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Rochester Business Journal features Jason Barrett, Growth of Black Button

Feb 19, 2016

Jason Barrett started Black Button Distilling in 2012 with nothing but the drive and determination to create a new definition for craft spirits. In 2015, it is safe to say he has done just that distilling an award winning gin, Rochester’s first craft bourbon, and now distributing his craft spirits in eleven states.

Jason Barrett was recently featured in The Rochester Business Journal’s Fast Start. Read here to learn how the past year was for Black Button, what is in store for the upcoming year, and who he credits for Black Button Distilling’s growth.

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Bourbon and Banter: Four Grain Bourbon Review

Jan 25, 2016

Black Button Distilling’s Four Grain Bourbon was recently featured in a bourbon blog, Bourbon and Banter.

Black Button Distilling’s Four Grain Bourbon features a beautiful blend of corn, wheat, rye, and malted barley, all of which are locally sourced right here in Upstate New York.

The young bourbon boasts a smooth finish with a mellow caramel finish. This bourbon is great in a Manhattan, on the rocks, or all on its own!

To read the full review of Four Grain Bourbon, click here!

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Rochester Business Journal covers Black Button Distilling, Self Distribution

Jan 18, 2016

The Rochester Business Journal covered Black Button Distilling and the changes that will be made for the local craft distillery this new year.

On January 1st, Black Button Distilling decided to make the switch to self distributing their products in the Western New York Region. The change allows Black Button to hire additional reps as well as provide better customer service to bars, restaurants, and wholesalers.

To read the full article, click here.

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BevNet features Black Button Distilling, Recap of 2015

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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New SLA Chairman Vincent Bradley Recalls Black Button Distilling

Jan 14, 2016

Vincent Bradley was appointed by Governor Cuomo this past summer as the new State Liquor Authority Chairman and has not shown any signs of slowing down. Chairman Bradley hopes to complete four group work sessions  and have a completed report by February.

In his interview with Beverage Media Group, Chairman Bradley recalls his experience with Black Button Distilling’s very own Jason Barrett.

“I met a new business owner from Black Button Distilling in Rochester at one of the Governor’s Roundtables, who actually moved back to New York because the laws made it very beneficial for him to open here. So, he came from DC, and he’s exploded—his distillery is now apparently selling in seven states” said Chairman Bradley.

Chairman Bradley started his career as a District Attorney in Manhattan where he handled cases involving organized crime, labor racketeering and political corruption.

To read the article in its entirety click here.

 

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Artisan Magazine features Jason Barrett

Jan 05, 2016

Artisan Magazine recently featured Jason Barrett, President and Head Distiller of Black Button Distilling. In the article “The Never Ending Campaign for Relevance” the young distiller calls for taking risks and thinking outside of the box in regards to distilling craft spirits. “Does the world need another vodka, or London dry gin, or your take on rye whiskey”, said Barrett. Barrett also argues local is the way to go, using locally sourced ingredients found in Upstate New York. To read more on the young master distiller, click here.

 

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Black Button Distilling featured in Democrat and Chronicle’s “Memorable Meals of 2015”

Dec 31, 2015

Black Button Distilling was featured in the Democract and Chronicle’s “Memorable Meals of 2015” for their unique twist on cream liqueur, Bespoke Bourbon Cream. To read more about D&C food writer, Tracy Schuhmacher’s experience at Black Button click the link!

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Albany Times Union Features Three Day Distilling Class

Albany Times Union recently featured Black Button Distilling’s 3-day course for entrepreneurs interested in making a jump into the craft distilling industry. The class covers distilling, gin development, fermentation procedures as well as branding and how to pay your taxes. To read the article in its entirety click here.

For those interested in taking the three day course click here!

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Black Button Distilling Featured for “Bourbon and Beans”

Dec 07, 2015

Black Button Distilling was recently featured in the Democrat and Chronicle for our latest collaboration, coffee beans aged in a used bourbon barrel. Joe Bean Roasters, located on 1344 University Avenue, has aged their Zimbabwe Pezuru beans in a used Black Button barrel resulting in a Barrel Aged Zimbabwe Pezuru coffee. To read more about this latest release click on the link. 

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Black Button Distilling featured in Democrat and Chronicle for Bourbon Cream Victory

Nov 24, 2015

Bespoke Bourbon Cream, a sweet blend of bourbon and cream, was launched in late August. Since the launch Black Button Distilling has produced 10,000 bottles won a silver medal at the Whiskey and Spirits Competition in Denver. Black Button Distilling’s Bespoke Bourbon Cream was recently featured in the Democrat and Chronicle for its big victory at the Spirits of Americas Competition over Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream. Click here to read more!

