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.
“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.
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.