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.
September 26, 2016
The arrival of fall means one thing at The RAM Restaurant and Brewery, Oktoberfest Bier! The RAM’s most popular and celebrated seasonal brew is available now and for a limited time at all RAM locations.
A perennial favorite of our guests and brewers, Oktoberfest has won three consecutive medals at the North American Beer Awards. “Our recipe is modeled after the Munich fest biers and brewed but once a year. We combine Munich and Vienna malts to create a smooth, toasty malt profile accented by spicy German hop notes. This copper hued lager is fermented cool for a clean, crisp finish, the perfect cohort to the season,” says Dave Leonard, Director of Brewing Operations.
Stop by your local RAM location to taste a winner – Lederhosen optional!