North Country Brewing

North Country BrewingNorth Country Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

141 South Main Street
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, 16057
United States

(724) 794-2337 | map

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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 93
Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Their brews are excellent! The food is delicious! And the atmosphere is very fun and interesting! Pretty much cut and dry as far as reviews go. All I can say is go check it out and you will not be disappointed!

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Photo of Yancey82
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a cool place. On the main street of Slippery Rock, it is easy to find. The atmosphere is neat. It has a country feel to it that is akin to the area. The food was really good. My wife and I each ordered a different sandwich for lunch and both were great. The soup I had was also righteous. There were about 15 beers on tap spanning the range of pilsener to stout and everything in between. I had a recently brewed winter warmer that was pretty good. I have only had one other (Buck Snort) which is also a good American Stout.

The tables are small and a little cramped. That is my only minor complaint. If you are passing through the area, you should make a point of a pop-in.

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Photo of awr84
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

North Country Brewing. Made the 45 min trip to the brewery last weekend, the atmosphere is great, eclectic, and rather large inside. Food was outstanding we had the BBQ bacon buffalo burger, it was outstanding. The brew a bit disappointing seemed a little weak and watered- down for my taste.

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Photo of MattyZ
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Great establishment. Helpful and friendly staff. Quality food from [mostly] local ingredients with many options for omnivores and herbivores alike. The beer is great too, and all their own brews. Just don't get too attached to a specific one because they change what's on tap fairly regularly.

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Photo of deeznuts420
1.76/5  rDev -58.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.75 | food: 1.5

four words: I'll never go back. they are very hipsterish with a fake layed back feel. but once any little thing bad happens they seem to go on lock down. their food is mediocre at best and the beer selection might as well be coors, miller,and budweiser b/c of their beers lackluster flavors. also the owners wife is a real unpleasant person. the owner bob is alright but kind of a fake hippie, but still leaps and bounds nicer than his wife.

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Photo of cooperla1
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

North Country Brewing Company is a nice little place in a small college town. Food is delicious, and I'd highly recommend stopping in for some food and a couple beers. Great selection in terms of the food and beer. Wide varieties in both. Cool atmosphere as well. Looks like a mountain lodge. Service is good too. If you're in the area, check it out. Not really worth driving more than an hour to come here though.

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Photo of rievelx6
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

I go to school in Slippery Rock and I thoroughly enjoy going to the brewery as much as possible. Has a good friendly atmosphere with very welcoming people and good conversation. They have a wide variety of food and would highly recommend it to a friend. Cannot complain on the prices of the food or beer pretty reasonable. Have a pretty wide variety of beers hat they brew throughout the year. I am excited for them to start canning some of their beers. Overall a good place to go out to eat or to have a few drinks. Highly recommend to take a visit if your around the area.

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Photo of apr3940
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Being from Pennsylvania I always find it a point to seek out the smaller brewers to sample the local fare. North Country has a unique and quirky atmosphere that make it a staple in Slippery Rock. The selection is decent, the food as well, and the staff is always friendly. I try to make it point to visit whenever I'm in the area.

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Photo of WestPAWalker
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Unique, woodsy, cabin like atmosphere in a small college town..old world woodworker craftsmanship welcomes you at the door and is only the beginning of the sweet beer experience that's awaiting you inside..Paleo IPA is definitely my go to beer at this establishment. Honestly though, no matter what is ordered off the chalkboard wall list, you will most likely not be dissappointed. Go on a Monday night & enjoy the weekly live Bluegrass show, a plate of fried frog legs and a pint of whatever ales that makes for a happy hillbilly my friend..

A cannery is on the way for this brewery as just keeps getting better..

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Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

North Country Brewing is simply wonderful, wonderful beer, wonderful food and wonderful people. The brewery makes some excellent brews including the Paleo IPA, Oxymoron Wit, Bucksnort Stout, Rock Wheat and House Red Ale just to name a few and are all very good. The food is great and the service is great also. The brewery is located in beautiful Slippery Rock, PA.

