Destination Brew Pub in historic Slippery Rock, Pa.

Jimmy and bro-in-law, Lou, entering the North County Brewing Company, Slippery Rock, Pa (Julianne G. Crane)
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Inside North County Brew Pub on Main St. in Slippery Rock. (J. G. Crane)

While visiting family in western Pennsylvania, our brother-in-law suggested going to historic Slippery Rock for lunch.

An hour’s drive for us and about the same for folks from Pittsburg, this quaint borough is a favorite for many ‘daycationers.’  Because of Slippery Rock’s close proximity to “premier” public lands, it is a haven for hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

The interior is handcrafted hardwoods including black walnut and curly maple. (Julianne G. Crane)

Our destination for lunch was the North Country Brewing Company in the town’s center.  The downtown neighborhood features brick and rock sidewalks and old-fashioned, nostalgic street lamps.

First erected in the early 1800s, the present day brewhouse resides in a fascinating building. It’s been used as a public inn, a tavern,  cabinet shop, furniture dealer,  coffin manufacturer, undertakers,  and Butler County morgue.

Comfortable lunch pub environment. (Julianne G. Crane)

In the spring of 1998, locals Jodi and Bob McCafferty  “fell in love with the old storefront and immediately started renovating.” It took them seven years “to rebuilt the structure from the foundation through the roof” opening the doors in 2005.

Thumbs up to wait staff

One criteria I use to judge a brew pub is: “Could I come here alone and feel comfortable?”  The answer is ‘Yes.‘ This is definitely one of those places. The wait staff did not ignore solos, and the bartender was attentive to both male and female patrons.

Living garden roof. (Julianne G. Crane)

One of the many things I found fascinating about this place was the attention to small details. There are numerous charming touches from old fashioned photographs of family members to a garden roof over the entry way.

To see more photos and read about hours and directions, click on an item I wrote for RV Short Stop.

To learn about the North Country Brew Pub’s haunted sister restaurant click on Harmony Inn. It is a perfect place to visit this time of year.

Julianne G. Crane

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