The name “Alaro” is derived from the surname Ballestero dating back to medieval Spain when one Ramon Ballesteros was lord of the castle of Alaro and it’s an honor to pay homage to our ancestral name.

Located in the space where Rubicon Brewing Co was born, Alaro Craft Brewing now brings a great new vibe, a beautiful but casual interior & outdoor patio area and a super friendly staff to this time-honored space in the heart of Midtown Sacramento.

With a strong focus on well designed, well executed handcrafted beer and a seasonal, local, sustainable, and craft menu featuring a diverse selection of creative dishes from tapas-style small bites to full-bellied burgers that border on sublime, our team has curated one of the most unique restaurants on the grid. 

In addition to amazing beer and amazing food, Alaro Craft Brewing features a well curated wine list, house made Sangrias, Fair Trade Sodas, Teas and Organic Soft Serve Ice Cream!

Alaro Craft Brewing is a brewery gastropub unlike any other.  Join us for lunch, dinner, or anything in between!
Alaro Taps

OUR Beer


Alaro Craft Brewery’s passion for well made, classic beer styles goes against the current trend of flavored & one-off novelty beers.

We value elegance over gimmicks and believe that great beer is achieved by skillful design, talented execution, continued refinement and an uncompromising commitment to using only the best ingredients available. We do not add any sugars or flavorings to our beer but allow the grain, hops and yeast to express the amazing natural flavor profiles.

Our commitment and hard work are paying off as in just over a year since opening, Alaro has received Regional, State, National and International awards for many of our beers including three major Gold Medals for our flagship beer, the Castillo IPA – 2019 California Craft Brewers Cup, 2019 California State
Fair & 2018 Great American Beer Festival.


Head Chef - David Santana​

gathering to share food & drink is the most communal and binding tradition in the world and Alaro Brewing Company has curated one of the most unique & critically acclaimed menus found at a brewpub anywhere.

A Spanish-inspired menu sophisticated enough to intrigue the most discerning food critic, but also rich enough in Pub favorites to satisfy the beer lover who just wants to watch a game. The food is vibrant, delicious and varied, everything from small plates meant to be shared to creative seafood dishes and Paella. The salty, smoky flavors of Spanish food, not to mention the role of tapas as the famous original small plates, make it a perfect match for our beer.

Tapas & Beer at Alaro Brewing
Bikes at Alaro Brewing


With Sacramento’s evolving contemporary culture, Alaro Craft Brewery’s warm, masculine, and sexy, industrial chic style defines Midtown.

Utilitarian in design with worn textures and warmth, old
brick, reclaimed woods, galvanized metal, stainless steel & glass keeps the shapes and silhouettes relatively simple. Large steel I-beams support an elevated metal grid catwalk above bar and cellar. High steel bow truss & wood ceilings arch overhead. A long stainless-steel bar, reclaimed wood tables and a 20′ high-top community table fills the space. Large windows provide views into the fermentation room and serving cellar. Local artists created front signage, interior & exterior murals and handblown glass lighting that elevate and warm the space. With a mix of both industrial and hand-crafted design elements, this intimate but casual 80-seat dining room captures the surrounding urban cityscape and channels an airy setting just blocks from the State Capitol.


Owners, Ray & Annette Ballestero realized the importance of preserving the brewhouse and history of Sacramento’s first craft brewery and that is why they worked so hard to keep it all together and restore it with care.

With our proximity to the UC Davis Masters Brewer Program and our historic brew house, so many craft beer enthusiasts & professional brewers have ties to this location and that is a piece of local history that should not be lost”, says Ray Ballestero.

Alaro Cask
Alaro T Shirt


Equally important is our commitment to not only Sacramento’s “Farm to Fork” movement but to “Fair Trade” and all it stands for.

We knew that Sacramento’s strong “Farm to Fork’ Capitol was ideal for forging relationships with growers and sourcing some of the best seasonal and locally grown agricultural products available, but we believe that sustainability, fair labor practices and human rights are equally or even more important. Annette, with her background in Fair Trade has applied these principles to an industry not necessarily known for this.

We utilized several of the artisan groups that we have established long term working relationships with to see how we could apply their products in
our new business”, says Annette Ballestero.

  • Our handmade & hand-painted ceramic plate-ware is sourced from a Fair-Trade cooperative in Tunisia that provides a living wage and exceptional working conditions.
  • Our T-shirts & Staff Aprons are not only made from Organic cotton, but they are certified Fair Trade to be sure that there is no forced labor in an industry known for unfair labor practices.
  • All our craft sodas, tea, coffee and sugar are certified Fair Trade.
  • Our dining room, back bar and tables were made from sustainable & locally reclaimed wood and our beautiful dining room lights are made from handblown glass from a local CA glassblower.
  • We source as much as we can locally, then ethically & Fair Trade globally.
Alaro HappyHour Menu 2020