 

Bourbon Cream FTW

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Democrat and Chronicle covers The Button Hunt

Nov 11, 2015

Democrat and Chronicle recently featured Black Button Distilling for The Button Hunt, this Saturday November 14th 12-4 p.m. The Button Hunt will cover local Rochester vendors! Find your friends and buy a ticket for your squad to find the buttons!

 

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The New York Times features Black Button Distilling

Nov 05, 2015

The New York Times recently featured Black Button Distilling in the article “Graying Firms Wrestle With Making Room for Younger Lawyers”.

“I love what I do as an employment lawyer,” said Mr. Carello, “but craft brewing is a $4 billion industry and growing, so I have hopes that it will become a significant component of my practice.”

Joseph Carello is an associate with Nixon Peabody and works closely with Black Button Distilling.

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Times Union Covers Award Winning Apple Pie Moonshine

Oct 22, 2015

Times Union of Albany recently featured Black Button Distilling and Apple Pie Moonshine for being the highest rated moonshine in Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Apple Pie Moonshine features Cortland, Gala, and McIntosh apples, a true apple pie moonshine paying homage to the Western NY agriculture. To read more about the award winning craft spirit click here.

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Jason Barrett featured in recap of Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider Summit

Oct 19, 2015

Jason Barrett, Head Distiller and President of Black Button Distilling, was recently featured in the Democrat and Chronicle regarding the 2015 Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider Summit which was hosted by Governor Andrew Cuomo on October 7th.  The summit is a look into the laws and regulations in the wine, beer, and liquor industries and what can be done to ease regulations.

The article can be read in its entirety here.

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Black Button Distilling Featured in ROC Flavors

Oct 15, 2015

Black Button Distilling was recently featured in the Democrat and Chronicle’s Flavors Notebook for being rated the highest moonshine on Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The spirit features Western New York apple cider, unaged corn whiskey, and cinnamon. At 40 proof this light spirit is ideal for a bonfire with friends!

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Rochester Business Journal features Black Button Distilling

Rochester Business Journal recently covered Black Button Distilling’s Apple Pie Moonshine. The fall based spirit was rated highest moonshine by Wine Enthusiast Magazine with a score of 92 points. Read the article in its entirety here! 

 

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Wine & Craft Beverage News features Black Button Distilling’s Little Barrel of Bourbon

Oct 12, 2015

Black Button Distilling was recently featured in Wine & Craft Beverage News  for our award winning Little Barrel of Bourbon. The Little Barrel of Bourbon is first bourbon sold in Rochester since Prohibition and earned a silver medal at the New York State Fair. The Little Barrel of Bourbon has been surpassed by its successor, Four Grain Bourbon which was launched on Friday, September 25th.  To read more on our award winning bourbon click here!

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Drink Me: Black Button Introduces Bespoke Bourbon Cream

Sep 16, 2015

Bespoke Bourbon Cream continues to wow the beverage industry! the most recent coverage of the liqueur is out of Drink Me Magazine. This beverage industry magazine gave Black Button two big thumbs up for the first craft bourbon cream on the East Coast. Read all about our newly released spirit here!

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The Spirits Business features Four Grain Bourbon Release

Sep 08, 2015

The Spirits Business  recently covered the launch for Four Grain Bourbon. The aged spirit will be released September 25th from 6-9 p.m. at Black Button Distilling. The spirit features locally grown grains for Groveland, New York. The event will feature tours given by Jason Barrett, Head Distiller and Owner of Black Button Distilling as well as cocktails featuring Four Grain Bourbon. To read the article in its entirety click here!

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The Whiskey Reviewer Covers Four Grain Bourbon Launch

Sep 02, 2015

The Whiskey Reviewer recently featured Four Grain Bourbon and the announcement of our launch party on Friday, September 25th. The Whiskey Reviwer covers everything whiskey from news, reviews, mixology, and drinks. The Whiskey Review is ranked the fourth  whiskey only web magazine in the world. Check out the article in its entirety here!

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Shanken News Daily Features Four Grain Bourbon Release

Shanken News Daily, an online news publication that covers the craft beer, wine and spirits business recently featured Black Button Distilling and our Four Grain Bourbon launch. Four Grain Bourbon will officially launch on September 25th, 6-9 p.m. at Black Button Distilling. We hope to see you there as we celebrate the release of “our signature” spirit!

