Tuesday, January 8, 2013

North Country Brewing (Slippery Rock)

A couple of out of town friends spent a recent weekend shopping at the Grove City Outlets, so I suggested meeting up for dinner at the nearby North Country Brewing.  I had heard great things from my beer geek friends about North Country, and my one and only previous exposure to their food - at the Farm to Table Conference Food Tasting last March - had only made me want more.

The drive there was long.  The wait on this Saturday night was even longer.  But it was all oh so worth it. Since we were at a brewery, and my friend's boyfriend is into craft beers, we shared a small sampler consisting of six 5 oz. glasses of beer.  This means I was able to try six different varieties of beer - Amber Waves of Grain, Station 33 Firehouse Red, McCleod's Ewe, Mother's Milk Stout, Keystone Swankey, and Paleo IPA - presented in a rather interesting tray.  For this beer newbie, I quite enjoyed several of these beers, but was most pleasantly surprised by the Mother's Milk Stout.

Beer Sampler at North Country Brewing
Small Beer Sampler ($6)

My friend convinced us to share the deep fried Frog Legs with Cajun seasoning as an appetizer. Actually, I didn't need much convincing. :) I believe this may have been my first time trying frog legs, and I thought they were quite tasty.

Frog Legs at North Country Brewing
Frog Legs ($7.99)

Our entrees came with a choice of soup or salad.  The two soups of the day were a Cheeseburger Soup and Cabbage and Brat Soup. Since we seemed hesitant to choose, our waitress offered to bring us samples.  I had originally thought I would go for the Cabbage and Brat Soup, which my sample proved delicious, but as soon as I had a sip of my friend's sample of Cheeseburger Soup, I knew I had to get it!  The bacon, in particular, makes the soup especially rich and flavorful.

Cheeseburger Soup at North Country Brewing
Cheeseburger Soup

My entree was a special of the evening: Sweet Potato Gnudi.  I had read that "gnudi" means "nude" in Italian, which I think is an apt description of these "nude" ravioli dumplings (i.e., sans pasta jacket), made with sweet potato and ricotta cheese and tossed in sage butter. These soft, pillowy bites, my friends, were absolutely to die for!

Sweet Potato Gnudi at North Country Brewing
Sweet Potato Gnudi

More importantly, my out-of-town friends seemed happy with their meals and the beer.  It's always a good thing to be able to showcase some of the best of Western Pennsylvania to our visitors.  As for me, I am sure there will be many more future visits to North Country Brewing!

Restaurant info:
North Country Brewing
141 S Main St, Slippery Rock, PA 16057
On the web: http://northcountrybrewing.com
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NorthCountryBrewing

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