BevNet Features Black Button Distilling, Recap of 2015

Jan 18, 2016

BevNet, a national publication that covers the beverage industry, recently featured Black Button Distilling in a recap of 2015 for the homegrown, New York State craft distillery.

The article highlights the growth in employees, hiring two additional production staff and doubling the original size of the distillery to accommodate the demand for their craft spirits lineup including the award winning Bourbon Cream and Citrus Forward Gin.

In addition to growing in staff and production, Black Button Distilling made the switch to self distribution starting January 1st, 2016. This will allow for Black Button Distilling;s reps to form a closer relationship with bars, restaurants, and wholesale accounts.

To read the article in its entirety click on the link here!

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Black Button Distilling Featured in American Distilling Institute for Bespoke Bourbon Cream

Jan 07, 2016

Black Button Distilling was featured in the American Distilling Institute for coming in first in the cream liqueur with their Bespoke Bourbon Cream at the Spirit of the Americas. Our Bespoke Bourbon Cream beat out national contender Buffalo Trace to take the top spot at the spirits competition. Bourbon Cream is a delicate blend of bourbon and locally sourced cream to give a new twist on cream liqueurs. For our Chocolate Bourbon Cream Cupcake recipe click on the link here!

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Bourbon Cream “Memorable Meals of 2015” Cupcake Recipe

Jan 01, 2016

What is a memorable meal without a cocktail and some sweets, right?! Black Button Distilling’s Bourbon Cream was apart of the Democrat and Chronicle’s “Memorable Meals of 2015”.  We wanted to pass along to you the recipe that was so well received! The Chocolate Bourbon Cream Cupcake, a blend of bourbon and a touch of sweetness!

Credit goes to Corrine Goeke for this delicious treat!


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Chocolate Bourbon Cream Cupcakes

Makes about 24

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Bourbon Cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tbs. unsalted butter, at room-temperature
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Bourbon Buttercream Icing Ingredients

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room-temperature
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • small pinch cinnamon
  • 4-5 tbs. Bourbon Cream

Cupcake Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two muffin tins with baking papers.
  2. Whisk together boiling water and cocoa powder, cool completely. Whisk Bourbon Cream into the cooled cocoa mixture.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat sugar, butter, and vanilla extract until pale in color and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add half the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and beat until just combined. Add cocoa mixture, then finish with remaining flour mixture.
  5. Fill each baking cup 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes in the pans for 2 minutes on a wire rack. Carefully remove the cupcakes from the pans and cool completely.
  6. After cupcakes have cooled, but before frosting, brush or drizzle some additional Bourbon Cream over the cupcakes and let it soak in.

Bourbon Buttercream Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until smooth, up to 3 cups. Add some Bourbon Cream and cinnamon; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add additional Bourbon Cream and powdered sugar depending on your personal tastes.
  2. Pipe or spread frosting on to cupcakes. Store in refrigerator.

Black Button Distilling is Hiring!

Dec 28, 2015

Black Button Distilling is expanding once again! We are currently hiring a Key Account Manager, Distributor Sales.

You must have the following credentials for consideration. Candidates not meeting credentials will not be considered:

  1. Skills- (Prospecting, Diagnostics, Presentations/Closing):
    1. Prospecting: Consistently find new opportunities and new customers. Call on accounts with distributors and on targeted accounts directly.
    2. Distributor Management: Develop and implement Sales Rep Incentives to motivate distributor’s sales forces.
    3. Qualification: Ensure all pipeline opportunities meet minimal qualifications.
    4. Presenting: Effectively present your product as required to win the sale with a focus on selling value.
    5. Close sales timely in enough volume to meet annual business objectives.
  2. Experience:
    1. Track record of meeting and exceed sales goals.
    2. 3-5 years of sales experience in the beverage space or similar B2B sales where working with a distributor was involved.
    3. Bartending experience a big plus.
    4. Experience in beverage distribution is a plus.
  3. Requirements:
    1. Travel minimum 3 weeks per month for 3 – 4 days at a time.
    2. Can carry 50-75 pounds in a bag for most of the day and be on their feet for most of the day.


In return you will be working for an up and coming company in an exciting industry! To apply send resumes and cover letters to



Black Button Distilling Bests Buffalo Trace at Spirits of Americas

Nov 18, 2015




ROCHESTER, NY (NOVEMBER 18, 2015) Black Button Distilling, Rochester NY’s first and finest grain to glass craft distillery, has won a silver medal for Bespoke Bourbon Cream by Black Button Distilling at the Spirits of the Americas Competition, beating national brand Buffalo Trace in the cream liqueur category, marking a huge win for a Rochester brand.

Besting Buffalo Trace, one of the largest bourbon makers in the country, Black Button Distilling is poised to upset the bourbon cream market in 2016. Having only launched the Bespoke Bourbon Cream in July, Black Button has struggled to keep up with demand and has produced over 10,000 bottles in the last four months alone.

“It’s quite a feat for a startup operation like ours to take on the largest distilling company in the United States,” said Black Button Distilling Head Distiller and President Jason Barrett. “But we have always believed that the agricultural community here in western New York has some of the best resources to offer and every one of our products works to highlight that fact.”

“Our bourbon cream is a mixture of fresh local cream from right here in Western New York, select batches of our hand-finished bourbon, and just a hint of caramel,” said Barrett. “Once we had the recipe together we knew it was going to be a hit — but selling out of the first batch in mere weeks and having to ramp up to meet this demand has been quite an adventure.”

Black Button Distilling typically makes only 1,400 bottles a week of their Citrus Forward Gin, Apple Pie Moonshine, and Four Grain Bourbon, but the team on Railroad Street has been working overtime to keep up with demand this fall.

“It’s been a seven day a week operation since August,” said Barrett. “And I’m so lucky to have the great team of people we have here. Without them I don’t know where we would be,” he said, noting that things should calm down after the first of the year, at which point Black Button Distilling will regroup and build out the facility and prepare for the next selling season.

The only farm fresh, New York State bourbon cream around, Bespoke Bourbon Cream by Black Button Distilling is similar in concept to an Irish Cream, but features a richer feel and bolder vanillin and caramel flavors, making it an invigorating spirit that can stand alone, be added to your favorite coffee or used in a cocktail.

Black Button Bourbon Cream is available at the tasting room in Rochester, NY and the finest liquor stores, restaurants and distributors throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan.

Black Button Distilling: “From Suits to Spirits”

Black Button Distilling was recently featured as a special guest in Drink Me Mag, a libations magazine based out of the United Kingdom. The article covers the timeline of Black Button Distilling, how it all started and what is going on now, and how Black Button Distilling plans on continuing to provide craft spirits enthusiasts with farm to table spirits. Read the article in its entirety here.


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Black Button Distilling Celebrates Button Day with: The Button Hunt

Nov 12, 2015




ROCHESTER, NY (NOVEMBER 10, 2015) – In honor of National Button Day, Black Button Distilling will host its first ever Button Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, November 14th, from noon-4 p.m.


