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August Flavors at Blue Toad Hard Cider

This month our cider makers have been having a blast releasing yearly seasonals as well as limited edition flavors that taste awesome! Both our Virginia and New York locations have our local favorites on tap, but in addition, we’ve added some funky flavors for you to try.

Orange Crush is now available on tap and in cans at all Virginia locations and in retailers around the area. Orange Crush is made from a blend of three apples found in the Blue Ridge and orange peels are used to bring out the flavor of both fruits. This light and refreshing cider is perfect for the heat of summer!

No matter your political views, Impeached Hard Cider is a fan favorite. Impeached is a blend of local apples and peaches, and each fruit bursts through with flavor. This flavor is available in our Virginia locations.

In recognition of Hurricane Camille, we released Ginger Gold Cider in Virginia. Ginger Gold is famous as the apple that Hurricane Camille brought forth. Camille brought devastating floods to Nelson County, Virginia in 1969, and the orchards of Clyde and Frances “Ginger” Harvey were badly washed out. In recovering the few surviving trees around the edge of one Winesap orchard, and then was found the parents to be Golden Delicious and Albermarle Pippin. This cider is 100% Ginger Gold Apples, Dry & Delicious. 5.5% ABV.

Meanwhile in New York, we’ve released two new flavors. First the Sweet Le Monte is our rendition of a southern favorite with a marriage of cardamom and lemon. This isn’t lemon tea, it’s Le Monte. Pinkies up!

We’ve also released Cowabunga Colada – a tidal wave of pineapple collides with boat load of coconut! Tastes just like it sounds and makes you feel like you’re sipping a cocktail on the beach!  

Ugly Sweater Party at Blue Toad New York

What’s your favorite thing about the holiday season? Is it seeing the lights or spending time with family? Is it the great food or gift giving?

We love all of those things, too! But one of our favorite things is seeing all those ugly sweaters from seasons past. We want to see who has the ugliest sweater of all!

On Friday, December 14th join us for an Ugly Sweater Party at Blue Toad Hard Cider in Henrietta. From 5-8pm we will be celebrating the holiday season with holiday music and movies, great snacks, and hard cider specials. Be sure to wear your ugliest sweater because the person who does will win a great prize.

We have great cider on tap for you to enjoy. See you then!

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)

Barrel Aged Whiskey Apple (8.9% 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)
barrel aged cider

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!

WinterFest Now Available in Cans and Draft

You may have mixed feelings about Winter as a season – but we promise you won’t have any mixed feelings about WinterFest Hard Cider. The best thing about the change in seasons, WinterFest is now available in cans and on draft in our tasting rooms and in restaurants around the area.

WinterFest brings you warmth when it’s most needed. At 6.2% ABV, notes of cinnamon, cloves along with hints of cranberry all created from our Gold Medal Award Winning Roc Hard Amber, it’s guaranteed to satisfy. Always made with locally sourced and grown apples.

We also suggest drinking WinterFest warm! Ever heard of a Hot Toddy? Well, around here we do Hot Toadies. Complete with a campfire mug you can purchase for $7.95, warm up your WinterFest and cuddle up by the fire. There’s no better way to celebrate the season.

Currently available on draft: 

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)

Barrel Aged Whiskey Apple (8.9% ABV)

Harvest Fest (6.0% ABV)

Build Your Own 9-Pack

Have you ever thought to yourself, “geez, I sure wish I could create my own variety pack of Blue Toad Hard Cider flavors and bring them home to enjoy.” Well, your wish is our command!

Beginning this weekend you will be able to mix n’ match all of our award winning ciders to create your very own specialized 9-pack. Whether it’s a new seasonal or an old favorite, you decide!

9 Pack Mix n’ Match! Choose (9) 16oz cans from (6) of the following flavors:

Flower City Blonde – A crisp and fruity cider born and bred in Western New York, using a blend of the finest local Golden Delicious, Empire and Crispin apples. A light cider that is pale straw-colored and clean-tasting with a bright taste of fresh apples that finishes with luscious pear notes.

ROC Hard Amber – Bolder than many, more assertive than most! A fusion of tannic apple flavors derived from a blend of locally grown apples creates a highly sessionable, copper-colored cider with hints of caramel, molasses, butterscotch, and raisins.

Black Cherry – A crisp, fruity and effervescent cider that is handcrafted to enjoy year-round. Our Black Cherry Hard Apple Cider is created using only the finest locally grown apples, and infused with black cherries, to produce a serenely smooth and sessionable cider.

Blueberry – This cider is sure to send your taste buds into a tizzy! The cider making process includes fresh blueberries along with a blend of three local apple varities. These berries are broken open during mid fermentation and as expected, tons of flavor and tannins create a perfectly balanced Apple Blueberry Cider.

Toadally Tea – Blue Toad Hard Cider Toadally Tea is a Blend of 3 Apples creating a light and refreshing beverage combined with tea leaves that provides a refreshing and smooth hard cider.

Harvest Fest – Notes of clove, cinnamon and spices blend perfectly with this colder weather seasonal hard cider. Comments we have heard, “Autumn in my mouth”, “The Holidays in a glass”, try one and enjoy!

9 Packs – $18.95

(2) 9 Packs – $36.00

Blueberry is BACK!

Due to popular demand, we’ve decided to bust down the seasonal “rules” and bring back Blueberry, just in time for fall! Yep, blueberry is making a comeback, but for a limited time only.

Blueberry Hard Cider is blue in color, from real blueberries! Sure to send your tastebuds into a tizzy, we use fresh blueberries to flavor this cider along with three local apple varieties. The final result is a semi-dry, but very sweet Blueberry Hard Cider. 5.5% ABV.

We’ve made just enough to get us through the weekend. This limited release of one of our most popular ciders is only available in 16 oz cans and in our Henrietta tasting room. You can grab four-packs for $10.99 or cases full of 24 cans for $59.99. Hurry! Grab it before it’s gone!

frequent toader

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!

lilac hard cider

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!  

lilac hard cider

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!

blue toad hard cider third birthday

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