The RAM Restaurant and Brewery Taps IPA for ALS to Benefit a Great Cause

August 9, 2016

For the second year, The RAM Restaurant and Brewery has joined the annual ‘Ales for ALS’ program, a fundraising and awareness campaign to help find a cure for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). The RAM’s “IPA 4 ALS” small batch seasonal release has been tapped at all RAM locations with $1 from each pint being donated to ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s leader in ALS research.

“When asked to participate in the Ales for ALS program again, it was a no brainer,” said Dave Leonard, Director of Brewery Operations. “Last year our IPA sold out in less than two weeks and helped raise several thousand dollars for ALS TDI, we are hoping that our 2016 brew is even more successful!” The “IPA 4 ALS” is a flavorful and aromatic IPA brewed with the exclusive ALS hop blend from Loftus Farms in Yakima, WA.

The ‘Ales for ALS’ program, created by Loftus Ranches and Hopunion, provides a promising experimental one-of-a-kind hop pellet blend, free-of-charge, to participating brewers to create their special ALS brews.

Stop in to your local RAM to raise a pint of this Great beer for a Great Cause.

Summer Salute Menu has Arrived at The RAM!

July 5, 2016

The annual Summer Salute menu is back at The RAM Restaurant and Brewery! Available now through August 22nd, the new menu features selections that are loaded with fresh ingredients and bold flavors! The RAM Culinary Team has created limited-time craveable food selections for their guests to enjoy throughout the summer. James P. Cassidy, Culinary Director for The RAM Restaurant Group said, “We spend a great deal of time researching and studying flavors that articulate our company’s brand and artisan style. We look at food trends and see what trends fit with what our guests like and want. Last, we ask ourselves, ‘Are the flavors a good fit for the brand?’ The end result is our 2016 Summer Salute Menu.”

Recommended favorites from the Summer Salute menu include the Amber Ale Chicken Sandwich, the Steak Deluna and the Chorizo Burger.
The Amber Ale Chicken Sandwich brings a fresh-made, handcrafted beer-infused flavor into a chicken sandwich that you cannot get anywhere else. House-made Buttface Amber Ale takes the sandwich to another level of flavor heaven. The chicken is infused with the beer, along with fresh cilantro, lime juice and a subtle smoky flavor,­­ something any world-class foodie would want to eat! The chicken breast is fire grilled then covered with rich, creamy Wisconsin cheddar cheese, kickin’ slaw, zesty onion crisps, sun-ripened tomatoes and house-made smoked tomato chipotle mayonnaise, all served on a Bavarian style pretzel bun.

The Steak Deluna entree is a modern day twisted carne asada. A mélange of chilies infused with sweet orange juice permeates this flavorful steak and crisp refreshing slaw finishes the flavor palate. It’s served with all-natural flour tortillas along with fire grilled onions and jalapenos, and completed with flavorful black beans and red rice. The Steak Deluna bursts with flavors that will make you imagine yourself lying on a sunny beach in Mexico eating street tacos. Chef Cassidy suggests that you enjoy it with an ice-cold Big Red’s IPA.

“Just one bite of our Chorizo Burger will be a flavor sensation experience like none other,” said Chef Cassidy. The signature USDA certified natural burger is blended with a spicy chorizo and seared on the grill to keep the natural juices flowing around it. The burger is topped with creamy Wisconsin Havarti cheese, along with a fire roasted Anaheim pepper, and mashed California Avocado. It’s slathered with smoked tomato relish and fiery chipotle aioli, finished with crisp summer lettuce and served on a fresh Kaiser bun. Cassidy added, “What a mouth-­watering description. We know our guests will enjoy it.”

Other notable selections on the Summer Salute menu include fresh California Avocado guacamole, wild Alaska salmon choices, Kalbi Chicken Yakisoba and the Royal Hawaiian Ahi Poke Salad.

For dessert, Chef Cassidy recommends the Carrot Cake Donut Holes featuring the old world flavor of fresh carrots and pineapple, with spices and cinnamon, topped with rich sweet cream cheese frosting and a drizzle of yummy cinnamon and sugar infused caramel sauce. Cassidy says, “You can’t just eat one donut hole.” The second featured sweet sensation is a Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookie made with a blend of white and dark chocolate chips with pretzel bits swirled in to add that sweet and salty flavor everyone loves today! Baked in a hot oven to order, it’s topped with creamy extra rich vanilla ice cream, more crunchy pretzels, cinnamon and sugar-infused caramel sauce and toasted shaved almonds.

