Fresh strawberry negronis and award-winning beer land 2 northern bars on national top 50 list

From CBC News, by With files from Dave White and Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi

Whitehorse’s The Woodcutter’s Blanket and Yellowknife’s NWT Brewing Company are celebrating high accolades this weekend after they were included in a list of Canada’s 50 Best Bars.

The Woodcutter’s Blanket and NWT Brewing Company lauded as 2 of Canada’s 50 Best Bars

Two northern bars are finding themselves among elite company this weekend.

Whitehorse’s The Woodcutter’s Blanket and Yellowknife’s NWT Brewing Company are ranked 10 and 49 respectively in Canada’s 50 Best Bars, a list compiled yearly by culinary guide Canada’s 100 Best.

James Maltby, owner of The Woodcutter’s Blanket, celebrated his establishment’s third anniversary last week. He called the inclusion of his bar on the list a “real privilege.”

“It’s definitely a surprise,” he said. “I think it just goes to show all the things that are changing up North, especially in the food, culinary scene — and even the drinking scene.”

Maltby’s bar, which is situated in a refurbished log cabin built in 1938, specializes in Prohibition-era cocktails.

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