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!    

paddy green

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.
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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.

taste of nelson

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!


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


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!
blue toad hard cider may events

The End of the School Year & Memorial Day at Blue Toad

The end of May brings lot of excitement around Central Virginia. Our brothers and sisters up north are still counting down until the end of June, but down here, school’s out for the summer! We can’t wait to spend our summer with you and what better way to kick summer vacation than a BOGO pint night at Blue Toad Hard Cider! Bring a picnic and your family, we will provide the cider.

The best part? It’s also the start of Memorial Day weekend, and we will be open all weekend long. On Friday, we will be open until 7pm. Saturday from 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-6pm, and Monday from 11am-5pm.

The weather is looking fantastic, and we’ve got great views for you to enjoy! Spend the start of summer with us.


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.