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Blue Toad at the Rochester Lilac Festival

It’s May in Rochester, and that can only mean one thing. It’s Lilac Festival time! We are excited to set up a booth for the second year in a row. Along with other delicious local breweries, wineries and cideries, our booth will be set up at the Wine Tasting Expo at the Rochester Lilac Festival on Saturday, May 12 from noon to 8:30pm.

Our feature beverage is very thematic – The Flower City Lilac Cider, proudly distributed by Wright Beverage Distributing. Our lilac cider is a celebration of the Flower City. A refreshing and crisp cider, locking in the tastes and smells of springtime in Rochester. We use Rochester’s own hand-picked lilacs to infuse into our cider.

CIDERCRAFT Magazine out of Seattle, Washington recently reviewed our Flower City Lilac and had this to say:

Tasting Notes

A trumpeter of forthcoming summer, the lilac flower proclaims the season softly in this salmon-hued cider, decorated in the glass with big, bouncing bubbles. The nose whispers sweet blossoms with honeyed apple and pear skin, but the palate brings in fringing floral qualities with more authority, tying juicy, semi-sweet apple into the purple-flowered, quick and clean finish.

Review

Flower City Lilac is a lovely blend of springtime in a can. It is produced by steeping locally sourced, hand-picked, dried lilac flowers in their Flower City Blonde Hard Cider. The end result is a delicious, light, and refreshing beverage that epitomizes springtime in Rochester. The lilac notes are accompanied by a hint of hibiscus, which also contributes to the floral aroma.
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Blue Toad Hard Cider Events, May 2018

Well, winter is finally saying goodbye. That lasted about two months too long, am I right? We are so excited to open the Blue Toad Tent and meet you out at events this month. We’ve got a busy schedule so far, and we are sure to add more to the list, so be sure to check back here for updates. See you around!

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, May 19 – EPIC Fest- Beer, Wine, Music & BBQ Festival

Join the Elkton Progressive Improvement Committee for our inaugural EPIC Fest – Beer, Wine, and BBQ Festival on May 19, 2018 from 11am – 6pm. The event will be located on the grounds of the Elkton Volunteer Fire Company Activities Building. There will be a variety of beer, wine, cider and live music. Tickets can be purchased here.

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, May 5 – Sons of Synergy at the Toad!

Join Blue Toad on May 5th as we welcome Sons of Synergy to our tasting room. Enjoy some hors d’oeuvres, discounts on pints, and growler fills all while enjoying the sweet acoustic sounds of this local Rochester band! Cheers!

Saturday, May 19 – Rails & Ales Train Rides

Looking for a great day out with friends? All aboard for Rails & Ales! The craft beer movement is sweeping the nation, with the Rochester area home to scores of new breweries and distilleries. Enjoy tastings from local breweries on Saturday, May 19, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Enjoy train rides that tour our museum grounds and visit New York’s largest collection of historic trains. Ride the train to visit all of the tasting stations! Ticket purchase includes museum admission and free souvenir tasting glass. Refreshments available for purchase. Free soft drinks for Designated Drivers.

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Goodbye WinterFest – Hello Flower City Lilac!

Can it be?! Is winter finally over? No matter what the weather forecast says, our cider makers have officially moved into spring and to celebrate, we are saying goodbye to WinterFest.

This weekend only, be sure to stop by our Henrietta tasting room and grab cases of WinterFest Cider for just $24.99. If all you need is a six-pack, we’ve got a deal on those, too! $6.99! This is a 30% savings! Supplies will go quick, so stop in THIS WEEKEND ONLY!

And since WinterFest is leaving, it’s making way for our springtime favorite, an ode to our beloved Rochester – Flower City Lilac. This year, Flower City Lilac will be available in cans for the first time! Flower City Lilac is a refreshing and crisp cider, locking the tastes and smells or spring. Infused with Rochester’s very own lilacs and our Flower City Blonder Hard Cider. This cider has an ABV of 5%.

Can’t wait to celebrate spring with you!

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Last Call For 2018 Mug Club!

