Inaugural West Virginia Cider Fest set for this weekend

Brooke (Litton) Glover holds Swilled Dog Hard Cider’s mascot Lucy Pickles. (Photo Provided)

UPPER TRACT, W.Va. — Swilled Dog Hard Cider, co-owned by Parkersburg native Brooke (Litton) Glover, is hosting the first West Virginia Cider Fest on Saturday in Pendleton County.

The festival in the state’s eastern mountains will be from 5 to 10 p.m.

Patrons will have the opportunity to sample hard cider and craft beverages from around the Mountain State and beyond. The festival will feature 25 plus craft ciders, beers and wine, food trucks, West Virginia artisans, and live music from the Hackensaw Boys and Bryan Elijah Smith.

Each festival goer will receive 10 four-ounce pours and a commemorative tasting glass with the option to purchase additional four-ounce pours at the festival.

Most of the cideries and breweries will be showcasing their flagships along with some of their seasonal releases, said Glover, sales and marketing director at Swilled Dog Hard Cider.

Swilled Dog will also be pouring some new experimental ciders that will only be available at the festival.

“We are thrilled to host a festival that showcases the craft beverage industry in West Virginia,” said Kim Kirk, Swilled Dog’s chief experience manager. “It’s also exciting to bring this new event to Pendleton County where we can highlight our community and all that it has to offer.”

Harrisonburg, Va., artist Bryan Elijah Smith will take the stage from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. followed by American Roots Band, The Hackensaw Boys, from 7:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Swilled Dog is offering primitive camping passes for $25. “We wanted to offer people a place to stay if they are traveling to experience our festival and camping should add to the fun atmosphere of the event,” said Kirk.

Tickets are on sale at WVCiderFest.com starting at $30. Designated driver tickets are $15. The event is rain or shine.

Swilled Dog and the festival are located at 28 Pendleton County Industrial Park Road, Upper Tract.