Country Brewing Co. is where Bilbo Baggins would hang out
on a Saturday night. It screams whimsical creativity inside
and out, with its ambiance, handcrafted beer and food.
The building itself has been around since
the early 1800s and has served the people of Slippery Rock,
PA as an inn, county morgue and now a microbrewery / restaurant.
Owners, Bob and Jodi McCafferty began renovating
the old storefront (mostly with recycled wood) in 1988 and
to this day it continues to evolve, quite literally taking
on a life of its own. Throughout the entire facility, you
can find hidden faces, gnomes, fairies and even a very hard
to find howling dog secretly carved into the woodwork.
The North Country philosophy of “a
little earth” is evident within every aspect of the
place from environmentally conscious brewing practices to
the “Polish the Rock” initiative started by
Bob McCafferty to keep Slippery Rock clean.
North Country plans on expanding the brewery
and even making their beer available in cans soon. We can’t
wait. Words cannot do this place justice. We took some great
shots of the brewery/restaurant, but in order to get the
full experience, you have to just check it out for yourself.
By Shannon Baldridge – July
Posted in: Entertainment, Lifestyle
North Country Brewing was founded in the belief
of "a little earth."
Where the breeze of a butterfly's wing in Asia
can be felt on the cool waters of Slippery Rock Creek. We
strive to be a steward of our environment and a help to
our neighbors, believing that acts of kindness have a rippling
effect like a stone tossed into a still pond. In support
of this belief, we strive to foster that which is good in
The select grains and fruits
obtained from local sources, as well as the hops imported
in from Great Britain, are returned back to the local environment
as a delicious feed for cattle. As the community enjoys
our handcrafted brews free of preservatives and additives,
local cows also benefit from the spent grains that they
find readily digestible. At NCB, we eliminate the need for
bottles and other wasteful containers by offering our product
10 feet away from it's source in a pint glass, or in reusable
returnable jugs for take out.
Our volunteer efforts continue
to grow, just as time itself continues forward. We are an
active member of the Rock chapter of the North Country Trail
and have adopted the State Game Land 95 section of the trail.
We have also adopted the veterans' Memorial Garden in downtown
Slippery Rock and assist Slippery Rock University in keeping
the park clean and well maintained.
"Polishing the Rock"
Bob McCafferty and the
crew at North Country Brewing Co. have been improving the
quality of life within the Slippery Rock area by coming
up with inventive ways to keep the community thriving and
clean. After developing the concept of what Bob coined "Polish
the Rock", he went on to coordinate and fund the clean-up
day idea. Several volunteers supported the idea and the
first "Polish the Rock" was held. Volunteers which
included local residents, business owners, SRU students
and faculty cleaned Main Street to include fresh mulch in
the planters. NCB invited all volunteers for soup and beverages
for their efforts.
Designated days of the year
are set aside to continue to "Polish the Rock".
With the continuing efforts of the people who participate
in each event, Slippery Rock residents and visitors will
enjoy a clean and beautiful environment.
NCB would like to thank
all who have participated and welcome them again. Stop by
our Events Page to see when the
next "Polish the Rock" is scheduled!
exerpt from a article in the Tribune Review By Joan Greene
Sunday, October 7, 2007
"The changes and improvements
along Main Street have really brought the town around,"
says McCafferty, a member of the redevelopment committee.
Once a month, local residents volunteer their time "polishing
the rock," by picking up litter, pulling weeds and
doing other general maintenance of the borough, he says.
The microbrewery draws visitors
to Slippery Rock from throughout Pennsylvania, says North
Country general manager Keith Kolarosky, of Slippery Rock.
"Microbreweries are popular and the restaurant helps
bring people into town. The redevelopment has made the town
look much nicer and now offers more to do," he says.