Are you an avid fan of Blue Toad Hard Cider? Have you never tried it but have been wanting to? Either way, you should join our MUG CLUB! This exclusive club is open to Blue Toad Hard Cider fans in the Rochester, New York area. Currently, the Mug Club is at 85% capacity, but we are looking to fill it up as soon as possible. If you’re on the fence about joining, let us convince you:

With sign-up, you will receive the following perks throughout the year:

  • Your very own custom mug to drink Blue Toad Hard Cider out of all year long
  • $1 off every pint you purchase the entire year
  • $2 off any 64oz growler fills
  • FREE mug fill up on all new flavors*. You get to be our taste testers!
  • Free t-shirt at sign-up
  • 10% off all Blue Toad Hard Cider merchandise
  • Exclusive end of the year mug club party

*some exclusions may apply

Okay, so you’re convinced right?! You can’t pass up those deals. There is a $99 fee for joining for new members. Be sure to stop in and ask your Blue Toad Hard Cider bartender for more information. See you in the club!

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Blue Toad Hard Cider Events, April 2018

April showers bring May flowers… right? We are certainly hoping the weather warms up quickly and the sun sticks around for a while. We’ve got lots of fun warm weather events prepared for the coming weeks and months and can’t wait to share them all with you, our loyal Blue Toad lovers. If you have an event or are headed somewhere you’d like us to be, let us know! We are always looking for new places to show off our hard work and new creative flavors of Blue Toad Hard Cider. Be sure to 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.

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!  
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New Springtime Flavors at Blue Toad Hard Cider

The weather may be a bit gloomy, and snow may be in the forecast still, but we promise, if the calendar reads Spring, we are committed to making the best flavors for the season. We’ve gotten creative this year and really inspired by the sunshine and flowers that are sure to come, even if it doesn’t feel like it. We’ve said it before, but here at Blue Toad Hard Cider we love to create new flavors and especially when our loyal fans request a special flavor of their own. If you have a crazy (or even not-so-crazy) flavor idea, we’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment, send us an email, or drop by our tasting rooms and let us know what you’d like to try. You never know, your idea could come to fruition!

Ginger Ale Infused Batch 1

Available only in our Henrietta tasting room!

Ginger Ale Infused Batch 1 (4.8% ABV) – A subtly spicy, crisp and dry cider. Notes of honeysuckle and fresh pressed apples give this cider it’s unique flavor profile. A refreshing sessionable cider just in time for Spring!

Cheers!

Lilac Cider

Available in New York only. Now available in cans and in tasting rooms! A celebration of the Flower City! A refreshing and crisp cider, locking the tastes and smells of spring with Rochester’s own lilacs and our Flower City Blonde Hard Cider.  5% ABV.
 

Blueberry Hard Cider

We soaked 3 lbs of blueberries in a tank for 14 days. A small amount of blueberry extract was used to jazz it up a bit, too. A lot of the color actually came from the blueberries themselves in the tank. Its very fresh and fruity. Nice tannins and mouthfeel from the blueberry skins, too. 5.5% ABV.

Blueberry is available in Virginia at our cider farm and also available in cans at local retailers. If you want to buy a case, we have them for sale on our website. Check it out here!

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration With Blue Toad Hard Cider

St. Patrick’s Day may be our favorite holiday at Blue Toad Hard Cider. Since the actual holiday only happens once a year, we have decided that St. Practice Day is in order. This is the one day a year we can practice for the holiday, so when the big day comes, we can do it right. Dust off your Irish dancing shoes and pop open a Paddy Green Cider and come down to the pub to help us celebrate.

St. Practice Day

Join us for St. Practice Day on Saturday, March 3 from 2-5pm at the Blue Toad Hard Cider Pub on Rockfish Valley Highway in Afton, Virginia. Start your month off with great food, Irish music and lots of cider.

St. Patrick’s Day

Of course, on St. Patrick’s Day, we will be celebrating again. Join us Saturday, March 17 from 2-6pm for an Irish celebration. Drink Paddy Green Irish Cider, eat lots of great Irish food like Irish Nachos and Rueben Egg Rolls. Joh Howard, Alex Arbaugh and Sam Lowe will be there to entertain with live music in the afternoon. See you then!

