Is it already mid-July?!?! How did this happen? We have been working so hard that we are already three months into operating our new tasting room in Upper Tract, and it seems like yesterday we were just hosting Kegs & Eggs and having our Grand Opening... Thank you to all of the Swilled Fans that have visited! We appreciate your support and love seeing many of you come back again and again.
A lot has been going on in Swilled Dog Land and it doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. However, we wanted to take a breath and update everyone on all things Swilled Dog and all things Lucy Pickles' of course - yes, the OG of cider dogs officially has an Instagram handle now (@LucyPickles_SwilledDog) so follow her as she regulates the backyard chasing Mr. Squirrel and enjoys her fair share of residuals for using her likeness!
Where to begin....Let's start with our announcement to open the 2nd Swilled Dog Tasting Experience in Largo, Florida (Tampa/St Pete Area). That's right! Lucy Pickles is going to work on her beach bod and get her bronze on in the Sunshine State as we look to launch our 2nd Swilled Dog Tasting Experience. We are currently in the build out stage of our plans and should be launching within the next 3 - 4 months. Follow the journey @SwilledDogFL and stay tuned for more information on our launch.
Next, let's talk about Virginia. Last week we announced the exciting news that we were officially launching across the entire state of Virginia! Now our Swilled Fans from Harrisonburg to Virginia Beach as well as the rest of the beautiful state of Virginia will be able to enjoy all of our fun, flavorful, and refreshing hard ciders. More information over the next 2 weeks will be posted with all of the details for our August launch. Are you bummed we didn't make it to your home state yet? Be patient and keep following us on social media...
Did you hear that we changed up our packaging? In an effort to keep innovating and raising the bar for our brand, we took the next step by upgrading our packaging. As we continue to grow and expand the Swilled Dog brand, we want to make sure that we are also giving you more package options. Therefore this is just the first of a few more upgrades planned over the next 6 months, and we can't wait to share more details soon.
WEST VIRGINIA CIDER FESTIVAL
We are so excited to be hosting the inaugural West Virginia Cider Fest September 21, 2019! Featuring 25+ craft ciders, beers, and wines from West Virginia and around the country, this festival is something you will want to mark your calendars for now, grab your Early Bird tickets, grab a camping pass, and get ready for a great time during a beautiful time of year in Pendleton County. This event will also feature food trucks as well as live music from The Hackensaw Boys and Bryan Elijah Smith. Early Bird tickets are on sale now until July 31st so make sure you grab your ticket to get your discount. Also camping passes are also available so make a weekend of it and come experience all the awesome things to do in Pendleton County. For more information and to buy tickets visit our festival website at www.WVCiderFest.com.
In an effort to continue our impact, we created Lucy's Tap at our tasting room and have committed to donating $1 from every 12oz draft pour to causes and organizations that we have identified as important to us or our Swilled Fans have chosen. April/May proceeds from the tap went to Pendleton Animal Welfare Services, June went to the Pendleton County Chamber, and July will be going to the Facing Hunger Foodbank in Huntington, WV as chosen by our great retail partner Kroger. Next time you stop by the tasting room, make sure you grab a draft from this tap to help us continue to make an impact.
UPCOMING SWILLED DOG EVENTS
Not only do we have the inaugural West Virginia Cider Festival popping off September 21st, we have even more planned every weekend at our tasting room from live music and food to pop-up activities and fire dancing (yes, we said fire dancing!) Take a look at our upcoming events and plan accordingly:
July 20th - Swilled Dog Cider Olympics for Adults & Kids, Gourmet Popcorn Pairings from Mountaineer Popcorn Company, and local favorite Mike Eye will be performing live. Register your team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is free!
July 27th - Swilled Luau: Our event of the summer features live reggae music, fire dancers, local DJ Matt Pennybacker, and incredible BBQ. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased here (Buy Tickets).
August 3rd: Thieves of Burden Trio Live
August 10th: Cody Clayton Eagle Live
August 23rd: William Matheny Live
October 19: Fall Fest Featuring Town Mountain Live: More details coming soon for this incredible fall event featuring all things Fall from pumpkins to fresh cider pressings, apple cider donuts and more...
Now that we have told you about all of the exciting things happening, we just want to thank you again for being such loyal supporters of our brand. No matter where the Swilled Dog brand goes, we know its because of your incredible support! There are a lot of things happening at Swilled Dog so stay up on everything by following us on social media @SwilledDog. Lastly, we have a contractual obligation to mention Lucy's Instagram handle a second time in this blog post (@LucyPickles_SwilledDog) - she has a tough talent agent. Until next time, #GetSwilled