“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 September.
“We’re really honored,” Ballestero says. “The Great American Beer Festival has become the most coveted beer award you can win.”
Fewer than three months old, Alaro barely had its beer ready in time to ship four cases to Denver for judging by the competition deadline.