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The RAM Helps Raise Thousands in Cash and Food for Local Charities

February 11, 2014

The RAM Restaurant and Brewery recently presented the Emergency Food Network, headquartered in Lakewood, and the Pierce County YWCA, located in Tacoma, each with a $5,000 check after a successful Matching Fund Campaign. Last November, The RAM announced that they would match all community donations during the campaign (up to $10,000); the local community stepped up and raised over $7,800 with contributions from several local breweries, businesses, and individuals. Dave Iverson from The RAM said, “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with these two local groups that contribute so much to those in need of critical assistance in our communities.” Overall, these two charities will split roughly $17,800 to assist in their efforts throughout the Puget Sound.

In addition to the monetary donations to the YWCA and the Emergency Food Network, local RAM Restaurants and Breweries collected 920 pounds of food items, diapers, and used cell phones. Executive Director, Helen McGovern-Pilant, from the Emergency Food Network estimated that the collection came out to be about 1,150 meals worth $8794! “This is truly amazing! Just when we get cuts to food stamps and our numbers increase, The RAM arrives on a white beer keg to give us hope,” stated McGovern-Pilant.

The Matching Fund Campaign was organized after RAM officials heard the disappointing news of the charities being promised an opportunity to raise thousands of dollars at Tacoma beer festivals with both groups receiving very little in return for their volunteer hours. As one of dozens of participating brewers at these festivals, The RAM realized the amount of effort put into these events by volunteers and made the decision to get involved and try to make things right. Miriam Barnett, CEO of the Pierce County YWCA, commented, “ We are thrilled…this has restored our faith in humanity!”

The RAM’s Jeff Iverson Jr. added, “Working with both The Emergency Food Network and the Pierce County YWCA opened our eyes to the vital programs their organizations provide to both those who are hungry and women and children that depend on daily shelter needs.”

McGovern- Pilant summed it up by saying,” Thanks for caring about our mission and for wanting to make lemonade out of lemons!”


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Local Brewer Named Director of Brewing Operations for RAM International!

February 11, 2014

The RAM is proud to announce that Regional Brewer, Dave Leonard, has been promoted to Director of Brewing Operations for the RAM International Family of Restaurants. Leonard was hired as the Head Brewer for the Puyallup, Washington South Hill RAM in 2005 and moved to a Regional Brewer role at the Seattle Northgate RAM in 2007. Leonard will continue as a Regional Brewer in the Puget Sound area while taking on new Director duties for the RAM’s 30 restaurant and brewery locations.

A Montesano, WA native, Leonard attended the University of Washington, majoring in Landscape Architecture. He discovered his love of brewing in 1999 as a home brewer and eventually landed a Night Brewer job at Mac & Jacks Brewing Company in Redmond, WA in 2003.

On his new role, Leonard commented, “My favorite thing about the beer industry is the camaraderie within the brewing community and getting to enjoy great beer. This job allows me to work with some of the best award-winning brewers in the industry while continuing to grow awareness of our RAM beer selections.”

Ram Brewery to Tap its Checkbook for Charities Jilted by Tacoma Beer Festival (Tacoma News Tribune)

December 2, 2013

A brewer is offering to pick up some of the slack left by a Tacoma beer festival organizer’s unmet promises to local charities.

Tacoma’s Union House Productions has organized the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival for the past five years and added the Big Beer Festival this year. The company is owned by Bennett Thurmon and Roxi Wolfe, who say declining attendance, not mismanagement, are responsible for the festivals’ budget woes.

But they have consistently overpromised and underdelivered, charities say. YWCA Pierce County officials thought February’s Big Beer Festival would net more than $13,000 for their organization. They received a check in September — for $1,078.

Now the Ram Restaurant and Brewery, which has participated in the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival, wants to help. A company spokesman said the Ram will match up to $10,000 of community donations made to the YWCA Pierce County and the Emergency Food Network between now and the end of the year.

EFN was to be the beneficiary of September’s Tacoma Craft Beer Festival, but received only $400 for staff time.

“We recognize that (beer festivals) don’t go on without a lot of volunteer efforts by the worthy charities that are thinking they are going to reap the benefits of the festival,” Ram spokesman Mark Schermerhorn said.

He said local Ram restaurants are also planning to hold food drives for the agencies. The YWCA serves battered women and their children. EFN distributes food to more than 67 sites throughout Pierce County.

“This is the best outcome we ever could have imagined,” said Jessica Gavre, the development director for YWCA. “We are feeling very grateful for the community.”

Those interested in donating to the fund can do so online at ywcapiercecounty.org/online-gifts. Type “Ram Match Fund” in the information box. All donations will be split between the YWCA and EFN.

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/

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Join Our Pumpkin Carving Party in Wheeling, IL!

October 17, 2013

We’re hosting a Pumpkin Carving Party in Wheeling, IL on October 26th from 12:00pm – 3:00pm!

Kids will receive an item from our Kids Menu, along with a kids drink and bubblegum ice cream. Adults will get their choice of a RAM Burger or Ranch Chicken Sandwich, a Caesar Salad, choice of chocolate or carrot cake, a fountain beverage and free beer samples!

We’ll provide each person with a pumpkin for carving! All tools, carving supplies and design outlines will be available for use at the restaurant.

Price: $10 Kids | $15 Adults

Reservations will be required for everyone interested. Please call us at (847) 520 – 1222 by October 23rd if you’re interested!

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The RAM Restaurant and Brewery Brings Home 4 Medals From GABF!

October 17, 2013

The RAM was honored this past weekend with one gold and three silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO! Headlining the heavy medal haul was the gold medal awarded to our flagship Hefeweizen beer in the South German Hefeweizen category! Bringing home silver medals were the Anaheim IPA from the Indianapolis RAM in the Field or Pumpkin Beer category, the Barrel Aged Frostbite Lager from the Wheeling, Illinois RAM in the Barrel-Aged Beer category, and the Bavarian Sun from the Schaumberg, Illinois RAM in the German-Style Wheat Beer category.

Hefeweizen joins two other RAM flagship brews with gold medals from the GABF; the Total Disorder Porter and Blonde were awarded gold medals in 2010 and 2011, respectively. These prized beers are on tap anytime at all of our RAM locations.

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. Tasting sessions offer attendees the opportunity to tour America’s brewing landscape with access to more than 2,800 different beers from 600 of the nation’s finest breweries. This year the GABF experts judged a total of 4,809 beers and awarded 252 medals in excellence in 74 beer-style categories.

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