Working for North Country Brewing Co. has been the opportunity of a lifetime. The family style unity that has brought this company together is also what holds it together. When Bob and Jodi appointed me as the Director of Operations, it was one of the most humbling moments of my life. I take great pride in my role and hold dear their values they have instilled. Working each day as I “Think like a mountain”.
My motto: Family, friends, laughter and love. Work hard, play hard and live life to the fullest.
My road to becoming part of The Brew Crew started way back in 2007 as a customer. NCBC has been a central part of my life from celebrating life-changing milestones, dancing my arse off to Daddy Jones Kingdom, meeting up weekly with my friends for ‘ladies’ night’ or just stopping in for a quick brew and some interesting conversations from some locals. The memories and emotions The Brew Pub location itself contains for me are forever woven into the fabric of my life.
I am proud to be a member of The Brew Crew and the kind humans we work for. It’s not often you are given the opportunity to work for a company that holds the same core beliefs as your personal ones–kindness, humanity, empathy, and investing in the communities and the people that invest in you.
If you can’t find me at one of our locations, you find me either in my garden, spinning vinyl, or out and about with my two pups, Carl & Obi.
Meet the man behind our brews, Jon Barnes! He has worked for us since 2013 and has been the head brewer since 2017. His family had originally owned the Harmony Inn and had sold it to Bob and Jodi McCafferty, the owners of North Country who both worked at the Inn for his father way back when. After their purchase of the Inn, they hired him on to work in the cellar at the Brew Pub location. Jon eventually moved over to the production facility and worked his way up and became our Head Brewer. During his time brewing here, he has developed new recipes along with keeping the original core brands. He is the mastermind behind our Creek and Trail IPAs!
Austin is the research & development brewer and Pub brewer for North Country Brewing. His passion is creating new and fun beer recipes. He is a 4th generation brewery worker and currently work with his father on all recipe designs. Outside of work he enjoys photography and spinning weird and obscure records.
I started at North Country in 2015 and have been loving it ever since. It truly has been an amazing experience that I would do all over if I had too. From starting out as a host and busser to serving and bartending, working in the kitchen and now managing I have learned so many valuable lessons that really helped me get to where I am today. I am so excited to start this journey as the company’s next General Manager and truly appreciate all that Bob and Jodi do for not only me, but the company as a whole. I take an immense amount of pride in knowing that they have trusted me to take this position. I look forward to seeing you all and serving you with a smile. Cheers!
Austin is the research & development brewer and Pub brewer for North Country Brewing. His passion is creating new and fun beer recipes and is a 4th generation brewery worker and currently work with his father on all recipe designs. Outside of work he enjoys photography and spinning weird and obscure records.
As a child, Chef Joseph Schuster learned to read from cookbooks. A lifelong culinarian, he uses his voracity for knowledge and understanding of food from soil to table to produce meals of various cuisines with artistic flair and nutritional value. Joseph began his profession in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at Gullifty’s in squirrel hill, which is regularly voted the best desserts in Pittsburgh. He garnered media attention at Winghart’s in Market Square as the restaurant’s second executive chef, obtaining the second-best burger in Pittsburgh. From there, he spent time as sous chef in Pino’s Mercato, a hidden gem with a focus on tapas and small plates, and later an interlude at Bar Symon, the restaurant of Iron Chef Michael Symon. He eventually moved north to Slippery Rock with his wife and four children, expanding and defining the cuisine of Red Rock Falls before settling in at North Country Brewery. Joseph is regarded as warm and approachable, and passionate about gastronomy and its nature as a temporal canvas of playful experimentation.
Evan has been in the culinary profession for over 20 years now. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute of 2007. His impressive resume includes serving the Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers as their Banquet and Sous Chef through multiple AFC championships and two Stanley Cup Championship wins.