November 8, 2016
LAKEWOOD, WA – The RAM Restaurant and Brewery, known for sporting great food and frosty handcrafted beers, opened its first Ohio location in the Columbus Short North at 906 N. High Street on October 31st. A second Ohio RAM location is currently under construction in nearby Dublin and will open in mid-2017. The RAM, owned by The RAM Restaurant Group, is an employee-owned company, founded in 1971 in Lakewood, Washington. Led by brothers Jeff and Dave Iverson, The RAM Restaurant Group now has 33 locations in the Northwest, Colorado, and Great Lakes areas.
Jeff Iverson, President of The RAM says, “For years our friends in Columbus have been asking us to come to mid-Ohio. Anyone in the hospitality business knows what an excellent restaurant town this is. The Short North district is a vibrant and dynamic area and to now be a part of that and the burgeoning craft beer scene is an exciting opportunity.”
Leading up to the grand opening, The RAM partnered with the Broadway Street Food Pantry to host invitation-only pre-opening lunches and dinners. Guests were encouraged to bring nonperishable food items or make a monetary donation to help the local non-profit organization. “Our team’s hospitality is legendary in the communities we serve, we were excited to fine tune our preparation and presentation during the pre-opening events,” stated Store Leader Andrew Coy.
When it comes to menu selections, sourcing is of the utmost importance to The RAM. Our culinary experts prepare never-frozen, USDA certified, grass-fed beef, cage-free chicken selections and whenever possible locally-sourced ingredients to enhance the made-from-scratch dining experience. Coy added, “Our Chefs also create delicious beer-infused menu selections that incorporate our award-winning beers such as the Buttface Amber Ale Chicken Sandwich, Big Porter Blue Burger, Hefeweizen Beer Battered Fish & Chips and Big Red’s IPA Baby Back Ribs. The menu also includes specific Short North offerings such as the High Street Tacos and the Buckeye Dunker.”
The Columbus RAM sits impressively at the corner of High and 1st Streets. The 9,000-square-foot building features upper and lower bars plus a 1,300-square-foot covered second-level outdoor patio with fire pit. Jeff Iverson said, “A rooftop patio on High Street in the Short North is unique. Friends will be able to enjoy laughs, good conversation, a great meal and a frosty, tasty beer while taking in the beautiful view around a nice fire!”
The Columbus RAM brewing team includes Rick Durham formerly of Luna Kombucha/Wild Ohio, along with Kris Fry, formerly of Actual Brewing. The duo will bring great energy and innovative brewing styles to the brewery. Dave Iverson, COO of The RAM said, “Our Blonde Ale recipe, which is always on tap, recently won a gold medal at a very prestigious competition in Denver, CO. We are proud to brew our award-winning, flagship beers and a variety of seasonal features here on High Street. Guests can always discover a great new beer to enjoy.” For over 20 years passionate and talented RAM Brewers have been creating “drinkable” beers and their efforts have garnered over 100 medals from numerous high-end beer competitions.
The Columbus RAM features 21 TV’s including a 110-inch big screen in the bar making it the perfect place for guests to watch their favorite team or sporting event. The inviting Taproom opens to the street with three overhead doors that bring the outside inside. From this vantage point guests can enjoy the freshest beer on tap while watching the brewing process. Dave Iverson added, “We have a nice setup that features a 10 BBL JVNW system. There are six fermenters and nine serving tanks. The serving tanks are jacketed dimple finish and add a nice touch.” At the bar is an 18-tap tower and beer-to-go growler jug filling station. Upstairs in the dining room are another 18 taps featuring both RAM beers and local selections. Jeff Iverson added, “Beer is fun and great beer is really fun! RAM beer is award-winning and enjoyable to drink. We have all your favorites, and we always have a multitude of our brewer’s freshest creations brewed right in front of our guest’s eyes!”
Up next for The RAM is the planned December opening of their new location in Medford, Oregon.
October 24, 2016
The RAM Restaurant and Brewery recently participated in the annual ‘Ales for ALS’ campaign raising $15,762 for ALS research! Their “IPA 4 ALS” small-batch seasonal IPA was on tap at all company restaurant and brewery locations. One dollar from each frosty pint sold was donated back to the fundraising initiative.
Dave Leonard, Director of Brewery Operations said, “For the second year, the Ales for ALS IPA was a tremendous success. We sold 15,762 pints company-wide which equates to $15,762 that we have the pleasure of donating to the ALS foundation. Last year we were extremely happy with the $3k donation but to see our donation grow by such a large amount and having the chance to offer the beer at all of our locations was awesome.”
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.
For additional information regarding The RAM’s participation in ‘Ales for ALS’ please contact Director of Brewery Operations Dave Leonard at DLeonard@theram.com. To learn more about the ‘Ales for ALS’ program please visit alesforals.com.
October 20, 2016
LAKEWOOD, WA – The RAM Restaurant Group was honored this past weekend with two gold medals, including one for their flagship Hometown Blonde at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. The RAM has participated in this prestigious competition for 20 years and these medals are the 47th and 48th the brewers have won.
Brewer Bill Jenkins of the Northgate RAM Brewery location, captured hearts and a 3rd GABF gold with the Hometown Blonde. “My first medal was twenty years ago, but it’s still as exciting today, especially with a flagship beer that is a go-to for many of our guests. Given the growth of the industry and overall quality of beer these days it’s a true honor to be awarded so highly at GABF,” says Jenkins. The Hometown Blonde is a crisp and refreshing brew, with notes of honey, malt and citrus, and is available year-round at all RAM locations.
The bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, Chaos won a gold medal in the Chocolate Beer category. Brewer Shaun Berns, out of the Schaumberg, IL brewery location, aged his blend on Cocoa Nibs to add complexity to an already complex beer and to win over the GABF judges. “Winning a GABF medal is the ultimate honor to have in the beer industry. It’s a testament to the quality and passion between beer enthusiasts and industry people alike,” Berns proudly stated.
Served in the signature 18 oz. glass, The RAM’s “Bigger, Better, Fresher” beers promise quality, consistency, and drinkability. Earning guest loyalty and industry recognition, the company is a proud participant in the Great American Beer Festival and continues its winning tradition for the last 20 years.
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 over 5,500 entries and awarded gold, silver and bronze medals for excellence in 96 beer-style categories. Please visit greatamericanbeerfestival.com/ for information regarding the GABF.
October 10, 2016
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and The RAM Restaurant and Brewery is making strides against breast cancer with their Eat and Drink Pink Menu. One dollar from each Pink Drink purchased will be donated to the American Cancer Society local programs to help the fight to end breast cancer.
The RAM’s special features include the Dragon Berry Colada, a taste from the islands, with Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum, strawberry puree and Tavern Pina Colada Mix. The Black Opal Marg with el Jimador Blanco Tequila, Chambord Raspberry Liqueur and muddled limes. The Pink Citron Fizz is a refreshing combination of Absolut Citron Vodka, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, strawberry puree and Gosling’s Ginger Beer. The featured wine is Chloe Chardonnay, a well-balanced wine with flavors of fresh citrus, apple, pear, creamy butter, and vanilla. Enjoy it by the glass or by the bottle.
In addition to the delicious Drink Pink Menu, The RAM is also proudly serving PINK tortilla chips on our Pink Nachos creating a unique visual display and spin on a favorite menu item. With every order of PINK Chips made by The RAM through the supplier a percentage of that order will be donated back to breast cancer awareness programs.
In 2015, The RAM Family of Restaurants raised just over $8,000 which was appropriately distributed by the American Cancer Society back to the local community chapters served by The RAM Family of Restaurants. The RAM is hoping to beat that record in 2016!
Come visit your favorite RAM throughout the month of October and order a Pink Drink, Pink Chip Nachos or a Pink Bracelet to help finish the fight.
October 3, 2016
The RAM Restaurant & Brewery recently introduced their annual BurgerRama limited-time menu featuring delicious and creative seasonal flavors. Chef James P Cassidy, Culinary Leader at The RAM, is passionate about this year’s menu choices stating, “There are bold flavors for every taste! Every item on our menu has its own unique flavor profile and style! For those who love culinary flair, variety and bold and unique infused flavor, this menu has it all!”
Early returns are in and the Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich is one of the favorites. Featuring buttermilk marinated fried chicken along with pig candy and Wisconsin jalapeno pepper-jack cheese, topped with a fried egg, horseradish cream aioli and served on thick-cut Texas toast along with country gravy for dipping. “Everyone loves candy and bacon so we immersed those two flavors and made ‘pig candy’, which combines brown sugar, maple syrup and our thick cut chipotle garlic bacon,” adds Chef Cassidy.
The Jethro Burger is a top-rated guest favorite and for good reason! A 7oz USDA certified all-natural beef patty is topped with Wisconsin blue cheese along with pig candy, onion crisps, roasted garlic steak aioli and arugula, all served on a perfectly toasted Kaiser bun.
For guests who enjoy sweet and sour flavors with savory selections, The RAM has created the Bluesberry Burger. “Our chefs fire a 7oz certified USDA all-natural beef burger patty over an open flame grill and then top it off with our sour fresh fall blueberry jam, fire roasted garlic-infused onions, feta cheese and our very own Buttface Amber Ale aioli, all served on a soft fresh brioche bun with a peppery arugula salad that beautifully finishes the flavor journey,” boasts Chef Cassidy.
The limited-time BurgerRama Entrée Menu also showcases the Veracruz Burger which features a Chorizo and beef-blended patty. The Bacon Me Crazy Burger speaks for itself! Other selections include Drama Free PBC Burger (topped with peanut butter) and two flavorful and fresh salads including the Royal Hawaiian Ahi Poke and the Hot Chicken Caesar. Other chicken selections include the Chicken Tikka Masala and the Chicken Katsu Sandwich. Back by popular demand is the Buttface Amber Ale Chicken Sandwich featuring a grilled cage-free domestic white chicken breast marinated in house-brewed Amber Ale, grilled over an open flame. “Chicken is as simple as can be but when you add all the flavors and cooking styles our culinary team uses, it goes from simple to wonderfully flavorful,” elaborates Chef Cassidy.
For starters, hungry guests are enjoying Macaroni and Bacon Cheese Croquettes in addition to the popular Pulled Pork Potato Skins. To satisfy the sweet tooth the menu features two all-new desserts including fresh Blueberry Thyme Crème Brulee and decadent German Chocolate Donut Holes.
A variety of fresh and local in-house brewed beers are always on tap. Come in and discover your favorite including the always-popular Oktoberfest Bier that is available now and for a limited time. Also featured is
the Aperol Spritzer and the Prosecco and St. Germain Elderflower Cocktail along with your favorite Chateau Ste. Michele wine.