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Blue Toad Hard Cider

) #5 of 6 Restaurants in Afton $$ - $$$ American,
9278 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Afton, VA 22920-3183
+1 434-996-6992
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good31%
  • Average23%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
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American, Pub
$$ - $$$
9278 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Afton, VA 22920-3183
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was recommended by one of the staff at Devil's Backbone to pop in to Blue Toad on a Saturday afternoon. We were the second couple there. Bar and pub area small, but functional. Got a flight and the bartender suggested going outside near the creek....More

Thank Jeffrey G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is for the Cidery on Winery Lane in Roseland, VA. Had a Groupon for here, and after hiking Humpback Rocks, went here to cash in. BEAUTIFUL setting, and there was only one man in the tasting room bar. Hostess was friendly and helpful with...More

Thank Joshb2j
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tried this place with a group of friends after visiting their direct competition on the previous day. Was prepared to be disappointed, but was surprised at the breadth of options. 10 6-ounce ciders in a flight, so be prepared to split the flight with at...More

Thank xylograph
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Delightful change from a winery! Delicious ciders to drink in a lovely setting! Had the good fortune of meeting the owner while we were there as well! Took cider home to enjoy later and will be looking for Blue Toad Hard Cider back home in...More

Thank Lori P
Reviewed 3 April 2017

I was really excited to visit Blue Toad because I love hard cider, but I was super disappointed. There was a decent variety, but I really didn't enjoy them.

Thank nataliemey1988
Reviewed 15 February 2017

A great combination. Very nice casual atmosphere. Service was pretty slow on a Saturday afternoon. But the monster stuffed Chicken Quesadilla was well prepared and very flavorful.

Thank passingthrough961
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Blue toad has a lot of cider choices. The service is rather slow, and the food is okay. This is not the place to plan to eat a meal on the 151 trail, but a good place to grab a cherry or harvest cider. Both...More

Thank Lori1694
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

We visited their location near Devils Backbone. I do apologize for the review I wrote a few months ago. I hit the wrong rating number which was low vs excellent which they are. Their prices are very reasonable and they have creative names for each...More

Thank Marci B
BeerLover76, Owner at Blue Toad Hard Cider, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2017

Thanks for the fix and your patronage! Hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

We visited on a rainy Sunday afternoon when it wasn't packed. Service was great, had a great convo. 10 ciders on tap so we did the flight. Meh. I prefer the carbonation at Bold Rock to the comparatively flat cider at Blue Toad. Blue Toad...More

Thank Dana S
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Did a tasting of various ciders. But loved their seasonal special aged in bourbon barrels. Pineapple cider was also really good. All local grown apples!

Thank Michelle J
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9278 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Afton, VA 22920-3183 (Formerly D'Ambola)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Afton
  • Phone Number: +1 434-996-6992
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Old-school values, new-world sensibilities.
Born in a barn, Blue Toad Cider honors the tradition and legacy of America’s first preferred beverage by brewing an all-natural and eminently drinkable hard cider using locally grown apples in Western New York and apples grown in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Rather than solely using European-style tart and bitter apples, Blue Toad Hard Cider uses a cider blend of three to four different apple varieties (replete with natural seasonal variation) grown in areas near Rochester, New York and Tyro, Virginia. Our production takes place at our cideries located in the Genesee Regional Market in Rochester, New York and at the base of Wintergreen Resort in Roseland, Virginia. We believe our cider is different – more authentic, more drinkable, more responsibly produced, more of an experience – than the more mass-produced ciders that may use imported concentrates. We hope you’ll treat yourself to a bottle, can or glass of our hard cider soon to savor that difference. We think you’ll be back for another.
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