For a suburban sports bar with aspirations of a Bennigans and Applebees, this has to be the lowest of the low. Stored in a giant barn of a building, the brewery is lifeless and bland. TVs hang everywhere with advertisements for "chilled cosmos" and "poppers" peppered through colorful menues and various marketing pieces. The bartender seemed overworked and clueless. For some reason he didn’t ask my girlfriend if she wanted anything and we had to yell to get her an overpriced frozen drink that hardly was festive. The beers were horribly bland and makes me wonder why they even bother brewing; the clientele seemed to be content drinking a light beer of theirs or an MGD. Unless you like crappy suburban generic lame bar and grill establishments with no soul or character, avoid this place at all costs. Don’t look at it as you drive by. Don’t think it won’t be that bad. Run as far away as you can.
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.
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?
Food is the strong point at this place. Lots of food options to choose from, a lot of them good. Beer is pretty good, but the best part is that it is super cheap. You can get a 5oz sampler of all thier beers on tap (6) for 2 dollars. Beers are 3.75 for a 20 ounce glass. Growlers are 4 dollars on Fridays and in July. Cant beat that. Very generic place in the suburbs, with some unispired decor, but not bad if you are stuck out there in suburban hell.
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.
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.