Ram Restaurant & Brewery

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

140 S Illinois St
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46225
United States

(317) 955-9900 | map

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Photo of smcolw
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Mellow setting on a Wednesday afternoon (3:30). The decor is very much like any TGIFridays. From where I sit, there are six TVs set on six different channels. I envision a busy after work crowd here.

There are nine beers on tap. I started with a special IPA. That one was mediocre. The price was nice thought: $3 for a 10 ounce pour.

No chance to try the food. Plenty of American pub food like burgers.

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Photo of mlockman
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

6 standard beers on tap augmented by several seasonal brews, the beer and food were quite good, but sadly our waitress knew very little about the beers; she didn't know what seasonals were available without leaving to get a cheat-sheet and even then seemed to get several of them mixed up when iterating the options to us. I would recommend the "spiral" flight of 6 (good for all the standards, though you can customize what to sample in the standard-sized flight glasses served in a thick plastic cutout in the shape of a ram's horn) or the "shorty" flight which consists of three 10 oz. options of your choosing.

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Photo of Suds
3.91/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I visited this chain brewpub on a stormy Friday night with family. It was slow, but inviting. Modern decor and prompt service helped the experience. Our server was friendly and the beers were technically very good, although there was nothing really adventurous. The red IPA was worth mentioning. Food was good, casual dining fare.

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Photo of mwar
3.33/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Had the Total Disorder Porter...Very good...smooth for a porter. Wife had the Blonde Ale which was more bold than expected. The price was $3 per a pint, although I would swear they were each 20 ounces!

The bartender was efficient, though not particularly pleasant. It was New Years Eve, so I suppose she hasn't overjoyed being here!

Atmosphere was what one would expect in a large chain brewery. Plenty of tv's with different sporting events.

Considering the price, and quality of the beer, we will be back.

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Photo of racens
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Went to this place for a young alumni function of my undergrad institution recently. My "$" inexpensive rating applies only if you are to go on a Thursday, in which case it will be $2 pints of any of their own beers. Great deal, and the beers were pretty good. None of them have many ratings on here, so hard to judge the general response to them, but I did enjoy the porter a fair amount. Not the best I've ever had, but a solid porter nonetheless. An appetizer bar was served to our group, and I must say it was pretty good, especially the mexican-style ones, whatever they were. Worth a trip I'd say to see what it's all about. Service was exceptional. The wait staff remembered everyone in our group's name after the first serve and I never had an empty glass. Remember, go on a Thursday!

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Photo of alleykatking
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Went here after Winterfest a couple months back.

A- Big spacey room that was divided into a couple different areas. It looks like most typical corporate brewpubs with some stuff on the walls and everything painted brown and green or red....I never understood that but whatever.

Q- The quality of the beers we had were good. The beers I settled on and the samples were all well made but the bartender seemed to like pouring beers with no head to them at all.

S- The service was wonderful for the most part although the bartender didn't really seem to know a lot about the beer. She did take the time to talk to us and give us samples which was good. After making sure we were taken care of she was quick with our bills and other beers we ordered.

S- Selection was pretty good with there being some limited beers on tap along with their year around stuff. Not bad all around with the selection.

A nice place to grab a pint or two. I remember that the beers were on the cheaper end in Indy.

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Photo of Redrover
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This location of the Ram is pretty large and like its brethren, it is decorated with lots of wood and brown paint. It is divided into a main dinning section and the bar area. The brewing equipment is on display behind glass. It has high ceilings with exposed ductwork, which is all painted black. The curving bar seats about 35. There are Lots of high top tables and booths in the bar area. There is a small sidewalk patio in the front.

They offered 3 seasonals & 6 regulars. This is the most seasonals I have ever seen at a Ram. Unfortunately they were all served in chilled glassware. They are Ram beers, you know them, you like them....

Only one bartender, so service lagged a bit. She was nice but a bit overworked. However, she did apologize for being swamped and did put on the game I wanted so no complaints!

Menu was pretty standard slightly upscale bar food. It did not have as many seafood choices as the Ram in Eugene.

Nice happy hour crowd, but the place is so large, a 35-person crowd seemed sparse.

Classic rock on the sound system it was a bit loud, but I heard Take the Highway by Marshall Tucker so extra points there!

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Photo of jpell33
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Moved to the Indianapolis Area about 3 years ago and found this place about 5 minutes away. I am now a frequent visitor. The service is great and so is the beer. I have sampled about 12 of there different brews, and recently purchase a keg of the buttface amber. If you are a burger lover as I am, then this is the place for you. If you are up for the challenge the 5lb. burger is the way to go. Growler specials on Tuesday's and Fridays.

I consider myself lucky to have such a great brewery so close to home.

