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North Country Brew Crew

Bob & Jodi

Our Creators

Finnegan & Stella

Our Creators Owners

Janine

Director of Operations

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.

Cheers.

Sara

Office Manager
Hola! I’m Sara Shinsky or Sarys for my friends.
I’m from Medellin, Colombia (Yes you use the O and no the U), South America.
I work hard for 5 days to enjoy the 2 days to the fullest with my family and pets.
 
I’m a recovering Chocolate Ice cream addict, a Beer lover and if traveling was free, you will never see my face again.
 
I’m a Wife, Mom and Boss-ish!

Lyndsey

General Manager, The Harmony Inn
Lyndsey Granata is currently the General Manager at the Harmony Inn.  Lyndsey is a mother of 3 originally from Mt. Lebanon, Pa who relocated to beautiful, historic Harmony, Pa in 2015 after falling in love with the town, it’s residents, and North Country Brewing.
 
Lyndsey started in her teens in the foodservice industry, and after a ten-year hiatus to be a stay at home Mom, she returned to the Harmony Inn as an employee.  Over the years, Lyndsey’s personality and work ethic helped her to move up through the ranks of the company, and in January of 2020, she was rewarded for her dedication with a well-deserved position as the General Manager.
 
Lyndsey is a Virgo, who loves Bucksnort Stout, her kids, and taking long moonlit walks on the gravel shore of the Connoquenessing Creek.
 
 

Jo

General Manager, North Country Brewpub
My passion for good food and drink started in 2010, five years after I acquired my first restaurant job as a host. This is a passion that never would quite leave, even when I explored other paths in life. I was super excited to be offered a job as one of the FOH managers in 2019, because I had fallen in love with everything that the pub was the very first time I visited in 2012. I’ve met some of the best people, I’ve ever encountered at North Country and I have grown as a person and in this career bc of it. 
 
My favorite things in life are spending time with family, experiencing new things, refinishing furniture, and FOOTBALL. Specifically the Pittsburgh Steelers (as acquired by Joseph Wetzl, my late father) and really, ALL sports.
 
I love North Country with all that I am, and every single person I work with including Bob (the owner) and Janine (the big boss) and am inspired every single day to show all of you the passion we have for an amazing experience, delicious food, and amazing beer!

Meg

Production Manager
I see life as a cumulative experiment of experiences. I try to make the most of the time allotted to me by traveling, going to concerts, leather work, or enjoying a podcast. More than likely you’ll find my pupper, Bruce Wayne by my side.

Jon

Head Brewer
I am the Head Brewer for North country Brewing company. I have worked for North Country since 2013 and have been the head Brewer for the past 2.5 years.  My family had originally owned the Harmony Inn and had sold it to Bob and Jodi Mcafferty, the owners of North Country who both worked at the Inn for my father. That is when they brought me on to cellar at their brew pub location since they were expanding with a production brewery. I eventually moved over to the production facility and worked my way up to eventually be given the chance to be the Head Brewer.  During my time brewing here I have had the opportunity to develop new recipes along with keeping the original core brands. I have expanded on our sour series and developed the creek and trail IPA series as well.  Bob and Jodi hired my oldest son, Austin to come in for summer temp work in the warehouse but they offered him a full time position.  He also worked his way up the ranks and I had the chance to train him to brew. He is now our Pub & R&D Brewer.

Patrick

Regional Sales Manager

“Well you see, Norm, it’s like this… A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This is natural selection and is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.” 

I also sell you beer.

Andy

Marketing
I graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2015 as an Art major with a minor in Communication Graphic Design. Besides graphic design, my hobbies are traveling, photography, hiking and camping. If I’m not doing one of those things, I’m probably relaxing with my 5 year old kitty named Lilith. During my time with North Country it has been a wild ride from filming a heavy metal music video, to meeting former Pittsburgh Penguin’s player Phil Bourque to help us brew a beer! Stop into North Country, grab yourself a beer and enjoy! 

Steve

Executive Chef
I grew up in Oxfordshire, England and moved to the United States in my tween years. I don’t have much of an accent anymore but can fake one pretty well.  
 
My great great grandfather ran for president against Ulysses S Grant. I have no political ambition, just think it’s cool to mention. 
 
My hobbies include painting, collecting and shooting guns, playing guitar, and off roading my badass truck. 
 
I have a pitbull named Honey. She is adorable.

Dale

Taproom Manager/Executive Chef
Hello, I’m Chef Dale.  I was born and raised in Apollo PA.  I went to Lenape Vo Tech for Culinary Arts followed by Pennsylvania  Culinary Institute.  My 19-year culinary career has taken me to Colorado, Idaho, and Wyoming. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy fishing and going to dirt track races with my wife and two kids.

Joby

Executive Chef - The Harmony Inn

As a chef, I have been blessed to work for and with some of the most talented culinarians in the world; however, nothing is better than practicing my craft in Western PA. I have been blessed to work for and alongside some of the greatest chefs in the world and in every type of house (dirt floor bars to exclusive private resorts), but the true feeling of family with North Country is what truly makes it so special.

My pride is my daughter, Sydney Marie. My love is my family. My joy is walking into a dining room that is drop dead quiet because the patrons are too busy enjoying the food to talk. I still say Sid Bream was out, you can put French fries on anything (including a baked potato), Donnie Iris is a legend, and yes indeed I’m a Darlington, PA Yinzer, til my dying day!!

And the rumors are correct, I do work in a kilt. 

North Country Brewing Company Team

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