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Blue Toad Hard Cider Events, November 2019

November kicks off the holiday season, and we at Blue Toad Hard Cider can’t wait to make 2019 the best celebration yet! We will be having events at our tasting rooms, cider houses, and across the areas of Rochester and Central Virginia.

Check back for updates throughout the month!

Central Virginia Area Events

Saturday, November 9th – Richmond Cider Celebration

Kick off Cider Week VA with the 7th Annual Richmond Cider Celebration on Saturday, November 9 from 11am – 4pm!  This festival will feature 15 Virginia cideries, as well as local food and artisan vendors. Enjoy three different flights of five ciders, all separated by region. Share with your friends and vote on your favorite flight! Each flight is $15 with a portion of proceeds benefiting Enrichmond Foundation and Virginia Association of Cider Makers.

November 15-24 – Cider Week Virginia 2019

Celebrate Virginia’s craft beverage through a week-long series of events including festivals, pop-up tastings, tours, workshops, and more. Visit for updates and a complete calendar of events.

Saturday, November 23rd – Coastal Virginia Cider Fest

Sly Clyde is hosting Virginia’s Best Craft Ciders at our first Coastal Virginia Cider Fest. Live Music, Food Trucks, Local Maker’s Fair, and cideries from around the Commonwealth.

Saturday, November 30 – The Toader, The Official Race for the Underachiever!

The Toader is a race for the underachiever in all of us after the long days of feasting with our loved ones. We feel that Thanksgiving is all about family, fun, food & drink! So we’re doing this race thing with a twist! Join us the Saturday after Turkey Day with your crew, and enjoy a “challenging”, eating, running, drinking, 1.51 Km race on Blue Toad Hard Cider’s stunning 27 acre farm surrounded by 360* views of the Blue Ridge!

Rochester, New York Area Events

Sunday, November 10th – Blue Toad Bingo

Join us for six free games of bingo for a chance to win free cider and exclusive swag. Seats fill up fast so make sure you get there early for our final round of bingo for 2019. If you purchase a flight during the event you will get a bonus board!

Tuesday, November 12th – Holiday Menu Planning

Entertaining for the holidays should be fun! This class will focus on hospitality that doesn’t overwhelm the host. Students will leave with sample menus and go-to party recipes, timelines that simplify planning, and plenty of decorating ideas. Appetizers will be provided to enjoy during the class, and tickets include a cider from our hosts!

Thursday, November 21st – Heather’s Lemongrass Spa Launch Party

Join us for a fun and relaxing Sip, Sample and Shop event at Blue Toad Hard Cider as Heather launches her new business with Lemongrass Spa! Looking for healthy, fresh, natural and organic products for yourself and your family? Are you looking for holiday gifts that are pampering and also practical and affordable? Would you like tips for keeping your skin hydrated, happy, and protected from the elements? You won’t want to miss this!


The Fourth Annual OkToaderFest

Join us on Saturday, October 12th at Blue Toad Cidery and High View Farm from 2pm-7pm for the Fourth Annual OkToaderfest! Rare Cider & Beer, Live Music, Food, Local Vendors and More!

Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Rockfish River you will enjoy a unique experience celebrating Oktoberfest!

Blue Toad will feature our Caramel Apple Cider, a Barrel Aged Release plus our flagship and a few seasonal specials! A minimum of 10 CIDERS for your tasting pleasure!

Special beers from Bench Top Brewing, South Street, Blue Mountain, Devil’s Backbone, Pro Re Nata, Stable Craft Brewing and more amazing breweries!

Hop’s Kitchen will be on site serving their delicious food with a bit of a German twist! They will feature our famous Whiskey BBQ Chicken Egg Rolls!


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Live Music, Local Vendors, Corn Hole, Tastings, Mulled Cider, Growlers and Cans to Go!

Enjoy our “Meet the Cider Maker Tent,” and a “Taste Test Tent.”

Festival will happen rain or shine! We have a spacious Event Hall in case of inclement weather.


