What is the difference between Kölsch and Altbier?

Alaro Brewery and Red Bus Brewery Collab

Kölsch and Altbier, same same but different? Our good friends from Red Bus Brewing in Folsom CA reached out to us and suggested brewing in Collaboration.  They are super cool so of course we accepted.  Now we had to decide what to brew. Alaro Craft Brewery founded itself on “Beer Flavored Beer” and we are […]

Sacramento Beer Week 2021

Sacramento Beer Week 2021

Alaro’s Sacramento Beer Week Events 2021 Friday, April 23rd – Rising Together Beer Release. This Friday, April 23rd is our Sacramento Area Brewers Guild Collaboration “Rising Together” Beer Release! We will start pouring $5 pints of this dreamy Simcoe, Amarillo & Sultana hopped West Coast IPA starting at 11:30am and will have a limited amount […]

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 […]

El Dorado County Commercial Beer Competition Results

First commercial beer competition of the year – 5 beers entered and 5 awards! Good way to start the year! Here is the results posted: -35 IPA Double Gold Alaro Craft Brewery Specialty IPA (21B) Balthazar33 IPA Silver Alaro Craft Brewery English IPA (12C) Castillo5 Pale Lager Bronze Alaro Craft Brewery Czech Premium Pale Lager […]


“We knew we were up against the best breweries in the country,” Ray Ballestero remembers. After he’s been making beer for 30 years, Ballestero the owner of Sacramento’s newest brewery, Alaro Craft Brewery, is basking in the fact that the brewery’s first IPA took home a gold medal from the Great American Beer Festival in […]

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 […]

SN&R – 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 […]

Alaro redefines Sacramento’s beer scene

Alaro Craft Brewery

Alaro Craft Brewery is arguably producing some of the best beer & food at a brewery in Sacramento, but how? 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 […]

One Year Anniversary Recap

Alaro Craft Brewery celebrates “1 Year” with an epic Anniversary Party! Wow, what a party!  We really had no idea how many guests to expect for our first big party, but the turnout surprised us all!  We were all truly blown away with the support of so many wonderful people coming out to help us […]

Adrianna Wins Bronze

So, while basking in the glow of another Gold for our Castillo at the 2019 California State Fair Commercial Beer Competition, we received a Bronze Medal in the mail for our Adrianna from “International Beer Awards Excellence in Brewing N.A.B.A.” (2019 North American Beer Awards).