blue toad hard cider events july 2017

July 2017 – Blue Toad Hard Cider Events

Happy July! It’s the month to celebrate America, and what better way to do it than to drink local hard cider! 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.

July 2 – Independence Day Celebration

Come by our cider farm in Roseland, VA for an early Fourth of July celebration. We will have live music, lawn games, and fun for the whole family.

July 14 – Blue Toad at Pints O’ Plenty

We will be in Forest, VA for a tasting at Pint O’ Plenty. Come by starting at 5:30pm to try our Blonde, Black Cherry and Toadally Tea!

July 15 – Blue Toad in Lynchburg

We will be at the Kroger on Timberlake Road from 1pm-4pm. Come hang with our brand ambassador, Bryan, and try some tasty cider.

Blue Toad in Short Pump

We will be at Wegman’s in Short Pump for a Blue Toad tasting. Come by and see us starting at noon.

Blue Toad in Charlottesville

Stop by Wegman’s at Fifth Street Station for a tasting of Blue Toad Hard Cider. We will be there at noon!

Alex Arbaugh at The Blue Toad Cider Pub

Live music with Alex Arbaugh at the Cider Pub in Afton, VA. Music starts at 6pm so be sure to come early to save a spot on our patio!  

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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Fourth of July at Blue Toad Hard Cider

Celebrate the 4th of July with Blue Toad Hard Cider. Stop by on Sunday, July 2nd from noon until 10pm, to the Blue Toad Cider Farm at the base of Wintergreen Mountain. We’ve got 360 views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and a brand new frisbee golf course that you and your family can play for free!

Bring your kids, friends, dogs, neighbors and help us celebrate the fourth a little early!

Live music will be provided by our friends from Kendall Street Company. We have a fire pit and of course, the best locally made cider.

Food will be provided by our friends at Blue Mountain Brewery!

It’s going to be a great time so we hope to see you there!

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The Perfect Hard Cider for Summer

Looking for a tasty, refreshing, and drinkable beverage for the summer? We may be a bit bias, but we think that our new flavor takes the cake. Now available in cans, our Blue Toad Toadally Tea is the perfect hard cider for summer.

Blue Toad Toadally Tea is a perfect mix of iced tea and hard cider – think Arnold Palmer, but with hard cider instead of lemonade. Toadally Tea is a blend of three apples creating a light and refreshing cider. It is combined with tea leaves that provides a refreshing and smooth hard cider perfect for the summer weather.

Blue Toad Toadally Tea is now available on tap and in cans at local retailers in the Charlottesville, Virginia area.

Here is a list of our retailers who have gotten their 1st load of Toadally Tea Cans! As the list grows we will update you. If you’re not close to one of our retailers, or our two tasting rooms in Nelson County, feel free to shop our website and have a case shipped directly to you in 1 Day, Saturday Deliveries Too Via FedEx at Home.

  • 7/11 Crystal Springs- Roanoke
  • Barrel Chest- Roanoke
  • Beer Run- Cville
  • Clocktower Convenience-Hburg
  • Eli’s Provisions- Roanoke
  • Friendly City Food Co-op- Hburg
  • Kroget 327- Lynchburg
  • Midtowne Bottle Shop-Hburg
  • Shaffers BBQ and Market- Middletown
  • The Wine Cellar- Staunton
  • Throx- Winchester
  • Washington Street Purveyors-Lexington
  • Wegmans Cville
  • Wegmans Alexandria
  • Wegmans Midlothian (On Tuesday afternoon)
  • Wine Warehouse- Cville

    If you’re in the Rochester area, be sure to check out our tasting rooms for our Flower City Lilac and Blue Toadenberry – a blueberry cider!

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    New Flavor Alert! Blue Toadenberry

    No, that’s not your eyes playing tricks on you – this cider is actually BLUE! Blueberry cider now available from Blue Toad Hard Cider.

    At a 5.5% abv, this cider is sure to send your taste buds into a tizzy! The cider making process includes 3 full pounds of blueberries. These berries soaked in tank for 14 days. A small amount of blueberry extract was used to jazz it up a bit, too. As expected, tons of blue came from the blueberries themselves in the tank. Its very fresh and fruity. Nice tannins and mouthfeel from the blueberry skins, too.

    While our cider makers were filtering, they found themselves “Singing Toads Blues”.

