Last Best Brewing & Distilling Brewpub Inc


Products and Services

  • Craft Beer,
  • Lunch/Dinner Menu,
  • Cocktails,
  • Wine,
  • Televisions,
  • Patio,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
607 11th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E1
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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Last Best Brewing and Distilling is an eatery and brew pub that takes the notion of local identity to heart in the beers it pours and the food it puts on the plate. Its IPA and the Show Pony Pale Ale are familiar draft selections at pubs around town. However, a visit to the Last Best home base behind the conspicuous yellow door in the redbrick-and-sandstone building at the corner of Fifth Street and 11th Avenue Southwest offers craft-beer lovers a view of the fermenting tanks where it's made. In view of the brewing equipment, patrons quaff pints of Last Best's craftily named mainstay beers such as There Will Be Porter, Olsch Kolsch B’Golsch and Dirty Bird Black Lager.

“They’re not our beers. They’re the community’s,” says co-owner and beer philosopher Socrates Korogonas. Whether that’s the aforementioned on-tap staples or its ever-changing menu of seasonal craft beers, the approach is, in a sense, a collaboration between Last Best management, brewers and customers. The pub setting generates “an immediate feedback loop” between beer drinker and maker says Socrates.

“We really want to know what Calgarians appreciate, and if you are only going to give them one IPA, how are they going to know if they like another one better? We want to give them a lot of variety,” he explains from a stool at the expansive central bar. While he philosophizes, brewer Kyle Smythe tends to the fermenting tanks behind the glass on the opposite side of the restaurant-pub.

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Outstanding outdoor restaurant patios in Calgary

Outstanding outdoor restaurant patios in Calgary

One of the city’s hottest microbreweries, Last Best features a beautiful courtyard patio. Secluded and relaxing, you’ll want to sit for hours sampling all of the exclusive (and sometimes experimental) brews that Last Best offers on tap. Shareable menu items include grilled Romaine salad, mini grilled cheese sandwiches and beef-cheek poutine. Likewise lovely mains include a muffaletta sandwich, Alberta beef chuck burgers and beer-battered fish and chips.

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New restaurants in Calgary: Winter 2016

A gorgeously designed, multi-room beer hall and restaurant, Last Best’s hot-yellow door makes the 11th Avenue Southwest spot easy to locate. Divided by a room-length central bar, it features exposed brick, old-growth beams and warm, contemporary lighting. Its menu of gourmet comfort foods features both shareable, small plates (elk-and-pork meatballs, beer-braised clams) and entrees (vegetable sandwich, tourtiere, bison gruyere patty melt). Try its house-brand beers on tap.

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Craft brew pubs you'll love in Calgary

Craft brew pubs you'll love in Calgary

Behind its conspicuous yellow door, this beauty of a Beltline drinks-and-dining establishment serves gourmet comfort foods in sharable and entree sizes. Edibles include elk-and-pork meatballs, beer-braised clams, tourtiere and bison gruyere patty melt. House-brewed pints include mainstays such as Dirty Bird Black Lager, Last Best IPA and Olsch Kolsch B’Golsch, and a continually refreshed roll of small-batch brews.

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