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Blue Toad Hard Cider Events, May 2019

May means spring seasonals, craft beverage shows, and of course, the Lilac Festival. Join us at the below events in the month of May!

Check back for updates throughout the month!

Central Virginia Area Events

Saturday, May 11th – Know Good Beer & Spirits Spring Festival

Join us at IX Art Park for the spring Know Good Beer & Spirits Festival. We will be joined dozens of other local breweries, cideries and wineries for you to sample. Tickets include unlimited 2-4oz samples, live music and lots of fun. Enjoy a discount when you buy two or more tickets.

Sunday, May 12th – Mother’s Day at Blue Toad Hard Cider

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Blue Toad Hard Cider, 106 Street Food and Jacob Allen! 106 Street Food will be here all day serving their delicious food, Jacob Allen will be playing music from 2-5. All Mom’s will get a special treat!

Saturday, May 18th – EPIC Fest Beer & Wine Festival

Join the Elkton Progressive Improvement Committee for the second annual EPIC Fest Beer and Wine Festival on May 18, 2019 from 11am -7pm. Beer selections will include MillerCoors products, Blue Ridge Beverage, The Friendly Fermenter, Blue Toad Hard Cider and Stable Craft Brewing. Brix and Columns Vineyard and Castle Vineyard. Grab your tickets today!

2019 James Beazell Wintergreen Ascent

Join or watch cyclist on the James Beazell Ascent at Wintergreen Resort. There will be a block party for families to enjoy the event and eat great food, drink great cider and watch the cyclists finish. Find out more on Wintergreen’s website.

Saturday, May 25th – ValleyFest Beer and Wine Festival

Massanutten Resort will host the ValleyFest Beer and Wine Festival on Memorial Day Weekend. There will be live music, food, shopping and lots of great wine and beer to taste!

Rochester, New York Area Events

Wednesday, May 1st – Sun Chaser Release

Our newest seasonal cider has it’s sights set on longer days and warmer nights. We think nothing says Summer quite like lemonade. Sun Chaser is a Raspberry Lemonade cider that is light, dry and refreshing. This citrus forward session sour is paired best with your favorite seat and the sunset. Join us for the release party at our Henrietta tasting room on Wednesday from 5-9pm.

Saturday, May 18th – Rails & Ales

All aboard for Rails & Ales! Join us on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m at Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. There will be dozens of other breweries and cideries available for tasting. Trains depart every half-hour taking you to tasting stations at both ends of the ride where you will enjoy complimentary tastings from more than a dozen local craft breweries. Tour our museum grounds and visit New York State’s largest collection of historic trains. Grab your tickets today.

Saturday, May 18th – Craft Beer Expo at the Lilac Festival

The 5th Annual Craft Beer Expo at the Lilac Festival will take place from noon to 8:30pm on May 18th. Join Blue Toad Hard Cider and dozens of other local breweries and cideries!  

Spring Seasonals Now Available

We love experimenting with flavors and over the years, we have found seasonal favorites that have stuck around and return each year. Nothing says springtime like our Flower City Lilac and our Blueberry Hard Ciders!

Flower City Lilac pays homage to the city where Blue Toad Hard Cider was founded. Rochester is known for its gorgeous purple lilac flowers that bloom each May. In fact, Rochester loves its lilacs so much that the city throws a festival just to celebrate the flowers. Each year, we set up a booth at the Lilac Festival and serve thousands of Rochestarians our locally made cider. It was only right for us to use lilac flowers themselves in a cider and introduce it at the festival. We had such great feedback to Flower City Lilac that we decided to make it a seasonal. It is a refreshing and crisp cider and truly locks in the flavors of springs using locally sourced apples and lilac flavors to make it a true Rochester drink.

Our Blueberry Cider is always a conversation starter – it’s really blue! The look of the cider imitates the beautiful blue Virginia sky. Three local flavors of apples are used to create a perfectly balanced Blueberry Hard Cider.

