We are Fletcher & Miranda Stevens, owners of the NWT Brewing Company & The Woodyard Brewhouse & Eatery. Fletcher is head of the brewery operations and Miranda is the General Manager and looks after the day to day operations.
How long have you lived in Yellowknife and what brought you to the North?
Fletcher has lived in the North, primarily Yellowknife for most of his life, when his parents moved to the Territory in 97′. Miranda met Fletcher in Alberta and after several visits to Yellowknife, we decided to settle down in the city for a couple years. It has now been 10 years for Miranda since that first conversation to move up to the North.
What do you like best about living in the North?
The beautiful landscape and Northern lights, the kind people, minimal traffic and of course the opportunities like opening a business.
What’s your favourite place/activity to show visitors?
Pilots monument and the Wildcat Café in the summer months
What is the biggest misconception people have about life in the North?
That it’s uninhabitable and that we have no grocery stores etc.
How do you keep warm in the dead of winter?
Stay inside and hibernate.
What is Yellowknife’s best kept secret?
The ice caves.
Which celebrity do you think would fit in best in Yellowknife? And why?
Kit Harrington because he has a really great fur coat.
What’s in store for you in 2020?
We are in the midst of a big brewery expansion in Yellowknife with the hopes to start canning our product and distribute it within the Territory and hopefully outside our borders as well.
What’s your favourite movie?
Fletcher – Braveheart; Miranda – Ever After
What’s your favourite beer and which is the most popular seller?
Fletcher – Bug Repellent
Miranda – Nitro Porter
Most popular – Kicksled Cream Ale
What’s the best item on your menu at the pub?
This is certainly subjective but customers love the Shack Burger!