 

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Rochester City Newspaper features Bourbon Cream

Aug 27, 2015

Rochester City Newspaper recently featured Black Button Distilling and our new product launch, Bespoke Bourbon Cream. Thanks for the support City Newspaper! Click the link for the article in its entirety!

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The Rochesteriat: “10 Ways This Kid is Killin’ It!”

Aug 26, 2015

The Rochesteriat recently featured Jason Barrett, Head Distiller of Black Button Distilling in a top ten article! Find out what he has been up to by clicking on the link!

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Black Button Distilling Featured in Rochester Business Journal

Aug 14, 2015

We were recently featured in the Rochester Business Journal for winning Best Spirit at the New York Wine and Food Classic!

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Black Button Distilling Featured in Shanken News Daily

Aug 06, 2015

Black Button Distilling was recently featured in Shanken News Daily, a daily news source covering the wine, spirits, and beer business. The official launch is set for Friday, August 28th 6-9 p.m. This 30-proof liqueur can be consumed on its own, in coffee, or a cocktail. To read the article in its entirety click the link!

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Black Button Distilling Featured in BevNET.com

Aug 04, 2015

Black Button Distilling was recently featured in BevNet.com, a national online news source covering the beverage industry. BevNet.com covered the recent release of our newest product, Bespoke Bourbon Cream. Bespoke Bourbon Cream is the only New York farm to table bourbon cream around, this spirit is similar to an Irish Cream but has a distinct vanilla and caramel profile. Click the link to read more!

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Black Button Distilling Featured In Dish Magazine

May 22, 2015

Black Button Distilling was recently featured in City Newspaper’s magazine, Dish. The story explains Black Button’s mantra for buying local and maintaining a grain to class distilling model. Read the full story here! 

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NEWS COVERAGE: SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER VISITS BLACK BUTTON DISTILLING

May 18, 2015

SCHUMER: DISTILLERIES LIKE BLACK BUTTON DISTILLERY IN ROCHESTER ARE FORCED TO WAIT OVER 200 DAYS TO GET BASIC APPROVALS TO EXPAND THEIR BUSINESS; WHILE DISTILLERIES & CRAFT INDUSTRY ARE GROWING NATIONALLY BY OVER 50%, FEDERAL TTB INSPECTORS—WHO APPROVE REQUESTS—HAVE BEEN CUT BY 10%; SENATOR CALLS FOR MORE INSPECTORS TO REDUCE BACKLOG THAT IS COSTING DISTILLERIES, INDUSTRY MILLIONS

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Democrat and Chronicle: “Schumer calls for more distillery, brewery inspectors”

WXXI News: “Schumer wants more alcohol inspectors to help local distilleries”

13 WHAM News: “Local distilleries hurt by paperwork holdup”

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Black Button Distilling Featured in Rochester Business Journal

Jan 02, 2015

We kicked off 2015 with a story on the cover of the Rochester Business Journal today!

Black Button Distilling on the cover of RBJ.

Black Button Distilling on the cover of RBJ

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Black Button Distilling Featured in the Wall Street Journal

Dec 15, 2014

Wall-Street-Journal-LogoWe’re proud to have been interviewed for this story in today’s Wall Street Journal by Kara Newman about New York state small-batch spirits makers now offering expanded beverage service after the Craft New York Act went into effect on Saturday.

Originally passed in June, and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November, the legislation was designed to ease regulations and promote growth for the state’s surging craft-beverage industry.

One thing the law will do is permit small distilleries … to serve full-size pours of their booze—not just the quarter-ounce samples previously allowed—without having to obtain a separate license. And that opens the door to a wider world of cocktails, on-site cafes and private events.

“Straight shots turn some people off; that’s not how they drink at home,” said Jason Barrett, head distiller at Black Button Distilling in Rochester, N.Y., which makes gin, vodka and bourbon. Before, he said, when he poured a small sample of gin, people would ask for tonic water as well—but that wasn’t a legal option.”

Click here to read the full article.

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Black Button Distilling Featured in CITY Paper’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Dec 05, 2014

We’re proud to be featured in CITY Paper’s 2014 Holiday Guide!

CITY Paper Holiday Gift Guide 2014“A nice starter cocktail hardware kit could include a couple rocks glasses ($4.50 each) and a shaker ($15) along with a giant sphere or cube mold ($14 for 2). Using a larger ice cube is a great way to cool a drink without excessively watering it down plus they just look damn cool in a glass. A four bottle gift set with vodka, gin, moonshine, and barrel aged maple syrup ($80 for 375ml bottles) also can make for a solid introduction to the Black Button product line.” Read the full edible gift guide here.