    The color alone has to have you intrigued, but the taste is sure to keep you coming back for more. Currently Blue Toadenberry is available in our New York tasting rooms.
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    June 2017 – Blue Toad Hard Cider Events

    Happy June! It’s officially festival season and we are so excited to get out there and meet you all and serve you delicious Blue Toad Hard Cider. 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. June 10 – Blue Toad at VA Beer & Wine Festival Bringing Nelson County’s finest to Daleville Town Center. Join us beginning at noon on Saturday. June 10 – Blue Toad at Hop Blossom! Winchester has spoken and we have heard you! We will be a the Hop Blossom Craft Beer Festival starting at noon on Saturday. Be sure to stop by and say hi! June 21 – Blue Toad Hard Cider Tap Takeover Summer Solstice Edition Join us at Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint in Harrisonburg for a Blue Toad Hard Cider tap takeover! June 28 – Tap Takeover at Firefly with Blue Toad and Three Notched Brewery Beer and Cider, both on tap at Firefly in Charlottesville! Join us on Wednesday at 5pm!

    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! June 8 – GRAPE 25th Silver Anniversary Gala The Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly will be throwing it’s 25th Anniversy Gala on Thursday from 5-9pm. June 17 – The Honey Dipper Festival For just $30, join us in Victor to celebrate The Honey Dipper Festival thrown by Kettle Ridge Farms. There will be food, craft beer, live music, and Blue Toad Hard Cider. Find out more information and buy tickets here.
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    Memorial Day 2017 with Blue Toad Hard Cider

    It’s Memorial Day weekend and if you don’t have plans just yet, we’ve got you covered. From Rochester to Central Virginia, we will be running cider specials and hosting events throughout the long weekend to ensure that you and your family has a great kickoff to summer!

    Rochester, New York Events & Specials

    Friday, May 26 – The Genesee Country Village and Museum is hosting History on Tap at their working museum in Mumford, New York. Blue Toad Hard Cider will be pouring samples of our locally sourced cider for you to try. This event starts at 5pm on Friday evening.

    Saturday, May 27 – Pittsford Recreation is hosting Paddle & Pour 2017 Saturday afternoon. Regional artists will be showing off their work and local wineries, cideries, and craft breweries will be pouring samples. The event is located on the Pittsford Canal.

    Sunday, May 28 – The Zac Brown Tribute Band will be playing at the Beachcomber on Conesus Lake. Blue Toad Hard Cider will be available for purchase. ZBTB starts at 8pm, but come by earlier to see James Draudt starting at 3pm!

    Tuesday, May 30 – Cure those back to work blues by joining us at a Cider Education Class at AJ’s Beer Warehouse on Tuesday evening from 6:30-8pm. Blue Toad Hard Cider will be discussing the cider making process. Learn about the history of the beverages and try some samples as well.

    Charlottesville & Central Virginia Events & Specials

    Thursday, May 25 – We are taking over Travinia! Join us at the restaurant in Stonefield for our Tap Takeover and APA Can Release. Enjoy a lovely dinner and pair it with Blue Toad Hard Cider. Our APA – American Pressed Apple Hopped Cider will be released in Virginia for the first time.

    Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28 –  Stop by our Cider Pub in Afton on Route 151 to enjoy Tuck & Ollies hand smoked ribs and chicken specials throughout the weekend. Blue Toad Hard Cider pairs well with barbecue!

    Sunday, May 28 – Cookout with Team Red, White and Blue, a local veteran’s organization to honor dedication and service this Memorial Day weekend. We will be enjoying outdoor games, delicious cider, and a great cause. The event will be at our Blue Toad Hard Cider Farm in Roseland, Virginia.        

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    Spend Mother’s Day with Blue Toad Hard Cider

    mother's day growlerIf you’re in the Central Virginia area and looking for Mother’s Day plans, stop by

    The Blue Toad Hard Cider Farm in Roseland, Virginia. The weather on Sunday is looking to be absolutely perfect! Allow Mom to relax outside and enjoy some local hard cider while the kiddos play by the creek.

    This Mother’s Day we are featuring our custom Motherhood growlers that read “Powered by love. Fueled by coffee. Sustained by cider.” Each mom will receive a free growler fill with purchase. Additionally, each mom will receive a free Cidermosa – think mimosa, but with Blue Toad Hard Cider.

    Our Cider Farm boasts 360 degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and we sit at the base of Wintergreen Resort.  

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    New Flavor Alert! Flower City Lilac

    Rochester! Blue Toad Hard Cider recently released a limited edition cider in our Henrietta Tasting Room. We are calling it our Flower City Lilac, and we are so excited to have it ready in time for the 2017 Lilac Festival.

    Flower City Lilac is a session-able lilac flavored hard apple cider that is clean and crisp with a flowery finish. This cider was produced by steeping dried lilac flowers in the cider. The final drink is 5% ABV.

    Be sure to stop by our tent at this year’s Lilac Festival to give this one a try. Until then, we will also be serving it at our Henrietta tasting room.

