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.
My driving force behind choosing one of the most stressful career paths one could choose, would be the passion and pride I get out of every dish coming out of my kitchen, before working for North Country I had never quite experienced the small business love and sense of community that we bring to our location here in Slippery Rock. The customers feel like friends, the employees feel like family when we bring all of our efforts together we produce some of the best experiences that people can have that will last with them forever and there is nothing more satisfying then a great experience for our guests.
My passion in life outside of work is my family, My lovely wife Sara who supports me in all my effort and is my rock and motivator when I am feeling weak or tired. My beautiful girls Nora Jean, and Maryanne who’s smiles could erase any bad shift and make very moment worth it!
In my spare time I find myself enjoying playing games or watching things that are from the past I am very interested in medieval arts and history and enjoy all types of things revolving around that realm. You can find me in the woods or by a lake as hunting and fishing are some of my favorite outside activities and of course I enjoy making amazing meals with what I receive from the efforts I put in.
I am truly blessed and grateful to have the pleasure of working for people as passionate as I am and can’t wait to continue and grow with them!
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.
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.