Meet The Swilled Dog Family
Swilled Dog is proud to be a majority female-owned company earning credibility in the male-dominated beverage industry. We are proud, also, to have brought together a primarily female powerhouse leadership team. Most of us are moms and dads raising little ones along with our four-legged babies.
CEO & Co-Founder
In 2016, Brooke co-founded Swilled Dog to handcraft delicious cider for consumers in West Virginia and beyond. Today she is the CEO of the fastest growing craft beverage brand in West Virginia.
Brooke serves as the Vice President of the American Cider Association and was recently elected to another term on the ACA Board. She sits on both the Legislative and Data Insights committees and is an active proponent for the interests of craft cideries in the US and abroad, including lobbying for the passage of the Craft Beverage Modernization Act. She also serves on the Craft Advisory Council at DISCUS. Brooke is a certified cider maker through the Cider Institute of North America (CINA), and a Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level I in Spirits. Brooke has been featured on CNBC, Fox Business News, Authority Magazine and as a speaker at WVU.
Before founding Swilled Dog, Brooke spent seven years as the director of sales and marketing as well as director of operations for an IT consulting group. She started her career in commercial lending and private wealth management.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from West Virginia University. Brooke and her husband Brad have three kids and share their home with their first family member and the face of Swilled Dog, Lucy Pickles.
Head of Production
Logan manages all aspects of production operations at the Swilled Dog cidery and distillery. He is a certified cidermaker through the Cider Institute of North America (CINA) and a certified bourbon professional through the Council of Whiskey Masters.
Prior to coming to Swilled Dog, Logan spent seven years in logistics, working for one of the largest supply chain companies in the United States. A Pendleton County native, Logan currently lives in Amherst, VA with his wife and two sons.
Chief Experience Manager
Kim Kirk is the chief experience manager at Swilled Dog where she is responsible for the overall customer experience. In that capacity, Kim oversees the company’s branding, marketing and charitable giving efforts.
As an enthusiast of craft cocktails, Kim envisioned mixers as a way to broaden the market and introduce new consumers to whiskeys and bourbons. Thus, Swilled Dog Infusions was born.
Prior to joining Swilled Dog, Kim worked in the nonprofit industry for over 10 years as the Director of Marketing for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance and Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. Her passion for working with entrepreneurs to promote their businesses is what attracted Kim to Swilled Dog.
Kim graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in corporate communication and West Virginia University with a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications. Kim is also a Level 1 certified cider professional with the American Cider Association and was recently named to the 2022 West Virginia State's Journal Generation Next: 40 under 40 List.
Kim lives in Pendleton County, West Virginia with her husband, three children and golden retriever Zoey.
Lauren manages the tasting room in Upper Tract where she plans fun experiences for Swilled Dog customers and oversees tasting room operations. Lauren also assists with aspects of production including inventory, accounts payable, receivables, and research and development. You might also come across Lauren at festivals and events serving up Swilled Dog or on ride-alongs with our distributor.
Lauren, a native of Michigan, moved to West Virginia in March 2021. Her love for cider began early and was inspired by the vast number of apple orchards across Michigan. After starting a gluten-free diet in college, she determined to find the best semi-sweet hard cider in the Midwest and East Coast. After moving to West Virginia and discovering Swilled Dog the search was finally over. You can catch Lauren sipping her favorite cider, Walk The Dog, while out on an adventure in the mountains with her husky Sterling.