Visiting our First-Ever Brewery, Cowbell Brewing Co., in Blyth, Ontario

This past weekend we had the opportunity to road trip out to Cowbell Brewing Co., a brewery located in Blyth, Ontario, for a good friend’s birthday. Not having experienced a trip to any brewery before, and being given an excuse to try something new with friends, we were eager to head out on our adventure early on Sunday morning.

A bit of background: Cowbell Brewing Co. is a beautiful 111-acre property in a small, rural town. Built with barn architecture in mind, it is most definitely a fantastic space for craft beer enthusiasts and foodies alike. Interested in learning more about this beautiful spot? Follow this link to their website. As for our experience, keep reading!

Pulling up to Cowbell, we were shocked at it’s size and how flippin’ gorgeous this place appeared from the road. Upon parking, we basically walked a lap around the property and grabbed some pics, as we were so astounded by it’s exterior. See for yourself:

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Once inside, we were directed over to “the loft” seating area. After having found our lunch group and saying hello, we did a bit more exploring, this time of the interior, as we waited for other guests to arrive:

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When it came time to order, we all sat down and poured over the fantastic-looking menu. They had your classic choices – burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more, but all of which were done with a delicious gourmet twist! We ended up ordering the following:

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“Yesterday’s Soup” aka Borscht (Beet soup)
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The Hillside Burger (6oz local Ontario lamb burger with olive tapenade, goat cheese, arugula & Cowbell homemade dressing) with sweet potato fries and chipotle aioli
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“Big Dog” (bacon & cheddar stuffed 12″ hotdog on a Red Cat brioche bun with sauerkraut and spicy mustard) with a side of poutine

And, of course, you can’t go to your first brewery without sampling at least half of their beer list, right? We grabbed a flight of beer (and then some) to share. All of their beer was delicious. Some were more hoppy or bitter-tasting than others, but Cowbell has a beer to suit all tastes and preferences.

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My favourite (Alicia) was called Kelly’s Contraption, whereas Dan’s favourite was Doc Perdue’s Boxing Bruin – we ended up stocking up while we were there, buying 2 cases and a growler to tide us over until we have the chance to visit again!

Although a bit of a drive from where we are, Cowbell Brewery was a fun experience, especially as our first brewery ever visited. Delicious food and beer, friendly staff, and a good overall atmosphere. It’s a great venue whether you’re meeting friends for lunch/dinner, celebrating a birthday, or even booking the space for a wedding. If ever you’re in the area, we suggest that you check it out!

Happy Traveling!

–The Calkins’

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