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Blue Toad Hard Cider Events – November 2017

November?! Already?! The holidays are just around the corner and Blue Toad Hard Cider is excited to help you begin the celebration. All month long we will be out and about celebrating and looking to meet new cider lovers. Check out the list below for our events in the Central Virginia and Rochester, New York areas. Check back for updates!

Central Virginia Area Events

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.   Saturdays – Now through December – The Crozet Hop On Tours Each Saturday The Crozet Hop On Tours run their buses through Route 151. Each trip stops at five places, and Blue Toad Hard Cider is one of those options! Make sure to tell your driver you want to stop at Blue Toad! November 4, 11, 18 – Sunsets & Ciders Each Saturday through the month of November join us on our Outdoor Stage and Tiki Bar for Sunsets & Ciders with Live Music. Food and beverage service will be available and our fire pit will be nice and toasty. Starting at 5pm each Saturday night.

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.  
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Halloween – Blue Toad Hard Cider Style

Halloween is upon us and we know you have pumpkins to carve, costumes to finish and candy to buy. Why not include Blue Toad Hard Cider in your plans?

Whether you’re attending a party or manning the doorbell, we know you need something to drink to make your night a little more fun. Blue Toad Hard Cider in Henrietta is offering 25% off your growler fills all weekend long! Currently we have the following ciders on tap:

  • ROC Hard Amber
  • Flower City Blonde
  • Harvest Fest
  • Black Cherry
  • APA Hopped
  • Hopped Cran Grapple
  • Cran Apple Bourbon (excluded from fill and pint specials)

In addition to our cold ciders, we now have Hot Toadies available. Our Hot Toadie spice pack is available and perfect with a fill of our Harvest Fest! Mmm, hot hard cider. Doesn’t get any more fall than that.

We are starting our Halloween early with Power Pints on Thursday night. Each Thursday between 5-pm we offer $2 pints with a growler fill.

And don’t forget about them Bills! They are looking hot this season and we aren’t jumping off the bandwagon yet. Stop in on Sunday between noon and 4pm for $2 Bills pints.

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Blue Toad Hard Cider – The Pub

In the fall of 2010, the Blue Toad Pub opened its doors. The idea of making hard cider was still a few years off. The pub was purchased as a restaurant, and for several years served great food to local people in Afton, Virginia. Eventually, the restaurant sold and Blue Toad Hard Cider was starting to take shape. The aforementioned restaurant served as the perfect brand to continue on through cider, and in 2013, Blue Toad Hard Cider was started.

The restaurant that once held the name Blue Toad was then re-purchased by the Blue Toad clan, and reopened its doors as what it is today.

Blue Toad Hard Cider Pub is located on Route 151 in Afton, Virginia where there is a plethora of breweries, wineries, cideries and great restaurants. It’s known as a great place to escape to on weekends to nearby locals in Charlottesville in Richmond. There are bus tours that drive up and down the road, dropping off folks from place to place, trying all the local fare.

The pub has a full menu of food and also serves as a tasting room for our Hard Cider. It often hosts live music and even Cornhole Tournaments. We have an outside porch where you can watch the beautiful sunsets over the Blue Ridge Mountains and watch your kids play on the playground. We are set back off the busy road a bit, so the bustling sounds of cars is far off in the distance.

We’d love to have you stop by and try some great pub food and sample the cider. Check out our Facebook page for the next event. When you’re finished, be sure to take 151 down to our Cider Farm where you can see where Blue Toad Hard Cider is made.

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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!  

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Blue Toad Hard Cider Events – October 2017

October is everyones favorite month! Us at Blue Toad Hard Cider have put together a host of events for you to enjoy the crisp fall weather and our award winning cider. Be sure to keep an eye out for that blue toad and the Toad Tent. We can’t wait to meet you this fall!

Check back for updates!

Central Virginia Area Events

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.