Thirsty Summer Salute guests can enjoy these great food selections with a frosty glass of house-made Barefoot Wit Belgian White Beer, a 2016 North American Beer Awards gold medal winner. Several spiked teas and beer cocktails are also featured, including the Big Red’s IPA Radler with Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka or the Deep Eddy Peach Vodka Shandy with house-made Hometown Blonde Ale. Alcohol-free suggestions include Raspberry Mint or Mango Mint Green Tea Coolers and the Strawberry Peach Cooler.

The RAM stands proudly behind the quality food and beverages that are prepared in their restaurants. Cassidy said, “We are committed to high-quality ingredients in the selections that we present. We source sustainably and know where our food originates. We constantly work to lower our carbon footprint. Our team members own the restaurant and take pride in their responsibility to prepare and present safe and healthy food and drinks.”

The RAM Takes Home Hardware at Washington Beer Awards

June 30, 2016

LAKEWOOD, WA – The RAM competed at the Washington Brewer’s Festival and won three medals at the 4th Annual Washington Beer Awards competition held on June 18th. “There were over 950 beers entered in the competition by 139 Washington breweries. To come out with three medals against such great competition alongside other local brewers and friends is a great honor,” said Director of Brewing Operations, Dave Leonard.

The Tacoma RAM and brewer Blake Miller won a silver medal for the Roggen in the Pro-Am competition. This beer also won bronze medal honors earlier in the month at the 2016 NABA competition. The Northgate Seattle RAM and Greg Maddery won a bronze for the company flagship beer Disorder Porter. The RAM also won a bronze out of the Tacoma Brewery location from brewer Steve Kirven for the Vienna in the European Amber & Dark Lager category.

The Washington Beer Awards are a craft beer competition open strictly for Washington-based beers. Beers submitted must be both brewed and made commercially available in the state of Washington. Judging is conducted using the nationally recognized Brewers Association style guidelines. For more information regarding the Washington Beer Awards please visit http://wabeerawards.com. For additional information on the Washington Brewers Festival please visit http://washingtonbeer.com/festivals/washington-brewers-festival.php.


The RAM Taps NABA Gold Medal Winner Barefoot Wit

June 15, 2016

The RAM is gearing up for summer and tapping their 2016 North American Beer Awards Gold Medal Winner, Barefoot Wit Belgian White Ale. Tapping at all RAM locations today, the Barefoot Wit is a seasonal guest favorite which pairs perfectly with warm summer days at The RAM.

Dave Leonard, Director of Brewing said, “The NABA gold medal accolades for our Barefoot Wit could not have come at a better time! This brew is a personal favorite and one of our most popular seasonal releases. Our brewers have crafted the ideal Wit; hazy white hued with fruity orange notes, coriander spice and Belgian yeast character a light refreshing finish. I had high hopes when I sampled this batch as it was bottled and sent to the NABA competition, the balance of flavors seems perfect. Perfect enough to earn a gold medal!”

The RAM Wins Big at North American Beer Awards!

June 15, 2016

Lakewood, WA – The RAM Restaurant Group was honored for the 11th consecutive year by the North American Brewers’ Association at the 20th Annual North American Beer Awards, in conjunction with Idaho Beer Week, on June 3rd in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The Boise RAM was awarded four medals, including one silver and three bronze. The company also won three additional medals with brews from Fort Collins, CO and Tacoma, WA, including a Gold for the seasonal Barefoot Wit which taps at all RAM locations today. “We are excited to celebrate our 7 medals at this year’s North American Beer Awards! Huge accolades go to our team of talented and passionate brewers,” stated Director of Brewery Operations, Dave Leonard who was elated with the haul.

Long-time RAM Brewer Jake Talbot from the Boise RAM location, won a silver in the Barrel-Aged Beer category for Ground Hogs Revenge. “Ground Hogs Revenge was a collaboration that was a labor of love. The main thing we focused on was letting the beer sit in the tanks as long as possible to get the most flavor out of it that we could.” said Talbot.

For the 4th year in a row, the Boise RAM and Jake also brought home a medal for their Owhyee Oktoberfest, now a 2016 bronze medal winner in the Marzen-Oktoberfest Lager category. The Gordo Big Pumpkin won bronze in the Pumpkin or Pumpkin Spiced Beer category and the Bottle Rocket Helles won a bronze in the Helles Lager category.

In addition to the Boise medals, The RAM also won a Gold medal for their seasonal Barefoot Wit in the Belgian-Style Wit category and a bronze for Roggen in the Rye Beer category brewed by Blake Miller who proudly represents the Tacoma RAM location.

Also bringing home some hardware was Joe Bowden from the Fort Collins, CO C.B. & Potts brewing team. Their Irascible Zipper Barely Wine won a silver medal in the American-Style Barley Wine category.

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