At Cowbell Brewing, we pride ourselves on running a sustainable brewery that provides value not just for ourselves, but for the wider community. This is a point of pride for our growing brewery, and it’s something many of our customers appreciate.
Another thing people appreciate? Delicious craft beer!
Cowbell brewing isn’t just a top-tier destination craft brewery. We’re a brewery that gives back. Here are some of our credentials.
Cowbell Brewing Fundraising Efforts
In general, there are two ways a company can help the community: by donating money, and by donating time. Cowbell Brewing does both of these things.
In terms of financial giving, we oversee the Greener Pastures Community Fund. This fund is a general fund for charitable giving throughout Ontario. Some of the funding goes to new community organizations, while other funding goes to more established recipients. The common denominator is building a community that creates a healthy, hopeful environment for all of our neighbors.
One of the Greener Pasture Community Fund’s biggest concerns is children’s health. Cowbell has been supporting several of these hospitals, including McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, SickKids in Toronto, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, and the Children’s Health Foundation at London Health Sciences Centre in London.
Since 2016, Cowbell Brewing has donated more than $319,000 to these world-leading children’s health providers. This is part of a longer, multi-year $5000,000 pledge.
The Team Cowbell MS Bike Team is our way of giving time back to our community. In 2018, we sponsored the highest-funded team in the Grand Bend to London MS Bike Tour, with a total of $165,535 raised. In addition to the annual race, we also host smaller events in the brewery’s facilities to support the team’s ongoing fight against MS.
Awards Won by Cowbell Brewing
Cowbell Brewing strives to create an accessible, welcoming environment for all our visitors. In 2019, we received the Rick Hansen Foundation Gold Level Accessibility Certification in recognition of our efforts. All of our facilities are fully accessible by people with a variety of disabilities.
In addition to our accessibility efforts, you’d probably like to know about our beer. Rest assured, it’s some of the most delicious beer out there. Several of our individual beers have won awards, including two silver medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards for Doc Perdue’s Bobcat. Doc Perdue’s Boxing Bruin won the gold medal at the 2018 Royal Craft Beer & Cider Awards, and took bronze at the 2019 World Beer Awards. Absent Landlord took a bronze of its own in the 2019 Ontario Brewing Awards. Not only that, but our selection won gold/top vendor at the London RibFest & Craft Beer Festival in 2018 and 2019.
Cowbell overall has won a number of awards, both as a simple brewery and for sustainability. Our main facility won the worldwide Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Wood Design Award in 2019. In 2020, we were ranked on the official list of Canada’s Greenest Employers. And among many other awards, Cowbell won the 2018 Barrier-Free Design Award in Huron County.