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Fall Seasonal Now Available – Harvest Fest

Leaves are changing. There’s a chill in the air. Pumpkins are popping up outside of all our favorite stores. Apple picking is taking up our weekends. Our opened toe shoes have been retired and replaced by socks and boots. A jacket is necessary, especially in the evening. You know what this means… FALL is here!

September always brings great change to our lives. With new school years starting and the weather changing, it’s always refreshing to really dive into the spirit of a new season.

Blue Toad Hard Cider has once again released their Fall Seasonal – Harvest Fest. Nothing says Fall like Harvest Fest, “Autumn in a Glass”. A subtle yet perfect blend of cinnamon, all spice and clove on our Award Winning ROC HARD Amber.

You are able to purchase Harvest Fest by the pint, growler, 4-pack, 9-pack or case! If you are unable to find Harvest Fest in a store near you, we can ship some to you in just two days or less!

Spring On Tap At Blue Toad Hard Cider

Spring has officially sprung and we are celebrating with our seasonal flavors here at Blue Toad Hard Cider.

In Rochester, Spring means it’s time to start looking out for the lilacs. There is nothing more fitting for the Flower City than our Flower City Lilac Hard Cider. This cider locks in the smells of the Flower City and tastes like spring! We use fresh hibiscus and hand-picked lilac in the cider-making process. It has a floral nose and semi-sweet apple mouthful finish that perfectly balances this tasty cider. Flower City Lilac is 5.0%ABV and is available in 16oz 4-pack cans and on tap across the Rochester area.

In the Central Virginia area, we are celebrating Spring with our Blueberry Hard Cider. This cider is sure to send your taste buds into a tizzy! The cider making process includes fresh blueberries that results in a blue-colored cider. We also use a blend of three local apple varieties. The blueberries are broken open during mid fermentation and as expected, tons of flavor and tannins create a perfectly balanced Apple Blueberry Cider. Our Blueberry Cider is 5.5%ABV

Be sure to stop by our tasting rooms in either area to celebrate the spring with us!

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Paddy Green Is Coming To Town!

One of our seasonal favorites, Paddy Green, is coming back just in time for February.

Paddy Green is our homage to Irish Cider. Made with 100% Granny Smith Apples, this cider is fairly dry with a tart finish. This one makes your tongue do the Irish Jig. (5.5. ABV).

Paddy Green will be available for purchase in stores starting Friday, February 1st and will be in our tasting rooms starting January 30th.

Don’t forget! We also have our newest Barrel Aged Cider available on tap and in 16oz cans. C.O.G. Smash (8.9% ABV) is here! Our award winning Flower City Blonde aged in Iron Smoke whiskey barrels. A blood orange, cranberry, and ginger blend as part of our mini barrel aged series. Lastly, don’t miss our upcoming events:

Blue Toad’s 4th Birthday Bash!
Feb 9th from 4pm-8pm
Live Music by: Men Behaving Badly
Blue Toad’s Annual Mug Club Renewal Party!
March 9th from 4pm-8pm
Live Music by: Nick LeDuc
(more info for Mug Club members will be sent via email)
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New Flavor Alert: Gumdrop Button Gingerbread

Back in time for the holidays, our seasonal flavor Gumdrop Button Gingerbread. This tasty cider has notes of molasses, vanilla, and honey with a butter nut finish. The combination of gingerbread and apples make this a delicious wintertime classic. It’s perfect to take home to Christmas dinner. Be sure to stop into the Henrietta tasting room the weekend before Christmas to fill your growlers. We have great specials to complete your shopping list or to enjoy over the holiday break. Purchase a growler for just $6 and fill it for 25% off.
Flavors on Tap:
ROC Hard Amber (6.0% ABV)
Flower City Blonde (4.9% ABV)
Black Cherry (6.0% ABV)
Toadally Tea (5.0% ABV)
Winter Fest (6.2% ABV)
It’s A Great Pumpkin (6.2% AVB)
Blueberry (5.5% ABV)
Farm Beers on Tap:
Fifth Frame Brewing- #SelfCare Coffee Porter (6.5% ABV)
Fairport Brewing- Hempberry Kombucha Tea (N.A)
Bottles and Cans:
Twisted Rail- Ale Aboard (5.5% ABV)
Twisted Rail- Farmhouse Ale (5.5% ABV)
Twisted Rail- 50 Shades Of Red (5.5% ABV)
Fairport Brewing- Crown Jewel (Buchabeer) (4.1% ABV)
Zugibe Vineyards (12%ABV)
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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!