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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!
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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.

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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.
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Blue Toad Hard Cider Events, July 2019

Happy Birthday America! Help us celebrate this red, white and blue month with Blue Toad Hard Cider events. From holiday celebrations to seasonal launch parties, we can’t wait to see you around in July!

Check back for updates throughout the month!

Central Virginia Area Events

Wednesday, July 3rd – Red, White and Blue Toad July 3rd

We are open on July 3rd, so stop on by and start your holiday early. We will be serving soda and cider floats for $5! Your favorite soda or your favorite cider with a scoop of ice cream.

Thursday, July 4th – Red, White and Blue Toad July 4th

Open from 11am-7pm on July 4th to help you celebrate our nation’s birthday! We will be serving soda and cider floats for just $5.

Saturday, July 20th – Second Annual Virginia Cider Festival at Valley Park

The Virginia Cider Festival at Valley Pike Farm Market is one of a kind as it exclusively features Virginia cideries! With 18 participating cideries and over 50 hard craft ciders to choose from, we can guarantee that you will find a favorite – or two! All proceeds benefit Mercy House. For information on tickets click here.  

Rochester, New York Area Events

 

Monday, July 8th – Brush Calligraphy

Come learn the basics of hand lettering with brush-style pens! This class will teach the building blocks of brush calligraphy. We will cover technique and letter shapes so you can learn to make beautiful works of art you can keep or give as gifts. Students go home with practice sheets, a few styles of brush pens to keep practicing with, and the tools to find their own style!

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-8:30pm.

Wednesday, July 10th – Orange Crush Cider Release

We think summer ciders should be crushable! Our Orange Crush is semi-sweet, fizzy cider made with both orange essence and orange peels to invigorate each pour with a citrus flavor and fragrance. A refreshing session cider will have you enjoying every last bit of summer and your sunny brunches. Join us at our tasting room from 5-9pm to help us launch this seasonal favorite.

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The Second Annual Taste of Nelson!

After a successful event last year, we are returning with all of our favorite Nelson County flavors to celebrate our county the best way we know how!

Celebrating all that Nelson County has to offer, the 2nd Annual Taste of Nelson! Craft Beer & Cider, Wine, Locally Sourced Food, Games, Music, Crafts & More. The event will be held at the home of Blue Toad Hard Cider and High View Farm, at the base of Wintergreen Resort. The event will be a combination of indoors, outdoors, fully shaded, and air conditioned spaces.

Nelson County Partners: Bold Rock Cidery, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Afton Mountain Vineyards, Blue Mountain Brewery, Blue Mountain Grill, Blue Mountain Barrel House, Virginia Vinegar, and Blue Ridge Trail are some of the amazing Nelson County partners you can mingle with!

VIP Sponsor: Tiger Fuel Company and The Markets will provide delicious food and beverages inside the air conditioned event space!

Music:

12pm-2pm Bennie Dodd

2pm-5pm Chamomile and Whiskey

After the party, there’s the after party! We will be partying until 8pm with HoboJac! Enjoy pints and flights while you unwind and listen to great local music!


VIP Admission: $50 11am – 5pm

*Includes 1 hour early entry, VIP area all day, food, tasting glass, unlimited beer, cider, wine tastings, and live music

General Admission: $30 12pm – 5pm

*Includes tasting glass, unlimited beer, cider & wine tastings, and live music

Designated Driver: $15 12pm – 5pm

*Includes tasting glass and live music

Pints, glasses of wine, and food available for purchase

**No pets allowed for this event***

***No outside food or beverage allowed***

Check out our partners offering safe rides!

Brew Ridge Tours

Cville Hop On Tours

VIP booking

General Admission booking

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Blue Toad Hard Cider Events, June 2019

How is it already June?! Where is this year going?! June marks the beginning of summer and we can’t wait to share our iced cold hard cider with you. We are hosting lots of fun events this summer in Virginia and New York, so be sure to stop by and say hi!

back for updates throughout the month!

Central Virginia Area Events

Saturday, June 1st – Pop Up Tiki Bar with 106 Grilled Food Truck

Join us and 106 Grilled Food Truck on Saturday from 11-8pm for our Pop Up Tiki Bar event. Great food, great views, great cider. See you at the Cider Farm.

Saturday, June 29th – 2Snd Annual Taste of Nelson 

Celebrating all that Nelson County has to offer, the 2nd Annual Taste of Nelson! Craft Beer & Cider, Wine, Locally Sourced Food, Games, Music, Crafts & More. The event will be held at the home of Blue Toad Hard Cider and High View Farm, at the base of Wintergreen Resort. The event will be a combination of indoors, outdoors, fully shaded, and air conditioned spaces. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit our Facebook page. We will also be offering a Hop On Bus Tour from IX Art Park to our cidery that day. More information on that can be found here.  

Rochester, New York Area Events

Saturday, June 1st – 2nd Annual NYK Craft Brew and BBQ Fest

Blue Toad Hard Cider will be participating in the second annual NYK Craft Brew and BBQ Fest at New York Kitchen in Canandaigua from noon to 3pm on Saturday, June 1st. Enjoy unlimited samplings of craft beers and ciders from your favorite New York State brewers while you enjoy live music by Banned from the Tavern and Dos Locos. You’ll also get access to some of the best BBQ food in the area – Marty’s Meats and the NYK Food Truck will be available to purchase from.

Friday, June 7th – History on Tap

Blue Toad will be on Tap at the Genesee Country Museum for History on Tap! A happy hour set in the historic village. Travel through time with us from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

Sunday, June 9th – Pure Craft Series: Cheese the Day

Lulu’s Kitchen will be serving starting at 12:30pm at Blue Toad’s tasting room in Henrietta. Join us for Lulu’s and Blue Toad’s second food and cider pairings, this time starring cheese!

Thursday, June 13th – Steal the Pint Night at Bourbon & Burger Co.

Bourbon & Burger Co. in Batavia will be hosting a Blue Toad Steal the Pint Night starting at 7pm. Keep the pint glass when you purchase any Blue Toad pint!    

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Vote Blue Toad Hard Cider Best of Cville!

It’s that time of year again, Charlottesvillians! C-VILLE Magazine is asking the public who YOU think is truly the best of CVille and Blue Toad Hard Cider has been nominated as Best Cidery. We appreciate the love and we are so happy to have made it as a finalist. Please vote for Blue Toad as your favorite cider! And while you’re there clicking around, be sure to spend some time voting for your other favorite people, place and things in Charlottesville. You can vote here! You can only vote one time, and voting runs through June 21st! Winners will be announced in the Best of C-VILLE Magazine on stands August 28th!