Beginning at noon at Black Button Distilling, Button Scavenger Hunt participants will explore Rochester in search of Black Buttons, and win a shot at prizes from Rochester businesses.


TICKETS: $10 per person, and includes:

• Black Button Bloody Mary sample upon arrival

• An afternoon of wit and adventure

• A Black Button cocktail at the end of the scavenger hunt.

Teams are maxed out at four people per team, and a maximum of ten teams — so register fast!



• Fastest Team

• Slowest Team

• Best Team Name

• Best Lunch Break Photo

• Best Social Media Picture

• Best Team Outfit/Uniform





Established by The National Button Society, National Button Day was founded in 1938 and is a day to celebrate all who enjoy buttons.

Black Button Distilling will be open from noon-5 p.m., offering 10% off any item with a button logo, (this does include tastings) and a commemorative Button Day social media snapshot in the tasting room.

Reforms Implemented following 2015 Wine, Beer, Spirits, and Cider Summit

Oct 16, 2015

Governor Cuomo met with industry leaders at the 2015 Wine, beer, Spirits, and Cider Summit on October 7th to discuss reforms in the craft beverage industry. Following the summit twelve reforms were made effective by the New York State Liquor Authority on October 15th, 2015. Jason Barrett, Head Distiller and President of Black Button Distilling was quoted on the reforms enabled by the SLA.

Wine Beer and Spirits Summit“It’s really very impressive that a concern voiced by a small business owner can turn into actionable advisories from the State Liquor Authority to help small craft beverage producers in New York work together to expand jobs and bring our New York State grown products to more and more people. I’d like to thank the Governor Cuomo and the SLA for working together to make it so that we as small beverage producers can better compete and bring our local products to market.” 

Governor Cuomo called for the first Wine, Beer, Spirits, and Cider Summit back in 2012. The summit is designed to remove restrictions and make reforms to support the growing New York state craft beverage industry. For a complete list of the reforms click here.



Black Button Distilling’s Apple Pie Rated Highest Moonshine in Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Oct 14, 2015


It’s addictive, and would be great in fall drinks or warmed up for a mulled cider-style drink.”– Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast Magazine – 92 POINTS

ROCHESTER, NY –Black Button Distilling, Rochester NY’s first and finest grain to glass craft distillery, is proud to announce that Wine Enthusiast Magazine has given the Apple Pie Moonshine 92 points, making it the magazine’s highest rated moonshine ever.

Made with real Western New York fresh pressed cider sourced from Leonard Oakes Winery from Medina, NY, unaged corn whiskey and cinnamon, Black Button Distilling’s Apple Pie Moonshine is sweet and smooth like a glass of mulled cider, but at 40 proof it packs a punch.

Apple Pie Moonshine FB Profile PictureAfter perfecting the recipe for almost a year and trying many blends of cider, we’ve found the perfect combination of Cortland, Gala, and McIntosh apples for our Apple Pie Moonshine and we’re so proud of the score we’ve been given by Wine Enthusiast Magazine,dz said Black Button Distilling owner/head distiller Jason Barrett.

As a New York state farm distillery, Barrett says he looks for ways to showcase the unique agricultural heritage in Western New York and works to incorporate New York state grown products into his product line.

The Apple Pie Moonshine retails for $23 per bottle (750 ml) in the Black Button Distilling Rochester, NY tasting room and is available at the finest liquor stores and bars in the Western, New York region.

“This gentle bottling mixes Black Button’s unaged whiskey with New York state apple cider, cinnamon and local spices. Amber and slightly cloudy, like unfiltered apple juice, it has a cider-like sweet-tart quality, with a touch of warming vanilla on the finish. It’s addictive, and would be great in fall drinks or warmed up for a mulled cider-style drink.” – Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast Magazine -92 POINTS


Oct 09, 2015

It’s that time of the year! Black Button Distilling has once again been nominated for Best Regional Distillery in City Newspaper’s Best of Rochester! Circle the wagons Buttoneers and vote Black Button Distilling for #61, Best Regional Distillery! 




Sep 01, 2015



ROCHESTER, NY (SEPTEMBER 1, 2015) – Black Button Distilling, Rochester NY’s first and finest grain to glass craft distillery, will celebrate the launch of its highly anticipated signature product, Four Grain Bourbon, with a tasting event on Friday, September 25th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Black Button Distilling.

A true “grain to glass” product, Black Button Distilling is involved in the production from the field all the way to the bottling of the product. One farm in Groveland, NY grows all Black Button’s grains, and varieties are picked out to ensure maximum flavor — which is sometimes much more expensive. “But good whiskey is grown and great grains is the place to start,” said Jason Barrett, Owner/Head Distiller.

Aged in American White Oak, Four Grain Bourbon is 60% corn, 20% wheat, 9% rye, 11% barley and is 100% New York State grown grain.

BourbonOnce the grains are ground they are brought to Black Button’s silos in the heart of Rochester, where they are mashed, fermented, distilled and aged in barrels “for as long as necessary to make great tasting bourbon,” said Barrett.

Smaller barrels are ready in a year, some of the largest not for four or five years. “So we are constantly tasting and working the barrels to develop optimal flavor. And when that flavor is just right, when each barrel is ready, we find the right blend to call our own. And that’s how we get Black Button Four Grain Bourbon,” said Barrett.

Bourbon is what led Barrett to open Black Button Distilling in the first place.

From Jason Barrett, Owner/Head Distiller:

“Bourbon Manhattans were my grandfather’s drink. Every family dinner I would watch him pop the ice in the glass, measure two pours of bourbon and a portion of sweet vermouth into the glass. A quick stir, the color would change and it was back to the table to sit and sip, to relax and enjoy the company of our family. His glass was at hand for toasts at birthdays, Christmas and the Fourth of July.

I’ve taken up my grandfather’s ritual and it’s evolved as I’ve aged. My interest in distilled spirits grew over the years and when the chance to learn to distill came along, I jumped at it. When it came time to sell my house, leave my job and move back to my hometown to start Rochester’s first grain to glass distillery since prohibition, it seemed like destiny. How could I not take this chance, start this journey, follow this path that I had spent years crafting?

 People always ask me if it was a hard decision to start my own company. And for me it wasn’t one decision, it was a series of them. It was a driving desire to strike out on my own. To make my mark on the world.”

Black Button Distilling Four Grain Bourbon is a complex bourbon with a hint of spice. Aged between 14-26 months, a 750 ml bottle goes for an MSRP of $49.99 and will be available in the Black Button Distilling tasting room following the September 25th launch and is available at the finest liquor stores, restaurants and distributors throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan.