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Photo of tommyguz
4.03/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Pretty cool place. It is one of the older (if not oldest) building in Slippery Rock. It was built in 1805. It was an inn, a cabinet making place and a coffin building business. They were undertakers and furniture dealers, said an 1897 ad. There are beams from 1835 that are still in the brewery. What a neat building!

The food is fantastic, the beer is alright. However, for what the beers that I tried lacked in the wow factor, the food does make up for it and I am sure I will find a beer that is awesome plus its a really cool atmosphere. They seem to have a ton of selection of beers always being brewed, so maybe I just didn't come when the right beer was there for me to order!

All in all we’ve been here a few times since moving out this way and plan on going back again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Really nice spot. There isn't much going on in Slippery Rock, but this is the best restaurant on the Main Street at least. Not sure what else might be around, but there isn't much that could compare to this. Great interior. Just a ton of wood all around and a lot of rooms all over. Almost like this was a house at some point. Selection is huge. Tons of different beers to try. Service was very attentive. I like this place a lot. Isn't much around here in general, but it's worth going out of your way for. Good food too. I'll be back.

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Photo of cdawg234669
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

This is a great place to go grab a bite to eat, fill up the growler, or meet with friends for a night out. In the heart of Slippery Rock, this brewery has it all, a great atmosphere, a friendly staff, and good food and drink.

The year round beers would be good enough, but as the seasons change, so do the beers, and some of their seasonal brews stand tall. I have given many of them a try and a few of my favorites are the Buck Snort Stout, Feedbag Stout, and the Paleo IPA.

The farm to fork beef burgers and the beer cheese and pretzel appetizers are great. I have never left on an empty stomach and have never been disappointed. If you find yourself in Slippery Rock, either visiting someone at the nearby College, or just by chance, this brewery is a must visit.

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Photo of Buggies
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been wanting to stop here for some time. I finally got my chance.

For off, parking can be kind of a pain, as it is mostly street parking. But that's not really a complaint. I understand it's a college town with a lot of things going on, but once you get a spot, its worth it.

For off, we got there around 2 PM, so the place was busy, but we didn't even have to wait to be seated. To start off I ordered the Paleo IPA on cask. Very delicious, and a really good beer to be on cask.

We also got the sampler of course. We picked picked 6, and I think they had like 11 or 12 beers on tap to pick from. We got the Firehouse Red, Nit Wit, the rotational fruit beer (I think it was called Cherry Garcia or something), McCafferty's Ale, Daum Dunkel Weizen, and the McCleod's Ewe.

All were excellent. I finished off with a Friar's Coffee Porter. Our meals were really really good as well. As the service was friendly, and as prompt as possible given the amount of people that were there.

Overall, A must stop if you're ever up that way. Or well worth a road trip to for the experience. The atmosphere is really cool, and they have out door seating. The only thing I didn't see was a merchandise area, which is OK because I don't think they would have room for one.

So, 3 pints, a beer sampler, and 2 meals for about $40. Plus they excepted my American Homebrewers Association member card for 10% off! Nice!

Good beer. Good food. Really cool atmosphere. And good prices. Well worth a visit. And well worth a return trip.

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Photo of GreenJetta912
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Most of the beers here are low ABV session beers with occasional exceptions. Top range is about 6% ABV for most. Pints are about $3.50 in house and growlers fill ups for most ales is a pretty low $8. They usually have about 15 brews on tap. Always one on cask. Sometimes a beer will be on nitro tap. Great variety of brews I'm particularly impressed with the blacker beers, pale ales and fruit beers.

Food is exellent and reasonably priced. Service is hit or miss, sometimes servers don't know a lot about beer. It gets pretty packed so meals take a while sometimes and it takes a while to get a fresh brew when it's busy. I've never had to send food back to the kitchen.

Atmosphere is re-donk-ulous. All custom wood work (down to the door handles) and rustic country-feel to the place. Warm and inviting. Live music multiple times every week. The pisser in the mens room is a keg turned on its side, cut open and rigged up into a urinal. Nice touch! There are two outdoor areas. Front porch is smaller (5-6 four tops) and sorrounded by hop vines in the summer. The back patio is gorgeous. There's about 15 tables and a warm stonework fireplace. There are hop vines throughout the back patio. Both outdoor places are a great place to have a cigar and a pint.

