Nicky USA Welcomes Pok Pok Chef Andy Ricker for Summer Chef Collaboration Series with Gilgamesh Brewing
Collaborative beer series will raise funds for Growing Gardens through sales of Chef Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok Rhubarb Som Shandy brewed by Gilgamesh Brewing available beginning May 15

PORTLAND, Ore. (May 8, 2017) – Nicky USA is excited to release the fourth beer in the Nicky USA Curated Portland Chef Beer Series with Gilgamesh Brewing. This May, Nicky USA welcomes James Beard winning chef Andy Ricker of Pok Pok and his Pok Pok Rhubarb Som Shandy, available all summer long May through August. The Rhubarb Som Shandy is brewed with Pok Pok’s own line of housemade drinking vinegars, and will be available throughout Portland including at all Andy Ricker restaurants (on tap at Pok Pok PDX, Pok Pok NW, Pok Pok Noi, Whiskey Soda Lounge, and in bottles at Pok Pok Wing) beginning Monday, May 15th. The series launched in August of 2016 with a collaboration between Gilgamesh Brewing and chef Carlo Lamagna of Clyde Common, later welcoming chef John Gorham and his Turkish Coffee Stout and chef Aaron Barnett and his La Moule de L’Amour Red Brett Saison, raising over $4,000 for charity to date. Each beer will be available at the Gilgamesh Brewing Campus in Salem, the participating chef’s restaurants, Zupan’s Markets, Green Zebra Grocery, and local bottle shops. $1 from the sale of each bottle, and $10 per keg will benefit a charity of each chef’s choosing. Andy Ricker’s Rhubarb Som Shandy will benefit Growing Gardens, which partners with diverse, multi-generational families and community to build and sustain food-producing home gardens, with strengthen the health of people, communities and the environment.

A long-time member of the Portland culinary community, Nicky USA has become the premier butcher and game meats purveyor for the Northwest. Over the 27 years that Nicky USA has provided restaurants and home cooks alike with exceptional proteins, they’ve gotten to know, and become close partners with chefs throughout the region. Their passion is bringing together the best ingredients and culinary talent to create delicious experiences for our community. When the opportunity came to combine forces with Gilgamesh Brewing to brew beer for good, Nicky USA asked their chef friends to join the team. As a result, Gilgamesh Brewing is launching a different small batch beer every three months, each brew a unique collaboration with a different Portland chef that explores their personal culinary style.

The Nicky USA Curated Chef Collaboration Series includes:

August – October ‘16 Carlo Lamagna, Clyde Common Hibiscus Lager
November ‘16 – January ‘17 John Gorham, Shalom Y’all Turkish Coffee Stout
February – April ‘17 Aaron Barnett, La Moule La Moule de L’Amour, Red Brett Saison
May – August ‘17 (or until sold out) Andy Ricker, Pok Pok PokPok Rhubarb Som Shandy
Sept. – November ‘17 (or until sold out) Wild About Game collaboration beer with Bull Run Distillery TBD

About Nicky USA
Founded in 1990, Nicky USA is the Northwest’s leading butcher and purveyor of specialty game and high quality meats. The Portland-based company has forged relationships with local, national and international ranchers, as well as James Beard Award-winning chefs in an effort to make game a mainstay of specialty markets and fine restaurants. With the purchase of their very own 35.9-acre farm in Aurora, Ore., owner Geoff Latham is able to raise game for Nicky USA and host friends and customers. The company has built one of the nation’s only mobile processing units (MPU) for the sustainable and humane processing of animals, specially designed to process both poultry and hooved animals, making it the only USDA-compliant unit of its kind allowing complete control of the process from field to table. Aside from selling specialty game and high quality meats, Nicky USA hosts Wild About Game on October 8th, 2017, an annual head-to-head cooking competition and the meatiest culinary celebration in the Northwest featuring the best rising star chefs in the region. Nicky USA expanded in 2013 with a second location in Seattle. Orders for either location can be made by calling 1.800.469.4162. For more information, visit www.nickyusa.com. Follow @nickyusa on Twitter and Facebook, and @nicky.usa on Instagram, as well as #NickyFarms on all channels. To learn more about Nicky USA and Nicky Farms, view the 25th anniversary video here.

About Nicky Farms
Nicky Farms is the house brand of Nicky USA. Launched in 2009 to support Nicky USA’s small, independent ranchers and growers, Nicky Farms products include Northwest raised rabbit, quail, elk, venison, water buffalo, goat and American bison. They can be found on the menus of the Northwest’s best restaurants and the shelves of leading retailers such as New Seasons Markets, World Foods, Zupan’s Markets, Metropolitan Market, and Central Co-Op. For more information, visit: www.nickyusa.com/nicky-farms

About Gilgamesh Brewing
Once located in the woods of Turner, Oregon, Gilgamesh Brewing has expanded and moved into a new facility in South Salem on Madrona Avenue. The three Radtke brothers, and their father, Lee, spent the summer of 2012 recreating a former grass seed warehouse into a full-scale brewery. They also transformed the warehouse office building into a handcrafted restaurant featuring custom woodwork and metal fabrication. Pringle Creek runs along the covered back patio, which opens up into the property’s large back yard creating a nice ambiance. The Gilgamesh motto is “a beer for everyone” and the range of selection provides the delicious proof.
More at gilgameshbrewing.com.