Black Button Distilling Wins at The New York State Fair

Aug 31, 2015



SYRACUSE, NY (AUGUST 27, 2015) – Black Button Distilling, Rochester NY’s first and finest grain to glass craft distillery, has won a silver medal at the 169th Annual New York State Fair, for their Little Barrel Bourbon.

Little Barrel Bourbon debuted on Black Friday, November 28th, 2014, as a limited release and marked the first time bourbon has been made and sold in Monroe County since Prohibition. Little Barrel Bourbon was aged for four months in five gallon barrels and is the same recipe going into the barrel as the highly anticipated release of Black Button’s Four LBBGrain Bourbon, their signature spirit that will be released later this fall.

The one-time limited release of 1,400 375 ml bottles of Little Barrel Bourbon gave craft bourbon fans an opportunity to taste what’s coming at Black Button Distilling – and they quickly sold out.

It is a huge honor to be awarded the silver medal for our Little Barrel Bourbon here at the New York State Fair. The Fair has its roots in New York State agriculture — and so do we,” said Jason Barrett Owner/Head Distiller. “Our New York State grain to glass distillery is proud of the Little Barrel Bourbon we have put out and are excited to see the hard work of our distillers recognized by the State Fair Commission.”

“We are also excited that in just a few short weeks our older Four Grain Bourbon from larger barrels will finally be ready for blending. This is the first of what I am sure will be many great things to come from the talented team we have here at Black Button Distilling,” said Barrett.

The Great New York State Fair is one of the oldest and one of the largest state fairs in America, and features a diverse array of food and merchandise vendors, and exhibits highlighting the strength of New York agriculture. Operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the New York State Fair runs from August 27 to September 7, 2015.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its 2015 theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture.

Black Button Distilling Citrus Forward Gin Wins at New York Food & Wine Classic

Aug 13, 2015



WATKINS GLEN, NY (AUGUST 12, 2015) – Black Button Distilling, Rochester NY’s first and finest grain to glass craft distillery, has won Best Spirit for its Citrus Forward Gin at the 2015 New York Wine & Food Classic competition, held on August 11 & 12 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, NY.

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The Classic, known as “The Oscars” of New York wine, included 858 New York wines, 20 Hard Ciders and 32 Craft Spirits from several regions across New York State including Long Island, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, Niagara Escarpment and Lake Erie.

The awards were based on blind tastings by 21 expert judges -four from California, nine from New York, six from other states, and one each from Paris and London. Judges included prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers, and wine educators.

“Our Citrus Forward Gin took almost a year to perfect, using only locally sourced grain, barley, coriander, and Cascade hops,” said Jason Barrett Owner/Head Distiller at Black Button Distilling. “It’s been called The Gin of The Summer, and with this award, it’s living up to that title. We are thankful to the New York Wine & Grape Foundation for recognizing the hard work and high quality of our Citrus Forward Gin.”

Celebrating its 30th year, the Classic is organized by Teresa Knapp of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. Complete results of the 2015 Classic are posted under “Awards and Accolades” at


Aug 04, 2015


ROCHESTER, NY (AUGUST 4, 2015) –Black Button Distilling, Rochester NY’s first and finest grain to glass craft distillery, announces the release of our latest product, Bespoke Bourbon Cream by Black Button Distilling. The newest addition to the Black Button line, Bespoke Bourbon Cream will officially launch to the public on August 28th from 6- 9 p.m. at Black Button Distilling.

The only farm fresh, New York State bourbon cream around, Bespoke Bourbon Cream is similar in concept to an Irish Cream, but features a richer feel and bolder vanillin and caramel flavors, making it an invigorating spirit that can stand alone, be added to your favorite coffee or used in a cocktail.

“We can’t wait for our friends and fans to taste the newest edition to the Black Button line of spirits. It’s a fantastic spirit for the fall, for the holiday season – and for all year round,” said Jason Barrett, owner and head distiller of Black Button Distilling.

Already an award-winner, Black Button Bourbon Cream was awarded the Silver Medal at the North American Bourbon and Whiskey Competition in the cream whiskey category. The double blind competition is based on a 100-point scale, judged by styles and price categories.

“This silver medal means a lot to us because it’s been awarded to the only farm fresh, New York state bourbon cream out there. We’re proud to win this award and to highlight another locally made product from locally sourced, farm to table ingredients,” said Barrett.

Following the August 28th launch, Bespoke Bourbon Cream will be available at the finest liquor stores, restaurants and distributors throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan.

Food and Beverage Names Citrus Forward Gin “The Official Gin of Summer”

Jul 06, 2015


Black Button Distilling, Rochester NY’s first and finest grain to glass craft distillery, is proud to announce that their award-winning Citrus Forward Gin has been hailed as “the gin of the summer” by Food & Beverage Magazine.

“Whether it’s in a gimlet, Negroni, or gin and tonic, Black Button Distilling’s Citrus Forward Gin is the gin of the summer—and really, all year round,” said the article.

Black Button’s Citrus Forward Gin, which recently won a Bronze Medal at the American Craft Spirits Association 2015 Awards in the contemporary gin category, has subtle hints of juniper with an orange zest overtone that brings a fresh new twist to this old classic – and is a refreshing gin for summertime cocktails.

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The Black Button Distilling Tasting Room will serve a specialty “Gin of the Summer” cocktail menu, including: Gimlet, Sunny & 85, Ice Water, Gin Mojito and more ($7 each) Friday, July 10 from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, July 11 from 9-5 p.m.

Black Button Distilling opened its doors in Rochester, N.Y. in January, 2014, and with the release of its Citrus Forward Gin has been making a name for itself as the première grain to glass craft distillery in Western New York. In less that one year, Black Button Distilling has hired additional production staff and doubled the original size of the distillery to accommodate the demand for their product. In their first nine months in business, their distribution partners in upstate New York have helped them reach over 200 accounts, with products now available in most of the Northeast.

Other Black Button Distilling spirits include Apple Pie Moonshine, Wheat Vodka, and the soon to be released Black Button Bourbon.

DUMB Bartender: Citrus Ruby

Jun 25, 2015

Dave from DUMB Bartender came into Black Button a few months back, immediately his passion for cocktails and spirits stood out to us and we saw the potential for something great. It’s no doubt we hit that mark with these cocktails. Thank you Dave, Vanessa, Michael, and Blaine for creating such for crafting these Citrus Forward Gin cocktails! They are sure to be enjoyed by all gin enthusiasts. We look forward to having you be apart of our guest bartender series! Here is their last cocktail handcrafted by Michael: a Citrus Ruby Cocktail! Cheers!

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DUMB Bartender’s Citrus Gin & Tonic

Jun 18, 2015

Michael from DUMB Bartender takes us back to our roots with a classic gin and tonic! Citrus Forward Gin is a refreshing spirit ideal for hot days in the summertime. The bitter orange peel, sweet orange peel, and Cascade hops provide for a unique taste all gin drinkers can enjoy. Michael amps the citrus flavor with his own twist of a gin and tonic, enjoy!

