A Calgary couple is turning to the Royal Canadian Legion to realize their dream of opening Fernie’s first craft distillery. Jill Rutherford and her husband Andrew Hayden, owners of Fernie Distillers Inc., want to lease or purchase the Fernie Legion’s hall to house their artisanal liquor producing business.
Rutherford said they chose the location for their distillery because of a shortage of commercial space and a desire to help the Legion.
“We understand they’re suffering the same as Legions are across the country,” said Rutherford. “We think [Legions] have a very important role in the community and it’s good that they’re starting to get creative in their business strategies to help them stay open.”
Ezra Black – The Free Press – December 10, 2016.