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Our Barrel Aged Series Is Back!

Fresh out of the barrel! Our barrel aged series is back! We have a very limited supply with 64oz and 32oz growler fills available to take home and 12oz pours available to consume on the premises.

This year we are using Iron Smoke Distillery‘s Whiskey Apple barrels. We have created a still, whiskey barrel aged hard cider that will be sure to please. At 8.9%, this cider has oaky notes with a nutty apple finish.

This limited release cider is only available in our Henrietta Tasting Room. Cheers!

Thanksgiving Hours

Are you ready for turkey day?! Blue Toad Hard Cider is here to help. We will be open on Thanksgiving Eve from 3 – 8pm and Black Friday from 12 – 9pm. Grab a growler to enjoy with your feast!
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New Flavor Alert! Cinnamon “Toad” Crunch

Our cider makers love to create new, unique flavors that you haven’t seen in every craft cidery before. And we really think we knocked this one out of the park! We are in the business of making all of your childhood dreams a reality!

Introducing Cinnamon “Toad” Crunch – a play off of your favorite childhood (or adulthood) cereal.

Cinnamon “Toad” Crunch is our take on an American childhood classic, Cinnamon Toast Crunch. We have made this not so childish anymore by taking three different types apples, two different types of cinnamon and one secret ingredient to create a semi-sweet cider with an unforgettable taste. ABV 5.5%

Starting this Thursday, Cinnamon “Toad” Crunch will be available in our Henrietta tasting room. On tap only.

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New Flavors, Events, and All Things Blue Toad

It’s mid-August, and Blue Toad Hard Cider has been hard at work crafting new flavors and releasing some old favorites.

Harvest Fest

On Monday, August 20th Blue Toad will be releasing our seasonal favorite Harvest Fest in cans in our Henrietta Tasting room. The tasting room will be open from 11am-8pm. If you are itching for fall and all the flavors that come with it, grab a Harvest Fest soon.

4-pack – $9.99

Case (24/16oz Cans) – $49.99

Harvest Fest (6.0 % ABV)

This cider’s notes of cloves, cinnamon and spices are blended perfectly for this cold weather seasonal hard cider. Great tasting warmed up or cold. Warm your soul by heating up just like a mulled cider for a classic, “Hot Toadie.”

Ruby Red Blonde

Sit back and relax with this refreshing small-batch cider. A semi-tart ruby red grapefruit cider with an upfront apple flavor and a mellow bite on the end.  This Saturday, August 11th, come and try out our brand new Ruby Red Blonde. Stop in Saturday and enjoy 25% off growler fills of this new flavor along with all of your other favorite Blue Toad Ciders. This is our first ever grapefruit flavored cider and is sure to please.

Live Music at Blue Toad Hard Cider NY

Stop by our Henrietta tasting room this Saturday, August 11th for live music from Nick LeDuc.

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Blue Toad Hard Cider Is Hiring!

Are you or someone you know looking for a change of scenery and want to get involved in the cider biz? We’ve got an opportunity for you! Blue Toad Hard Cider New York is looking for a Head Cider Maker and Production Manager. This position will serve as Head Cider Maker and Production Manger for Blue Toad Hard Cider in both Rochester, New York and Roseland, Virginia. The position will oversee all production of various cider flavors and varieties from the delivery of fresh pressed sweet cider to the packaging of the finished product – keeping up with all aspects of demand. Responsibilities include:
  • Implementation of EKOS Cidermaker Cloud Based Production Management and Tracking software for the entire company
  • Process and procedures created for updating, maintenance, inventory, supplies, etc. for EKOS Cidermaker
  • Report collection and production forecasting based on current and historical data
  • All duties related to fermentation (yeast propagation, monitoring and promoting healthy fermentation)
  • Filtering (using plate and frame as well as DE filtration methods)
  • CIP of all production equipment
  • Packaging (kegging and canning)
  • Record keeping and reporting
Job Requirements:
  • At least one year working in cider, beer or wine production
  • Get it done attitude and constantly looking to improve processes and procedures
  • Attend sales calls and events while speaking knowledgeably about the product
  • Ability to manage employees at times from afar
  • High School diploma
  • Basic computer competency with knowledge of Google Docs, Sheets, Cloud, etc.
  • Ability and willingness to travel between production facilities in Rochester, NY and Roseland, VA
  • Clean and valid driver’s license
  • Can lift at least 50 pouds
  • Flexible scheduling with ability to adjust schedule based on production needs
  • Possess a strong desire to maintain a sanitary facility
  • Deadline and goal driven
  • Mechanical aptitude and willingness to problem-solve
Interested? Apply here.
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Orange Crush, Toadally Tea and Hawaii Toad Ohh!