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DUMB Bartender: The Summer Sipper with Citrus Forward Gin

Jun 11, 2015

DUMB Bartender is back with their second cocktail featuring Citrus Forward Gin. The Summer Sipper is a refreshing blend of citrus and floral notes ideal after a long day of work or a warmer evening. Handcrafted by Blaine, the Summer Sipper is a cocktail that warrants living large in small batches. Enjoy!

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DUMB Bartender features Black Button’s Citrus Forward Gin

Jun 04, 2015

Finally! We have made it to June and that long dreadful winter is totally behind us. Now is the time to break out the lawn chairs, fire up the grill, and enjoy a refreshing cocktail as we approach the first day of summer, June 21st. To ensure you are living large in small batches this summer Black Button Distilling is teaming up with DUMB Bartender, to showcase cocktails featuring our Citrus Forward Gin, an exceptionally refreshing spirit for the warm summer months. The first cocktail is a Citrus Fitzgerald handcrafted by Vanessa, enjoy!

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May 18, 2015





ROCHESTER, NY (MAY 18, 2015) – Today, New York State Senator Charles E. Schumer visited Black Button Distilling, Rochester NY’s first and finest grain to glass craft distillery, to announce his push for funding needed by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to hire additional federal inspectors to review and approve now-delayed permit applications needed by distilleries, breweries, and wineries to open, expand and sell their products.

 Holding Bottles Schumer spoke for ten minutes about his push to back the industry’s request to fully fund TTB this fiscal year with an additional $10M budget increase and highlight examples of how delays have cost industry and are hindering growth of craft distilling/brewing/wine. He noted that businesses like Black Button Distilling are a “source of local jobs and urban revitalization efforts,” and that the craft beverage industry “pours local jobs into the economy.”

Schumer says cuts in federal alcohol inspectors put Rochester and other NY distilleries directly at risk; delays cause losses to producers trying to get off the ground or expand. Inspectors are responsible for auditing and reviewing all requests like bond approvals, new product labels, recipes and operating licenses; it is very common for some approvals to be delayed up to hundreds of days.


Schumer and LilacSchumer: distilleries like Black Button Distilling are prevented from expanding because feds can’t keep up with the growing industry. 

Jason Barrett, Owner and Head Distiller of Black Button Distilling said, “TTB delays are significantly inhibiting our ability to grow the overall craft distilling, beer, and wine industry as well as our specific business.  We are at a critical point in our company life cycle and currently do not have the space to grow. For months we have been awaiting TTB approval to expand with an additional warehouse to age our bourbon and make room to install new production equipment that has already been bought but cannot be shipped until we have space to put it.  This is a top priority for us and while we operate in full compliance with TTB regulations it is frustrating when nine months can pass between when you start seeking new approvals and when you hear back because TTB is stretched too thin. I appreciate Senator Schumer’s support of the wine and craft alcohol’s industry’s call to fully fund the TTB to reduce lengthy approval delays, bring in more tax revenue for the treasury, and better safeguard consumers from fraudulent or damaging alcohol claims.”


Here is the request made by the 12 industry associations that Senator Schumer is pushing for:

Alcohol Industry Coalition Letter


On March 23rd, the beverage alcohol industry sent a joint industry letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees requesting a funding increase for the TTB for FY2016. The letter was signed by twelve leading associations representing wine, beer, and spirits producers and wholesalers.  The letter asks that the Administration’s request in last month’s budget be viewed as a minimum starting point for TTB funding and that TTB’s direct appropriation be increased above the Administration’s request by $5 million in a direct appropriation line item for enforcement of the Federal Alcohol Administration (FAA) Act.  The letters were signed by:  WineAmerica, American Beverage Licensees, American Distilling Institute, Brewers Association, Beer Institute, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, National Association of Beverage Importers, National Beer Wholesalers Association, The Presidents’ Forum of the Distilled Spirits Industry, Wine Institute, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Washington Wine Institute


March 23, 2015

United States Senate Committee on Appropriations Room S‐128,

The Capitol Washington, DC 20510

RE: The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Dear Chairman Cochran and Ranking Member Mikulski:


On behalf of the trade associations representing distilled spirits, beer and wine, we are writing to request Congress to fully fund the Administration’s budget request for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for FY2016. The Administration has requested $101 million for all TTB operations. Full funding is vital to the TTB and the industries the agency regulates. The Administration’s request should be viewed as a minimum starting point for TTB funding. We respectfully request that TTB’s direct appropriation be increased above the Administration’s request by $5 million in a direct appropriation line item for enforcement of the Federal Alcohol Administration (FAA) Act. Appropriate funding will ensure that TTB can maintain the personnel necessary to conduct its responsibilities as the nation’s primary federal alcohol regulator. TTB has long endured a shrinking full‐time equivalent (FTE) workforce despite a marked increase in the number of licensed manufacturers and wholesalers. Since 2007, TTB’s workforce has shrunk by 10% ‐ losing more than 50 full‐time positions – resulting in a direct, negative impact on the businesses that depend on it to operate and grow. We further request that Congress appropriate all funds as direct funds to the TTB, rather than any portion in “program integrity funds,” which we fear will not be available to TTB. TTB is best suited to allocate all of its funds in the most effective and efficient manner. The agency’s ability to respond swiftly and properly to changes in the alcohol industry has a direct impact on jobs, consumer protection, the innovation of new products and the collection of federal excise taxes. The Business Insider claimed in 2012, that “the TTB is the government’s third‐biggest revenue collector, after the IRS and Customs and Border Protection.” The TTB is also the government’s most efficient tax collection agency. In FY2013, the TTB took in $23 billion. That amounts to $457 for every dollar the agency spent collecting taxes, more than twice the Internal Revenue Service’s ratio. No other federal agency does so much for so little, while also having a huge impact on the industry it regulates. In addition to its tax collection role, TTB is responsible for enforcing the FAA Act, including its provisions to preclude unfair trade practices. TTB ensures industry integrity through a comprehensive system of licensing and background checks. Agency officials review well over 100,000 labels and thousands of formulas each year to protect U.S. consumers from counterfeits and unsafe products. Adequate TTB funding will ensure a timely process for the review of label requests, helping expedite new products to market in today’s highly competitive, global marketplace. We also need a well-funded TTB to prevent and guard against unscrupulous actors from entering the marketplace and putting American consumers at risk of consuming dangerous counterfeit products, a scenario all too familiar in nearly every country outside of the United States. TTB also advises other agencies on a range of trade issues as a significant volume of U.S. alcohol beverages are exported annually and hundreds of brands enter the U.S. annually. The U.S. government has a clear economic interest in a well-funded and well-run TTB. According to industry data, beverage alcohol suppliers, importers, wholesalers and retailers contributed over $416 billion in total U.S. economic activity in 2011. In the same time period, the industry generated over $92.9 billion in wages and over 4 million jobs for U.S. workers. In recent years, the alcohol beverage industry has seen explosive growth across the United States, and the number of businesses that the TTB regulates has skyrocketed. These businesses, many of which are small, family‐owned operations, have been forced to deal with longer and longer wait times for critical label, formula and permit approvals. Since 2007, the number of wineries, breweries and distilleries in the country has grown by an astounding 53.1%. Rising costs in areas such as payroll, office infrastructure, information technology and travel have left TTB with no other alternative than to reduce its staffing numbers to cope with its shrinking budget in real dollar terms. In short, now is not the time to cut funding to one of the few federal agencies that is performing well and actually helping a significant U.S. industry grow. The licensed beverage industry absolutely needs a well-funded TTB, and we urge you to fully fund $101 million in direct, no strings attached, funding and include an additional $5 million line item for FAA enforcement activities in FY2016. Thank you for your consideration of this important matter and please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions regarding our request.


