The cider business is booming in parts of Appalachia. In Virginia, 18 alcoholic cideries exist, and last year their sales jumped 200 percent. Industry analysts expect the cider boom to continue.
But here in West Virginia, the very first facility to brew hard cider in the state is celebrating its grand opening this weekend. On Saturday, Hawk Knob Cider and Mead in Lewisburg will be open to customers who want to sample a taste of hard cider or purchase some to take home.
Owners Josh Bennett and Will Lewis started making cider together as a hobby nine years ago when they were at West Virginia University. Roxy Todd traveled to the cidery this week to talk with them, and brought back this audio postcard:
Hawk Knob Cider and Mead is open this Saturday from 2:30-4:30. Customers can then purchase cider by the bottle or case to take home. The cidery is also open by appointment to those who call ahead. firstname.lastname@example.org. (334) 324-5114. 2245 Blue Sulphur Pike, Lewisburg, W.Va.