North Country Brew Crew

Bob & Jodi

Our Creators

Finnegan & Stella

Our Creators Owners


Shannon Graef started her career with North Country Brewing Company many moons ago as a bartender at The Harmony Inn. With over 20 years of restaurant experience, she headed north to The NCBC Taproom where she absolutely knocked it out of the park. Between Open Mic Night and Jam Sessions, NCBC Taproom Cornhole, Yappy Hour, Trader Bob’s markets, and the vast array of bands that play there, the Taproom has become the place to be. Now that the Taproom has become a major location in Slippery Rock, Shannon is on to a new adventure as North Country’s first-ever District Manager! Congratulations Shannon! With your “think like a mountain” mentality we know you will do great things! 


Office manager

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.



Marketing Director
Working for North Country has been one of the most fulfilling experiences in my life, not only in a professional manner but personally as well. 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 people that invest in you.  
From our For The People Cream Ale (proceeds benefit industry professionals who have been affected by crisis), Firehouse Irish Ale (a portion of the sales get donated back to the local Slippery Rock Fire Department), and our in-house 501K non-profit Growing Together Aquaponics (whose mission is to use the science of technology of aquaponic systems to provide pre-employment transition services to students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities), and sourcing ingredients from local farmers; there are a few of the many ways NCBC supports its staff and the local communities we reside in. 
am a proud member of the brew crew and grateful for the kind humans I work with and the amazing owners we work for. It’s weird how life works out, and I’m glad that I stumbled into my dream job without even knowing it.


Head Brewer

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!


R & D Brewer

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.


General Manager - The Corn Crib
After over a dozen years in the food and beverage industry I’m thrilled to bring my enthusiasm for craft beer to the North Country Corn Crib taproom. I got sucked into the craft beer rabbit hole back in the mid-2000s when I tried my first Belgian beer, and since then I’ve continually sought to educate not only myself but also anyone around me who will listen! Aside from beer, my passions include singing, my three amazing cats, and my husband and travel companion who puts up with me turning every vacation into a “beercation”.

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. 


General Manager - The Brew Pub

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!

Chef Joseph

Executive Chef - The Brew Pub

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.

Chef Brett

Executive chef - The Harmony Inn
Bio coming soon!

Chef Evan


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.

North Country Brewing Company Team