OUR PHILOSOPHY & history

Banff Ave Brewing Co. was founded in 2010, five years after the opening of its sister brewpub Jasper Brewing Co. In a similar spirit as Jasper, the brewpub has developed into a beer culture hotbed for locals and tourists alike. Drawing strength from the dynamic Banff community and inspiration from the Rocky Mountains and wildlife, Banff Ave Brewing Co. is a central hub not to be missed in the National Parks.

Bearhill Brewing was founded by three best friends – Brett Ireland, Alexander Derksen, and Socrates Korogonas – who were born and raised in Jasper. Growing up in the food and beverage industry in their mountain town, they felt there was a large demand for truly local dining and drinking experiences. Combine this insight with their love of craft beer and the boys decided to open a brewpub. From the beginning, the intention was to create a beer culture inspired by community; one of locally produced craft beer that belongs to the community who drinks it. This has become the foundation of everything Bearhill does.

Jasper Brewing Co. (2005), Banff Ave Brewing Co. (2010), Last Best Brewing & Distilling (2014) and Campio Brewing Co. (2018) combine to tell the ‘Albeertastory in Western Canada. Bearhill has grown into an exciting collection of brewpubs and craft retail products that reflect the communities they are a proud part of.

covid-19 update

November 26th, 2020:

In light of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Banff, out of an abundance of caution we are temporarily closing our doors as a voluntary precaution. While this isn’t a fun decision to make, it’s the right one to keep our brewpub family and our community safe.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t keep enjoying your favourites from the brewpub and Athena Pizza (which is now Banff Ave Pizza) at home. Starting Friday, November 27th, we’re happy to offer pick-up from our retail store where you can grab some beer along with your order, as well as delivery. For Thursday, November 26th, only our Banff Ave Pizza menu will be available. Check it out here.

Our number one priority continues to be the well-being of our staff and guests, so when we feel it’s safe to do so, we’ll be ready to welcome you back with open (but distanced) arms and a cold beer. In the meantime, wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay healthy!

Our Safety Measures: 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have remained committed to the safety of our team and our guests. In addition to closely following the Government mandated safety procedures, we have put in place additional protocols such as:

  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting
  • Physical distancing measures between tables
  • Temperature checks for staff and guests upon entering the building
  • The gathering of data for contact tracing

Our top priorities continue to be the health and safety of you and our team, and we encourage everyone to provide feedback from their experience. What can we do better? Do you have any awesome ideas that would improve your experience? Shoot us an email at covid19feedback@bearhill.ca. We truly appreciate it.

THE BEARHILL FAMILY