If you can go to any special event, (villagefest, halloween party, christmas) DO IT! They usually pull some good shit outta the cellar and offer some free food and other good stuff for these occasional events. Mug club members get an extra few ounces (22oz and not 16oz) every time they buy a beer and there's a great party in the summer for them with free beer and food.

Overall good place. My only critique is better service.

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Photo of haywire77
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Let me start off by saying that I used to frequent this establishment a couple of years ago when my wife was going to Slippery Rock University. I don't get there as often as I would like to these days, and it's a shame because the beer is very good and the food is also remarkable.

The atmosphere is very rustic with carved wood everywhere you look, and antlers abound. Neat effects in the restrooms also.

Quality of the beer is second to none. They are guaranteed to have something for every taste. From their Firehouse Red to their wonderful stouts, no beer style is left behind. Oh, and the Paleo IPA is a staple in my book.

Service is very good also. Warm and friendly, they seem to treat everyone like a regular. This is not the case in many brew pubs that I have been to. Not all the servers know their brews, but there are always people there that can answer any questions you may have.

Selection is pretty good also. I'm not sure, but I think that they have upwards of 10 beers on tap (all brewed in house) and one cask beer.

The food is hit and miss for me. Some of the food I have had is out of this world (the Ploughman...mmm), and when I venture to something that I may be unfamiliar with, sometimes I am disappointed. Sometimes not.

Overall the value is awesome for a place in PA that serves craft beer. Good prices on their beers and the beer samplers, plus growler fills for $8-$12. WOW!

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Photo of Kuromaru
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A bit overly faux-rustic (it's already Western PA, for crying out loud), with an ever-rotating cast of college kid staff who, despite this, generally seem to be knowledgeable and helpful. I won't lie: the beer isn't on the same level that you can find in other craft breweries in Pennsylvania, but it's still pretty great. It's local, it's craft. The food's decent and they have some great outdoor seating, perfect for summer days when the town's not so crowded. Every town needs its own place like this.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped on the way back to WV after attending an funeral in Erie, Pa. (tried to get something positive out of an all day drive)
Very nice place in a very nice town.
Very rustic style brewpub with at least 9 house beers in tap. One always on cask!
Had a sampler...all very solid and anly split an app so it is hard to get a good judgement on the food.
All in all very pleasent experience and glad we stopped.
ps. guys have to check out the old style keg converted into a urinal. Very creative and good stuff if you ask me.

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Photo of Marty30
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I have been wanting to go here for a while,finally got up there. As I walk in I had a nice cozy feeling immediately, awesome rough cut wood rustic feel.Love the history of the place.

Sat at the bar which is about around 15,20 seats if I remember correctly.I ordered a flight of all the beers on tap,I think there was 11 including this IPA on co2 and cask. Some tasty brews.

Service was great,very informative on there brews. Prices were not bad at all got the flight and a cheaper growler,they have 2 different types to choose from for 31 bucs.I will be back and I reccommend anybody to try this brewpub.

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Photo of DWolf
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

What I love most about North Country Brewing is the Gestalt effect. No one thing makes this place great. The atmosphere is unique and engagingly decorated. The beer is decent and the selections are broad. It's hard to pick a favorite, because it really comes down to personal preference. The food is tasty and run on the organic/all natural side. They really know how to do a good burger and fries. The service is fine, if a bit sporadic (only because they always seem to be so busy). However, taken as a whole, this place is an absolute gem. I love it. Whenever I am in the area, I make a point of stopping; and often make special trips to grab dinner and a beer at NCB. I cannot say that about a lot of places.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The inside of North Country can be described as wild west saloon meets rural PA. Kind of weird décor, with lots of wood. The whole place seems a little bit disjointed, with different levels and stairs and ramps, but it isn't really a problem. There is a bar upstairs and downstairs, some tables in a room downstairs and a couple of tables outside.