October 6 – Tableside Tasting – Fiesta Tapatia

On Friday, October 6 stop by Fiesta Tapatia in Forest, Virginia for tableside tastings of Blue Toad Hard Cider. We will be there from 6-9pm.

Saturdays – Now through December – The Crozet Hop On Tours

Each Saturday The Crozet Hop On Tours run their buses through Route 151. Each trip stops at five places, and Blue Toad Hard Cider is one of those options! Make sure to tell your driver you want to stop at Blue Toad!

October 14 – The Second Annual OkToaderfest

Our second annual OkToaderfest is just around the corner. Come celebrate with BBQ, cider, great music and more. Read more about OkToaderfest.

Rochester, New York Area Events

Every Wednesday – The Scottsville Farmers Market 

We are back where it all began. Every Wednesday starting at 4pm we will be pouring growlers, selling 4 packs and handing out samples. Be sure to come by and say hi!

October 14 – Chicken and Rib BBQ with Live Music at the Rinkside Grill

Stop by the Scottsville Ice Rink on Saturday, October 14 between 6-10pm. We will be having live music from FreeRide Unplugged, ice skating from 7-9pm, and great BBQ to pair with Blue Toad Hard Cider!

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The Second Annual OkToaderfest

It’s fall in Virginia and that can only mean one thing – The Second Annual Blue Toad Hard Cider OkToaderfest! We had so much celebrating fall and cider season with you last year, we decided to make it an annual event. Join us Saturday, October 14th at our Cider Farm located at the base of Wintergreen Mountain, just across the street from Devil’s Backbone. The party starts at noon and lasts until 8pm.

Live Music

If you’ve never been to our Cider Farm before, we’ve got one of the best venues for live music. The views aren’t too bad either 😉 This year’s OkToaderfest will feature music from Kendall Street Company, an alternative and indie rock back who got their start at UVA. Nothing better than local music! It pairs well with local cider.

Good Food

No need to pack a picnic lunch, our friends from Blue Mountain Brewery will be providing food all day long. Stay tuned for a list of delicious foods they will be providing.

Local Cider

We will have our tasting room open for you to purchase flights, pints or growlers of your favorite Blue Toad Hard Cider. Be sure to check out our seasonal flavor, Harvest Fest – it’s the perfect cider for fall. We can’t wait to celebrate with you! See you there.
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Blue Toad Tasting Room: Schutt’s Apple Mill, Webster NY

We think it’s time you get to know a little more about our locations. We’ve got a few:

But today we are introducing you to our tasting room at Schutt’s Apple Mill in Webster, New York. Schutt’s Apple Mill has been around for nearly 100 years, passed down four generations. Settled on over 70 acres, Schutt’s grows cherries, raspberries, peaches, and of course, apples.

We opened our tasting room at Schutt’s Apple Mill shortly after our flagship tasting room in Henrietta. We love the idea of selling our hard cider in the exact place that the apples we use in our recipes are grown. In 2017, Schutt’s grew 12 different types of apples in their orchards. In addition to the fruit, Schutt’s sells great baked goods, apple cider, preserves, spices and great New York State cheeses.

Blue Toad Hard Cider has a rotating selection of ciders at Schutt’s Apple Mill. Like always we make sure to use only local apples in all of our recipes. It’s been a pleasure partnering with another local business like Schutt’s. We can’t wait to see you soon!  

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Blue Toad Hard Cider Events – September 2017

Wow! September is here. Officially the end of summer, right? Just because summer is slowing down and school is back in session doesn’t mean that we all have to stop having fun. Keep an eye out for the Toad Tent as we will be heading to festivals for tastings and to local restaurants and bars for Tap Takeovers, both in the Rochester area as well as in Central Virginia. We’ve listed all of the events below for your convenience and hope to see you out there under the Toad Tent!

Check back for updates!

Central Virginia Area Events

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.

