Behind the Scenes: Blue Toad Hard Cider

  You know our cider, but we want you to get to know us! The people behind the big blue toad logo on our cans. Why Blue Toad? Why New York and Virginia? Why hard cider? The story starts in the small town of Scottsville, New York where the three owners of Blue Toad Hard Cider grew up. Scottsville is a quintessential small town – population of around 2,000 people, one high school with graduating classes of under 100 people, one stoplight, and a 15 minute drive to the closest grocery store. Yes, every small town cliché is true about Scottsville, but none rings more true than the fact that everyone knows everyone. Todd, Scott, and Greg grew up in Scottsville, New York. They all went to high school together at Wheatland-Chili High School and took on careers in different fields. After settling down and starting families of their own, a “desire to consume high quality alcoholic beverages” got the wheels churning and ultimately, Blue Toad Hard Cider was born. Why Blue Toad? There’s been about a million stories swirling around as to why Todd is actually referred to as Toad, one of which includes a misspelling on his birth certificate, but I doubt we’ll ever know the true story. In any case, Todd was raised as “Toad” – he and his family settled down in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Todd and his wife, Kim, opened a pub nearby and decided on the name Blue Toad – a play off of his name and the beautiful mountains nearby. Meanwhile, Scott was in Scottsville making batches of beer in his barn while Greg was making cider in his garage, so they decided to combine their efforts. When the idea to start a hard cider business came up, the name Blue Toad felt natural since the brand already existed. Why New York and Virginia?  After reading some of our story, you can see why New York and Virginia are natural choices for our cider. Our owners have roots in the Rochester, New York and Central Virginia regions. Since it is so important for us to have locally sourced apples included in every hard cider we produce, we’ve even named similar ciders differently to pay homage to their region. For example, in Rochester, our blonde cider is named Flower City Blonde and features a blend of local Golden Delicious, Empire and Crispin apples. Meanwhile, in Virginia, our Blonde is called Blue Ridge Blonde featuring locally sourced Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples. We currently have five tasting rooms – 3 in New York, and 2 in Virginia. You can find more information on our locations here. You can also find our cider in Wegmans stores in both regions. Why hard cider? Well, why not? It’s easy to drink, it’s fun to make and to experiment new flavors, plus our gluten free friends can enjoy it. Also, hard cider is one of the fastest growing beverages in the past decade. So, friends, you want it, we’ll make it!

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