Swilled Dog Hard Cider to be sold in cans

Photo Provided Parkersburg native Brooke Glover is looking into the future as Swilled Dog Hard Cider prepares to place its ciders in cans.

FRANKLIN, W.Va. — Swilled Dog Hard Cider, a West Virginia hard cider company that launched in January 2017, is changing the game for West Virginia cider this month, according to a company spokeswoman.

At the end of January, Swilled Dog will be offering two varieties of its award-winning cider in 6-pack 12-ounce cans all over the state of West Virginia, said Brooke (Litton) Glover, Parkersburg native and co-owner/sales and marketing director of the company.

Walk the Dog, one of the company’s drier ciders, won a bronze medal at the world’s largest cider competition (GLINTCAP), Glover said. Caramel Apple, the company’s sweetest cider, recently won Silver at Cidercraft Magazine’s cider competition.

By offering hard cider in cans, this is a big step for the company and “helps us expand and compete on a national level,” Glover said.

“We feel by that by offering these two popular ciders on both ends of the taste spectrum, we are able to give everyone a chance to find something they will like. Our goal is to offer fun and flavorful hard ciders to enjoy with your friends and family. Putting these two award-winning ciders in a 12 ounce can accomplishes just that,” Glover said.

Photo Provided Swilled Dog Hard Cider is produced in the mountains of eastern West Virginia at Franklin.

Bottles of Swilled Dog hard ciders can be purchased at North End Market, Smoker Friendly and Mother Earth Foods in Parkersburg, along with on tap at times at Parkersburg Brewing Company, Glover said. Plans call for cans of the hard cider to be sold at major gas stations and grocery chains, along with the local locations, she said.

Swilled Dog will continue to offer its fan-favorite, Bunny Slope (a citra dry-hopped cider) in 750 ml bottles as well as 1/6th bbl kegs, Glover said.

All of Swilled Dog’s ciders will be available in kegs for taps across the state. Moving forward, seasonal favorites will also be offered in cans and kegs, Glover said.

In the rapidly expanding hard cider industry, Glover said, Swilled Dog will be the first cidery to put cider in a can from West Virginia. Cider in 12 ounce cans is not uncommon in parts of New England and the Pacific Northwest. As hard cider trends continue to evolve and develop, Swilled Dog wants to remain in tune with the demands of its customers, Glover said.

“Since opening, we have had many people asking for our ciders in a can. We also love to give the people what they want,” said Barry Glover, Swilled Dog’s head of operations. “By offering our ciders in a smaller, more portable vessel, it will not only allow them to be consumed by our adventure seeking customers, but it will allow us to compete with some of the bigger cider companies across the country and showcase West Virginia’s ability to make great hard cider.”

Swilled Dog is also now able to ship its ciders to 38 states across the country via its online marketplace. They have created a Swilled Cider Club where you can receive quarterly shipments of Swilled Dog Hard Cider right to your door. Visit SwilledDog.com for more details.