– $25 includes a tasting glass, unlimited 2oz tastings of 24 beverages, live music, and access to vendors

– Pint Tickets will be available. 5 for $20 or $5 Each. GROWLER TICKETS TOO! $15 64 oz TO GO GROWLER FILLS On “Most Products, Excludes Barrel Aged / Specialty)

– Designated Driver Tickets $10 includes tasting glass, live music, and access to vendors

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Fall Seasonal Now Available – Harvest Fest

Leaves are changing. There’s a chill in the air. Pumpkins are popping up outside of all our favorite stores. Apple picking is taking up our weekends. Our opened toe shoes have been retired and replaced by socks and boots. A jacket is necessary, especially in the evening. You know what this means… FALL is here!

September always brings great change to our lives. With new school years starting and the weather changing, it’s always refreshing to really dive into the spirit of a new season.

Blue Toad Hard Cider has once again released their Fall Seasonal – Harvest Fest. Nothing says Fall like Harvest Fest, “Autumn in a Glass”. A subtle yet perfect blend of cinnamon, all spice and clove on our Award Winning ROC HARD Amber.

You are able to purchase Harvest Fest by the pint, growler, 4-pack, 9-pack or case! If you are unable to find Harvest Fest in a store near you, we can ship some to you in just two days or less!

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October 2019 – Blue Toad Hard Cider Events

It’s everyone’s favorite month – Halloween, lots of candy, spooky movies cuddled up on the couch, and of course CIDER of every kind, especially the hard variety. Blue Toad Hard Cider is ready to celebrate October with you! We will be having events at our tasting rooms, cider houses, and across the areas of Rochester and Central Virginia.

Check back for updates throughout the month!

Central Virginia Area Events

Friday, October 4th – Harvest Fest Steal the Pint Night

It’s Harvest Fest Season! Get a pint of our delicious Harvest Fest Cider and steal the glass! Keep your collection going with this special series of glasses!

Saturdays, October 5th and October 19th – Apple Butter Makin’ Festival at Silver Creek & Seamans’ Orchard

We will be making apple butter and pressing cider. There will be crafters, live music, food vendors, Corn Maze, PYO Pumpkins and LOTS of fresh, delicious apples to select from. Come on out!!

Saturday & Sunday, October 19th-20 – Fall Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

Spend a sunny fall weekend on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront in Town Point Park, sampling a variety of over 200 wines from over 30 premier Virginia wineries! Feast on gourmet foods, shop from specialty merchants and enjoy live music at the most anticipated wine festival of the Fall season.

Sunday, October 27th – Yaymaker at Blue Toad Cider House, Waynesboro

Yaymaker events give you everything you need to get up, get out, and get making! Instruction is provided by an expert host, so no experience is required, and everything you need is supplied. Grab your friends to paint, plant, tinker, and build—and give your week something to shout about.

Rochester, New York Area Events

Monday, October 21st – Alcohol Ink: Abstract Florals

Explore alcohol ink and its application in painting to create a one of a kind floral print on Yupo paper. We’ll utilize inks to mimic the effect of watercolor in bold and vivid colors, as well as drawing and line work to emphasize the properties of a flower. Students will be experimenting with ink application and will leave with a basic understanding of how to further pursue the medium. Print includes a professional matte package to fit on an 11”x14” frame. Students are encouraged to bring a reference photo of a favorite floral to be inspired by!

Please note: This ticket includes one glass of cider for those 21+. Anyone under the age of 21 can enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage. A happy half-hour will take place from 6:00pm-6:30pm and the class will run from 6:30pm-8:15pm.

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August Flavors at Blue Toad Hard Cider

This month our cider makers have been having a blast releasing yearly seasonals as well as limited edition flavors that taste awesome! Both our Virginia and New York locations have our local favorites on tap, but in addition, we’ve added some funky flavors for you to try.

Orange Crush is now available on tap and in cans at all Virginia locations and in retailers around the area. Orange Crush is made from a blend of three apples found in the Blue Ridge and orange peels are used to bring out the flavor of both fruits. This light and refreshing cider is perfect for the heat of summer!

No matter your political views, Impeached Hard Cider is a fan favorite. Impeached is a blend of local apples and peaches, and each fruit bursts through with flavor. This flavor is available in our Virginia locations.