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Photo of IPA17
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Nice place in the ceneter of downtown, just a few feet from my hotel. Had a very nice atmosphere and I definitely though it was a good place to drink. The quality was average but I am not sure it was much beyond that. I had the 6-beer sampler and I must say that the beers were fair to good. Nothing great but nothing bad. The selection was average and the service was good. The food looked good but I didn't have any. The prices were very good. I'd go back and I recommend stopping by if you are in the neighborhood.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Searched the Beerfly list for breweries and beer bars that were close to my hotel (Holiday Inn Express) across the street from Lucas Oil Field.

Ram Restaurant and Brewery turned out to be extremely close by, clocking in at a very convenient 1.1 mile drive.

Parking is in a ramp next to the brewery and cost me a buck and a half.

The restaurant itself is on the bottom floor of a much larger building and has a large white fermenter hanging over the sidewalk outside. You can't miss it.

Walking in, the atmosphere is great. There is a bar area to the right with a big screen TV that was playing Sunday night football. The other side had booths and tables for dining.

The service as good, but it was a quiet night, so it is a bit difficult to tell how things would go if the Colts were playing.

The selection was maybe a bit better than average having everything from salads, to burgers to steak, and a brew selection that ranged from lager to stout (7 in all).

The food itself was pretty average. My onion rings tasted like popcorn shrimp, and my burger was well prepared (ordered medium), but overall it was pretty good.

The meal cost about what I am used to. My bacon cheddar burger was 9.49, and my beer (a fairly average hefewiezen called "Big Horn") was 4.13.

My overall impression is that it would be a great place for lunch on the weekend, or to watch some sports.

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Photo of vincent1878
3.73/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Used to live in Indiana and hung out here for Friday after work gatherings. Back again for the first time in 3 or 4 years. Nothing much has changed. Still a good place to meet friends since there's plenty of room.

With beer, consistency is a good thing. Been to brewpubs with better beer but not in downtown Indy. Ram is consistently above average. Don't want to damn with faint praise so I won't. Was drinking the pale and had no complaints. Service was good and food good. Salmon that wasn't farm raised a definite plus.

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Photo of baos
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 2

I've been here probably around five times and sampled most of their brews which aren't bad at all. The hefeweizen was my favorite of the limited brews they had to offer. Looks like they have a shit ton of room in the place they need to add some more variety to the beer menu. One thing I dont get is when I visit many breweries that have borderline gourmet beer while on the other had the food is just the normal sysco or other wholesaler frozen crap. Now I'm not saying the food is terrible here its normal restaurant food. I just wish there was a nice pizzeria brewery or other place that made fresh good food everyday. The Ram is along the lines of TGIFridays or maybe a step above Applebees, but its all the same shit and when I go out I want food thats better than I can cook at home not just good beer. Its not just Ram either its every brewpup with food that I have been to in Indianapolis thus far. Come on people raise the bar. There are wine bars that have awesome food around lets get in the game.

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Photo of Nesued
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Visited this locale on a trip to Indy on business. Chain establishment present in five (5) other mid- to "left coast" states (Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, Washington)

Attended on a Tuesday evening and sampled the:

1. Total Disorder Porter,
2. Java Breakfast Stout,
3. Octoberfest.

This from a stable of an Amber Ale, Porter, IPA, Hefe, and Blonde. They also had a few seasonal offerings of which included the Octoberfest mentioned above.

I arrived at approx 10am and sat at the bar. Nicely appointed in a typical chain beer-themed restaurant/brewery. Reminded me of a "Flying Saucer"-type establishment (see my previous review).

The bartender was attentive but not conversational. I was expecting more, being the fact that this was a Tuesday evening and the bar wasn't populated. I had thought about commenting vis-a-vis my opinions of the beers mentioned above, but I felt it would have fallen on deaf ears. He was more interested on closing out the night.

Therefore, I took a more observational approach during my visit. As mentioned above, I arrived at 10pm and stayed until midnight. Not a whole lot of traffic and not a whole lot of discussion. Again, the bartender was more engrossed in closing out the night.

Regarding the beers.

The porter was acceptable but too weak for my taste.
The Java Breakfast stout (seasonal) had a strong coffee presence and would fit a niche market for those that want a coffee flavor with their beer.
The Octoberfest was by far the winner of the evening. I'll post my review of this offering, but bottom line was that there was a strong citrus/hop presence that resolved into little/no "bite" at the finish. Well done and worth the visit for this seasonal offering.

I didn't sample the food being the late hour.

Again, I would have expected more from the waitstaff being that it was a Tuesday evening and their wasn't a crowd.

I would go back if for only the Octoberfest. Nicely done.