Guest Blog Post: The Sounds of Spring at Ingle Vineyard

May 08, 2015

by Erin Rafalowski, Marketing & PR Manager
Heron Hill Winery

IMG_0305_2Something about Spring in upstate New York feels particularly sweet! The landscape transitions from shades of grey and white, to awakening with golden and green colors. In the vineyards, we have a crew of people gently tying canes to trellises in hopes of completing all the rows before the first delicate buds fully emerge. You can’t immerse yourself in the wine business without developing a great respect for Mother Nature. There’s a beautiful, resilient rhythm to the growing cycle, while at the same time a few hot and sunny, or cold and rainy days in the fall can greatly affect the product you’re selling in two years. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know our vineyard manger at Heron Hill’s Keuka Lake Estate vineyards – where we grow Riesling, some young along with well-established vines, and Vidal Blanc. It has helped me to appreciate how many decisions need to be made starting from the ground up.

IMG_8858Ingle Vineyard, located on the west side of Canandaigua Lake, is truly a special place for Heron Hill Winery. You can say that these vineyards and our Ingle Vineyard series of wines epitomize “Live Large in Small Batches.” It is on this site that John & Josephine Ingle first planted vinifera vines in 1972. Today the vineyards are meticulously managed with nature-friendly viticulture practices. The Ingle Family and a dedicated crew whom they’ve know for decades care for small lots of Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon – totaling just 21 acres. This is a small, but mighty sample from the 9,393 acres of grapes grown across the Finger Lakes. This rolling landscape of vines just above Canandaigua Lake is not just aesthetically pleasing, but hums in harmony with nature. IMG_0317

Take for example, the role of Blue Birds. With so many vines to tie, posts to check and tools to maintain, you wouldn’t guess that cleaning 75 blue birds houses is on the priority list of Spring projects at Ingle Vineyard. However, as John Ingle recently explained to me, in return for providing the Blue Birds with sanctuaries to nest throughout the vineyards, the Blue Birds eat the insects that we prefer to keep away from the vines and grapes. In my opinion, these small birds have chosen their living arrangements well.

We’re pleased to offer Heron Hill wines at Black Button Distilling to taste and purchase. Black Button spirits are available at all three Heron Hill locations – Heron Hill Winery in Hammondsport, our intimate Heron Hill Tasting Room at Bristol in Canandaigua, and the conveniently located Heron Hill Tasting Room on Seneca Lake.

For more information:

Black Button Distilling to Co-Sponsor Lecture by Amy Stewart, Author of The Drunken Botanist – May 16th

Apr 28, 2015

Black Button Distilling is proud to co-sponsor an exclusive lecture and book signing by Amy Stewart, award-winning author of The Drunken Botanist The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks from noon to 2 p.m. on May 16th at the Broccolo Garden Center.

In The Drunken Botanist, Stewart examines an array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have used throughout history to create Drunken Botanist Amyalcohol. Winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals 2014 Judges Choice Award, and the 2014 Northern California Book Award The Drunken Botanist covers topics ranging from biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology.

Prior to Stewart’s lecture, Black Button Distilling will hold a tasting at Broccolo Garden Center from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m., featuring their award winning Citrus Forward Gin, a unique spirit that Food and Beverage Magazine recently named “the gin of the summer,” for it’s distinctly refreshing flavor and versatility.

“Botany is deeply rooted into the distillation of the spirits we create, whether it plays a role as an ingredient in the spirit or in a cocktail,” said Jason Barrett, Black Button Distilling owner/head distiller. “And it doesn’t end with the distilling process. We incorporate the freshest plants and fruits into cocktails to present the most unique and refreshing cocktail,” he said.

The tasting, lecture and book signing will take place at Broccolo Garden Center, 2755 Penfield Road, Fairport, NY 14450. For tickets ($20) click here or call (585) 424-4476.

Live large in small batches.


Apr 23, 2015

Hand Crafted, Locally Sourced Gin Commemorates Rochester’s Rich History as “The Flower City”

Black Button Distilling, Rochester NY’s first and finest grain to glass craft distillery, is proud to announce the launch of their hand crafted, limited edition Lilac Gin on May 1st, 2015.

Lilac GinA tribute to the rich botanical heritage of “The Flower City” and home of the annual Rochester Lilac Festival, Black Button’s Lilac Gin is made with hand picked fresh lilac petals and complimentary botanicals.

“As a local company, we are always looking for ways to celebrate Rochester’s unique heritage,” said Jason Barrett, Rochester native and Black Button Distilling owner/head distiller. “The flowers of the Lilac Festival are a major part of our city’s identity. The ability to use local ingredients and showcase them in our own way is exactly what Black Button is all about,” he said.

Lilac Gin, made in limited quantities from locally sourced ingredients, commemorates Rochester’s rich festival and floral history. It’s also a nod to the flour mills of old, which gave rise to the local distilling industry.

Beginning on May 1st at 6 p.m., there will be 600 bottles available for purchase in the Black Button Tasting Room. Lilac Gin will be available in select liquor stores around the county beginning on May 2nd.

About Black Button Lilac Gin: Subtle juniper notes mix with fresh floral overtones to create a clean crisp gin with a fruity essence on the finish. It’s a delicate gin meant for light refreshing cocktails in the spring, or any time of year.

Spring Fever

Local Focus Feature: Whiskey Makes a Comeback

Local Focus recently covered Black Button Distilling in a gorgeous full-length magazine style piece. Click here to read the full story, learn more about Black Button and view the amazing photo series.

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Click here to read the full story on Local Focus.

Increased Demand Drives Growth at Black Button Distilling – Two Grain Silos Added & New Staff Hired

Apr 13, 2015

New SilosAs a result of increased demand, Black Button Distilling has installed two 15-ton grain silos outside the distillery at 85 Railroad Street.

The silos, a capacity improvement made to handle the bulk corn and wheat grown in Livingston County for the production of Black Button Distilling spirits, allows for the additional expansion of the facility that has been planned for several months.

