Nice looking place with a huge bar, hardwood floors and numerous seating options. The prices rocked - six beers in their sampler for $2.99 plus tax, and they gave me their two seasonals for free. Nice people, nice service. I didn’t dig the Chicago Bears jerseys that the staff was wearing, but what’s a Packer fan to do on a football Sunday in enemy territory?
Pretty much like every other of these commercial brewpubs in the suburbs. Their microbrews are below average, but the food selection and taste is excellent. The beer sampler is actually a damn good deal, would be better if the beer is better. You get 6, 4 oz. beers and 2 half filled 4oz seasonals for $1.99! The best beer was the Porter. The weiss beer was interesting because it was very banana tasting. The banana bread pudding dessert is insane.
I enjoy RAM. It’s just up the block from IKEA, so after a day of shopping it’s a good place to kick up your feet. It gets a little loud in the smoking section (which is where the bar and multiple TV’s are located), but there’s a small room with a fireplace tucked in the corner which is rather nice. (Smoking is also "seat yourself", so it can be a little daunting if you’ve got a party of 6 on a weekend.) The food menu should please most people, from burgers and salads to fajitas and steaks. Their craft brews are all rather nice... my wife likes their Hefeweizen, but I swear by their "Total Disorder Porter". I always get a growler or two if I’m in the area. I believe refills are usually $7, but there are daily specials (last Friday’s refills cost a measly $4!) Definitely stop by if you’re close.
gws57 (92) Saint Charles, Illinois | July 6, 2007| Updated August 9, 2007
Visited on a Thursday right around noon. Cavernous restaurant/bar, ambience of a pretentious sports bar. Place was not busy, but it wasn’t quiet either. Lots of televisions, an impressive visual display of alcohol on huge racks, and a very nice bar. Food was really good, buffalo chicken sandwich and great fries. Beer was mostly very good, with one excellent and one so-so, not a ton of selection but I am not sure what one is to expect from a brewpub. The braumeister himself gave us a free one because we were sampling, which, by the way, samples are really cheap. All in all, I have no idea why this place is rated so poorly, the beer is good and the food is good. Service was just a bit inattentive but I had a great experience and I’ll be back, whenever I happen to make it up Schaumburg again.
Neat little place. Bartender was super cool and the prices were pretty reasonable for chicago. Beer was ok. Nothing super special but all pretty drinkable. Probably wont be making any special trips but i would stop there again.
Can’t say too much for the ambiance: another over size steel building with a sports bar in it, or a TGI Fridays, but with brewing equipment. They did have a nice burger menu, one of which went pretty well with the beers the served. Of note is the fact that a "Curl" (a sampler tray shaped like a ram’s horn) cost $5 no matter how many beers they had on tap to sample. And I got 10 of ’em. The brewer was a pretty friendly guy, and he did seem pretty happy with his setup. He did have the choice to make some big beers besides the mandated company recipes. They do schedule tapping events for their special beers, but their corporate webpage is very skimpy on details.
This place is OK. It is about as generic as you can get brewpub-wise. It is an enormous building, lots of TVs over by the bar area and less in the dining area. Staff was friendly. The food was extremely typical brewpub fair which is to say it was mostly gussied up hamburgers and salads plus some steaks and ribs and such. It was tasty though which is really less than I can say about the beer which were pretty bland or at least the six or so I had from the sampler. It is kind of annoying though that the glasses they sell are really large. I wish they had a 12 oz size or even a regular pint rather than 18 and 24 ozers. The prices were reasonable for the Chicago area, I thought, maybe a bit expensive for elsewhere considering the quality. I don’t see myself going back any time soon but I didn’t mind the place.
A brewpub/sportsbar/suburban/generic/ mall scavenger/ lifeless establishment. Yea they brew their own beer but they also have had one of the worst Barrel age beers ever, a Bourban barrel aged IPA that was good after one sip but did a serious dip after that. A fitting stop for any Ikea/ Woodfield mall shopper.