September 6 – Harvest Fest Can Release at Beer Run

Our Harvest Fest cider, the official drink for fall, will be released in cans on September 6 at Beer Run in Charlottesville. Buy a four-pack and get $1 off! Stick around from 6-8pm for a tasting. Read more about our seasonal flavor here.

September 7 – Silk Road Tap Takeover with Blue Toad and Three Notchd

Join us in Waynesboro at Silk Road Asian Restaurant and Bar for great food and a tap takeover with Blue Toad Hard Cider and Three Notched Brewing. We will be there from 5pm-9pm.

September 12 – Blue Toad Returns to Bootleggers

Lynchburg! We had so much fun with you the first time around, we decided to return. We will be at Bootleggers from 5-9pm. Join us!

September 19 – Team Trivia Night at Clementine

Harrisonburg! We are coming for you in a fun way. On September 19 we invite you and a team of six friends to enjoy Blue Toad Hard Cider and test your trivia knowledge. There is a $5 trivia food menu as well.

September 30 – Blue Toad Hard Cider Tournament 

The second annual Ultimate Disc tournament at Blue Toad Hard Cider. Grab a team and sign up here. Players on each team will also be able to purchase tickets to Hoopla where you can enjoy food and live music. The tournament may be geared towards ultimate players, but it’s also a fun time to bring the family to watch!

Rochester, New York Area Events

Every Wednesday – The Scottsville Farmers Market 

We are back where it all began. Every Wednesday starting at 4pm we will be pouring growlers, selling 4 packs and handing out samples. Be sure to come by and say hi!  

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Seasonal Flavor Alert: Blue Toad Hard Cider Harvest Fest

Can you feel it in the air? FALL! It’s right around the corner. We at Blue Toad Hard Cider understand that Pumpkin Spiced Lattes and football are staples of fall these days, but what goes better with Autumn than apple cider?! Apple picking, pumpkin carving and cider – that’s what this season is really about!

So to celebrate everyone’s favorite season, we are brining back Blue Toad Hard Cider’s Harvest Fest. A nod to The Festy Experience that happens each fall down in Central Virginia, Harvest Fest has notes of clove, cinnamon and spices blended together to create the perfect cold weather cider. We’ve heard our customers describe this cider as “Autumn in my mouth!” and “The Holidays in a glass!”. Harvest Fest is 6.0 percent ABV.

Want to spice it up even more? Try pairing Harvest Fest with a warm apple pie or cinnamon donut all while wearing an oversized scarf or while yelling at your favorite football team to get their act together. When you drink this guy, you really have to embrace the season!

Blue Toad Harvest Fest is now available in our tasting rooms – for purchase in cans, pints, tastings and growlers. Keep an eye out for this season flavor in your local retailers as well.

We don’t want to rush summer out the door but we can all appreciate the fall season. Make it a little better with a Blue Toad Hard Cider Harvest Fest.

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Blue Toad Hard Cider – Our Flagship Tasting Room in Henrietta

We think it’s time you get to know a little more about our locations. We’ve got a few:
  • Our original tasting room in Henrietta, New York
  • A tasting room at Schutt’s Apple Mill in Webster, New York
  • A pub in Afton, Virginia
  • And our cider farm at the base of Wintergreen Mountain, Virginia

Our flagship tasting room in Henrietta, New York opened it’s doors in 2015. We use the space to serve tastings, but we make cider here as well. We’ve decorated the space with a rustic feel, making you feel like you are tasting cider right off the farm – which you are! We work with local suppliers to harvest apples that are local to the Rochester area. This is something that is part of the heart of our company, and will never change.

Our Henrietta tasting room has darts and cornhole that can be played outside when the weather is nice. Occassionally, we will host a live band – it truly is the perfect environment for it.

If you haven’t visited our flagship tasting room before, we are located across from the Staples Warehouse in the Genesee Regional Market. We are closeby plenty of great restaurants so be sure to stop by on your way to dinner!