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1344 University Avenue


The Black Button Distilling Tasting Room at 1344 University Avenue is built in a historic factory warehouse, originally home to the Symington Forge Corporation, a major Rochester manufacturer during World War I. Symington Forge made shell casings for the French 75 field guns that were essential to the allies winning “The war to end all wars.” 

With our bar serving Black Button cocktails, New York State Wine and Beer, as well as relaxing seating areas, visitors to our Tasting Room will experience the true spirit of Black Button Distilling.

A warm and welcoming gateway to our craft distilled spirits, our Tasting Room is a comfortable place to enjoy a cocktail, sample our spirits and shop for bottles of our spirits and merchandise. Our event space hosts catered private events, parties, corporate gatherings, and happy hours as well as our cocktail and spirit blending classes. 

Our Hours

Join us for cocktails, tastings, and retail shopping.

Our Winter Hours are: 

  • Thursday & Friday: 3pm – 9pm
  • Saturday: Noon – 9pm
  • Sunday: Noon – 5pm


Reservations welcome. We have indoor seating and giant windows open to the outside.

Parking Map


Parking is available on the east end of the building, entrance on Blossom at the intersection of Blossom and University.

Our Tasting Room entrance is about 100 yards from the Blossom Road parking lot. We share a front door with our neighbors at Roc City Circus.



Our Distillery

Let our knowledgeable Spirit Guides give you a behind-the-scenes look at how we make all our award-winning spirits in our new state-of-the-art distillery.

We offer distillery tours on:

  • Fridays at 6pm
  • Saturdays at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm

To inquire about scheduling a private group tour, please reach out via email to for more information.

Did you hear?

Black Button is growing, again.

take home for


Now selling Bourbon Cream + Cheesy Eddie’s Bourbon Cream Cheesecake. 

Limited supply.
All orders must be placed by December 18th.
Pick up in the tasting room 12/21-12/24.

Upcoming Event


Join us in celebrating all things Rye with a special screening of Fire, Water & Grain: The Story of Empire Rye while sipping on a Rye Old Fashioned and nibbling on Rye Ravioli!

Fee Brothers Bitters Event

Upcoming Event

Meet the Makers

Black Button Distilling and Fee Brothers Bitters proudly present our first ever collaboration: Citrus Forward Gin Barrel-Aged Citrus Bitters.