Craft Beer that rings true


Dreams are Bigger in Blyth. As we continue to expand into LCBO locations, restaurants and pubs across Ontario, we are humbled by the call for ‘More Cowbell!’ The Cowbell Farm in Blyth is under construction and our dream to have North America’s First Carbon Neutral Brewery is becoming an exciting reality. We are also proud of our Greener Pastures Community Fund – just one of the ways we are saying thank you for being part of the journey.

Come see us in Blyth. Opening Summer 2017!

Find Our Beer

Absent Landlord

Country Kolsch

Availability: 473 mL Cans, 30 L Kegs

Founded in 1855 as Drummond, Blyth was renamed the same year after a wealthy landowner in Berkshire, England bought the majority of the town, sight unseen. Henry Blyth, Esq. never made the ocean voyage to visit his namesake in Canada.

Absent Landlord is named after Henry. It is 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.

Pairing: Soft cheese, grilled meats, pastries

Tasting: Elegant yellow fruits, floral, lemongrass

We are grateful for the assistance of the Repository of Blyth History as a source of names and stories of colourful Blyth characters.
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Our little Story

Opening Summer 2017.

At the corner of Highways 4 and 25, in Blyth, Ontario, a group of dedicated Huron County boosters and residents - led by the Sparling family, are building an ambitious craft brewery. Cowbell will be unlike anything in the country.

Grandpa Sparling's sons, Steven and David, built Sparling's Propane on Grandpa Sparling's land. It grew to be one of the largest propane retailers in Canada before it was sold to a national energy company. Taking this business expertise into craft brewing means that Steven, David, and the third generation, Grant Sparling, will lead a team that is committed to outstanding beer and memorable experiences at a 111-acre destination brewery and working farm. Plans include a state-of-the-art 50HL closed-loop brewhouse with indoor and outdoor seating for over 216, private dining and meeting spaces, and an outdoor entertainment venue for live music, culture, and athletic events.

Have your Beer & grow your community, too!

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) and The Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity (Blyth). 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.

The Team

Our extraordinary team is unusual for a start-up – experience and expertise in equal measure have brewed leadership. Our values include the ingredients of ethical, environmental and social responsibility – working together for a better community – and great beer!

  • Steven Sparling
    Steven SparlingFounder, Chief Executive Officer
  • Dave Clarke
    Dave ClarkeChief Commercial Officer
  • Grant Sparling
    Grant SparlingBrewer, Vice President & General Manager
  • David Sparling
    David SparlingVice President
  • Jim Gilmore
    Jim GilmoreDirector, Finance
  • Stephen Rich
    Stephen RichBrewmaster, Director, Brewing Operations
  • Genny Smith
    Genny SmithDirector, Country Cool Experience
  • Kim Sutherland
    Kim SutherlandExecutive Chef
  • Caley Doran
    Caley DoranDirector, Food and Beverage
  • Amanda Bekkers
    Amanda BekkersFinancial Controller
  • Laurie Sparling
    Laurie SparlingManager, Internal Logistics
  • Candace Chaffe
    Candace ChaffeManager, Customer Service
  • Alecia Anderson
    Alecia AndersonManager, Events
  • Kathryn Peach
    Kathryn PeachManager, Events
  • Brandon Chaffe
    Brandon ChaffeTerritory Manager
  • Zak Gordon
    Zak GordonTerritory Manager
  • Bobby Wagland
    Bobby WaglandTerritory Manager
  • Shannon Willis
    Shannon WillisTerritory Manager
  • Kayla Black
    Kayla BlackAdministrative Assistant
  • Kim Clark
    Kim ClarkAdministrative Assistant
  • Floyd Herman
    Floyd HermanChief Storyteller
  • Kassidy Eckert
    Kassidy EckertEvents
  • Brock Spencer
    Brock SpencerEvents
  • Dale Dolson
    Dale DolsonSpecialist, Food Service Excellence
  • Rob McGregor
    Rob McGregorSpecialist, Beverage Service Excellence

Want more Cowbell?


Now available at the LCBO. Visit Cowbell Brewing Co. in Blyth, Summer 2017.

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