At the Gladstone, we hold ourselves accountable in boasting the highest standards in environmental performance, social responsibility and innovation through the arts, local food, and drink. And with that, we love to support other local businesses who believe in the same standards that we do!
Based in Blyth, a village in North Huron, Ontario, lives Cowbell — a brewery creating delicious and sustainable beer and supporting the local community at the same time. With special brewing techniques, monitoring of their water consumption and a dedication to giving back to those who need it, Cowbell is more than your average brewery.
The Gladstone is excited to introduce Cowbell at our local festive sipping event this year, 12 beers of the Holidays, on December 20, 2019.
Here’s how Cowbell keep their beer sustainable:
Closed Loop Brewery = A Carbon Neutral Brewery
Cowbell operates as a closed-loop brewery and an on-site carbon sequestration initiative. Their Carbon Sequestration Program involves a 23-acre reforestation project which has planted over 12,000 native tree species! And that is just one of the ways they offset their carbon emissions. They are the only carbon-neutral brewery in North America.
100% Cowbell Water
Cowbell’s water to beer consumption ratio is 4 liters of water for every 1 liter of beer they make. Plus 100% of the brewery and process water is supplied through their own well!
A piece of tech that saves both energy…and water?! Stop it!
… Yep! One way Cowbell saves water and energy consumption is through a rectification boil. The technique is inspired by the stack technology used by Scotch whiskey distilleries. This innovation has dramatically reduced boil time, energy consumption and increased beer production. Oh, and they are the first brewery to use this technology!
Cowbell has developed the Greener Pastures Community Fund — an initiative that gives back to local charities such as SickKids. 5¢ from the sale of every Cowbell can and pint goes towards the Fund, starting from the very first pint sold in May of 2016 — marking $354,107.93 raised since that date!
Sample a taste of Cowbell’s sustainable suds and 11 other local breweries at this year’s 12 Beers of the Holidays on December 20th.