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A Passion for Craft: AirWreckRadio Podcast Feature Interview with Jason Barrett

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Jason recently sat down with Cory, Stacey, and Bill of AirWreckRadio to discuss his passion for craft beverages, the life of a small business owner, his family story, and his path to be the only distiller in the region since prohibition. Listen to the podcast here.

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The D&C Features Release of Little Barrel Bourbon

Nov 25, 2014

The Democrat & Chronicle features the release of Little Barrel Bourbon

The Democrat & Chronicle previews the release of Little Barrel Bourbon

Thanks to the Democrat & Chronicle for the great coverage! Check it out online here.

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Rochester Business Journal: Black Button Distilling Expands Distribution to NYC

Oct 30, 2014

The Rochester Business Journal ran a story about Black Button Distilling’s distribution deal with Blueprint Brands, which will bring our products to New York City. Read the full article here.

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Black Button Distilling Featured in Artisan Spirit Magazine

Sep 24, 2014

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The latest issue of Artisan Spirit Magazine features Black Button Distilling in the story “Building Barrel Bridges: Beer & Booze.” Read the full story here.

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Black Button Distilling in the Democrat & Chronicle: “5 Kickstarter Campaigns that Hit It Big”

Aug 29, 2014

D&C Kickstarter Campaigns that Hit it Big

The Democrat and Chronicle article “5 Rochester Kickstarter Projects that Hit it Big” spotlights Black Button Distilling and a few of our Rochester area neighbors who had crowdfunding success with Kickstarter. If you’re looking to start your own company, it could just work! Read on here.

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Liquor.com Feature: “Black Button: Not Just for Suit Jackets Anymore!”

Aug 28, 2014

Liquor.com did an interview with our fearless leader Jason a short time ago and posted it to their site! Check out the interview here.

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Black Button Distilling Cocktail Recipe Featured in The Manhattan Cocktail Classic

Jul 25, 2014

Guess who has two [imaginary] thumbs and is featured on the website of The Manhattan Cocktail Classic? Black Button Distilling, of course!

View the recipe for our Black Button Distilling Citrus Gimlet that uses our Citrus Forward Gin and a little extra zing.

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102.1 The Edge Reviews Black Button Distilling Moonshine

Jul 16, 2014

Josh from The Edge took some time to review our craft unaged corn whiskey (aka Moonshine) in this post “Black Button Distilling Moonshine Unaged Corn Whiskey: Proving Moonshine Can Make a Great Whiskey.” Not to brag, but it’s pretty positive!

 

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Good Spirits News Reviews Black Button Vodka, Gin and Moonshine

May 15, 2014

Good Spirit News reviewed our Vodka, Gin, and Moonshine and gave it some pretty high grades. They certainly would put us on the Honor Roll this quarter!

“Citrus Gin (84 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: A heavier and maltier character than a London Dry style, more akin to a Genever.  There is a slight hint of citrus on the nose and not a lot of juniper.
Taste: The juniper comes out to play here, adding a rich herbal depth along with a lot of bright and fresh citrus notes.  Orange, lime and lemon all want to be recognized as the lead role, but take equal billing.
Finish: Clean, refreshing and definite citrus make for a crisp ending.
Overall: A well done gin that has a lot of potential in mixing.  I like it.
GSN Rating: A-“

Read the full review article here!

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Just One Dram Reviews Black Button Distilling Spirits

Apr 11, 2014

Just One Dram’s Drink Around New York segments offer insight and reviews of some of our most popular Black Button Distilling Products such as our Citrus Forward Gin and Wheat Vodka. Watch the video below or visit the site for more! 

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WROC TV Interviews Jason Barrett for Why Roc: Black Button Distilling

Mar 12, 2014

Jason Barrett, President and Head Distiller of Black Button Distilling, is interviewed on WROC TV’s Why ROC segment on News 8 at Sunrise. Watch the interview below and read the story here.

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The Sensory Cart Blog Says “The Gin Won Me Over”

Mar 04, 2014

The Sensory Cart blog recently visited our tasting room for a tour and covered their experience in this post.

“…the gin won me over with its distinctive flavor notes. The typical juniper bite is smoothed out with citrus and spices resulting in a profile reminiscent of orange spice tea. I knew I could have some fun experimenting with this…The average cost is around $40 for the gin, and it is well worth it. Gin season is almost upon us and you will definitely want the Citrus Forward on your home bar!”