In recognition of Hurricane Camille, we released Ginger Gold Cider in Virginia. Ginger Gold is famous as the apple that Hurricane Camille brought forth. Camille brought devastating floods to Nelson County, Virginia in 1969, and the orchards of Clyde and Frances “Ginger” Harvey were badly washed out. In recovering the few surviving trees around the edge of one Winesap orchard, and then was found the parents to be Golden Delicious and Albermarle Pippin. This cider is 100% Ginger Gold Apples, Dry & Delicious. 5.5% ABV.

Meanwhile in New York, we’ve released two new flavors. First the Sweet Le Monte is our rendition of a southern favorite with a marriage of cardamom and lemon. This isn’t lemon tea, it’s Le Monte. Pinkies up!

We’ve also released Cowabunga Colada – a tidal wave of pineapple collides with boat load of coconut! Tastes just like it sounds and makes you feel like you’re sipping a cocktail on the beach!  

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September 2019 Blue Toad Hard Cider Events

Hello September! The month for apples, pumpkins, and cider of any variety. We can’t wait to celebrate a new school year and the start of everyone’s favorite season with you.

Check back for updates throughout the month!

Central Virginia Area Events

Monday, September 2nd – Labor Day at the Cider Farm!

Celebrate all of your hard work this year with Blue Toad Hard Cider. We will have cider floats (and soda floats for the kids) plus live music from 2-5pm.

Labor Day and End of Summer Celebration in Waynesboro

If you’re in Waynesboro, stop by our Cider House for cider floats, soda floats and live music between 3-6pm.

Rochester, New York Area Events

Thursday, September 5th – Flight Night Tap Takeover

Eli Fish Brewing Company in Batavia invites Blue Toad Hard Cider for a tap takeover featuring Flower City Blonde, ROC Hard Amber, Orange Crush and Harvest Fest. The event takes place between 5-11pm.

Sunday, September 22nd – CiderFest Train Rides

The Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad Museum hosts CiderFest Train Rides 2019. Join us and local cideries for train rides and cider tastings. Ages 21 and over only.

Monday, September 23rd – Brush Calligraphy

Come learn the basics of brush calligraphy while enjoying a pint of Blue Toad Hard Cider. Anna Vos will teach how to perfect your calligraphy an the tools to find your own style.

Monday, September 30th – Alcohol Ink: Elephant Prints

Laura Cott will help you experiment with ink application and watercolor all while enjoying Blue Toad Hard Cider.

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‘The Core’ Mug Club in Virginia

We’ve brought our popular Mug Club to Central Virginia. ‘The Core’ Mug Club is available to you as an exclusive opportunity to join our membership club and get lots of goodies throughout the year. You can become a member in Roseland or Waynesboro (or you can purchase the membership online) and use it at both locations! The Core includes:
  • Exclusive 20oz Cider House Tumbler
  • 20oz refills for the price of a pint
  • 16oz refills for $1 off
  • Free kickoff pint
  • Free finale pint
  • Free birthday AND half birthday pint
  • Free pint for any new cider release
  • Free pint each month
  • Weekly specials
  • Exclusive monthly events
  • 15% off merchandise
  • 15% all growler fills
  • 15% off all can packs
  • 3 guest passes including a free flight for each guest
Join today for just $75! Membership spots are limited!

Blue Toad Hard Cider Events, August 2019

The end of summer blues are upon us, but we are determined to make this summer last! Join us for some fun in the sun in Central Virginia and the Rochester area.

Check back for updates throughout the month!

Central Virginia Area Events

Saturday, August 31st – Bask’n at Basic – A Bask’n Outdoor Local Micro-Music Event

Mini local music Festival with Craft Beer, Craft Cider, Craft Kombucha, Pig Pickn. Serving food with Basic City Brewery from 12-10pm.

July through December – Join THE CORE Mug Club

Join our exclusive membership club – The Core Mug Club. With your membership, you receive a tumbler, a free pint when you sign up, on your birthday, on your half birthday, free pint per month and free cider release pint. We have weekly and monthly specials, 15% off merchandise, growler fills and can packs. You also receive discounts on all pints and so much more! Join today at our Waynesboro location.

Rochester, New York Area Events

Friday, August 2nd – Orange Crush Floats

Orange floats with our Orange Crush cider in a souvenir glass, day now more! Good while supplies last 😎. At our Henrietta tasting room from 4-7pm.