It’s officially summer in Blue Toad country and all of our favorite summer flavors are back and better than ever. Keep a lookout in your local grocery for Blue Toad Hard Cider cans and let us know what flavors you want to see next! If you haven’t seen the cans in store, check our tasting rooms or even try online to see what we have available.

Orange Crush Now in 16oz Cans

Finally, we can start counting apples and oranges together. Orange Crush is made from a blend of three locally sourced apple varieties and orange peels to bring out the best of both fruits. A light and refreshing cider, perfect for the warm weather. 5% ABV

Toadally Tea Makes a Comeback for Summer

The Arnold Palmer of the Hard Cider world, Toadally Tea is now available in 16oz cans. Toadally Tea is a blend of three apples creating a light and refreshing beverage combine with tea leaves that provides a refreshing and smooth hard cider.

Pineapple Release Party!

Join us Saturday, July 21 for our Hawaii Toad Ohh release party. Complete with live music from Nick LeDuc and food by Rinkside Grill. We will also have 25% off growler fills all day!

Hawaii Toad Ohh is a seasonal flavor mixing the smooth, citrus taste of fresh Hawaiian pineapple with the crisp, tart sweetness of apple cider. 6% ABV

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Paddy Green Cider Wins GOLD!

Our Paddy Green Hard Cider is a gold medalist! The Irish-inspired cider took the gold medal at the 2018 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAPS). The GLINTCAPS are one of the largest competitions of its kind in the United States. It takes place each May in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Paddy Green ranked in the top six percent of all 1500 ciders entered into the competition. The gold medal was in the modern dry category. We know our fans love this cider, and now the judges have spoken, too! Paddy Green is a winner all around. Paddy Green is made of 100% Granny Smith apples grown in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central, Virginia. In fact, the local orchard, Silver Creek & Seaman Orchard is just a few miles up the road from our cidery where the cider is made. Doesn’t get much more local than that. Paddy Green is a fairly dry cider with a tart finish and has an ABV of 5.5%. You can now purchase Paddy Green in cans! Enjoy!
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New Barrel Aged Flavor: CranApple Rye

Our Cider Makers have done it again. This time, Blue Toad Hard Cider partnered with Silverback Distillery, another local Nelson County business, to create an aged cider that is sure to make you lips pucker in delight.

CranApple Rye is our newest barrel aged cider. Using Silverback Distillery’s Award Winning Blackback Rye Barrels, we started by barrel-aging Blue Toad Hard Cider’s Award Winning Blue Ridge Blonde for 100 days. We blended the cider with cranberries, and CranApple Rye was born.

CranApple Rye has a great nose combined with a tartness from the cranberries. The apple flavor comes in on the front and ends with a smooth rye finish. This cider is a limited release and will be available in the Blue Toad Hard Cider Nelson County tasting rooms until the barrels are tapped.

Blue Toad’s Barrel Aged Series started in 2017. Last year, Blue Toad Hard Cider partnered with Silverback Distillery to create two other barrel-aged flavors,ROCBack Rye and Peach Apple Rye. Blue Toad also partnered with Honeoye Falls Distillery in New York to make Cherry Apple Bourbon, a huge hit. By using the same barrels that these distilleries use to age their spirits, we are reducing waste and creating innovative and tasty new ciders for you to enjoy. Have an idea for a new Blue Toad Barrel Aged Flavor? Send it our way!


