BUTLER COUNTY, PA (October 24, 2017) – The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (PRLA) honored exceptional members for their leadership, commitment, and service to their industry and community through the Spirit of Hospitality Awards. Bob and Jodi McCafferty, owners of North Country Brewing Company were recipients of this year’s Eco-Hero Award. They were honored at the PRLA Awards & Installation Gala Reception & Dinner, held on Monday, October 23 at Heinz Hall in downtown Pittsburgh.
The Eco-Hero Award recognizes a business that’s developed a culture toward integrating superior environmental management practices that improve everyday operations while maintaining quality service and meeting customer expectations.
Bob and Jodi have taken sustainability and local flavor to a whole new level. They use fresh vegetables, herbs, fruit and hops from their 64-acre farm, North Country Harvesting Company, in their food and beer. Their animals are fed from their plants as well as unused food from the pub and grains from their cannery. When customers drink a beer or have a meal at North Country Brewing Company, they’re supporting the local community and environment.
When Bob and Jodi opened the doors to North Country Brewing Company in 2005, they couldn’t have expected the support and demand that Slippery Rock had for good craft beer. Over the years, their brew pub has featured over 100 different types of beers, ranging from traditional reds and stouts, to more outlandish and experimental brews such as bacon-flavored brews and chai tea-infused ales.
North Country Brewing Company has always thrived on the belief of “community before self”. Their annual Brewfests have raised over $50,000 for Slippery Rock Development, which helps maintain Slippery Rock’s appearance and appeal. NCBC also gives 5% of all Ryeparian Rye Pale Ale sales to help keep our streams and rivers clean. This particular Ale is purposely brewed to benefit the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
“We are very happy for North Country Brewing Company, and their award is well-deserved. This company is doing great things, and we look forward to seeing their success,” said Jack Cohen, President of the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau.