RAM Restaurant & Brewery

  • Owned By:  CEO Jeff Iverson; COO Dave Iverson; (30% ESOP)
  • Number of Outlets: 30 in six states
  • Link to homepage:  http://www.theram.com/

disorder_bannerThe Ram group, officially Ram International, owns 30 restaurants in six states, including 11 in Washington. It is headquartered in Lakewood, WA, where it started as a single pub in 1971. Its annual net revenue is “just above nine figures,” CEO Jeff Iverson said.

Ibuttface_bannern December, 2014, RAM told its 1,100 employees of the Ram Restaurant and Brewery Group that the Ram had formed an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP),. The ESOP initially gives Ram employees 30 percent of the company.

So is the RAM Beer Any Good?

The RAM Family of Restaurants and Breweries was recently honored with a gold medal and a silver medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. This year marks the 15th consecutive year that company brewers have been fortunate enough to have been awarded medals from this prestigious competition.

Brewer Ty Nash, out of the Highlands Ranch C.B. & Potts location, crafted a gold medal winner and took home his first medal from the GABF on his five year anniversary with the company. His brew, The Weasel, is a classic Fest Bier which features a mildly sweet maltiness and a clean, balanced hop character.

The White Eagle Smoked Wheat, a silver medal in the historical category, is based on the classic Polish Gratzer and brewed with oak smoked wheat malt to create a slightly smoky, refreshing and surprisingly sessionable ale. Brewed by Eric Quick out of the Schaumburg, IL RAM location, Quick has won 2 silvers in his two and a half years with the company.

In fact you can click here to check out all their awards going back as far as 1996.

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The Buttface Amber is always good, but my favorite is the Total Disorder Porter. They make an Irish Red served only during the month of March (for St. Patrick’s Day) that is one of the best red ales I have ever had. So, ya. The beer is good.

Copyright 2015 by Hoppy Trails Beer News – with contributing information from the Puget Sound Business Journal and the RAM website.