Review: NWT Brewing Company

3905 Franklin Avenue, Yellowknife, Website

Date of Visit – April, 2017

The NWT Brewing Company has the distinction of the being Canada’s most northern brewery. I found it on-line just before a recent visit to Yellowknife and made it a point to visit so that I could sample their various brews. Their web-site only listed four varieties but it turns out they make quite a few more. As they also have a pub that serves food, I decided to make an afternoon of it…

This is the Woodyard Brewhouse, which is the drinking and eating section of the operation.


The restaurant-pub is very pleasant inside. I was there on a Thursday afternoon and it never got more than about half-full. There was a television playing, and there may have been background music, but neither were any louder than I like.


Here is the bar area. The number of draught taps will give you an idea of the range of different brews produced next door. During my visit, I sampled:

  • Turbid Wit
  • Kicksled Cream Ale
  • Ragged Pine Ale
  • Honey Bucket Nut Brown
  • Bug Repellent IPA
  • Double DEET IIPA
  • Oatmeal Stout

The Oatmeal Stout was the only brew I didn’t especially like (and I generally like Stouts), but the rest were all very good, with the Double DEET IIPA probably being my favorite.


The menu pretty much consists, as one would expect, of pub-style food. The one dish that really sounded interesting was Beef Short-Ribs braised in Stout but it looked to be a little bit too substantial for that time of day and so I went for the Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Wings with Chipotle Butter. I rather expected from the description that they would be fried in a buttermilk batter but it turned out that the buttermilk formed the base for the dill flavored dip. I am not a huge fan of buttermilk or sour cream in dips but this was not too sour and actually pretty good. As for the wings, themselves,  I would never have guessed there was any Chipotle in the glaze and they came off as bit bland.. They were okay, I suppose, just not that interesting.

Overall, I can’t say I was wowed by my meal but I wasn’t really disappointed by it either and, when all is said and done, I really came for the beer. I liked the nice homey atmosphere of the pub and, if I lived in Yellowknife, I would likely visit often. I give the place a decent 4 out of 5.

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