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Imperial Winter Rye on Tap Now at The RAM Restaurant and Brewery

December 8, 2017

As the temperatures drop, The RAM Restaurant and Brewery warmly welcomes their seasonal winter small batch release with the tapping of their Imperial Winter Rye. The perfect beer for holiday get-togethers, family toasts and ushering in 2018. Come in and enjoy a fresh pint (or two) while it is available, now and for a limited time.

“Our Imperial Winter Rye is a festive IPA featuring El Dorado and Centennial hops and Crystal rye. The Crystal rye balances the tropical, citrus hop flavors with a subtle sweetness and slightly dry finish. We used large additions of Whirlpool and Dry hops to create big aromatic hop flavors with a soft bitterness,” describes Dave Leonard, Director of Brewery Operations. “Personally I love the combination of Crystal rye and Centennial hops. Their flavors meld so well to create lemon and berry notes, with a resinous finish that balances the sweet malt profile. And the El Dorado hops add a layer of tropical fruit and ripe pear, perfect for the winter season.”

Imperial Winter Rye (7.5% ABV, 71 IBUS)


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The RAM Raises Over $20K for ALS Research

October 18, 2017

For the 3rd year, The RAM Restaurant and Brewery has participated in the Ales for ALS national fundraising campaign to raise money for ALS research. With overwhelming response, The RAM Restaurant and Brewery recently tapped out of their 2017 IPA 4 ALS specialty brew, bringing their grand total donation to $20,173! This exceeds their donation from 2016 by nearly $5,000! One dollar for every pint sold was donated to the cause.

“We are so excited to break the $20,000 raised mark for ALS in 2017! We brewed 100 barrels of IPA 4 ALS and sold the batch out in just over 4 weeks,” Said Dave Leonard, Director of Brewing Operations. “This year’s hop blend featured Citra, Loral and a few experimental varieties to create tropical fruit notes in the beer. It was amazing to see our guest’s excitement for this beer and excitement to support such a great cause.”

The ‘Ales for ALS’ program was created by Loftus Ranches and Hopunion in Yakima, Washington provides a promising experimental one-of-a-kind hop pellet blend, free-of-charge, to participating brewers to create a great beer for a great cause. The RAM was proud to be chosen to participate along with the select group of other esteemed brewers throughout the country.


The RAM Group Awarded Two Silver Medals from GABF

October 18, 2017

LAKEWOOD, WA – The RAM Restaurant Group was honored at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO, with two silver medals, including one for their flagship Big Horn Hefeweizen. These medals helped The RAM Restaurant Group reach the 50 medal mark at this prestigious competition! The company won its first GABF medal in 1996!

“It’s really exciting to win 2 silver medals at this year’s GABF. With almost 8000 (7923) beers entered from over 2,200 breweries, the competition was tougher than ever. It’s amazing to see how the GABF has grown over the last few years and it speaks to the quality beer each of our brewers is making as we continue to win medals,” said Dave Leonard, Director of Brewery Operations.

Head Brewer Ty Nash from The RAM’s Highlands Ranch C.B. & Potts brewery landed a win with the flagship Big Horn Hefeweizen. “To receive a medal with a flagship beer makes this experience even more memorable. Given the ability to enter a flagship to represent the quality of beers all of the company brewers produce is a huge honor and very humbling. Winning this medal reassures me that the processes I’m using work and reminds me that this is my true calling,” says Nash of his win. The Big Horn Hefeweizen a German-style brew with characteristic cloudy notes of banana and clove and is available year-round at all company locations.

“Our Big Horn Hefeweizen continues to be recognized as one of the best German-style Hefeweizens in America, also taking a Gold in 2013. Congrats to Ty Nash for brewing the silver medal winning batch,” said Leonard.

The Udder Chaos Coffee Stout won a silver in the Coffee Stout category. “This beer creation was a true collaboration between our Brewers Nick Kannarr and Bill Jenkins from the Northgate Seattle RAM. This beer took Gold at the Washington Beer Awards in June and we wanted to recreate it for GABF. Kannarr brewed the base beer which is an amazing imperial milk stout, rich dark malts layered with chocolate and semi-sweet finish. Jenkins then infused Kannarr’s base beer with a blend of fresh roasted Ethiopian & Brazilian coffee beans, which happens to be roasted in my garage. It was really fun to work together to create this beer, we all thought it had a shot at a medal and we are glad the judges agreed,” says Leonard.

All RAM Restaurant Group “Bigger, Better, Fresher” beers are served in a signature 18oz glass and promise quality, consistency, and drinkability. The company is a proud participant in the Great American Beer Festival, earning guest loyalty and industry recognition, and continuing the winning tradition.

