Visited October 2010, the last stop of a long night.
Got in really late, as in after midnight, and it was still pretty full. Despite that the service was pretty good. Got a sampler and didnt eat anything. Beers at this location were a bit subpar after having been impressed by the Ram in Seattle a year earlier.
Seems like a fun place to hang out but I dont think I’d make a trip out from Chicago for this place.
(Visited 05/2010): 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.
December 2003. Giant, loud and ugly sports bar appearance...server knew nothing about beer and didn’t understand, I mean could not comprehend the concept of a vegetarian entree -- and this in the Chicago suburbs! Beer was very bad, food not much better; this is sub-Rock Bottom, sub-John Harvards to say the least.
Lots of parking. Outdoor seating, if you can tolerate the wind. Decent indoors. Lots of big screen, flat panel TVs with sports on... mostly Cubs games, ESPN and such. Didn’t eat. Most of the beer was over-attenuated and fairly bland, but the stout and hefeweizen were spot-on!
Giant, generic sports bar. HUGE on the inside with cavernous ceilings. They do have about 10 beers on tap, the food is absolutely generic. The beer is reasonably well made, albeit kind of one note. Not really worth a revisit, imo.