Thursday, August 11, 2011

Spending Time At The Ram

When Gen Con takes over Indianapolis for the best four days in gaming, the local restaurants and businesses all take steps to cater to the convention goers. It's not uncommon for drink and meal specials to be offered to people wearing Gen Con badges and one will often see small discounts being offered on merchandise as well. Indeed, as we walked around the area outside of the convention center we were often greeted by people representing businesses that were eager to share their love for the denizens of Gen Con. This sort of attention is very much appreciated. It's nice to see businesses getting involved in the fun. The one locale that always plunges head first into the deep end of the Gen Con spirit is The Ram Restaurant and Brewery.

Every year during Gen Con, The Ram changes its decor, plays gamer oriented movies on their television screens, hosts gaming events and even re-prints their menu with Gen Con themed names for their menu selections. For this reason, along with their great food and specialty beers, The Ram has become the traditional Gen Con destination for not only me and my buddies during those four days, but also for the majority of the Gen Con community. Personally, I'm a huge fan of the Lord Carver's Blackclad burger which is really just their Bourbon Blackjack burger in disguise. And their Ram Chips are the perfect side dish.

The Ram brews their own beer as well and I find that I am quite fond of their Menoth's Fury (don't ask me who Menoth is. I don't know) which is the alter ego of the Butface Amber Ale, featuring a complex malt character with sweet caramel and toffee flavors balanced with Cascade and Willamette hops. I liked it so much, I bought two growlers full. Of course, they didn't last very long. Such is the deliciousness of this beer.

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