What is a Saison?

Familiar with Saison? Saison’s are also known as a Farmhouse Ale and they were historically brewed in France & Belgium in the Winter to be enjoyed throughout the Spring & Summer during crop planting, maintenance, and harvest. They were made for seasonal farm workers or “Saisonniers” who tended the crops, and they were designed to […]

Alaro Craft Brewery wins big at the 2023 Brewers Cup of California!

Alaro wins 6 Gold Medals!

Alaro Craft Brewery is beyond excited to have won 6 more medals at the 2023 Brewers Cup of California! The competition, organized by Sacramento Area Brewers Guild with support from the Central Coast, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego brewers guilds, recognizes the best craft beers in the state of California. The competition had […]

Alaro is #1 of 8 Craft Breweries Every Beer Lover in Sacramento Should Visit

Alaro Craft Brewing is a modern Spanish brewery and restaurant in historic Midtown Sacramento. It has a beautiful yet casual interior and multiple outdoor patios making it a perfect beer and food destination. You can enjoy classic yet well-executed handcrafted IPAs, Lager, Ales, Stout, and Pilsner, or they’re famous for their natural ingredients with no […]

One of the 7 Best Breweries to Visit in Sacramento

Less than three months after Alaro Craft Brewery opened in June 2018, the brewery nabbed a coveted gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the English-style IPA category for the Castillo English IPA. The youngest brewery to ever win that shiny award, Alaro Craft Brewery certainly sprinted out of the gate…

Alaro featured in Best 13 Breweries in Sacramento

Thanks to Rocco Smith for the feature at Restaurantclicks.com. – “Unlike other breweries touting juicy, hazy, and sour versions of beers with creative ingredients, Alaro prefers a minimalistic style. Alaro prioritizes fine ingredients and no added sugar or flavorings within its beers, like the Castillo Classic IPA and La Boheme Czech-style Pilsner.”  

Alaro & Oak Park Live on Fox 40 for Beer Week 2022

Alaro Live on Fox 40

Celebrate opening weekend of Sacramento Beer Week at the 3rd Annual Sac Mac + Beer Fest! Enjoy unlimited pours of local craft beer from 19 local breweries and mac n’ cheese pairings from Alaro Craft Brewery & Restaurant & More!  

Alaro Craft Brewery: A Hidden Gem In Sacramento

Since the start of the pandemic, eating out has become a bit more of a luxury. So when I’m able to find a place with a fun atmosphere, delicious food, and great service, I know I’ve hit the jackpot! That’s exactly what you can find at Alaro Craft Brewery! Located in midtown Sacramento, this swanky […]

5 Best Craft Breweries in Sacramento, CA

Alaro Craft Brewery is one of Sacramento’s pioneer craft breweries, and it is also one of the region’s top-rated farm to fork restaurants. It’s no accident that they’re one of Sacramento’s greatest breweries. They Or passion is brewing craft beer, and they have over 30 years of combined brewing experience. They prefer elegance over gimmicks and […]

Must-Eat Summer Treats

As soon as it was introduced in 2018 as part of Alaro’s launch menu, the midtown brewery’s float flight took off in popularity. Indeed, the quaffable quartet, combining your pick of on-tap brews with vanilla, Dutch chocolate or two-tone swirl soft-serve crafted with dairy from Petaluma’s Straus Family Creamery, served as the perfect capper to […]

Sacramento’s Alaro brewery sees schism between critical success and Untappd scores

Ray Ballestero makes good beer. Everybody says so. Ballestero, who owns Sacramento’s Alaro brewery, won a coveted gold medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival. Alaro’s The Castillo won the English IPA category, making the brewery the youngest in history to win gold at the GABF. The Castillo also cruised to gold at the […]

Take out on your own timetable with meal kits from regional restaurants

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented amounts of takeout. But the sudden shift to a time-blurring work-from-home life combined with reduced hours at many restaurants could sometimes make take-out-and-eat-later a more convenient choice for diners, especially those who want to plan ahead. “Buying food hot and eating it right away isn’t [always] an option for people […]

The Session | Alaro Craft Brewery

The Session is back this week after the long holiday break with Downtown Sacramento’s Alaro Craft Brewery. Owner, Ray Ballestero, and Head Brewer, Chris Keeton, join us in the studio and tell us about the unique history of Alaro, which opened in an iconic craft beer location in Midtown Sacramento. With big shoes to fill, […]

The California Brewers Bypassing Buyouts in Favor of ‘Beer With Soul’

People living in urban centers tend to sniff at the sameness of the suburbs, but these days, a lot of American cities look uncannily alike. There are Targets and Soulcycles as far as the eye can see, and an array of cookie-cutter coffee shops that vaguely resemble WeWorks. By  Emily Saladino

Taste of Spain – Tapas, Alaro Craft Brewery

Sacramento’s heat makes small, shareable bites much more appetizing than a heavy full meal. Alaro Craft Brewery has a fantastic tapas menu including traditional Spanish dishes By Tessa Marguerite Outland

Savory Spanish

Alaro Craft Brewery has hit the press again! This time in Sac News & Review. David Santana is Alaro Craft Brewery’s new head chef. He has spent the majority of his cooking career, seven years, in between OneSpeed and The Waterboy. When Rubicon Brewing Company, one of Sacramento’s oldest names in beer, shut down in […]

The 8 Most Instagrammable Places in Sacramento

Easily one of the best breweries around, it’s also one of the most Instagrammable places in Sacramento. Alaro has everything you’d want in a brewery. Their award-winning brews will not disappoint, and the facade is begging to be photographed. Exposed brick and dark hardwoods accent the space and create a great ambiance, while the large […]

New in Brew

When Alaro opened in the empty Rubicon space last June, it came bearing ties to some of the best-known beer brands in the region. Co-owner Annette Ballestero was one of the founders of River City, while head brewer Chris Keeton used to make beers at Rubicon. Even with all that experience, Alaro still became the […]

All-Star Lineup

NEW BREWERY-RESTAURANT GROWS FROM OLD ROOTS You’d be forgiven if you couldn’t keep track of the multiple brewery and restaurant openings in Sacramento last year. The region is simply bristling with new places opening at a record pace. To complicate the mix, in the last few years, we’ve seen openings (and closings) of several Sacramento […]

Flights of Fancy

Alaro Craft Brewery has already carved out a nice niche for itself in the six months since it opened: pairing a panoply of tasty tapas with flights of classic craft beer is just the kind of short-attention-span theater we crave these days. And come time for dessert, the carousel of choices doesn’t slow down one […]