Grab Flower City Lilac and Blueberry Hard Ciders at their respective tasting rooms and also in cans at local retailers.  

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Easter Funday at Blue Toad Hard Cider Virginia

The weather is warm. The sun is in the sky. And the Easter Bunny hops across the world to deliver goodies to children while they sleep. We want in on that fun!

In Virginia, we will be hosting Easter Funday on Sunday, April 14th. Join us for a family friendly day at Blue Toad Hard Cider! Enjoy CiderMosas, cider tastings and pints all day long! Pancakes in the morning, Easter Egg Hunt, the Easter Bunny, and games!

  • 10:00am-11:00am – All you can eat pancakes $5.00/pp (Gluten Free upon request) All you can drink fresh apple cider and orange juice $1.50
  • 11:00am-11:30am – Easter Egg Hunt
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – The Easter bunny will be hopping around for you to take family photos

Stay after the festivities to play on our playground, enjoy some cider and the scenery! Pets always welcome.

We will also be open on Easter Sunday! Stop by as a part of your celebration. We have our flagship flavors as well as Orange Crush and Blueberry on tap!  

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Blue Toad Hard Cider Events, April 2019

Spring is in the air! And although April showers may bring May showers, the warmer weather will more than make up for rainy days. We’ve got lots planned for you this spring and we can’t wait to see you around.

Check back for updates throughout the month!

Central Virginia Area Events

Sunday, April 14th – Easter FunDay at Blue Toad Hard Cider

Join us for a family friendly day at Blue Toad Hard Cider! Enjoy Cider Mosas, tastings and pints all day long! Pancakes in the morning, Easter Egg Hunt, the Easter Bunny, and games!

  • 10:30am-11:30am – All you can eat panckaes $5.00/pp (Gluten Free upon request)
  • 12:00pm-12:30pm – Easter Egg Hunt
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – The Easter bunny will be hopping around for you to take family photos

Saturday, April 20th – Rocktown Beer and Music Festival 2019

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance presents Rocktown Beer & Music Festival. Every year, 3,000 people converge on Turner Pavilion & Park to attend the event (which often sells out in advance), celebrating good beer, good living, good music and a great community. Whether rain or shine, it’s always a mighty fine time. Rocktown Fest is a Spring event occurring each April. We can’t wait to see your #rocktownselfie at the next Rocktown Fest!

Daily – Happy Hour Specials at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Stop by Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Fifth Street Station for a daily Happy Hour special. You can purchase Blue Toad by the can for just $4! Every day between 4 and 7pm.

Rochester, New York Area Events

 

Every Thursday – Power Pints 

Start your weekend early with Power Pints every Thursday evening from 5-6pm. Grab a growler fill and every pint is only $2.

Every Friday – Steal the Pint Night 

From 5-7pm, when you buy a pint you get to keep the glass. Let’s see how many you can collect!

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Spring On Tap At Blue Toad Hard Cider

Spring has officially sprung and we are celebrating with our seasonal flavors here at Blue Toad Hard Cider.

In Rochester, Spring means it’s time to start looking out for the lilacs. There is nothing more fitting for the Flower City than our Flower City Lilac Hard Cider. This cider locks in the smells of the Flower City and tastes like spring! We use fresh hibiscus and hand-picked lilac in the cider-making process. It has a floral nose and semi-sweet apple mouthful finish that perfectly balances this tasty cider. Flower City Lilac is 5.0%ABV and is available in 16oz 4-pack cans and on tap across the Rochester area.

In the Central Virginia area, we are celebrating Spring with our Blueberry Hard Cider. This cider is sure to send your taste buds into a tizzy! The cider making process includes fresh blueberries that results in a blue-colored cider. We also use a blend of three local apple varieties. The blueberries are broken open during mid fermentation and as expected, tons of flavor and tannins create a perfectly balanced Apple Blueberry Cider. Our Blueberry Cider is 5.5%ABV

Be sure to stop by our tasting rooms in either area to celebrate the spring with us!

