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Tahoe native, craft beer guru team up to tap into brewery business

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Tahoe native, craft beer guru team up to tap into brewery business

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Tahoe native, craft beer guru team up to tap into brewery business

Incline Village native Richard Romo, left, and Kevin Drake hope to open Alibi Ale Works, a craft beer brewery, on Enterprise Street by Labor Day Weekend.

According to Drake and Romo, Alibi Ale Works will be known for two primary lines of beer: “session” beers and “beer geek” beers.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Growing up in Portland, Ore., Kevin Drake knows a thing or two about beer.

The Kings Beach resident begin experimenting with beer crafting several years ago in the Pacific Northwest city that’s billed as having the most breweries per capita in the world.

“Craft beer, for me, is that perfect balance of art and science … you get to work with your hands and your head and produce something that makes people happy,” said Drake, who turned 36 on Tuesday. “It’s like cooking — I see beer-making as a culinary art.”

Drake and his business partner — Incline Village native Rich Romo — are close to bringing their art to the North Shore to taste, with the opening of Alibi Ale Works planned this summer.Romo, who graduated in 1995 from Incline High School, hooked up with Drake several years ago after moving back to town from San Diego.Both found they […]

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