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Blue Toad Hard Cider Events, March 2018

Spring is in the air and we are getting excited for the beautiful weather. We will be dusting off our tent and starting to plan for all the great festivals in both Virginia and New York this summer. In the meantime, we still have to celebrate a few great holidays like St. Patrick’s Day and Easter – and who better to do it with than Blue Toad Hard Cider?!

Check back for updates!

Central Virginia Area Events

Saturday, March 3 – St. Practice Day at Blue Toad 

Since St. Patrick’s Day only happens once a year, it’s only natural to practice for it, right? Join us on Saturday, March 3 at Blue Toad Hard Cider Pub in Afton, Virginia for a day of fun and lots of St. Patty’s Day practice. There will be Paddy Green Pouring all day. Great Irish food including Rheuban, Egg Rolls, Irish Nachos and Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage. Generations 102.3 will be giving away 2 tickets to Jimmy Buffet! And from 2-5pm we will have Traditional Irish Music from Homeland, An Lar.

Sunday, March 25 – Easter Egg Hunt & Pancakes on the Farm!

Come on down to the Blue Toad Hard Cider Tasting Room in Roseland VA for an Easter Egg Hunt, Pancakes, Fresh Cider for the kids and more. The Easter Egg hunt will start at 1pm. Stop by anytime between 11am-3pm.

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!  

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$29 Cases of Winterfest and Mug Club is Back!

We are a few weeks into the new year and counting down the days until spring. With that, we’ve got some exciting announcements at Blue Toad Hard Cider and they both benefit YOU! We wouldn’t be able to do this job without you, so thank you for staying loyal to Blue Toad Hard Cider and letting us continue to create great cider for you.

Mug Club is Back!

If you haven’t heard of Blue Toad’s Mug Club, you’re missing out. Mug Club is a membership program that lasts the entire calendar year. When you sign up for Mug Club, you will get these perks:

  • $1 off all pints all year
  • $2 off 64oz growler fills
  • FREE mug fill on all new flavors
  • A custom made mug for the year
  • Free t-shirt
  • 10% off all merchandise and swag
  • Exclusive year end Mug Club Party

To sign up, visit our Henrietta tasting room and ask your bartender for more details. For all new members, Mug Club is $99.99. If you were a 2017 Mug Club Member, your sign up fee is only $69.99. If you’re closer to our Virginia locations, ask your bartender about Growler Club!

$29 Cases of Winterfest Available in VA and NY Locations

We had a production snafu, and it benefits YOU! We have cases of Winterfest available for purchase and pickup beginning Friday, February 23rd at both our New York and Virginia locations. We are giving a $5 discount on all of these cases so you can take them off our hands! Simply use this link to reserve your case and pick it up this weekend at your chosen location.  

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Blue Toad Hard Cider Is Turning Three!

Happy Birthday, Blue Toad! It’s been three years since the flagship tasting room in Henrietta, New York opened its doors. We’ve made a ton of cider and met a bunch of great people over those three years. We realize that without you, our loyal customers, we wouldn’t be able to continue our dream of crafting new hard cider flavors. It’s been a wild ride and we can’t wait to see what the next three years bring!

In honor of Blue Toad’s third birthday, we are celebrating the only way we know how. On Saturday, February 10th, join us in our Henrietta tasting room for a party! We will have live music from Nic Leduc, great cider specials and more. Join us at 120 Mushroom Blvd, Rochester NY from 4-7pm.

All day long we are offering $3 pints (this excludes our barrel aged series). Try our new Vanilla Apple Bourbon (8.7% ABV) collaboration with Honeoye Falls Distillery now available on tap along with a complimentary cheese and meat spread.

Other flavors on tap:

  • Roc Hard Amber
  • Flower City Blonde
  • Black Cherry
  • APA Hopped
  • Hoppin’ Cran Grapple
  • Apri-Peach Amber
  • Winterfest
  • Cherry Apple Bourbon
  • Cinna-Toad