Black Button launches farm to grow local ingredients

There are a lot of things to say about Black Button Distilling. They're the first distillery to set up shop in Rochester since prohibition, opening in January 2014 next door to Rohrbach Brewing Company on Railroad Street, with the brewery as their landlord. They make some undeniably beautiful cocktails, such as their lilac gin lemonade...

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Rochester’s first grain to glass craft distillery made its way to Buffalo this past summer. Black Button Distilling, located at 149 Swan Street is a combination of a cocktail lounge and bottle shop. Patrons have the option to purchase various spirits such as gin, bourbon, vodka, or moonshine, and can even treat themselves to Apple Pie Moonshine Exfoliating Scrub or Bourbon Cream Coffee Infused Lip Balm.

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GSN Review: Black Button Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey

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 in Rochester, New York.

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Catchers of the Rye: Whiskey Distilling Returns to New York

Prior to Prohibition, rye whiskey reigned supreme in New York. Farmers planted rye in great abundance and the grain thrived in the region’s rocky soils and often cold climate. When alcohol became illegal in the US in 1920, the state’s rye fields went fallow and whiskey ceased being made from the grain. By 1933, when the nation’s failed experiment with abstinence came to end, the damage to New York spirits production had already been done, and the tradition of making rye whiskey in the state was not revived. In Kentucky and elsewhere in the South, bourbon—a sweeter, corn-based whiskey—thrived post-Prohibition and became the dominant American variety.

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Black Button in Buffalo

Buffalo: Meet Black Button Distilling! Originating in Rochester, NY, Black Button is on the scene and they're quickly making a name for themselves here in the Queen City. Jake & I were invited to check out their brand new tasting room here in Buffalo and we jumped at the chance! 

Black Button Distilling prides themselves on Living Large in Small Batches! The care they take in crafting their small batch, grain to glass spirits shows in each sip. Smooth and flavorful, there wasn't a single thing we didn't love! 

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USA Today 10 Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distilleries 2017

Tamworth Distilling, Huber's Starlight Distillery, Proof Artisan Distillers and Black Button Distilling also winners

Gin, vodka, rum and whiskey are great and all, but the American thirst for craft spirits has grown beyond the bounds of the traditional to embrace specialty spirits from around the globe. Modern day distilleries now craft liqueur, brandy, absinthe, aquavit and amaro alongside their flagship spirits.

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Bourbon: You're not (just) in Kentucky anymore

According to the Kentucky Distiller’s Association, there are now 6,657,053 barrels of bourbon resting in the Bluegrass State—and counting. So it’s hardly surprising that many drinkers around the world associate the most American of whiskeys with Kentucky. It has the inventory, it has the history, and it has that beautiful limestone-filtered water. But it doesn’t monopolize the moniker. Bourbon can come from anywhere in the United States, and, indeed, it does (save for Hawaii, for some strange reason). Increasingly adventurous connoisseurs are mining the far-flung corners of the country to emerge with some exceptional liquids. A proper celebration of Bourbon Heritage Month must honor the American spirit, in it’s geographic entirety. Presented here with a sense of patriotism are the most rewarding examples of bourbon from places you’d least expect.

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Award-winning Rochester distillery to open tasting room in Buffalo

New York State liquor law allows wineries to set up five tasting rooms away from their production sites. Breweries can establish up to three. Distilleries? Only one.

Jason Barrett – president and chief distiller at Black Button Distillery in Rochester – picked Buffalo for his.

The Black Button tasting room will open June 9 at 149 Swan St., about two blocks east of Coca-Cola Field.

Visitors will notice the same bar, multilevel shelving and ladder featured at Handlebar's tavern, which used the same space before it closed earlier this year.

Barrett promises to bring some of the same flourishes to his new digs as those in his 5,000-square-foot distillery inside the Rohrbach Railroad Street Beer Hall and Brewery, which sits in a revamped window and door factory built in 1892. The brewery-distillery tandem help anchor the Rochester Public Market, one of the busiest farm-style markets in the country.

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Black Button Distilling to launch limited edition Lilac Gin

Black Button Distilling will launch its annual limited edition Lilac Gin on May 12 to mark the start of the Lilac Festival, officials announced Friday.

This year, the distillery—located at 85 Railroad St.—has made roughly 4,000 bottles of Lilac Gin. It will be ready for purchase at 11 a.m. May 12.

The product will be delivered to over 100 customer accounts across three states and purchases are limited to one case per person.

