The Best Breweries In And Around Fresno, California

Josh Wright

California’s craft beer boom has been a little late in reaching the San Joaquin Valley, but the wait has been worth it. The San Joaquin Valley Brewfest, held for the first time in 2015, is a celebration of the area’s emerging brewing scene. As Fresno is the epicenter of this development, we have put together a guide to the top breweries in and around the city.

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1. House of Pendragon Brewing Company

Bar, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, American

The bar at the 559 Local Tasting Room
Courtesy of 559 LocalC
Within the House of Pendragon’s taproom you’ll find a rotating selection of their King Arthur-themed beers and some taps that are reserved for experimental concoctions. The walls and furniture here are made from wood reclaimed from owner Tom Caprelian’s farm (although there are no round tables in sight). Caprelian is a graduate of America’s oldest brewing school, the World Brewing Academy at the Siebel Institute of Technology. His expertise is evident in the taproom’s use of proper glassware in order to optimize the drinking experience, and in quality brews like the Lancelot IPA and the Belgian ale Excalibur.

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