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Photo of JamesS
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I was expecting more from a downtown Indianapolis restaurant. Although I was second guest in the place, it seemed like everyone was still too busy to greet me, as it took about five minutes before I was acknowledged and seated. Another couple of minutes went by before my server came by. The server was not as knowledgable about the beers brewed as I would have liked and was a little slow with everything, although she was very personable and polite when she did come by. The food was average at best, with standard mid-range restaurant fair. The beers were average as well, probably the lowest ratings I've ever given on-site brewed beers. If you're in the mood for something different and you're in downtown Indy, it's probably worth a try, but it's not worth going out of the way for.

UPDATE: Service and beer are both a lot better!

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Photo of clvand0
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The Ram is right across from Alcatraz brewpub, so we got two hits with one stop. Luckily, our hotel was one block away, so we were able to walk. The place is arranged very much like a Rock Bottom and that gives it a feel like it's a chain. We let the bartender know that we knew about beer (actually we were in town to judge a competition), but he still continued his fast talk salesman pitch. After he got our beers, he didn't speak to us again. We had to flag down a waitress to get our tab. That being said, the sampler of seven beers cost $3 and the pint was $3 as well. Very reasonably priced. The menu was your typical sports bar foods and seemed to be average. I'd probably go back here again. The beers were all pretty solid.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The last two trips I've made here have been late at night when only the bar area was open. It's been bustling but not ridiculously noisy. The biggest problem has been getting served initially, though follow-up has been OK. (The main dining room areas are roomy and seem to have better service.) The menu is dependable and reasonably priced given the portion sizes. The beer selection is well rounded and the selections, though sometimes not sparkling examples of the styles they're purported to be, are typically fine.

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Photo of SMark
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Enjoyed my first trip here for food and beverages and my last which was to pick up a growler. Others I have talked with also prefer this as the 'downtown' brewpub.

Sad to say I do not remember a lot about my other visits here except so far I will keep going back. Brews are well made.

Was a little disappointed in the length of time it took to get noticed. Stood at the bar for a little while, went to the restroom, came back to a different location at the bar and then was finally waited on. They were not that busy at 1:30 in the afternoon either. As said before, the previous trips are not well remembered but there was nothing that dissuaded me from coming back.

8 to 9 beers on tap with one of them being a seasonal. Was tempted to try a pint of the winter brew but was driving and had to get out of Indy. Picked up a growler of Hefeweizen.

Previous trips have included the usual pub fare of sandwiches and fries which I enjoyed.

Food and beers fairly reasonable but I think I got a deal while visiting on Friday when I picked up the growler for $3 and the beer for half price at $4. Not bad for over 4 pints of nectar as the bartender did make a good pour into the growler.

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Photo of marksto
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

My favorite of the three nearly adjacent downtown brewpubs. On my visit this evening they had the four standard house beers plus not one but three seasonals. The server had a fairly good grasp of all the beers and was able to describle most of them fairly well except for the last seasonal, a winter beer she stated had "just a little bit of everything in it" (in reality it appeared to be a bock). Food was good if unremarkable. Mostly bugers and sandwiches. All in my party enjoyed their menu choices.

Overall The Ram is a solid brewpub offering good beer and decent food in an unpretentious atmosphere. Recommend a visit when in downtown Indy.

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Photo of DuqTroops
3/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

We visited here for dinner one evening while in town. Walking distance from our hotel. Not sure about public parking around the RAM.

Typical sports bar. Very loud and air conditioning did not work. We sat in a booth that was not cleaned out and it had a funky smell to the place.

Food was ok - not the greatest.

Service wasn't great either. The waitress wasn't that fluent with the different types of beer, nor the food.

Beer - I had a lot better elsewhere. Someone told me that this place was great, but i couldn't figure out why.

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Photo of PuckLSHS
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

RAM restaurant and brewery was a rather good oasis in the middle of the cold. I visited this location three times while at a conference at the convention center. The first night we were there was St. Patrick's Day. I ordered the seasonal which was a cross between the IPA and the big red ale. It was quite interesting and I ended up ordering that the rest of the time while I was there. The beers did not bowl me over, but were much better than the standard macro that one could order. The reason I rank the service so low is that it was. It took us about 20 minutes to get our drinks and we saw our server about 3 times...so you had to order one of the big beers to tide you over. This was the way it was all three times we went there...the service was so lousy that on St. Patty's I ordered my beer and asked the server to make it green and it came back blue. It was very hard explaining why my mouth was blue the rest of the night, but it made for an interesting story.

Although the service was not exceptional, the beers were good and the food was exceptional. I had a killer sandwich one night and their coconut shrimp another night. It was extremely affordable and the bar area was HUGE so you could always find a seat.