There are about a dozen beers on-tap, all of which are house beers. One of them is always on cask too, which I like. There is a good mix of styles, with a little bit of everything represented. Everything from light lager to IPA to Stout to a Heather ale were on-tap during my last visit. There is always a fruit beer on-tap also, and the couple that I have tried have been very good..

There always seems to be a good crowd here, and my friends who have spent time in Slippery Rock said it is the favorite hangout of both residents and students. Laid-back and friendly.

I've always gotten good service at the bar, and even after paying my bill the tender poured me a sample when I asked a question about a beer. It seems like the taps are half off for happy hour too.

I've stopped here a few times after hiking in the nearby state parks, but I haven't had food yet. There is a large menu, and what I've seen looks pretty good. If you're in the area, North Country is worth a stop. It's just a couple of miles from I-79.

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Photo of number1bum
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

After a long day on the road a couple weeks ago I checked into a hotel in Grove City and headed down the road to have dinner here. The decor, inside and out, is a bit wacky, redneck like really, but the interior is spacious and cozy. Bars downstairs and up; I sat upstairs at the bar because there were seats there. It was small, but that was just fine, and they get bonus points for having all the beers on tap upstairs as well as down.

Beers were marked on a chalkboard as well as within the menu which looked pretty up to date. A really nice variety, both in terms of number and styles. I can't remember how many there were in total, I'm thinking 12 or 13. I tried 11, 10 sample sizes and 1 full pint. I recall the standout being the Liquid Love Stout, a chocolate stout that was very nice on its own and which also blended nicely with Strawberry Fields, the rotating fruit beer. The former was also quite nice, and I am not a fruit beer fan. However, it seemed to be a cream ale base or something like that, and was very creamy with a subtle fruit flavor to it. Pretty cool to have a rotating fruit selection imo.

Most of the other beers were very solid, although nothing was really spectacular. The IPA was good, the Stone House Stout was simple but pleasant, the Psychedelic Nighmare was sweet but pretty drinkable for such a high ABV tripel. The Pale Ale was drinkable and flavorful.

As for food, I had hot pretzels as an appetizer and they were excellent. I had a buffalo burger with fries for dinner and the burger was also very good. Fries were decent, not great. The menu was above average and better than standard pub fare for sure, and I like that they seemed to have so many local and higher end (ie buffalo burger) selections. Service was very friendly and prompt. Prices were very reasonable. All in all this is a place I would definitely frequent if I were local, and I would be happy to stop in again next time I am in town.

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Photo of Woody188
4.75/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My Girlfriend and I try to get to NCB as much as possible, as an interior designer she Loves every bit of the place as beernuts we both love the Great Beers these guys have year round, the Slippery Rock Dew is a summer time favorite, the Firehouse Ale not only is Great, but a part of the proceeds go directly to the Slippery Rock VOLUNTEER Fire Dept. & EMS. They have expanded to the 2nd flr with much more seating. On one visit when we were traveling with our dog they sat us on the outside front porch and took great care of our dog, water and snacks. So if you are ever headed North on I-79, in PA, jump off at Slippery Rock for some GREAT BEER and Great Food. Grab a growler and YOU Must Check Out The Bathrooms... All the wood decor is hand carved by a local artist. And ask about the history of the building you won't believe it.

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Photo of woodske1
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Very cool setup inside, It feels like you're in a small ski lodge somewhere in the mountains. Very rugged feel. Everything looks like it is hand carved, even the bar and the tap handles. My one complaint is the size and the service.

It could be a little bigger and they are not very quick with your food (at dinner time). The beer is all their house beers (which are just ok). I would reccomend the Lavendar Abbey if you ever go.

Very good salads, big, lots of stuff inside. The selection is also nice, not just all meat a potatoes...they have some fish, some other seafood stuff to balance it out.

Its worth a trip to the middle of nowhere to go.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Very good atmosphere laid back and enjoyable setting. Bigger space also than it looks like from the outside. The service is good, and you have to keep in mind its in a college town so the staff and patrons for the most part represent this. The food is very good, with options for elk and local meet as well. The beer selection changes regularly and they do a good job putting a lot of different beers out. A lot of the beers are solid and a few are very good. Very reasonably priced and an overall solid bet.

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