Cowbell welcomes thousands to Blyth on opening week - Aug. 17, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
With the opening week of the Blyth Cowbell Brewing Company in the books, Vice-President and General Manager Grant Sparling says everyone at the company is amazed by the amount of support the new restaurant/brewery has received.
“The volume of people we had through is truly humbling,” he said. “Our following in social media has grown and the number of people buying the beer has gone up. We expected to be busy, but what we’ve run into was amazing.”
Over the week the site has welcomed 8,000 people with between 900 and 950 attending the special Blyth-only opening day on Saturday, Aug. 5.
Sparling said that having nearly the full census population of Blyth come to the event was a confirmation of the decision that was made to have that special opening day.
“It really reinforced that idea,” he said. “We were amazed at the response and enthusiasm from the village. It far exceeded our expectations as we were hoping for half the population of the village.”
The comments from the day were also positive, Sparling said, with people commenting on how good the beer was and how great the food was. The structure itself was also a hot topic.
“People were saying that the structure was bigger than they anticipated and making positive comments on the architecture,” he said. “They were also talking about the authenticity of the structure.”
Sparling said that the food prepared in the restaurant for the opening was well received and there were many positive comments about the barbecued pig prepared by local chef Brian Garnet.
After the opening, the site has averaged 1,000 visitors a day according to a press release from the company. It also explained that, throughout the rest of August, there would be limited seating, which Sparling explained was a decision to let the company grow into the space.
“It was a decision to help with flow,” he said. “With the set-up, there is space for people to get around the space and to let staff get used to the space. We’re going to build capacity as we go and, by September, the restaurant should be at full capacity.”
Sparling said there was plenty of feedback from the opening and the following week and Cowbell is going to use that information as it continues to acclimatize staff to the new space.
“We’ve received a lot of positive feedback and some constructive criticism and we plan on using it all,” he said. “We will make changes as we need to and use that information to better serve our guests.”
The site also hosted its first wedding over the weekend and Sparling said the feedback has been positive.
“The space was well received and we heard good comments from the people that attended,” he said, adding he spoke to the groom after the ceremony and the couple was happy with the space.
The wedding was one of four booked at the location in 2017.
For more information about Cowbell Brewing, visit them on Facebook, call 519-523-4724 or visit cowbellbrewing.com