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

Originally Published: MARCH 03, 2021

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 California State Fair’s competition for commercial breweries. And last month Alaro took medals in five categories at the El Dorado County Commercial Beer competition.

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 California State Fair’s competition for commercial breweries. And last month Alaro took medals in five categories at the El Dorado County Commercial Beer competition.

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