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Ram Restaurant & Brewery

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Ram Restaurant & BreweryRam Restaurant & Brewery
BA SCORE
79
okay

14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 16.61%
Active Beers: 11
Beer Ratings: 36
Beer Avg: 3.31
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

9520 W Higgins Rd
Rosemont, Illinois, 60018
United States
phone: (847) 692-4426

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
Not brewing on site, kegs received from Wheeling & Schaumburg locations.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.55/5  rDev +15.6%

I have been to a few Rams, but this was my least fav. Its a decent atmosphere full of convention center folk. I have only eaten burgers here, which are great and you can make it "prime" for $3 more, which I do. The prices are decent.

I hate that they serve every beer in a frosty oversized 16oz pint glass. (Note to key Ram personnel, because I know you read these). Bring back the PB burger! And serve beer in appropriate non frosted glassware! A hefe should be in a hefe glass...period.
If you want to be taken seriously in the beer world, youb will take pride in your beer. You are so close to being good...but I fear your beer is and has been on the decline. Kinda smells like "Rock Bottom"...

DrinkSlurm, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of kbaker91
1.8/5  rDev -41.4%

Stayed in Rosemont for the weekend with my wife for a PhD conference she needed to attend, visited Ram near O'Hare. We picked this place for two reasons: it is a brewpub, and it is listed on Open Table. Figured we'd kill two birds with one stone; try some decent brews & obtain dining points in the process.

We arrived at the restaurant at the scheduled time, and were shuffled into the dining room by the manager. The atmosphere reminded me of any average family-oriented national chain, like Chilis or TGIFridays. We were seated in a booth although my reservation requested a table.

The server seemed distracted, but did advise us of the seasonal beers, one of which was an 'Imperial Pilsner'. Having never tried this style of beer, I assumed it would feature a nice hop bite with a larger malt backbone (thus the 'imperial'). Further research on BA after the visit confirmed my suspicions. When it arrived, it tasted like an MGD. I asked the waiter about it. His response was to act as if I was kicking his dog, and asked me if I wanted something else. He brought me a replacement house IPA that was average. My wife had no complaints about her Hefeweizen.

The food was straight out of Fuddruckers. It seems they focus on their specialty burgers, with a couple dozen varieties. The burgers we had were fine. Prices were in line for what one would expect in the area.

When we finished with the meal, I wanted to order a second IPA, but was never offered one.

On the way out, I asked the hostess at the front desk to check to see if we had been checked in for our dining points. She remarked that she could not find a reservation in our name. When we returned to the hotel, my email indicated that our reservation had been cancelled by the Ram 10 minutes after we had been seated. It is not the end of the world, but it is a glaring example of the service of this place.

Overall, if you find yourself in Rosemont, do yourself a favor. Take the train for a few dollars into the city to a real establishment that serves good beer and knows how to treat customers with respect. Chicago and its suburbs have numerous great tavern/restaurant choices for great beers and outstanding atmosphere. Ram is not one of these locales. Avoid.

kbaker91, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of robbyc1
3.51/5  rDev +14.3%

Went on a Tuesday night when their regular lineup of brews is $2.50 for a 20oz pint. The place was packed. Sports bar atmosphere with a huge screen and 4 smaller ones surrounding it at the back of the horseshoe bar area with seating for 20? Very lively early around 6pm, an after work watering hole and meat market with decent beer.

Can't speak to the food, but the beer quality was good, had a large pint of Vienna lager quite good, and a 12oz pour of the Belgian tripel in a flute glass, both served at a nice tempurature, not to cold as you might expect.

The lady bartender was overwhelmed by the massive crowd, with seating full and standers demanding service as well. She coped nicely, having time to explain the bomber situation ($10 plus the bomber itself ($5), but refills on Friday and Saturday are only $5, a bargain indeed.

Selection was pretty good, with a full bar, decent bottle selection, and along with 8? regular offerings they had 3 "seasonals". The seasonals I had were quite nice.

They have specials all week, but Tuesday at $2.50 seems a steal if you can find a regular brew you like, I didn't sample any, my VLager was $3.50 and the Belgian $5.50, good not great.

robbyc1, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev +5.2%

This was about the last place I expected to find myself, but I had some time to kill, and didn't want to sit in the airport.

Walked in, found no one at the host station, so I peered around the corner and saw the bar. To quote rhoadsrage below: "The bar is a giant Omega shaped aluminum that was enhanced by someone with an angle grinder." Haha, so true. Giant 4-quadrant projection screen wall with multiple excessive flatscreens flanking. Do you care to watch fútbol in color or black & white? They have both. Also pro-wrestling, which must have been at the request of the blue shirt khaki clones that were high-fiving each other near the bar. So your atmosphere is a large space with high ceilings, bathed in the glow of neon and television. Kind of loud with top 40 music playing.

Beer was kind of a mixed bag, as expected. Luckily there was a few seasonals, Lotsahops Imperial IPA (brewed by Wheeling), a Witbier, and "Summer Time". The porter was passable, IIPA was great, Big Red IPA, Hefe, and '71 Pale Ale were average. The others were forgettable, making the beer about 60% decent. Too bad they don't even brew here, their beer is brought over from Wheeling & Schaumburg locations.

The tall bartender was very helpful and attentive. She explained what their seasonals were, and how much growler prices were ($5 growler + $5.50 for a DIPA refill on fri/sat special?? Holy crap that's dirt cheap. Special also valid daily through the end of July 2009.) She came around several times and didn't mind chatting about beer.

The buffalo wings were the very same you can find in the freezer section at the grocery store, and small to boot. Not sure i'd return for the food here, but it's probably better than your hotel's room service.

If you're staying at O'Hare and are looking for something to take back to your hotel room, consider a growler here. The liquor store across the street has Two Hearted, Orval, Sam Smith, and a few other basic craft items, but stick to the coolers, it was about 80º in there :(

emerge077, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of KBomb
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

I frequented the RAM back in Tacoma, WA quite often and loved it, so I was excited when I moved to Chicago that I could still go. This location is not as good as their Washington ones. Unlike most locations, they don't brew on site. Service is adequate. There are a couple of good beers the Ram brews that I enjoy quite a bit: Buttface Amber and the IPA. Had a really nice seasonal Witbier once as well. Other house beers can be hit or miss. The food, however, is quite good. Great burgers, and real Alaskan seafood (not the farm raised crap you get in the midwest). Sandwiches might be priced a little high, but entrees are actually a good deal when you consider the quality of seafood. I dare you to find another place with entrees of wild salmon and wild shrimp for under $25.

KBomb, May 12, 2008
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Ram Restaurant & Brewery in Rosemont, IL
79 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.