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    7 Delicious Recipes to Make with Blue Toad Hard Cider

    You’ve filled your growler with Blue Toad Hard Cider, and intend to drink every last drop. But then, you start thinking about what to make for dinner and you realize that your favorite cider not only pairs well with a meal, but can actually be included in the prep! Have you ever considered cooking with Blue Toad? What a wonderfully refreshing and delicious way to mix up your meal planning. We’ve put together a list of hard cider recipes. We suggest using our flagship Blonde flavor for these.

    Hard Apple Cider Jelly 

    If you ever needed an excuse to have Blue Toad Hard Cider for breakfast, here it is. Try it on your toast, or on a cracker with some cream cheese. This recipe just calls for four ingredients, so if you are a beginner at canning, this might be your best bet.

    Hard Apple Cider Peanut Brittle

    You are less than 30 minutes away from Hard Apple Cider Peanut Brittle, according to this recipe. You can even add maple syrup and bacon to add to the deliciousness.

    Hard Apple Cider Cupcakes

     There aren’t many foods I like to indulge in more so than cupcakes, and adding Blue Toad Hard Cider to the recipe? I. Am. Drooling. This recipe calls for a whiskey caramel apple filling – can you imagine?!

    Sparkling Hard Apple Cider Sangria

     The perfect summer cocktail: White wine. Apple. Pear. Cinnamon stick. Blue Toad Hard Cider. Mix it into a large pitcher and enjoy.

    Hard Apple Cider Mule

    Think Moscow Mule, but with Blue Toad Hard Apple Cider.

    Slow-cooker Apple Cider Pulled Chicken 

    Slow-cooker recipes are so easy, usually yield a large amount of food, and always come out tasting delicious. This recipe for Hard Apple Pulled Chicken can be used on sandwiches, salads, or even plain. The combination of sweet onion, paprika, and Blue Toad Hard Cider doesn’t just sound delicious, it sounds heavenly.

    Hard Apple Cider Chicken & Dumplings

    I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t like chicken and dumplings – likewise, I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t enjoy Blue Toad Hard Cider. So why not combine the two? This recipe for Hard Cider Chicken and Dumplings takes less than an hour and serves four people – or just four meals for yourself.
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    6 Reasons Why Craft Beverage Lovers Should Stop by a Blue Toad Tasting Room

    1. Blue Toad has multiple locations, in two states!

    If you read our origin story, you know that Blue Toad’s founders chose Rochester, NY and Nelson County, VA for good reason – it’s home! But even within those two areas, there are several different locations, each with it’s own unique feeling. In Rochester, our flagship tasting room located in Henrietta boasts a beautiful wooden bar with a cozy bar feel. We brew our cider in house at this location, and if you ask nicely, you may be able to take a peek behind closed doors. On certain nights, we host live music by local artists and when the weather is nice, we have our corn hole boards available for patrons to play. If you take 490 over to Victor, you can stop by our second Rochester location. A retired train car has been transformed into the perfect place for you and your friends to taste our locally made cider. Our final Rochester location showcases the very apples we use in our cider recipes. Schutts Apple Mill & Farm in Webster, hosts our third tasting room. While you’re there, be sure to grab some of Schutt’s fresh apples, baked goods, and of course, hard cider! For hours and directions, click here.

    2. We have live music!

    We love featuring local artists and showcasing their talents. Be sure to follow our Facebook pages to get updates on live music events!

    3. Growlers, pints, flights – you can try Blue Toad Hard Cider in several ways!

    If this is your first time walking into a Blue Toad tasting room, be sure to try our cider flights. Flights give you the opportunity to test taste anywhere from two to nine different ciders. Of course, you can always try any of our ciders in a pint. And for those of you who fall in love our cider – we offer growler fills so you can enjoy Blue Toad Hard Cider at home! 

    4. We have beautiful views! 

    Our Virginia locations offer stellar views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On a clear day, our Cider Farm boasts some of the most spectacular 360° views in the area. These views are the perfect backdrop for any event, including weddings, which we have started to host! 

    5. We use locally sourced apples only! 

    Our business model is simple – but very important to us. Blue Toad Hard Cider uses only locally sourced apples for every batch of cider we make. We even go as far as to separate our New York and Virginia ciders. For all the ciders made in New York, our apples are sourced locally from the Rochester area. For those ciders made in Virginia, our apples come from just six miles up the road. We support local business so we encourage you to #drinklocal!

    6. You can learn about how Blue Toad Hard Cider is made! 

    Just ask! Our bartenders will be happy to give you a quick tutorial on how our cider is made. If you’re lucky, they may even give you a peek behind the scenes!