Q. What type of beer is Cowbell brewing?
A. Our first beer, Absent Landlord, is a Country Kolsch - our expression of a Kölsch-style beer brewed with a perfect combination of old world and new world ingredients, fermented warm, and left honest. It's unfiltered and unpasteurized to let its elegant and delicious flavours stand proud.
Absent Landlord was the first in our Founders' Series, a collection of approachable beers, each named for colourful and remarkable characters from Blyth’s past. Our second beer in the Founders’ Series is Doc Perdue's Bobcat.
Doc Perdue’s Bobcat, second in our Founders' Series, is a Red West Coast Pale Ale, inspired by West Coast American Pale Ales and IPAs. Hops are loaded from top to bottom in this ruby red beer showing off aromatic pine, zest, citrus and tropical fruit. The body is smooth and just gently bitter, while the hop aromas are bright and vigorous.
And The Renegade Series! A small batch, keg-only series that will allow Brewmaster Stephen Rich to express his courage and creativity. Watch for one new Renegade Series beer a month at select licensees across Ontario.
November - Renegade Series #1 - Rauchbier: Savoury smoke aromas surround the glass, yet the palate is smooth, offering light smoked meat sensations with bready malt and a soft, and clean slightly bitter finish.
December - Renegade Series #2 - Holiday Spiced Belgian Dark Strong Ale: Aromas are dessert-like, showing off Christmas cake, figs and a touch of cocoa. The flavours add mashed bananas, gingersnap cookies and caramel apples.
January - Renegade Series #3 - Imperial Stout: Initial aromas show off cold-pressed coffee, but then lean deeper into roasted beans and bakers chocolate. The palate brings out dark fudge and almost hot chocolate-like sensations adding the bitter side of raw cocoa to help balance.
February - Renegade Series #4 - Vanilla Barleywine: Imagine warm caramel and vanilla beans. The palate is creamy with silky butterscotch sensations, touches of apple brandy and brown sugar, finished with a gentle wave of vanilla.
March - Renegade Series #5 - Cinnamon and Cardamom Belgian Tripel: Juicy apricots, peaches and a touch of tropical fruit lead off, followed by broken cinnamon sticks and a soft touch of cardamom and white pepper.This Belgian-style has strength and body, but also elegance and focus.
Q. Who is Cowbell’s Brewmaster?
A. Cowbell’s Director, Brewing Operations and Brewmaster is Stephen Rich. Stephen is a passionate and innovative Brewer with a home brewing background that began in 2007. He has over 7 years professional experience, including Sweetgrass Brewing, Creemore Springs, The Beer Academy and Spearhead Brewing. Stephen is a Certified Cicerone, a Prud’homme Beer Sommelier and a Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Certified Beer Judge.
Q. Where can I buy Cowbell Brewing Co. beer?
A. The availability of Cowbell beer is growing daily. It is available at your favourite LCBO across Ontario, as well as on the LCBO on-line store. Cowbell beer is also available at select bars and restaurants across Ontario. A simple way to search is to use the Find our Beer section of our website. Please ask for Cowbell by name at your local LCBO or your favourite bar or restaurant.
Q. How would you explain the growth of craft beer and breweries across Canada?
A. Today’s beer consumers are undoubtedly, the most informed in history. They are male and female, young and young-at-heart, and they are looking for brands in which they see themselves. This means quality, authenticity, integrity and community. New capital, new people and new ideas are drawn to this opportunity. At Cowbell, we are pleased to be building our destination brewery on 111-acres outside the Village of Blyth, in rural Huron County. We work each day to earn your trust as a craft beer leader.
Q. When will Cowbell Brewing Co. be open to visit?
A. The Blyth Cowbell Brewing Co. groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 6, 2016. We are building on 111-acres on the outskirts of the Village of Blyth. Construction of our destination brewery is underway and will be open to the public in Spring 2017. Follow our progress on Facebook.
Q. What kind of events will Cowbell Brewing Co. host at the farm?
A. Cowbell is a family-friendly destination for beer lovers and foodies, locals and tourists and everyone who enjoys spending time in nature’s big backyard. Starting in 2017, The Cowbell Farm will begin to play host to a number of exciting events, including sports, music and culture. Facilities will be fully-accessible, so bring your family, friends, corporate team, wedding party, next door neighbour and everyone else you love.
Q. Why did Cowbell choose to build the brewery in Blyth?
A. Cowbell Brewing Co. is a family-owned business, led by the Sparling family. The Sparlings have entrepreneurial roots in Blyth, Ontario, going back three generations. They are excited to have the opportunity to build this unique and authentic rural destination brewery and to be one part of the great culture and destination tourism developments underway in Blyth and across Huron County. Commitment to community is an integral part of Cowbell’s DNA.
