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Brewery, restaurant with Spanish flavor moving into former Rubicon site

Alaro Brewing Co., a brewery and restaurant with a Spanish flavor, will take over the midtown Sacramento space long held by Rubicon Brewing Co.
Alaro Brewing Co., a brewery and restaurant with a Spanish flavor, will take over the midtown Sacramento space long held by Rubicon Brewing Co. Alaro Brewing via Twitter

A brewery and restaurant with a Spanish flavor will take over the midtown Sacramento space long held by Rubicon Brewing Co.

Painters and construction workers are transforming the former Rubicon location at 2004 Capitol Ave., into the new Alaro Brewing Co. site. Proprietors Ray and Annette Ballestero are aiming for a springtime opening.

They have retained Chris Keeton as brewer. For Keeton, the surroundings will be familiar; he was Rubicon’s brewer right up until the time of its closing.

“We’ll be making beer, and a month later, we’ll be open,” Keeton said at the site on Wednesday.

The menu of beers served at Alaro will be changed regularly.

When it opened in 1987, Rubicon was a pioneer in the Sacramento area’s then fledgling craft-brewing movement. Owner Glynn Phillips announced Rubicon’s closing in August last year, opening a space in a busy midtown corridor.

The Ballesteros likewise plan to have food and brews on-site. Keeton said a Spanish influence will be part of both food and drink served at the establishment.

Annette Ballestero has previous experience in the Sacramento brew scene, serving as a co-founder of the River City Brewing Co. that operated at the Downtown Plaza complex before room was made there for the Golden 1 Center arena. Former River City Chef Patrick Hocking will be in charge of the kitchen at Alaro.

The Alaro name is a shout out to the municipality on the Spanish island of Majorca – home to Ray Ballestero’s family roots.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

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