Check out the recipes for the Lady Sensory’s Jacques Collins and Lady Sensory’s Soleil Levant (Rising Sun) Martini featuring Black Button Distilling spirits here.

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Nixon Peabody Helps Black Button Get Going

Jan 28, 2014

The legal team at Nixon Peabody have been wonderfully helpful in helping us get going and work through all the legal stuff to make this distillery possible. Read their press release here.

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USA Today’s 10 Best: “Craft Distilleries are Invading Upstate New York” Features Black Button Distilling

Jan 15, 2014

USA Today’s 10 Best featured us on a list of new and upcoming craft distilleries in Upstate New York.

“Boutique Distilleries Opening in Upstate New York” by Amber Nolan

“We’ve come a long way from bathtub gin and moonshine during the Prohibition Era, but home-brewed beer and distilled spirits are seeing a comeback – legally this time. As microbreweries continue to crop up across the nation, there is also a new wave of micro-distilleries producing their own vodka, whiskey, bourbon, and gin. Recent changes in New York laws are making it easier for businesses to open their own distilleries, and the numerous wineries in the Finger Lakes, Erie Lakes, and Hudson River regions can make an easy transition.”

Check out the article and see some of our friends at other distilleries around us.

 

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The Rochesteriat Features Black Button Distilling: Sneak Peek Inside This Crafty Production

Jan 10, 2014

The Rochesteriat wrote a great preview of our opening!

“Owner and entrepreneur Jason Barrett has a lot of history to live up to, not only in the neighborhood, but also a personal history. He tells us the name “Black Button” alludes to a very successful button factory that his family has owned and operated in the Rochester area for decades. Now it’s his turn to make a mark on history, opening one of the first distilleries in the Rochester area since Prohibition.”

Read the entire story (with amazing photos) here.

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Just One Dram: “Better Button Up, the Whiskey is Coming!”

Nov 14, 2013

“Great news; our friends over at Black Button Distilling have finally gotten their state license! Next Monday their first batch of gin will be in the works. And of course soon after the gin and the vodka, the whiskey is coming.”

Read the article here on Just One Dram!

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Democrat & Chronicle RocDrink: “Black Button Distillery Installs Their Still”

Oct 08, 2013

Black Button Distilling was recently featured in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

“Black Button Distillery on Railroad Street next to Rohrbach Brewing and near the public market recently received and is now installing their 300 gallon pot still and the related column distillation equipment from Artisan Distillers in Canada.”

Read the article, Black Button Distillery Installs Their Still.

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Rochester Business Journal Preview of Black Button Grand Opening: “Distillery Gears Up for Launch”

Sep 27, 2013

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The Rochester Business Journal ran a great preview piece about the launch of Black Button Distilling. Read the entire story here.

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Democrat & Chronicle: “Regulation Changes Birth Distillery Renaissance”

Sep 26, 2013

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Black Button Distilling was recently featured in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

“Now, just as craft breweries started building mass a decade ago, changes in state regulations — the same type that gave birth to the Finger Lakes wine industry — have resulted in boutique distilleries popping up across the state.

Included in this renaissance are Apple Country Spirits, the first legal distillery in Wayne County since Prohibition, and Black Button Distilling, the first in Rochester, set to open in November.”

Read the article, at Regulation changes birth distillery renaissance.

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Black Button Distilling Featured in the Food About Town Podcast

Aug 30, 2013

Jason Barrett was recently interviewed by Food About Town’s Chris Lindstrom.

“This week on the Food About Town podcast I talked to Jason Barrett from Black Button Distilling during their massive renovation of the space next to Rohrbach’s Brewery near the Public Market. We discussed the renovation, the plan for their products at launch (citrus forward gin, wheat vodka and moonshine [white whiskey]) and future plans. We also delved into Jason’s past and how he got into craft distilling and some about using local products.”

Listen to the entire podcast here.

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Black Button Distilling Featured on WXXI’s “Innovation Trail”

Jul 30, 2013

 

Craft distilleries make a comeback in upstate New York

 

WXXI’s Innovation Trail aired a segment “Craft Distilleries Make a Comeback in Upstate New York,” featuring Black Button Distilling! Read the entire story here and/or listen to the segment above.

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Time Warner News: “Black Button Distilling Coming to Public Market”

Jul 17, 2013

Time Warner News of Rochester did a segment about Black Button Distilling, describing our plans to bring craft distilling to the Rochester Public Market. Founder Jason Barrett describes some of his goals for Black Button Distilling and other aspirations to bring craft distillery spirits to Western New York and beyond. Watch the entire piece here.

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