Wow! Its almost year end, and we have been working so hard that we completely lost track of time. What an amazing year for Swilled Dog and an exciting time to be a Swilled Dog fan. Thanks to your incredible support, we have experienced record growth in 2018. Highlights from our year include the following:
-Brooke elected to the US Association of Cider Makers Board
-Launching 12 oz 6 pack cans
-Expanding into the Winchester, VA market
-Experiencing record sales growth
-More than tripling production from 2017
-Doubling our Swilled Cider Club Members
-Donating record amounts to our favorite community causes
Speaking of donating to our favorite causes, the list of our 2018 recipients is below. Thank you to everyone who supported our brand by purchasing our ciders at your favorite watering hole as well as those who purchased our 2017 West Virginia Scrumpy. We love making an impact!
-Gooddogz.org - Winchester, VA
-Dakota's Dream - Winchester, VA
-Hair of the Dog - Charleston, WV
-PAWS of Pendleton County - Franklin, WV
-Hampshire County Pet Adoption
-Family Refuge Center - Lewisburg, WV
-Pendleton County Chamber of Commerce
-Rosenbaum Family House - Morgantown, WV
-Ohio County Animal Shelter - Wheeling, WV
-Voices Against Domestic Violence - Martinsburg, WV
Lucy Pickles also has some more exciting news to share! No, she didn't catch Mr. Squirrel running through the orchard (although the other day she was right on his heels). No, she didn't get cuter because that's impossible.... After complaining that she doesn't have a place to see all of her fans and pose for close-ups, we decided to create her a tasting room and a much larger production facility. During the first quarter of 2019, we will be relocating to a 20,000 square foot facility in the Upper Tract Industrial Park less than 10 miles from Franklin and creating the full Swilled Dog experience just to her liking. This will allow all of our Swilled Fans and craft
beverage fans alike to have a destination to gather with friends and family, sample new and innovative ciders, become educated on hard cider production, tour our orchards, enjoy local WV beer & wine from our good friends, and actively engage with our Swilled Dog family. We will also be partnering with some amazing organizations from around the mountain state and beyond to bring you incredible fun and even educational events throughout the year. We have been working so hard to bring all of this together over the last 6 months that we can't wait for our opening for you to come experience it for yourself.
Additionally we have more exiting things to share. First with the added capacity, we will be expanding into the Roanoke, VA market with our partnership with P.A. Short to bring southwestern Virginia cider lovers the Swilled Dog brand. Launch events throughout the region will begin in March. Lastly, starting in the Spring, you will be able to purchase our ciders across our entire footprint at Kroger making it easier for our Swilled Fans to pick up a cold sixer.
What an amazing year for our brand, and it is all because of you! As a small family business, we are overwhelmed by your incredible support since our launch. Its amazing that our vision to bring people fun, flavorful, and refreshing craft hard ciders to enjoy with their friends and family has grown so quickly and has allowed us to make such an impact. We look forward to continuing our mission, our innovation and advocacy for the hard cider industry, and making an impact in our local communities.
Follow us on our socials and stay tuned for more updates about our new facility. We can't wait to bring to you the full Swilled Dog experience!