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Behind the Scenes: Blue Toad Hard Cider

  You know our cider, but we want you to get to know us! The people behind the big blue toad logo on our cans. Why Blue Toad? Why New York and Virginia? Why hard cider? The story starts in the small town of Scottsville, New York where the three owners of Blue Toad Hard Cider grew up. Scottsville is a quintessential small town – population of around 2,000 people, one high school with graduating classes of under 100 people, one stoplight, and a 15 minute drive to the closest grocery store. Yes, every small town cliché is true about Scottsville, but none rings more true than the fact that everyone knows everyone. Todd, Scott, and Greg grew up in Scottsville, New York. They all went to high school together at Wheatland-Chili High School and took on careers in different fields. After settling down and starting families of their own, a “desire to consume high quality alcoholic beverages” got the wheels churning and ultimately, Blue Toad Hard Cider was born. Why Blue Toad? There’s been about a million stories swirling around as to why Todd is actually referred to as Toad, one of which includes a misspelling on his birth certificate, but I doubt we’ll ever know the true story. In any case, Todd was raised as “Toad” – he and his family settled down in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Todd and his wife, Kim, opened a pub nearby and decided on the name Blue Toad – a play off of his name and the beautiful mountains nearby. Meanwhile, Scott was in Scottsville making batches of beer in his barn while Greg was making cider in his garage, so they decided to combine their efforts. When the idea to start a hard cider business came up, the name Blue Toad felt natural since the brand already existed. Why New York and Virginia?  After reading some of our story, you can see why New York and Virginia are natural choices for our cider. Our owners have roots in the Rochester, New York and Central Virginia regions. Since it is so important for us to have locally sourced apples included in every hard cider we produce, we’ve even named similar ciders differently to pay homage to their region. For example, in Rochester, our blonde cider is named Flower City Blonde and features a blend of local Golden Delicious, Empire and Crispin apples. Meanwhile, in Virginia, our Blonde is called Blue Ridge Blonde featuring locally sourced Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples. We currently have five tasting rooms – 3 in New York, and 2 in Virginia. You can find more information on our locations here. You can also find our cider in Wegmans stores in both regions. Why hard cider? Well, why not? It’s easy to drink, it’s fun to make and to experiment new flavors, plus our gluten free friends can enjoy it. Also, hard cider is one of the fastest growing beverages in the past decade. So, friends, you want it, we’ll make it!
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St. Paddy’s Day – Blue Toad Style

We at Blue Toad Hard Cider know how to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day right. We’ve got a multitude of celebrations for you and a seasonal flavor that is perfect for anyone celebrating their Irish roots!

Paddy Green  

Our seasonal flavor for St. Paddy’s Day is deservedly named Paddy Green. This cider is very light, clean and crisp and fermented using 100% local apples. It is clean and refreshing with a tart finish. Just enough for your tongue to do the Irish jig!

You can pick up cans of Paddy Green at Wegmans stores in both the New York and Virginia regions or stop by one of our five tasting rooms for a pint. You can find more information on our tasting rooms here.

Virginia Celebrations 

St. Paddy’s Day Celebration at The  Blue Toad Hard Cider Pub

Join us for a St. Paddy’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 18th from 2-10pm at our Cider Pub in Afton, Virginia. There will be live music from Gallatin Canyon from 6-8pm.  We will have drink specials, food specials, and will be giving away a pair of tickets to The Festy Experience.

For more information on this event, visit our Facebook page.

Blue Toad Hop & Vine Tour 

Additionally, we will be having our annual Blue Toad Hard Cider Hop & Vine Tour. Pickup at South Street Brewery on Saturday, March 18th at 2pm. We will visit Wood Ridge Brewing, Blue Mountain Barrel House, and end at The Blue Toad Hard Cider Pub just in time for Gallatin Canyon. Bus brews and ciders are included! There will also be St. Paddy’s Day gear, a Blue Toad mini growler for you to fill up! After the show, we will return you to South Street Brewery in Charlottesville.

To join in on the fun and purchase a ticket, visit our Facebook page.

New York Celebrations

Start your St. Paddy’s Day celebrations early at our Henrietta tasting room. We will opening on Wednesday of this week from 5-pm.

Join us at our Henrietta or Victor locations for $3 pints of Paddy Green. There will also be 25% off all Paddy Green Growlers at all three New York locations.

Hope you see you this weekend!

New Mother's Day Growler

The Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day

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Motherhood: Powered by Love, Fueled by Coffee, Sustained by Cider


Give the perfect gift this Mother’s Day with our new limited edition Mother’s Day Growlers! Each growler comes filled with love, and your choice of hard cider. Available now in all NY tasting rooms!

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New York Mug Club – The Nest

Did you know a group of toads is called a nest?
Memberships for THE NEST, Blue Toad’s exclusive mug club, are now available! Perfect for hard to the core cider fans, this elite club is packed with perks. Hop along quickly as memberships are limited! Membership Perks Include:
  • Free pint with membership purchase.
  • $1 off every mug fill.
  • Free birthday mug fill.
  • Free mug fill of each new cider.
  • Exclusive discounts throughout the year.
  • Exclusive end of the year party in the cidery.
  • PLUS A guest of a member can receive 1/2 off a flight!
To learn more or to sign up, stop by our Henrietta or Victor tasting rooms or check us out on Facebook!