The RAM Restaurant and Brewery will open its second Oregon brewery (in addition to the Clackamas Town Center in Portland) and 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 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.
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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!”
ABOUT THE RAM RESTAURANT GROUP
The RAM is a Washington-based, employee-owned restaurant and brewing company. Opening the first restaurant location 45 years ago in Lakewood, Washington, the company’s 34 restaurants are favorite destinations for guests who appreciate quality food and beverages.
In 2015, the company “Celebrated Great Beers for 20 Years!” In 1995, the first brewery location opened and began brewing craft beers. Most locations have onsite breweries adjoining the restaurants. The award-winning brewery program continues to be recognized regularly as an industry leader for creating highly acclaimed and drinkable selections.
You’ll find RAM locations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. A Dublin, Ohio location is slated for a mid-2017 grand opening. The RAMRestaurant Group also operates nine C.B. & Potts Restaurant and Brewery locations in Colorado, in addition to C.I. Shenanigans in Tacoma, Washington.
The company prides itself on being community-involved. Since 1971, The RAM Restaurant Group has donated over $1,000,000 back to the hometowns they serve through a variety of philanthropic initiatives.