Q. How many jobs will Cowbell be creating in the area?
A. The Cowbell Farm will create up to 150 jobs over the next three to five years. Cowbell is passionate about contributing to the local community by providing new direct-employment opportunities and indirectly, through mutually-beneficial partnerships with local businesses.
Q. How is Cowbell supporting and partnering with local businesses?
A. Cowbell has been partnering with local business at every stage of the development. Allan Avis Architects, located in Goderich, Ontario, designed the building which will resemble a grand old barn. During the construction, Cowbell is, and as much as possible, using local contractors and suppliers to build the facility.
The restaurant will source ingredients locally from the highest quality vendors and artisans, including everything from breads, cheeses, fish and meats, to honey, maple syrup, herbs and specially-roasted coffee.
Q. What is the “Seating and Meeting” capacity at The Cowbell Farm?
A. Five unique, family-friendly, fully-accessible, fun (and productive) areas. Wifi is available throughout the venue.
Stunning barn venue. Comfortable, accessible indoor seating for up to 120, depending on configuration, in Henry’s Hall. Full bar and food service, including wood-fired pizza. Features include a soaring 45-foot ceiling, custom lighting, a large fireplace and a massive screen for special events.
Situated directly in front of the elevated Cowbell brewhouse, 30 guests may have the best view in the barn. Features include accessible bar and table seating, 25 taps (24 Cowbell beers and one rotating tap dedicated to other professional Huron County brewers), Cowbell craft sodas and nitro coffee. Full menu service.
Overlooking Henry's Hall, this accessible second floor meeting and dining area seats up to 100 guests, depending on the event requirements and room configuration (conference room, stadium seating, tables, standing tables) Features include audio-visual equipment, a moveable wall and full bar and food service.
Accessible, private second floor meeting space for up to 20. Comfortable Boardroom configuration with audio-visual equipment and full bar and food service. Business and meeting amenities are available, upon request.
Mildred Sparling was the family matriarch. Mil appreciated good conversation and entertaining. She would have enjoyed this accessible wrap-around verandah for 120 guests. Features include fresh country air, a living roof, heating, seating groups and a wood fire pit in the yard. Full menu and bar service.
Events are managed by the Events Team and the Food & Beverage Team at Cowbell Farm. We will work with you to create a unique and memorable indoor or outdoor experience for your family, group, team, organization or company - of almost any size, any time of the year.
Q. What steps is Cowbell Brewing Co. taking to protect the environment?
A. Cowbell Brewing Co. will be North America’s First Carbon Neutral Brewery by offsetting 100% of its greenhouse gas emissions including all energy consumed in the brewing and facility operations.
The main brewery and restaurant building are designed to reduce energy consumption by using smart building enclosure systems, and energy efficient equipment and lighting. The lofty interior spaces use rooftop cupolas, equipped with remote control windows, as an effective, traditional means of ventilation. Additionally, the building’s orientation on the property is designed to effectively reduce the energy required for heating and cooling.
The state-of-the-art brewing equipment is designed with a comprehensive approach to energy conservation and avoidance. Some of the features include electrical components equipped with variable frequency drives to reduce unnecessary electrical draw; internal rotating jets that reduce water consumption as they clean; and a low-energy brew kettle boiling design that reduces primary energy by 50%, evaporation water by up to 80%, and allows remaining vapour to be condensed and used to generate hot water.
Cowbell Brewing Co.’s targeted water-to-beer consumption ratio is 4:1 – much lower than the relative industry standard of 10:1. The brewery will be a closed-loop facility with an onsite deep well supplying 100% of the brewing water. This design also features the company’s own effluent management system, meaning there will be no impact on municipal sanitary services infrastructure.
Carbon Sequestration Program
Our Carbon sequestration program is achieved through an on-site intensive, 29-acre reforestation project. The project, a 2010 joint venture with the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA), planted approximately 12,000 native tree species to return the land back to forest, complete with trails and meadows for year-round use. Additional land will be reforested in partnership with MVCA in 2016 and 2017.
Q. What is Greener Pastures?
A. The Greener Pastures Community Fund is Cowbell’s latest initiative to give back to local communities and charitable organizations. As part of our commitment to community, Cowbell has been contributing five cents from the sale of every can and every pint to the Fund, from the very first pint sold in May of 2016. Funds raised will support Ontario's four children's hospitals (London, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa), The Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity (Blyth) and The Blyth Festival (Blyth) - the only professional theatre company in Canada that produces and premieres exclusively Canadian content. Cowbell is pleased to support these remarkable organizations that make a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of citizens each year, from the city to the country. Check out our video here.