Holiday Specials at Blue Toad Hard Cider

Still need a gift for that cider lover on your list? We’ve got you covered at Blue Toad Hard Cider! Grab something for them and a little something for yourself as well. Our Holiday Specials include:
  • FREE 64ox growler fill for every $25 gift card purchase you make. Grab a gift card for them, and fill up the growler for Christmas dinner.
  • Reduced 4-pack prices – save $3.00 on 4-packs of Blonde and Amber, Mix n’ Match, or Black Cherry. That’s a 25% off deal!
  • Save $10 on cases! Hosting a holiday party? Grab cases of Blonde and Amber, Mix n’ Match, or Black Cherry for 15% off!
  • Blue Toad Swag – do you have a Blue Toad Hard Cider lover on your list? Or maybe you’re looking to spoil yourself after a long year. We’ve got t-shirts, hats, pint glasses and more. The perfect stocking stuffers!
  • Sign your friend up for Blue Toad Hard Cider Mug Club. Join the club and receive a locally made mug, a free t-shirt, 10% off all merchandise for the year, $1 off pints, $2 off growler fills and free pints on your birthday! Mug Club is just $99 if purchased before January 1.
Happy Holidays Blue Toad lovers! We appreciate your patronage this year and can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.  
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Three New Flavors at Blue Toad Hard Cider

Our brewers have been quite busy the last few months creating several new flavors for our loyal customers. We love getting creative with new fruits, flavors and our existing hard ciders. There’s nothing better than starting with a tasty hard cider, adding a few ingredients, and making something great. We’d love to hear your feedback! Do you love these new flavors? Are there any flavors you’d like our brewers to try?

Apri-Peach Amber

Just like the name suggests, we used a delicious pairing of peaches and apricots and blended them with our award winning ROC Hard Amber. The peaches and apricots give the cider a fruitful note. Combined with a full-body and a smooth finish this cider is the perfect combination of sweet and tasty. Apri-Peach Amber is 6.6% ABV.

Hoppin’ Cran Grapple

We got really creative with this one. Very limited release for the Hoppin’ Cran Grapple. A combination of three local to New York apples, cranberries and white grapes. A very light flavor and a hit with our regulars. If you’re thinking of converting someone to a cider drinker, this flavor may be the perfect pick!

Winter Fest Cider

Just in time for the holidays, our first ever Winter Fest Cider release. This hard cider is a blend of New York State apples, fresh cranberries, hints of caramel (yes, we said caramel) and cinnamon spice. Try it warmed up on those chilly winter nights. At 6.7% ABV, Winter Fest Cider is sure to spice up your holiday parties.
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Blue Toad Hard Cider Partners with Local Distilleries for Barrel Aged Series

One of the best parts about making hard cider is the creativity you get to use in order to come up with new flavors. Both our New York and Virginia locations partnered with local distilleries to create some unique flavors made with local ingredients. Not only do we get to create new flavors, but we get to meet some great people in the process. —

In Virginia we recently partnered with Silverback Distillery to create two new cider flavors that are part of our Barrel Aged Series.

Silverback Distillery is located just up the road from our Cider Pub on Route 151 in Afton, Virginia. Like Blue Toad Hard Cider, they are committed to using local ingredients to create fresh and tasty American bourbon, whiskey, gin and vodka. They are committed to using ‘green’ distilling methodologies in order to minimize the environmental impact.

Another way to reduce the waste, is to reuse the barrels that are used to distill the goods – and that’s exactly what Blue Toad Hard Cider! Using Silverback Barrels from their Award Wining Whiskey, we used apples from Silver Creek Orchards in Tyro, Virginia to create ROCBack Rye and Peach Apple Rye.

Both ciders are full of flavor and perfect for the fall season. We can’t wait to create more unique and tasty flavors in partnership with Silverback Distillery. —

In Rochester, Blue Toad Hard Cider partnered with Honeoye Falls Distillery to create a flavor that screams Upstate New York. Cherry Apple Bourbon cider was distilled in bourbon barrels that had been previously used to distill the very bourbon that you can find at Honeoye Falls Distillery.

Honeoye Falls Distillery opened in the summer of 2013 and the tasting room opened last year. They are committed to showcasing the rich agricultural history of the Rochester region.

Be sure to stop by and taste a few!