Founded in 1982, the GABF is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition drawing a record setting number of guests and gathering nearly every type of beer from all over the country. This year the GABF experts judged almost 8,000 entries and awarded gold, silver and bronze medals for excellence in 98 beer-style categories. Please visit greatamericanbeerfestival.com/ for information regarding the GABF.
For additional information please contact Director of Brewing Operations, Dave Leonard at DLeonard@theram.com.


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All-New Burger Rama Menu Available at The RAM Restaurant & Brewery

October 2, 2017

The RAM Restaurant & Brewery has unveiled their limited-time Burger Rama fall menu line-up just in time to celebrate the change of seasons. This menu is not to be missed, featuring three innovative all-new burger selections, two bold-flavored salads, and new appetizer and dessert selections.

RAM chef James P. Cassidy enthusiastically suggests the all-new Bavarian Burger. “We take our fresh, never-frozen 100% USDA Choice natural beef patty and grill it over 800-degree flames to sear in the flavor, then baste it with a creamy stone-ground garlic butter. Yum! And that is just the start.” Cassidy adds, “We quick-sear fresh sauerkraut, smoked Applewood bacon, and red onions together with fresh thinly sliced eye of the round corned beef and melt creamy Wisconsin Havarti over the top for that ‘little taste of Germany.’” All of these mouthwatering ingredients are placed on a grilled pretzel bun with creamy stone-ground garlic butter crowned with Thousand-Island dressing. Cassidy adds, “Lederhosen and The RAM’s Oktoberfest Bier are optional but both certainly would enhance the Bavarian Burger experience!”

Next up is the Beef Brisket Burger, bursting with impeccable melded flavors for your discerning taste buds. RAM chefs fire-grill a signature blend of choice ground brisket and ground chuck then top it with a savory parmesan crisp, lightly bbq-smoked garlic-charred red onions and a slice of creamy Wisconsin Havarti. Chef Cassidy says, ”All this goodness comes together on a garlic-grilled brioche bun with roasted red pepper spread and fresh winter greens tossed with trendy Green Goddess dressing.” Pair this burger with The RAM’s Buttface Amber Ale.

Salad-lovers, take heart. There is a limited time menu selection for you too, including the Macadamia Crusted Chicken Salad which features a half-pound tender chicken breast, lightly coated with savory macadamia nuts, sweet flaked coconut, and crunchy panko bread crumbs. It’s cooked to a golden brown and placed on a bed of fresh Fall greens and vegetables that are tossed in a nice light-style pineapple soy sesame vinaigrette with fresh jalapeno to add just a little kick. For the perfect combination of sweet, smoky, and spicy, the Macadamia Crusted Chicken Salad is finished with soba (buckwheat noodles) and tossed in sweet and salty Kalbi sauce, with a final touch of smoked fresh pineapple salsa paired with spicy kimchee. An ice-cold Dr. Pepper™ pairs perfectly with this salad or any of the Burger Rama selections.

Other featured Burger Rama choices include the Crispy Artichoke Hearts appetizer, the Super Bowl salad with sweet-chili vinaigrette marinated chicken, and the Goddess of Love turkey burger. For dessert Chef Cassidy suggests the perfect ice cream sandwich that is two sandwiches in one. The White Chocolate Macadamia Ice Cream Sandwich features creamy vanilla ice cream layered between white chocolate macadamia nut cookies which are rolled in coconut and macadamia nuts, then dipped in milk chocolate, served with strawberry dipping sauce.

Enjoy all of these Burger Rama selections now through Sunday, October 29th!


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IPA 4 ALS On Tap at The RAM Monday, August 7 Great Beer, Great Cause

August 7, 2017

LAKEWOOD,WA – The RAM Restaurant & Brewery is honored to be included in the annual ‘Ales for ALS’ fundraising campaign for the third consecutive year. One dollar from each pint of IPA 4 ALS sold will be donated to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s leader in ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) research.

The ‘Ales for ALS’ program, created by Loftus Ranches and Hopunion in Yakima, WA, provides a promising experimental one-of-a-kind hop pellet blend, free-of-charge, to a select handful of brewers throughout the U.S. to create their special brew. The RAM will tap their fresh and local IPA 4 ALS small batch seasonal release at all RAM locations on August 7th.

“This year’s IPA 4 ALS hops blend features Citra, Loral and four experimental varieties. The aromatic hops produced dank tropical fruit with pungent citrus notes,” said Dave Leonard, Director of Brewery Operations. “Beer lovers and especially hops aficionados are encouraged to stop in at their local C.B. & Potts to raise a pint of this great beer and support a great cause.”

In 2016 over 15,000 pints of IPA for ALS were enjoyed at the company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations with $15,762 donated to help find a cure for ALS. Participating ‘Ales for ALS’ breweries throughout the United States collectively raised over $1.25 million for ALS research.


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