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Are You A “Frequent Toader”?

Do you frequent your local Blue Toad Hard Cider more than you think you should? Are you on a first name basis with the bartender? Do you know every flavor Blue Toad has ever created, and tasted them all, too? Does your idea of a six-pack include a variety of Black Cherry and Blonde?

Even if you answer “no” to these questions, and you are simply a fan of Blue Toad Hard Cider, we’ve got a fun opportunity for you.

Join our “Frequent Toader” campaign starting Thursday, August 30th for just $39.00 and become a member of our family for the next year.

What does the membership include?

  • 20% off all merchandise
  • 20% off all cans
  • 64oz Growler Fills for just $8.00
  • 32oz Growler Fills for just $5.00

Your membership lasts a full 365 days and there are unlimited spaces. This offer is only available in our New York tasting rooms. If you want to become a member now, you can sign up here!

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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 Events, August 2018

Summer! Don’t go! We’ve still got so much to do outside. Let’s soak up every little bit of sunshine that Summer 2018 has to give us. Blue Toad Hard Cider has some great events this coming month, both at our tasting rooms and partnering with other great organizations in Central Virginia and the Rochester, New York areas. Be sure to come back and check for updates as we add more events to our calendar. See you there!

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.

Rochester, New York Area Events

Saturday, August 4th – Liam Alone at The Toad

Come listen to the sounds of Liam Alone at Blue Toad Hard Cider! With a set composed of originals and covers, you can expect from this singer & songwriter some funk, rock, soul and the occasional beatbox. Free admission. Food will provided by the Rinkside Grill.

Friday, August 17 – Graycliff Ciderfest 2018!

Join Blue Toad Hard Cider and other local crafted ciders for the inaugural Graycliff Ciderfest. Visit the two and a half acres of Frank Lloyd Wright designed Graycliff. Tasting tickets includes a basic tour, nine tasting tokens and one beverage token. Designated Driver tickets are only $15.

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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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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Blue Toad Hard Cider Events, July 2018

July is one of our favorite months around Blue Toad. Beautiful weather, celebrating the Red, White and Blue, and lots of great opportunity to meet our fans and find new lovers of our award-winning cider. We can be found in two states – New York and Virginia, and we make sure our apples are grown locally so you are enjoying homegrown goodness. Stop by and see us at one of these events, or come by our Henrietta or Nelson County tasting room to try some cider today!

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.  

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.

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!

Saturday, July 14 – 2018 Victory Cup Farm Bash

Come join us at the Victory Cup Craft Brewers Festival July 14th. The Victory Cup has grown to be one of the largest equestrian events in the United States, and is definitely the most fun. Come out and enjoy a gorgeous day of green grass, majestic horses, beautiful people, heart pounding polo, and some craft beer & cider!  

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Father’s Day Special at Blue Toad Hard Cider

“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad.”

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and if your dad is a tough one to please, he won’t be disappointed with a gift from Blue Toad Hard Cider. This weekend, come by our Henrietta Tasting Room and grab a gift for Dad.

  • Purchase a $30 gift card and receive a free growler fill
  • Red, White and Blue Cases are now available for just $49 *(2) 4-packs for our Black Cherry, Flower City Blonder & Blueberry
  • Buy 1 pint and get a free pint for Dad (Sunday only)

While you are in Henrietta be sure to ask the bartender about our Blueberry and Orange Crush flavors now on tap! Happy Father’s Day Dad!

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Last Call For Lilac and New On Tap in New York!

As we turn the corner into summer, we are saying a fond farewell to our Springtime favorite – Flower City Lilac. We have just made our final batch of the season and it is now available for growler fills in our Henrietta tasting room. You can now fill up your growler for just $7.95, so grab a few and you can taste spring all summer long.

Also available in our Henrietta tasting room – our Red, White and Blue Cases. These cases include 4 packs of cans of Black Cherry, Flower City Blonde and Blueberry Hard Cider for just $49.95. The perfect variety pack for your lazy lake weekends or the big party coming up on the Fourth of July!

Blueberry Hard Cider is now available on tap in our Henrietta tasting room. This cider is sure to send your taste buds into a tizzy. The cider includes fresh blueberries and a blend of three local apple varieties. The blueberries burst open during fermentation and releases tons of flavor and it’s natural blue color into the cider. Blueberry Hard Cider is also available for purchase in cans and is a 5.5% ABV.

Last but not least, our Orange Crush Hard Cider is now available on tap in our New York tasting room. Made from a blend of three locally sourced apple varieties and orange peels, this fruit-filled cider is perfect for those hot summer days. Orange Crush is also available in cans in the Central Virginia market. Orange Crush is 5.0% ABV.

We can’t wait to celebrate the summer with you!  

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Blue Toad Hard Cider Events, June 2018

 

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. Saturday, June 30 First Annual Taste of Nelson – Celebrating our Local Food & Drink Celebrating all that Nelson County has to offer, the First Annual Taste of Nelson! Craft beer and cider, wine locally sourced food, games, music, crafts and more. The event is hosted by Blue Toad Hard Cider at High View Farm at the base of Wintergreen Resort. The event will be a combination of indoor and outdoor, fully shaded, and air conditioned spaces. Local vendors include Blue Mountain Brewery, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Devils Backbone, Wild Wolf Brewery, Afton Mountain Vineyards, Mountain Cove Vineyards, Blue Toad Hard Cider and more. Tickets go on sale the first week of June.

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. 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! Friday, June 15 – Live Music by Krater Pretzel Stop into our Henrietta tasting room for local music from Krater pretzel, local beers and spirits and of course, local hard cider. The event starts at 5pm. Saturday, June 23 – Live Music by Nick LeDuc We will have live music performed by local Rochester, NY artist, Nick LeDuc. Come by our Henrietta tasting room for some local music and drinks. The event goes from 4-7pm.  
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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!