The big horn hef was decent for a Hef and the Buttface amber is their most popular beer. Don't hit up this place to find any big beers, but it is definitely a great place to check out in downtown Indy.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Well, once again, I find myself compelled to paraphrase Papa Hemingway: this is a clean, well-lighted place for beer.

They have an immense bar that just seems to twist and curve endlessly. The bar area has a billiards table, a Golden Tee golf game, loads of high tables and stools, and a number of booth-style seats. I liked the way that the brewhouse was visible through windows behind the back bar. I was also impressed by all of the wood - the bar; the curved, arched, carved back bar; the booth seating - all of good, solid wood. To my right, above one corner of the bar, was a chalkboard touting "Handcrafted Ales" and listing all of their standards, as well as their seasonals. Off to my left, along the back wall, was the kitchen, above which was a series of mounted fish, which served to reinforce the Hemingway-esque idea that I broached earlier.

They had an extensive dining area with loads of restaurant tables and chairs, as well as beautifully appointed booths.

Finally, I also want to touch on the MobilGas pump by the entrance to the bar, as well as the cigar store Native American in front of their five-tier cigar cabinet.

It was a nice place and they served me a decent free burger for joining their on-line VIP club, but it was just a bit too clean and polished for my taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

On a recent trip, I sampled all three micro's downtown.

atmosphere: Basically two atmosphere's. To the right, we have a terrific sports atmosphere with large tv's, sports memorabilia, and tall top tables and plenty of bar seating. To the left, we have a more family oriented section, meant basically for dining and having a good time. Comprised mainly of booths and tables.

Quality: Nice architecture for a chain. A nice blend of rustic brick and current technology. Like a warehouse with a modern edge. Lots of dark wood, nice lighting, and a lot of visual 'punch. Best of all...very clean.

Service: On an incredibly crowded evening, Not the first mistake. Food came quickly, so did the drinks. Not overly hospitable, but error free.

Selection: Beer selection is quite normal. Basically the same five or six beers that all micro's put out that can appeal to the masses. Not daring, but nice. Not the perfect choice for a serious beer drinking session. But nice for a good time and a good beer.

Food: Typicall selection of bar foods with higher quality and portions. Specialty restaurant selection is nice and a good attempt at originality. Basic all American selection.

Value: Average. Everything was terrific, even if the bill was a little more that expected. I will go back and have another excellent time.

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Photo of aaronh
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I must admit, chain brewpubs typically worry me a bit. However, this place was a nice experience. Service was exceptional, the food was terrific, and the selection of beers was decent, if somewhat standard. It has essentially two sections, a bar with a sports bar feel and a restaurant with a warmer, more inviting feel. I was ale to enjoy some decent beers with my family while having a great dinner and exceptional service. Service is probably dependent upon the waitress, but ours was fantastic. She knew both the beers and the menu well, and was able to make accurate recommendations in both areas. I would not hesitate to stop in again if I were looking for a good dinner with a decent beer selection.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located downtown and part of a 4-pub 4-block walking crawl with the Alcatraz, Rock Bottom, and BW3's. It is part of a 11-brewpub chain. Of the four it is middle of the road. Nothing outstanding, but not a bad place for dinner, and a few mugs of decent beer.

They have their typical offering of Indy Blonde, a light ale. Butt Face Amber, an American amber ale. Big Red IPA. Ram Pilsner, Bighorn Hefeweizen, a German style wheat. Total Disorder Porter. Bighorn light, a light lager. And they usually have some sort of seasonal brew.

Their beers are also middle of the road, no standouts, but still decent.

They also offer Growlers for $11, refills $8.50. They also have 15.5 and pony kegs available, and as a bonus they will fill 5 gallon corney kegs!

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Located in the heart of downtown Indy, RAM is within walking distance of most of the downtown attractions. There is limited street parking and plenty of garage space nearby.

The atmosphere is on both ends of the spectrum depending on whether you turn left or right after entering. On the left is a nice low-key restaurant with lots of brick and maroon colors and plush seating. On the right is a raucous sports bar. So you have different options depending on how you want to enjoy your beer.

As for the beer, they have about 6 taps at any given time. They don't appear to do much in seasonal beers either. They offer a sampler and have growlers available as well. The beers are all above average for the most part.

The service was good in the late lunch hour when we visited. I thought it was humorous that the staff all wear shirts with a lemon and the Ghostbusters-style red circle/bar through it that reads "Drink naked". They are proud to serve their Hefe sans lemon!

The food here is pretty darn good. The Buttface Brat Burger was especially tasty.

The RAM is right across the street from Alcatraz and not too far a walk from Rock Bottom, so it should be a stop in anyone's downtown Indy trip.

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Ram Restaurant & Brewery in Indianapolis, IN
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