“I never imagined that we would install silos and a second still only 14 months into this journey,” said owner/head distiller Jason Barrett. “The Rochester community has been tremendously supportive. And now, to see our products spreading across the country, shaping cocktails and family gatherings all over the United States is exciting and incredibly humbling.”

Black Button Distilling makes approximately 1,800 bottles of Corn Whiskey, Citrus Forward Gin, Vodka and Four Grain Bourbon each week, with plans to double production by the end of the year. In preparation for that, two new fermenters have also recently been added, bringing the total onsite to six.

As one of the fastest growing craft distilleries in New York, Black Button has also hired a second key account manager to handle accounts in the Syracuse, Adirondack and Binghamton markets.

For further information, call 585-730-4512 or email us at

Black Button Distilling Makes Major Discovery

Apr 01, 2015

Black Button Distilling is pleased to announce the discovery of a new scientific principle in the world of distilling.

We’ve found that the azeotropic building blocks of vodka can be split molecularly through a disassociation of ethanol molecules with water molecules as they are driven by super heated gases through a metal column. The reverse logarithmic effects of cold water passing through the dephlegmator modulates the output and clarity of dissociation.

This ultimately produces a higher grade of vodka with less energy consumption due to redistillation.



Here at Black Button Distilling, we call this new distilling principle: The April Fools Distilling Effect.

To celebrate the day, make yourself the April Fools Cocktail: Black Button Dirty Martini

1.5 oz Black Button Citrus Forward Gin

1.5 oz White grape juice

.25 oz White balsamic vinegar

.25 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)

Garnish: Olive​

Enjoy! (And happy April Fool’s Day!)

Guest Blog Post: Violet Mary Shares “A Tale of Two Whiskey Drinking Women”

Mar 03, 2015

This is a guest post written by Violet Mary, a Rochester-based original rock band that has collaborated with Black Button Distilling on a number of events.

press kit photoWhiskey has always been a favorite pastime of Violet Mary, dating all the way back to our formation in 2007. Bourbon, scotch, or rye—we like it all. It only seemed natural that we’d write a song about it, then. For our second album, 2010’s After the Plunge, our then-bassist, Tyler Gagnon, wrote the lyrics to the song “Whiskey-Drinking Woman”, based loosely upon the life of vocalist/keyboardist Melanie Muscarella’s grandmother, Harriet Kenyon Call.

Mel’s granny was a member of the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) stationed in North Carolina during World War II, and (legend has it) she was a big fan of whiskey. When she was in her early 60s, she was going out to dinner with a girlfriend. They drove around the lake in the Adirondacks that they lived on to this nice restaurant. There they got so drunk that they couldn’t drive home, so they swam back across the lake! That story was the direct inspiration for the second verse of our song.

We were introduced to Black Button Distilling through a friend who had backed Black Button on Kickstarter replied and suggested that we talk. We began chatting and have been privileged to work with them on several events recently. We’ve had a blast so far, and we’re looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership.

Here’s a recipe for our favorite whiskey cocktail. It’s simple, but sturdy — just like Mel’s grandmother would have wanted it.

Whiskey-Drinking Woman

  1. Put one large or a couple medium-sized ice cubes in a rocks glass.
  2. Add 1 ½ oz. of Black Button’s Little Barrel Bourbon
  3. Add ½ oz. Campari
  4. Stir and enjoy before the ice melts too much!
Listen to Whiskey Drinking Woman


Guest Post: Adam Filippetti of Pioneer Malting on “Living Large in Small Batches”

Feb 27, 2015

This post is part of an ongoing series of guest blog posts on the Black Button Distilling blog.

by Adam Filippetti, Pioneer Malting Founder/Maltster

Pioneer MaltOur primary reason for opening Pioneer Malting, Inc, was to offer “malt to order” batches for all of our now unique customers looking for something special. The ability to work with a smaller artisanal batch size allows us to customize our floor malting process in a manner which cannot be duplicated by large scale malt houses. The malt must pass through my hands at least a dozen times before it goes out the door. I truly monitor the grain up close and personal through every phase of the process.

This has led to an opportunity to help local craft distillers and brewers stand apart from the rest of the country by offering locally sourced product. Plain and simple, you just can’t duplicate it with large a scale process. This process also has bridged the gap between farmers and end users through a local product chain.

It’s difficult to explain the feeling when I stop by Black Button and sample a product where I personally know the ground that the grain was grown on, the farmers that planted and harvested it, personally malting the grain, and then get to enjoy the wonderful spirit that was created with it.

There is certainly something to be said about meeting our local customers and getting to know how important using product from our area means to them. You begin to understand how important local means to the community and how you can reach out and touch such a large group of people with a local artisanal product.

The craft movement in whole has allowed many of us to fulfill life-long ambitions, connect community through local products, and we are doing just that: “Living larger in small batches”!


Black Button Distilling Citrus Forward Gin Wins Bronze at American Craft Spirits Association 2015 Awards

Feb 19, 2015

We are so proud to announce that our Citrus Forward Gin has been awarded a Bronze Medal at the American Craft Spirits Association 2015 Awards in the contemporary gin category!

The American Craft Spirits Association is a trade association representing the US craft spirits industry, whose mission is to promote and protect the craft spirits producers in the US. Their annual Distillers Convention & Vendor Trade Show is the largest gathering of licensed craft spirits producers in the U.S.

“This competition is important because it’s the only distilled spirits competition in the country where master distillers judge each other’s products,” said Jason Barrett, owner and head distiller of Black Button Distilling. “To see our hard work and our products appreciated by our fellow industry members is one of the highest compliments I have ever received.”

“We look forward to continuing this work at Black Button and bringing more products to the competition in the future. I’m so proud of my whole team a Black Button and all the work that they do,” said Barrett.

Black Button Gin has subtle hints of juniper with an orange zest overtone that brings a fresh new twist to this old classic. Whether it’s in a Tom Collins, Gin & Tonic, or Gimlet, Black Button Gin will have you pondering just what else Gin can do. It’s a Gin that both experienced Gin drinkers and newcomers can enjoy.

Black Button Distilling Announces the Launch of the Rochester Craft Beverage Trail

Feb 10, 2015

ROCHESTER CRAFT BEV TRAILBlack Button Distilling, Rochester, NY’s first and finest grain to glass craft distillery, announces the launch of the Rochester Craft Beverage Trail.

Spearheaded by Black Button Distilling President and Head Distiller, Jason Barrett, The Rochester Craft Beverage Trail allows visitors to experience Rochester through one of its greatest craft industries.

“The Rochester Craft Beverage Trail helps raise awareness among the Rochester community about the great craft beverages made right here in our home city,” said Barrett. “Bringing together producers across different craft industries, the trail is a great way to showcase the depth and variety of products made in the Rochester region.”

