The RAM Restaurant and Brewery Opens in Medford, Oregon

December 28, 2016

LAKEWOOD, WA – The RAM Restaurant and Brewery, known for sporting great food and frosty handcrafted beers, opened its fourth Oregon location in Medford at 165 Rossanley Drive on Monday, December 12th. In 1972 the doors opened at the first RAM Pub in Salem. This “Deluxe Tavern” was the birth of an iconic Oregon restaurant brand that includes other locations in Wilsonville, Clackamas and now Medford. The RAM, owned by The RAM Restaurant Group, is a second-generation, employee-owned company, founded in 1971 in Lakewood, Washington. Led by brothers Jeff and Dave Iverson, The RAM is known for its legendary hospitality and for creating lifetime memories.

Jeff Iverson, President of The RAM Restaurant Group says, “Though our location in Medford is new to the area, we have many longtime guests living in southern Oregon who have enjoyed our Salem and Portland area restaurants for many years.” Iverson added, “Our Northgate Marketplace location is the best spot in town. We are honored to be welcomed into the community and excited to tap our craft beers and present our amazing menu.”

The Medford RAM sits impressively on Rossanley Drive inside the Northgate Marketplace. With an occupancy of 273 guests, the 7245 square-foot building features the restaurant, lounge, and brewery in addition to a spacious, partially covered heated patio complete with big-screen TV’s. Jeff Iverson says, “In front of our restaurant is a large outdoor fireplace where friends will be able to gather for laughs and good conversation. Inside The RAM they will enjoy a great meal and a frosty, tasty beer.”

The RAM Brewery features an impressive brewing system. Dave Iverson says, “We have a nice setup that features a 10 BBL JVNW system. There are five fermenters and ten serving tanks. The serving tanks are sharp and add a nice touch to the overall look and feel of the building.” Jeff Iverson adds, “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!”

To perfect service and presentation, The RAM partnered with the Maslow Project, a local nonprofit which serves homeless youth and families, to host invitation-only pre-opening lunches and dinners. Guests brought nonperishable food items and made a monetary donation to help the local organization. “Our team’s hospitality is well-known in the communities we serve. We were excited to fine tune our preparation and hospitality during these events,” said Store Leader Tommy Simmons. He continued, “It gave us a chance to get familiar with the restaurant menu and to meet our new guests. It was exciting to see the restaurant come to life.”

When it comes to menu selections, sourcing is of the utmost importance to The RAM. The restaurant presents never-frozen, USDA certified grass-fed beef, cage-free chicken selections, and locally-sourced ingredients to enhance the made-from-scratch dining experience. Simmons adds, “Our chefs cook with our award-winning beers. We create delicious beer-infused menu selections as well that you can’t get anywhere else, such as the Buttface Amber Ale Chicken Sandwich, Big Porter Blue Burger, Hefeweizen Beer Battered Fish and Chips and Big Red’s IPA Baby Back Ribs.”

Passionate and talented RAM Brewers create award-winning, “drinkable” beers. Their efforts have garnered over 100 medals from numerous high-end beer competitions. At the Medford RAM guests will discover their favorite beer from the 14 selections on tap. Dave Iverson, COO, adds, “Our Hometown Blonde Ale recipe which is a favorite on our taps recently won a gold medal at a very prestigious competition in Denver, CO. We are proud to present our award-winning beers along with variety of our brewer’s seasonal selections.” Noted southern Oregon brewer Scott Sulsbury joins The RAM team in Medford and brings his 23 years of experience to the new location’s onsite brewery.


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The RAM Restaurant and Brewery Joins Medford Dining Community Monday, December 12th

December 7, 2016

MEDFORD, OR – The RAM Restaurant and Brewery, known for sporting great food and frosty handcrafted beers, will open its fourth Oregon location in Medford at 165 Rossanley Drive on Monday, December 12th. In 1972 the doors opened at the first RAM Pub in Salem. This “Deluxe Tavern” was the birth of an iconic Oregon restaurant brand that includes other locations in Wilsonville, Clackamas and now Medford. The RAM, owned by The RAM Restaurant Group, is a second-generation, employee-owned company, founded in 1971 in Lakewood, Washington. Led by brothers Jeff and Dave Iverson, The RAM is known for its legendary hospitality and for creating lifetime memories.

Jeff Iverson, President of The RAM Group says, “For years our friends in the state have been asking us to come to southern Oregon. All of us in the hospitality business know what an excellent restaurant community this is. Our Northgate Marketplace location is in a vibrant and dynamic area and to now be a part of that and the local craft beer scene is an exciting opportunity.”

To celebrate the upcoming opening The RAM is partnering with the Maslow Project to host invitation-only pre-opening lunches and dinners this Thursday through Saturday. Guests are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items or make a monetary donation to help the local non-profit organization. “Our team’s hospitality is well-known in the communities we serve, we are excited to fine tune our preparation and presentation during these pre-opening events,” stated Store Leader Tommy Simmons.

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 locally-sourced ingredients to enhance the made-from-scratch dining experience. Simmons adds, “Our chefs cook with our award-winning beers. We create delicious beer-infused menu selections that you can’t get anywhere else, such as the Buttface Amber Ale Chicken Sandwich, Big Porter Blue Burger, Hefeweizen Beer Battered Fish and Chips and Big Red’s IPA Baby Back Ribs.”

Passionate and talented RAM Brewers create the most “drinkable” beers. Their efforts have garnered over 100 medals from numerous high-end beer competitions. At the Medford RAM guests will discover their favorite beer from the 14 selections on tap. Dave Iverson, COO, adds, “Our Hometown Blonde Ale recipe which is a staple on our taps recently won a gold medal at a very prestigious competition in Denver, CO. We are proud to brew our award-winning beers and a multitude of our brewer’s tasty seasonal recipes. Guests will always find a new and interesting brew to try along with their trusty go-to.” Long time, established local brewer Scott Sulsbury brings over 23 years of experience to The RAM. He will head up the Medford RAM brewing team and will bring great energy and new brewing styles to the menu.

The Medford RAM sits impressively on Rossanley Drive inside the Northgate Marketplace. With an occupancy of 273 guests, the 7245 square-foot building features the restaurant, lounge, and brewery in addition to a spacious, partially covered heated patio complete with big-screen TV’s. Jeff Iverson says, “In front of our restaurant is a large outdoor fireplace where friends will be able to gather for laughs and good conversation. Inside The RAM they will enjoy a great meal and a frosty, tasty beer.”

The RAM Brewery features an impressive brewing system. Dave Iverson says, “We have a nice setup that features a 10 BBL JVNW system. There are five fermenters and ten serving tanks. The serving tanks are sharp and add a nice touch to the overall look and feel of the building.” Jeff Iverson adds, “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!”


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The RAM Restaurant Group Opens 33rd Location in Columbus, Ohio

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.


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The RAM Raises Over $15K for ALS Research

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.


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The RAM Awarded Two Golds at Great American Beer Festival

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.


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