The Blue Toad Cider House in Waynesboro, an expansion of Blue Toad Hard Cider in Nelson County, is now open.
Blue Toad Hard Cider was founded in 2013 by three friends, Todd Rath, Scott Hallock and Greg Booth. They have a location in Scottsville, New York, and in Nelson County. Now, they’ve added the location in Waynesboro on East Main Street in the old Metalcrafters showroom.
“We’re excited to be a part of the Waynesboro community and assisting with the growth of the local economy,” said Lorena Kush, general manager of the Waynesboro location.
At their location, 1006 E. Main Street in Waynesboro, they have a tasting room, seating areas and a kids’ play room. At the bar, cider is on tap available for tastings, pints and growlers. Cans are also available for purchase.
Customers can take cider to go or drink cider in the historic location.
“We were so lucky,” Kush said. “Not only is this historical, the location is great and it’s absolutely gorgeous. You can’t ask for a better tasting room. It’s so unique and the original integrity is still in it.”
The building used to be the old show room for Metalcrafters. The hardwood floors and walls are original. The new tables and bar are built out of reclaimed wood and tin.
“Everything is 100 percent reclaimed,” Kush said.
The kids’ room used to be the annex where people could watch Metalcrafters make items.
The Blue Toad Cider House is near Basic City Beer Co. and Kush said they plan to support each other.
“This section of Waynesboro is up and coming,” she said. “We can only have cider. They [Basic City] can only have beer. We share the parking lot and Hops Kitchen will have a food menu here. It’s a great match; perfect pairing.”
On tap, they currently have orange crush, black cherry, paddy green, blonde amber and the barreled aged old fashion.
The cider is produced in Nelson County; the apples are from a local farm.
“Our cider is 100 percent locally produced,” Kush said.
The Blue Toad Cider House is hosting their grand opening on Saturday from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. They’ll have a “steal the eggroll” promotion with Hops Kitchen and live music. For more information visit their Facebook page, “Blue Toad Cider House - Waynesboro, VA.”
They’re open Thursday and Friday from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.