Grateful Bread - Breaking Bread Together

  • April 2nd, 2020
  • By Steven Sparling


People are the ties that bind our communities together. It is heartwarming to see individuals, organizations, and businesses finding thoughtful ways to support our communities.

At Cowbell, we are grateful for the support of our hometown of Blyth - a resilient village of 1,005 in Huron County. And while supply chains remain intact and grocery stores are doing their best, there have been temporary shortages of vital household staples. One such staple shortage was brought to our attention by a Cowbell Team member. On a recent shopping trip, they noticed bread was sold out at their local grocery store.

In the early days of the COVID-19 closures, the Cowbell Team was looking for ways to provide community support. Baking bread seemed like a perfect solution to an urgent need. Each day, Cowbell pastry chefs will use spent grains from our brewing process to bake and package at least fifty loaves of bread, and will be available to the community at no charge.

The usefulness of spent grain, a by-product of the brewing process, does not end with the brewing cycle. Instead, these low-sugar, high-fibre grains are upcycled for use in a variety of ways:

  • At the Cowbell Farm, spent grain is baked into crackers and breads for our Guests as they dine on a variety of Truly Local menu options.
  • In the Cowbell General Store, spent grain is the base of tasty K9 Cookies - locally made treats for dogs.
  • The majority of spent grain is provided, at no cost, to a local farmer just 2km away for use in cattle feed.
  • Ultimately, every tonne of grain at Cowbell is used in the brewing process and then to feed two-legged and four-legged friends.

The Grateful Bread loaves are a rich and dense bread. The perfect compliment to soup or chilli, or simply on its own with butter. Cowbell’s Grateful Bread will be available for #CowbellCurbside pick-up at the Cowbell Farm from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm Monday to Friday, at no charge. Limit one per Guest. Please call us at 519-523-4724 and press 1 to have Grateful Bread brought to your vehicle. The first hour of each day, from 12:00 pm to 1:00pm will be reserved for seniors and the most vulnerable.

Be well. Let’s take care of one another.