popular than their own brews.

Growlers can be had pretty cheaply compared to others, but you really get what you pay for. The beers were light on flavor compared to more traditional examples of the styles. I'll probably not frequent the place when in Schaumburg.

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Ram Restaurant & Brewery in Schaumburg, IL
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.