Friday, August 2nd – Buffalo Brewfest

Blue Toad will be pouring at the Buffalo Brewfest on Friday August 2 from 5-9:30pm at Buffalo Riverworks. Tickets are now on sale! All proceeds will benefit Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center!

Monday, August 5th & Monday, August 26th – Menu Planning: From Everyday to Entertaining

Do you need more ideas for meals through the week, or fun things to serve for parties? This is the class for you! We will go through meal planning/prepping for daily meals, how to pair flavors, and what’s awesome for entertaining. Students will leave with recipes and lots of new ideas! Snacks will be provided to enjoy during class. Please note: This ticket includes one glass of cider for those 21+. Anyone under the age of 21 can enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage. A happy half-hour will take place from 6:00pm-6:30pm and the class will run from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Tuesday, August 6th – You’ll Leave This Room With Three Funny Jokes

Join us for a fast-paced intensive crash course in joke writing! Please note: This ticket includes one glass of cider for those 21+. Anyone under the age of 21 can enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage. A happy half-hour will take place from 6:00pm-6:30pm and the class will run from 6:30pm-9:00pm.

Saturday, August 10th – Beertavia

Blue Toad Hard Cider will be pouring at the 5th Annual Beertavia Craft Brew Fest from 3-6pm.

August 14, 15, 21 & 31 – Limited Edition Steal the Pint: Orange Crush

Our Orange Crush will be on tap at Bill Gray’s Chili (Aug. 14), The Beer Market Rochester (Aug. 15), Bill Gray’s Port of Rochester (Aug. 21), and Bill Gray’s North Greece Road (Aug. 31). It’s your chance to grab a seasonal limited edition pint glass.

Friday, August 16th – Flour City Brew Fest 2019

Blue Toad Hard Cider will be pouring at the Flour City Brew Fest from 6-9pm.

Sunday, August 18th – Cider & Food Pairing: Backyard BBQ

Join us at our place from 11:30am-12:30pm where we will provide the cider and Lulu’s will provide twists on some classic BBQ favorites!    

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Paddy Green Hard Cider Isn’t Just For the Irish

In 2018, our Paddy Green Hard Cider won a gold medal at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAPS). The Glintcaps are one of the largest competitions of its kind in the United States. Paddy Green ranked in the top six percent of all 1,500 ciders that entered the competition.

Initially, the cider was released as a spring seasonal to help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and is said to make your tongue do the “Irish Jig”. The dry cider has a tart finish and an ABV of 5.5%. It has quickly become a customer favorite because of its great flavor and local ties.

Paddy Green is made with 100 percent Blue Ridge Mountain Granny Smith Apples grown at Silver Creek & Seaman Orchard. The orchard is just a few miles up the road from Blue Toad’s cider farm at the base of Wintergreen Mountain.

Here at Blue Toad Hard Cider, we strive to make an All-American product. Everything that we touch is from right here in the good ole USA. Even better? Our Virginia ciders are all made locally in Nelson County. We drive the liquid cider just 17 miles down the road to our Cider Farm where it is fermented right behind the walls of the tasting room. When you drink Blue Toad, it truly is farm to tap!

Paddy Green is available in our tasting rooms and on tap at restaurants and bars across Virginia. Be sure to give it a try next time and see why it was given the gold.


Hello, Waynesboro!

Blue Toad Cider House is now open in Waynesboro, Virginia!

To gain access to more customers and to serve the valley, we’ve opened up shop in downtown Waynesboro. We are now neighbors to Basic City Brewery, just three miles from Skyline Drive and I-64.

The Waynesboro location will serve all the great Blue Toad Hard Cider flavors that you love, just in a new place! We will be hosting local events and tastings, and look forward to serving locals and tourists alike.

Here are some upcoming events:

  • Cidermosa Sundays – enjoy Cidermosas every Sunday from 12-4pm. Now through the end of July.
  • Drink Local Thursdays – join us every Thursday through July from 3-6pm for your choice of $3 pints.
  • July 3-4 – Blue Toad Cider House will be open on the 3rd and 4th of July to help you celebrate America’s birthday!
  • Make & Drank, July 18th – make handmade jewelry with MickyAnn and enjoy $3 pints from 6-7pm.