Last Best Brewing & Distilling opened it’s doors in May 2015. The name Last Best draws from Calgary’s eclectic history. At the end of the 1800s, the Canadian government launched a campaign called The Last Best West; it’s purpose was to populate the western prairies and grow agriculture in Canada. The administration believed that this area was the Last Best chance in the modern world for homesteaders to lay roots and shape their futures. The accomplishments resulting from the Last Best initiative have paved the way for the budding craft beer and distilling industries here in Alberta. Last Best Brewing & Distilling honours this historical spirit through its name and unwavering commitment to making delicious well-crafted beer, spirits and Alberta-inspired cuisine.Childhood friends Brett Ireland, Socrates Korogonas, and Alex Derksen have always shared a passion for food and beer. All three had extensive experience in the food and beverage business in Jasper, Alberta. So it was natural that they launch their first brewpub in this mountain town. Taking their inspiration from the town’s own unique beer culture, they opened the Jasper Brewing Company in 2005. This marked the first brewpub in a Canadian national park. From there, the passion grew. In 2010, they opened their second brewpub, Banff Avenue Brewing in Banff. By then it was clear they were on to something. They formed the umbrella company of Bearhill Brewing Company in 2012. Expansion continued with the opening of Wood Buffalo Brewing in Fort McMurray in 2013. Finally, Last Best Brewing and Distillery opened its doors in Calgary in the summer of 2014.