From beer brewed with locally grown hops to vodka distilled with wheat grown along Conesus Lake, visitors of the Rochester Craft Beverage Trail can take the city by the glass.

Businesses along the trail include:

  • Black Button Distilling
  • Rohrbach Brewing Company
  • Roc Brewing Co.
  • The O’Begley Distillery
  • Iron Smoke Whiskey
  • Casa Larga
  • The VB Brewery
  • Nedloh Brewing Co.
  • Heron Hill Tasting Room at Bristol

For more information, visit: #RocBevTrail

Black Button Distilling Named Finalist in the RBJ’s 19th Annual “Best of the Web”

Feb 09, 2015


We are thrilled to share that our website has been chosen as a finalist in the Rochester Business Journal’s 19th Annual “Best of the Web.”

Since 1996, the Best of the Web competition “has recognized the leading efforts among area businesses and non-profits that have a presence on the Internet.” According to the RBJ, over three dozen websites have been chosen as finalists in a variety of categories. Black Button Distilling has been nominated for best of in the Tourism/Hospitality category.

From the RBJ:
“Readers submitted nearly 200 nominations for the 2015 competition. A panel of judges selected by the newspaper evaluates finalists based on content, usefulness, navigability, use of technology, design quality, e-commerce and likelihood of repeat visits.”

Winners will be announced at an awards breakfast scheduled on Thursday, March 12, at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside.

Staff Profile: Meet Charlie Morone, Key Accounts Manager

Jan 15, 2015

Charlie Morone

Charlie Morone, Black Button Distilling Key Accounts Manager

Charlie Morone is a Rochester, N.Y. native. When he’s not working with liquor stores and restaurants throughout New York State as a Key Account Manager, he spends his time doing all things fitness related and loves anything outdoors.

Day-to-Day job involves: “Opening up new Black Button Distilling accounts by meeting liquor store, restaurant, and bar owners. I travel all over New York State selling Black Button Spirits to businesses and service our current accounts by making sure their inventory and point of sale items are fully stocked. I also work with current accounts to plan and conduct three to four tastings per week all over New York.”

Best thing about working at Black Button Distilling is: “the small group we have working together is very close unit. We all share the same excitement for the company and want to be a part of it. I am a huge supporter of small batch, hand crafted spirits, and love that I am on a team that has brought that to my home town of Rochester, NY. I love talking about the product to people and turning them on to such a great local spirit.”

How I Live Large in Small Batches: “No matter what I’m doing, I try to do it with a positive attitude and enjoy the experience. I think the term basically means that you should smile and laugh as much as you can, on a consistent basis. I apply this to tasting, as well, and always try to give the customer an experience they will remember and enjoy.”

Favorite Cocktail: Black Button Negroni
1.5 oz. Black Button Citrus Forward Gin
¾ oz Campari
¾ oz Vermouth

Black Button Distilling Named to “Best of Groupon” List

Jan 05, 2015

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We made the “Best of Groupon” list! Thanks for helping to make Black Button Distilling one of your favorite, most loved merchants in Rochester!

We will join the exclusive Best of Groupon collection running January 1 to March 31.

Join us for a tour!







Sir Rocha Says Blog Features Black Button Distilling in Holiday Giveaway

Dec 22, 2014

Moscow Mules

Rochester based blog Sir Rocha Says is featuring Black Button Distilling in their Holiday Giveaway, which runs through Dec. 31st!

One lucky winner will receive a beautiful set of handcrafted Copper Moscow Mule Mugs (14oz) embossed with the Sir Rocha Says Logo (featured in the photo at left).

To enter, see the blog post here for rules.

Make sure you try out the Sir Rocha Says version of a Moscow Mule using Sriracha sauce and our own Black Button Distilling Vodka!

Sir Rocha’s Mule 

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 4 oz. Ginger Beer 
  • 1 Small Squirt of Sriracha Sauce 

In a cocktail shaker, mix together the Vodka, Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice, and Sriracha sauce. Give it a good shake. Pour the contents into your moscow mule mug. Pour in your Ginger Beer. (You do NOT want to shake the Ginger Beer). Garnish with a lime wedge.

Thanks so much to Sir Rocha Says for the coverage. Follow the blog and check them out on Instagram and Facebook.

25 Days of Christmas: Black Button Distilling Last Minute Gifts

On the 22nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me, last minute gifts from my local distillery…

Did you just start your holiday shopping? Need a gift for a host/hostess with the most-est? There’s still time to pick up some unique last minute gifts from Black Button Distilling, including:

  • Flasks $20
  • Hats $15
  • Books $12.99-19.99
  • Gift certificates -any amount
  • T-shirt $15
  • Sweatshirt $40
  • White spirits Sampler pack $80 one 375ml each of Syrup, Vodka, Gin, and Moonshine

    Looking for a one of a kind gift for the spirits lover in your life?

  • Buy the whole barrel $8,000
  • Master Distilling Class $5,000
  • Three day class $1,000

Pick these items up in our tasting room at 85 Railroad Street, Rochester NY 14609 or call 585-730-4512 to inquire.

Happy holidays!

25 Days of Christmas: Black Button Distilling Unique Holiday Gifts

Dec 10, 2014

On the seventh-twentieth days of Christmas my true love gave to me, many gifts from my local distillery…

(The elves at the distillery have been very busy this holiday season! )

Have you been to the tasting room lately? There’s still time to pick up some unique last minute gifts, including:

  • Barrel furniture: $35-150 depending on piece
  • Barrel kit $99.99
  • Gin kit $19.99
  • Bourbon Sampler pack $100 one 375ml each of Bourbon, Vodka, Gin, and Moonshine
  • Barrel share $250 


    Looking for a one of a kind gift for the spirits lover in your life?

  • Buy the whole barrel $8,000
  • Master Distilling Class $5,000
  • Three day class $1,000

Pick these items up in our tasting room at 85 Railroad Street, Rochester NY 14609 or call 585-730-4512 to inquire.

Happy holidays!

25 Days of Christmas: Glencarin Glass

Dec 06, 2014

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a gift from my local distillery…

Glencarin Glass
$9.99 each or set of six for $49.99

Glencarin Glass

Raise your glass to Black Button Distilling! The Glencairn glass’ inward-curved style is often preferred by whiskey connoisseurs who consider the aroma especially important to the experience of a whiskey. It was developed in Scotland and is the first style to be endorsed by the Scotch Whiskey Association.

Pick them up in our tasting room at 85 Railroad Street, Rochester NY 14609 or here

25 Days of Christmas: Black Button Distilling Flask

Dec 05, 2014

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a gift from my local distillery…

Black Button Distilling 6oz Flask $25

Black Button Distilling Flask

6oz Flask available here

 Looking for a unique bar accessory for the craft spirits fan in your life? Our Black Button Distilling flask will do the trick.

