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.
 
The entire Alaro team will bring simple & flavorful new ideas that include working with small farmers and producers to get the best ingredients possible. 

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!

Ray Ballestero

Lord of the Castle

Ray developed an early passion for brewing just as the microbrewing phenomenon really started gaining momentum in the early 1990s

With a love a handcrafted beer and a background in health & science, brewing became his perfect hobby.

An award-winning homebrewer and a Recognized BJCP Beer Judge, Ray has always strived to create elegant & balanced beers.

Ray has consumed brewing literature, taught brewing classes, was President of the GCBA and traveled the country and parts of the world in search of great beer experiences. It seems only fitting that he and his wife came to create a brewpub experience with a passion for excellence.

A California native and longtime Sacramento resident, Ray has worked in Nutritional Medicine in Sacramento for almost 30 years and he and his wife, Annette founded a Fair-Trade company to create opportunity for marginalized artisans in over 50 countries. His life journey has offered him unique insight to believe in core values like human rights, equality & compassion. Ray is grateful to have worked professionally to help others and truly believes that we should always render better service than expected of us.

Annette Ballestero

Lady of the Castle

Annette has a historic restaurant background, being one of the founders of River City Brewing Co., one of the first breweries in Sacramento

Along with Rubicon, she is honored as a true pioneer and her highly refined attention to detail and goal to create a personalized experience for each customer is what sets Alaro apart from the rest.

With a goal to create a holistic dining experience through taste, aroma & sight built with the idea of customer service, Annette has created an amazing & beautiful space unlike any other brewpub.

Annette has also spent 14 years curating ethically produced, Fair Trade artisan handcrafts from around the world and has a keen eye for art, design and beauty. Annette brings this Fair-Trade layer to Alaro in the form of décor, ceramicware, uniforms, merchandise, coffee, sugar, honey & sodas. All curated with concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of the marginalized small producers we source them from. Annette believes this not only enhances the overall customer experience but brings attention to improved social and environmental standards, sustainability and a living wage that ethical sourcing can accomplish.

Chris Keeton

Head BRewer / Wort Alchemist

Chris Keeton, a true love story beginning with the iconic Rubicon Brewing Company. Chris is our keepsake of the Rubicon and continues his passion and legacy for brewing great beer. 

At a young age, he found himself working his way up in kitchens and when gifted a home brewing kit from his then fiance Lauren, realized he had a penchant for the art of brewing and chose to work hard to hone those skills. After getting married and making the move from Albuquerque to Sacramento, he found his home as a brewer at the Rubicon under the revered guidance of Scott Cramlet. After two years at the Rubicon, he furthered his training by attending the UCDavis Master Brewers Program in 2015 while continuing as the Pub Brewer at the Rubicon.

Chris learned of the closing of the Rubicon at the same point finding out he was to become a new father. Today, his new addition is our new addition and our new Cali Pale Ale, “The Bennett”.

While continuing to create his own recipes, he always had a special place for the Rubicon’s Irish Stout on nitro. You can experience some of this in his “La Luna Oatmeal Stout” served with that iconic nitro pour.

Chris brews beer to be enjoyed and worth coming back for.

Jason Azevedo

Head Chef

Where true and good chefs find their inspiration is what brings their signatures to light. Jason Azevedo found his from his Grandfather, where he feels he was taught, “real cooking”.

He started cooking in Sacramento and went to Chico’s Butte Culinary Academy, moving to the North Bay to work in Fine Dining and wineries. He started Testa Duro Salumi, featuring whole animal underground butcher shop, and pop up dining. You can find some of that passion in Alaro’s dish, Soffrito.

His following has his name on as the Chef De Cuisine of Mighty Tavern, Grange in the Citizen Hotel and most recently, Hock Farm Craft & Provisions. We now are lucky to have him creating our unique menu. His accolades include competing in Farm to Fork Butcher Breakdown and promoting Farm to Fork, using the local resources as inspiration.

“Seasonal, local, sustainable, and craft’ would be words he describes his food, using the bounty of the Sacramento region to fuel the menu. The core of it all, “no matter the day, I am only as good as my last plate”

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