Wednesday, August 10, 2011

North Country Brewing - Breakfast Blend Mild

This review will be biased at best. The North Country Brewery (Slippery Rock Brewery) is one of my favorite places to be at any point in any time. I give full and absolute credit to this brewpub for teaching and striking my interest in beer. I remember the first beer I had there and the first meal I ate, it truly is the definition of craft beer.

The building is located on Main Street in booming Slippery Rock, PA., but don’t let the location fool you. Every Saturday night expect a 2 hour wait to be seated, I can’t imagine the traffic they would pull if located somewhere that was near, well, anything!

It dates back to the early 1800’s and was a coffin and furniture making store during the civil war. Hell, the old mortuary doors are on the entrance to the fermenters. In the late 1990’s Jodi and Bob McCafferty bought the old place and started renovating, a few years later the brewery was born. The place has a unique look inside and out. Everything is made from reclaimed material, and every time I step inside I find something new. Even the urinal is an old keg.

The staff is hippie and knowledgeable, and the food and drink are fantastic. I suggest the Leroy Brown, a bbq/bacon/cheese/onion straw burger. It will change your life expectancy.

I have been a mug club member for the past 3 years, see mug #71 above, REPRESENT! It took me 3 years to actually make the cut to join.

Ok, now down to brass tax. The Breakfast Blend Mild is a new one for North Country. I was intrigued by the name, the Keurig at work has a breakfast blend coffee that I drink daily. At first sip I realized why. An English style ale with a smell of malt and coffee, and the taste has a mild coffee flavor. It reminds me of a nut brown ale with no woody flavor, but still has the same flat character and smooth finish. It’s a good one to start or finish a day. My only complaint is the ABV was under 5, but I get 22oz for the same pour of a 16oz since I’m a mug club member, so kudos to me. At 3.50 a glass it’s a steal for an in-house microbrew.

North Country’s beer is currently only available in house and $8-$10 growlers for carry. They just bought the house next door and it is rumored that kegging will begin there to expand to local bars.

If you’re in the area and even if you’re not it’s a must stop for dinner and a hippie smile.
Drinkability: 8/10
Taste: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Ambiance: 9/10

Overall: 8.25/10

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