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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)
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Happy New Year From The Blue Toad!

And just like that, it’s 2019!

We wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for being our loyal customers and becoming our friend. This year, we will be celebrating four years in business! And in this crazy competitive industry, we couldn’t be more proud to be here.

We’ve seen a lot of growth over the past four years and it’s all because of you. We love creating new flavors and getting to share our love of cider with you.

Please mark February 9th down on your calendars as we plan to have our fourth birthday party bash that day at our Henrietta tasting room. We have a lot of fun events planned for the year, so stay tuned.

As part of our fresh start, we will be having our talented chalkboard artist come in this weekend to draw a new masterpiece on the chalkboard in the Henrietta tasting room. Be sure to stop in Thursday through Sunday to see what he creates.

Flavors on Tap:
ROC Hard Amber (6.0% ABV)
Flower City Blonde (4.9% ABV)
Black Cherry (6.0% ABV)
Toadally Tea (5.0% ABV)
Winter Fest (6.2% ABV)
It’s A Great Pumpkin (6.2% AVB)
Harvest Fest (6.0% ABV)
Farm Beers on Tap:
Brindle Haus Brewing- Winter Warmer (11%ABV)
Fifth Frame Brewing- #SelfCare Coffee Porter (6.5% ABV)
Fairport Brewing- Hempberry Kombucha Tea (N.A)
Bottles and Cans:
Twisted Rail- 50 Shades Of Red (5.5% ABV)
Fairport Brewing- Crown Jewel (Buchabeer) (4.1% ABV)
Wine:
Zugibe Vineyards (12%ABV)
Henrietta Tasting Room Hours:
Thursday 5pm-9pm
Friday 3pm-9pm
Saturday 12pm-8pm
Sunday 12pm-6pm
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Blue Toad Hard Cider, January 2019 Events

Happy New Year! We can’t wait to see what is in store for us as we celebrate our fourth year in operation. We are kicking off the new year with several events around the Central Virginia and Rochester, New York areas. We hope to see you there!

Check back for updates throughout the month!

Central Virginia Area Events

Tuesday, January 1 – 12 Days of Christmas Fundraiser for Nelson County Community Fund

Come help raise funds for our local community fund. As part of our 12 days of Christmas we are giving back to our community. Come enjoy locally sourced and award winning hard cider here on our historical high view farm. Stock up and Support our Locality and enjoy the New Year. $5 Of Every Growler Fill or Fill / Glass Combo will be Donated to NCCF $2 of Every Pint will be Donated $2 of Every 8 Glass Flight will be Donated

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, January 19 – Homegrown Ocho

The 8th annual Homegrown festival is going down at Lovin’ Cup on January 19th. This is the Three Heads anniversary party and we always make it a celebration of all things Rochester.

There are samplings that go on from noon until 9 in a heated tent on the patio. There are 3 sessions (12-3, 3-6 and 6-9) and we get over 100 different restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries and other various vendors to come sample and talk about what they do.

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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New Flavor Alert: Gumdrop Button Gingerbread

Back in time for the holidays, our seasonal flavor Gumdrop Button Gingerbread. This tasty cider has notes of molasses, vanilla, and honey with a butter nut finish. The combination of gingerbread and apples make this a delicious wintertime classic. It’s perfect to take home to Christmas dinner. Be sure to stop into the Henrietta tasting room the weekend before Christmas to fill your growlers. We have great specials to complete your shopping list or to enjoy over the holiday break. Purchase a growler for just $6 and fill it for 25% off.
Flavors on Tap:
ROC Hard Amber (6.0% ABV)
Flower City Blonde (4.9% ABV)
Black Cherry (6.0% ABV)
Toadally Tea (5.0% ABV)
Winter Fest (6.2% ABV)
It’s A Great Pumpkin (6.2% AVB)
Blueberry (5.5% ABV)
Farm Beers on Tap:
Fifth Frame Brewing- #SelfCare Coffee Porter (6.5% ABV)
Fairport Brewing- Hempberry Kombucha Tea (N.A)
Bottles and Cans:
Twisted Rail- Ale Aboard (5.5% ABV)
Twisted Rail- Farmhouse Ale (5.5% ABV)
Twisted Rail- 50 Shades Of Red (5.5% ABV)
Fairport Brewing- Crown Jewel (Buchabeer) (4.1% ABV)
Wine:
Zugibe Vineyards (12%ABV)
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Ugly Sweater Party at Blue Toad New York

What’s your favorite thing about the holiday season? Is it seeing the lights or spending time with family? Is it the great food or gift giving?

We love all of those things, too! But one of our favorite things is seeing all those ugly sweaters from seasons past. We want to see who has the ugliest sweater of all!

On Friday, December 14th join us for an Ugly Sweater Party at Blue Toad Hard Cider in Henrietta. From 5-8pm we will be celebrating the holiday season with holiday music and movies, great snacks, and hard cider specials. Be sure to wear your ugliest sweater because the person who does will win a great prize.

We have great cider on tap for you to enjoy. See you then!

Flavors on Tap:

ROC Hard Amber (6.0% ABV)

Flower City Blonde (4.9% ABV)

Black Cherry (6.0% ABV)

Toadally Tea (5.0% ABV)

Winter Fest (6.2% ABV)

It’s A Great Pumpkin (6.2% AVB)

Barrel Aged Whiskey Apple (8.9% ABV)

Farm Beers on Tap:

Fifth Frame Brewing- #SelfCare Coffee Porter (6.5% ABV)

Fairport Brewing- Hempberry Kombucha Tea (N.A)

Bottles and Cans:

Twisted Rail- Ale Aboard (5.5% ABV)

Twisted Rail- Farmhouse Ale (5.5% ABV)

Twisted Rail- 50 Shades Of Red (5.5% ABV)

Fairport Brewing- Crown Jewel (Buchabeer) (4.1% ABV)

Wine:

Zugibe Vineyards (12%ABV)