Pick them up in our tasting room at 85 Railroad Street, Rochester NY 14609

25 Days of Christmas: Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup

Dec 04, 2014

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a gift from my local distillery…

Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup $28

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Made from only the finest maple syrup by Woods VT Syrup Company, a third generation family-owned farm in Central Vermont, the sap for our Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple syrup is harvested each spring and cooked down according to a secret family recipe. It is then aged in once used bourbon barrels from local craft distilleries until just right. The wood imparts hints of vanilla, caramel and oak which enhance the natural buttery, floral, and chocolate notes of this high quality syrup. The bourbon left in the barrel adds warmth and a spice to the aftertaste of our syrup. All these flavors combine to truly change your breakfast experience.

Put our Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup on your Christmas morning pancakes, mix it into a cocktail, put it on your ice cream and much more!

Pick up a bottle in our tasting room at 85 Railroad Street, Rochester NY 14609

*Please note this product is considered non-alcoholic. And as an all-natural product some sediment is to be expected.
*The shelf-life for maple syrup in a sealed container is approximately one year (if you can stand to wait that long)

25 Days of Christmas: Black Button Distilling Professional Proof Vodka

Dec 03, 2014

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a gift from my local distillery…

Black Button Distilling Professional Proof Vodka $55

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This is not a spirit you drink, but one you create with. At 150 proof, this Professional Proof Vodka would be too strong for a normal drink. But mix in your favorite fruits and spices and steep them for a few weeks and you’ll infuse all of their goodness into this spirit ready to be added to your favorite drinks.

Create your favorite holiday cocktail and make it a tradition for years to come.

Pick up a bottle in our tasting room or at a store near you.

25 Days of Christmas: Black Button Distilling Citrus Forward Gin

Dec 02, 2014

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a gift from my local distillery…

Black Button Citrus Forward Gin
$20 for 375ml and $35 for 750ml

Citrus Forward Gin Lineup

Black Button Gin has subtle hints of juniper with an orange zest overtone that brings a fresh new twist to this old classic. Whether it’s in a Tom Collins, Gin & Tonic, or Gimlet, Black Button Gin will have you pondering just what else Gin can do. It’s a Gin that both experienced Gin drinkers and newcomers can enjoy. Pick up a bottle in our tasting room or at a store near you.

Check out this great review of our Citrus forward Gin:

25 Days of Christmas: Host Your Holiday Party at Black Button Distilling

Dec 01, 2014


Happy Cyber Monday!

This holiday season, we’ll be counting down the days until Christmas. Each day on our blog we’ll feature a different Black Button Distilling product leading up to the big day. So here goes:

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a gift from my local distillery.

There’s still time to book your PRIVATE PARTY at Black Button Distilling! Our tasting room is ready to host your merriest party. Cost ranges from $250 to $1,000 depending on the number of people.

Take a virtual tour of our facilities or stop on by to see them for yourself.

Black Button Distilling Virtual Tour

For more information, contact or call 585-730-4512


Join Us For the Release of Little Barrel Bourbon This Weekend

Nov 28, 2014


Happy Black Friday! As you shop local, we hope you’ll join us as we celebrate the one-time limited release of our Little Barrel Bourbon this weekend! The release marks the first time bourbon has been made and sold in Monroe County since Prohibition, and only 1,400 bottles are available.

Little Barrel Bourbon was aged for four months in five gallon barrels. It is the same recipe going into the barrel as the big barrel Bourbon that will be released next year, giving craft bourbon fans an opportunity to taste what’s coming at Black Button Distilling.

“The time in-barrel and size of barrel have a dramatic effect on the flavor of the bourbon. It’s a much younger, corn flavor, than a traditional bourbon, but it’s very smooth for its age,” said Jason Barrett
, Black Button Distilling President/Head Distiller.

The one-time limited release of 1,400 375 ml bottles will sell for $39.99 per bottle, with a limit of one case purchase per person. Little Barrel Bourbon will be available in our tasting room this weekend!


Little Barrel Bourbon




85 Railroad Street, Rochester NY 14609 • 585-730-4512

Happy Thanksgiving: Pass The Turkey Cocktail

Nov 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Pass The Turkey Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Black Button Moonshine

2 oz Apple Cider

1 tbs Cranberry Jelly

1 Sprig Fresh Sage

1 Sprig Fresh Thyme

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle sage and thyme with apple cider.
  2. Add ice, top with Black Button Moonshine and cranberry jelly.
  3. Shake well, strain over ice in a glass rimmed with turkey jus and breadcrumbs.

Black Button Moonshine

About Black Button Moonshine: Considered a premium sipping whiskey, this blend tastes just like an ear of corn-on-the-cob fresh from the field. It’s great neat, on the rocks, or as a substitute for vodka in any of your favorite drinks. At 100 proof, it’s sure to liven up your Thanksgiving evening.


Featured Cocktail: Black Button Distilling Cranberry Gingersnap Cocktail

Nov 26, 2014

Black Button Wheat Vodka is a surprisingly smooth foundation you can build your drink and your evening on — perfect to pair with tomorrow’s Thanksgiving feast!

Black Button Distilling Vodka

Black Button Distilling Cranberry Gingersnap Cocktail

2 oz. Black Button Wheat Vodka
2 oz. ginger beer
splash of cranberry juice
splash of lemon juice
grounded ginger

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a glass. Top with white chocolate shavings and garnish with a ginger snap cookie.

About Black Button Wheat Vodka: made from soft white wheat grown for Black Button Distilling on a family farm situated on the western slopes of Conesus Lake, this local grain gives us the smooth taste, body, and feel that every distiller desires for their Vodka. We are proud to have such desirable grain growing right here in the rich soil of the Finger Lakes Region.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!
– Jason and Black Button Distilling

From Atop The Still: Happy Holidays from Jason Barrett

Nov 25, 2014

From Atop the Still: Notes from Jason Barrett, Founder & Head Distiller

Hello and happy holidays,
Welcome to our new blog! It’s our way of keeping you updated about new developments at the distillery, Black Button behind the scenes, recipes, events, product launch details and more.
We want you to see how we Live Large in Small Batches. That phrase, our tagline, has become a mantra at Black Button. Here’s what it means to me:

I learned a long time ago that life is short and I want to enjoy it. I want to live my life to its fullest. I’m not satisfied with the same boring job, or a regular run-of-the mill life.

But at the same time I can’t afford to fly off to fancy places or cruise around in yachts. What I can do, however, is enjoy the simple things in life: fine dining, great whiskey, a local band or traveling show.

Living large in small batches is about finding something special or unique to enjoy every day. And for me, that’s often a cocktail from a craft distillery. These small batch hand crafted products have always been a highlight at the end of my working day — one of the reasons I left the corporate world and started Black Button.
After all, why work this hard just to settle for the same old boring things?
Live Large in Small Batches this holiday season — and everyday.


Black Button Distilling
Founder and Head Distiller