THE STORY BEHIND BLACK BUTTON DISTILLING

Rochester's First and Finest grain-to-glass distillery since prohibition

 
Jason Barrett
 
 

Since 1922 my family has provided some of the finest men’s suit buttons available. For four generations these buttons have closed suits worn by Presidents, Popes, Kings, and Businessmen the world over. From a young age I went to work in my grandfather’s factory, but it was clear I was meant for a different path. I broke tradition and decided to make whiskey. The lessons I learned in his factory as a kid still guide me to this day; work hard, work with your hands, make your product the best on the market, and you can’t cheat time. My distillery pays homage to my grandfather and the world he knew – where real men worked hard and drank real pot distilled whiskey. 

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?

 

 

Founded by owner and head distiller Jason Barrett in June 2012 at only 24 years old, Black Button Distilling tasting room and retail store opened to the public in January 2014, offering spirits tastings, distillery tours, craft cocktails and a unique venue to host public and private events. Every batch of world-class spirits is distilled from local NY grains, bottled, labeled, hand numbered and aged right here in Rochester. 

 

 

In April 2017, our very own Jeff Fairbrother and Jason Barrett, in recognition of their roles in gin production, were welcomed into the Gin Guild as Warden Nominated Rectifier and Warden Rectifier respectively, the 2nd and 4th Americans to be installed in this prestigious organization. 

The Gin Guild is an international not for profit member funded gin industry body that promotes and encourages commitment to excellence in gin distillation and industry custodianship of the gin category. It was incorporated by the historic London based livery (trade) company, the Worshipful Company of Distillers, who themselves were incorporated by Royal Charter in 1638, and which has been involved in the distilling industry since that date.

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Jason Barrett
President

 

Richard Barrett
Whiskey Engineer - Facilities
Jeff Fairbrother
Head Production Distiller
Andrew Paradiso
Assistant Production Distiller
Patrick Carrol
Assistant Production Distiller
Gregg Stacy
Brand Manager
Lauralee Végvári
Marketing Coordinator

Michael Martin
Hospitality Manager
Katherine Ball
Rochester Hospitality Manager
JR Hutton
Buffalo Hospitality Manager
Cam Maves
Senior Bartender
Peggy Gilmartin
Senior Bartender
Jen Osborne
Senior Bartender
Scott Wheeler
Senior Bartender

John Vogl
Sales Manager
Jenna Sprague
Key Account Manager
Meghan Doran
Key Account Manager
Jeffery Shamp
Key Account Manager
Barbra Kolonoski
Key Account Manager
Sean Barr
Key Account Manager