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Blue Toad Hard Cider, March 2019 Events

January may have lasted forever, but February flew by in a blink of an eye! We love the month of March for several reasons – spring is in the air, daylight savings time, and of course, we get to celebrate our favorite holiday! St. Paddy’s Day! Be sure to grab your share of Paddy Green to celebrate all month long. And while you’re at it, be sure to check out all the events we will be attending this month.

Check back for updates throughout the month!

Central Virginia Area Events

Saturday, March 16 – 7th Annual St. Paddy’s Day Bash

Blue Toad has always been known to throw a good St. Paddy’s Day Bash and stretch our Irish Legs! Whether a full blown pub, or a cidery, we celebrate our heritage, and everyone’s favorite holiday! Our Paddy Green Irish Cider was honored last year in the worlds largest cider competition  with the only modern cider Gold Medal in the great state of Virginia and it will be flowing from noon to 5pm!

Daily – Happy Hour Specials at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Stop by Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Fifth Street Station for a daily Happy Hour special. You can purchase Blue Toad by the can for just $4! Every day between 4 and 7pm.

Rochester, New York Area Events

Saturday, March 2 – Nine Pin Cider Presents The Gathering: New York Farm Cideries

On Saturday March 2nd, join us on Nine Pin’s production floor with farm cideries from all corners of New York for a tasting and market experience that only New York State can offer. Enjoy free samples of unique batches of ciders all made from New York apples with the ability to purchase limited and exclusive ciders by the growler, bottle, and can to go! This will be a ticketed event with two sessions (12-3pm and 4-7pm). Tickets include 3 hours of sampling of a huge diversity of NYS ciders, a branded Gathering of the Farm Cideries tasting glass, and access to purchasing extremely rare and unique ciders.

Friday, March 29 – Rochester/Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Trail First Fest

Join us for the first ever Rochester/Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Trail tasting event! First Fest will be held Friday, March 29, 2019 at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor. Enjoy samples from nearly 30 craft beverage producers, plus there will be food vendors, a free tasting glass, music and raffle prizes. Get your tickets today!

Every Thursday – Power Pints 

Start your weekend early with Power Pints every Thursday evening from 5-6pm. Grab a growler fill and every pint is only $2.

Every Friday – Steal the Pint Night 

From 5-7pm, when you buy a pint you get to keep the glass. Let’s see how many you can collect!

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Valentine’s Day With Blue Toad Hard Cider

It’s the season of love! And what says “I love you” more than sharing a growler of Blue Toad Hard Cider with your Valentine? This weekend at our Blue Toad Hard Cider locations we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day the best way we know how – with cider!

Stop by our central Virginia location this weekend from Friday through Sunday and you can steal the pint AND walk away with a red rose for your sweetheart. There’s nothing more romantic than sipping cider outside in the Blue Ridge Mountains while staying warm by the fire pits. We’d love to help you celebrate.

If you stop by our Rochester, New York location, you will receive a free piece of cheesecake with a purchase of any pint. We think that our campfire mugs would make a great last minute gift for your valentine as well.  

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Happy 4th Birthday, Blue Toad!

Happy Birthday to us! It’s hard to believe that Blue Toad Hard Cider has been around for four years, and we’ve had a blast.

A lot has happened in four years:

  • We’ve opened tasting rooms in both New York and Virginia.
  • We have been on tap in dozens of local bars and restaurants.
  • We have shipped to countless addresses for you to enjoy at home.
  • We’ve canned thousands and thousands of gallons of cider to put on the shelf at local retailers.
  • We continue to develop new flavors each season.
  • We’ve hosted dozens of local bands in our tasting rooms.
  • We’ve set up tents and booths and countless events across the state and region.
  • We’ve met awesome people who have supported our mission of making delicious cider from local ingredients!

Blue Toad was just a dream for a couple of small town kids and to see it become a reality has been an absolute joy. We cannot thank you, our loyal customers and fans, for helping us to grow and for continuing to drink Blue Toad Hard Cider.

‘s to four years of Blue Toad and to many, many more!  

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Blue Toad Hard Cider, February 2019 Events

February is a busy month for Blue Toad Hard Cider. As we begin to say goodbye to winter, we are celebrating new flavors and the return of some seasonal favorites. We hope to see you around at any of these events, or at our tasting rooms!

Check back for updates throughout the month!

Central Virginia Area Events

Friday, February 8 – Friday Night Weekend Welcome “Sushi and Cider”

Join us at Wintergreen Resort at the Mountain Inn Lobby for a complementary tasting of different Sushi and Blue Toad Hard Cider. Cider tasting is $5 for those who are 21 and older.

Members of the Wintergreen staff will be on hand to answer questions, talk about the history of Wintergreen and exciting plans for the future.  

Daily – Happy Hour Specials at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Stop by Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Fifth Street Station for a daily Happy Hour special. You can purchase Blue Toad by the can for just $4! Every day between 4 and 7pm.

Rochester, New York Area Events

Saturday, February 2 – Blue Toad Sampling & Hot “Toadie” Steal The Mug Event at Swain

Blue Toad Hard Cider will be stopping by after the Swain Chili Cook-off Contest to do a cider sampling. They will also be featuring a Hot “Toadie” Steal the Mug Event.

Blue Toad Hot “Toadies” are a blend of Blue Toad Hard Cider, sweet cider, brown sugar and mulling spices. This is warmed up and served in a 15oz cinnamon-sugar rimmed Blue Toad Campfire Mug. Purchase one of these delicious Hot “Toadies” during the evening and keep the campfire mug it get’s served in. Mugs are limited to the first 48 people to order one of these delicious beverages that night. Event begins at 4pm.

Saturday, February 9 – 4th Annual Birthday Bash! The Cranny is Back!

Join us as we cheers to 4 years! Live music by Men Behaving Badly Acoustic Duo, appetizers to munch on and a return of a fan favorite – Cranny Appleton. If you have not had this cider the past, make sure to try this one out. A tart, dry cranberry infused hard cider. Event begins at 5pm.

Saturday, February 23 – FeBREWary Beer Walk Hosted by Beertavia and Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District

Purchase tickets online at https://downtownbataviany.com or in person at Adam Miller Toy and/or Angotti Beverage. Event goes from 4-8pm.

Wednesday, February 27 – Blue Toad Paddy Green Tasting at Flags Webster

Join us for the Blue Toad Tasting party from 7-pm! Featuring Paddy Green Cider. Free tastings and give a-ways! Lets get our green on! Hey, it’s getting close to St. Patricks Day!!

Every Thursday – Power Pints 

Start your weekend early with Power Pints every Thursday evening from 5-6pm. Grab a growler fill and every pint is only $2.

Every Friday – Steal the Pint Night 

From 5-7pm, when you buy a pint you get to keep the glass. Let’s see how many you can collect!

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Paddy Green Is Coming To Town!

One of our seasonal favorites, Paddy Green, is coming back just in time for February.

Paddy Green is our homage to Irish Cider. Made with 100% Granny Smith Apples, this cider is fairly dry with a tart finish. This one makes your tongue do the Irish Jig. (5.5. ABV).

Paddy Green will be available for purchase in stores starting Friday, February 1st and will be in our tasting rooms starting January 30th.

Don’t forget! We also have our newest Barrel Aged Cider available on tap and in 16oz cans. C.O.G. Smash (8.9% ABV) is here! Our award winning Flower City Blonde aged in Iron Smoke whiskey barrels. A blood orange, cranberry, and ginger blend as part of our mini barrel aged series. Lastly, don’t miss our upcoming events:

Blue Toad’s 4th Birthday Bash!
Feb 9th from 4pm-8pm
Live Music by: Men Behaving Badly
Blue Toad’s Annual Mug Club Renewal Party!
March 9th from 4pm-8pm
Live Music by: Nick LeDuc
(more info for Mug Club members will be sent via email)