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BUSINESS: Rochester distillery opens site in Buffalo

ROCHESTER — Black Button Distilling, a grain to glass craft distillery based in Rochester, is opening a Buffalo tasting room in June.

The tasting room, at 149 Swan St., will feature the entire Black Button Distilling product line, along with other products from New York State like Rohrbach beers, Heron Hill wines, and cider from Steam Punk Cider. Drafts from breweries in the eastern part of New York state, many that can’t be found anywhere else in Buffalo, will also be served on a rotating basis.

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Black Button expands capacity; Buffalo tasting room planned

For Jason Barrett, head distiller and president of Black Button Distilling since it opened in 2014, a big moment came in 2016: he started getting paid. With the large spaces, expensive equipment and hands-on labor required to produce spirits commercially, it takes a critical mass of sales and production for a distillery to become profitable. New equipment and a planned Buffalo tasting room promise to help Black Button cross that threshold.

The distillery at 85 Railroad St. recently took delivery of two new stills. A 650-gallon still will increase capacity and eliminate a production bottleneck. In the summer, Black Button will also add fermenters to enable the distillery to ramp up to 5,000 bottles of spirits per week.

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Black Button Distilling to expand

Black Button Distilling will open a Buffalo tasting room in June, officials announced Thursday.

The new room will be located at 149 Swan St. It will feature the company’s products as well as other New York products such as Rohrbach beers, Heron Hill wines, and cider from Steam Punk Cider, the company said. Drafts from breweries in the eastern part of state will also be available.

“Buffalo, like Rochester, has a growing food and beverage community, and it features our largest base of consumers outside of Rochester, so it’s a natural extension for us to grow west,” said Jason Barrett, president and head distiller of Black Button Distilling. “Our main goal with the tasting room is to connect with the Buffalo community, and to show consumers what they can do with our products.

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Black Button Distillery heads west to Buffalo

Grain-to-glass distiller Black Button Distilling has agreed to lease the former Handlebar space in downtown Buffalo. The deal brings the Rochester-based distiller into the Buffalo market.

Black Button’s tasting room is slated to open in June in the Swan Street building that was renovated and reopened four years ago by developer/architect Jake Schneider. The Handlebar closed last fall.

The three-year-old Black Button produces a variety of gin, bourbon, vodka and moonshine.

“Buffalo, like Rochester, has a growing food and beverage community. and it features our largest base of consumers outside of Rochester, so it’s a natural extension for us to grow west,” Jason Barrett, Black Button president and distiller, said in a prepared release.

Barrett said the Buffalo site will just be a tasting room for its seven products. No distilling will take place at the property.

The featured products include: Four Grain Bourbon, Lilac Gin, Citrus Forward Gin, Apple Pie Moonshine, Bespoke Bourbon Cream, Port-Finished Bourbon and 20-Plate Vodka.

Other New York state-produced beverages will be sold in the tasting room, as will a limited tapas-style menu.

James Fink, Reporter, Buffalo Business First

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GSN Review: Black Button Port Finished Barrel Strength Single Barrel Straight Bourbon

Founded in 2012 and housed in a 5,000-square-foot space near Rochester’s historic Public Market, Black Button Distilling is the first grain-to-glass craft distillery in Rochester, NY since prohibition. Black Button Distilling specializes in farm to still products, using unique and all-natural ingredients from local farms to craft 1,450 bottles of award-winning spirits each week, distributed in 12 states.

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Black Button to unveil Barrel Reserve Citrus Forward Gin

Black Button Distilling is releasing its Barrel Reserve Citrus Forward Gin on Saturday, officials announced Friday. The product is half gin, half whiskey.

“Craft distilling is all about innovation and trying something new,” said Jason Barrett, president and head distiller. “First we lowered the juniper and added a lot more orange peel to craft our citrus forward gin. Then we took that gin, threw it in some used bourbon barrels and let it rest for a year on oak. Now we have this delightful limited release spirit that is the best of both worlds.”

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Black Button Teaches Craft Distilling, A Booming Industry

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Blac Button Distillery President and CEO Jason Barrett starts his three-day distilling class with a tour.

The students who are starting or thinking about starting their own distilleries have come to Black Button from as far away as Colorado, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.  

"There's a lot of technology to it," Barrett said. "There's a lot of different equipment out there and unlike brewing or wine-making, you're not allowed to do it at home."

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USA Today 10 Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distilleries 2016

Headframe Spirits, Huber's Starlight Distillery, Black Button Distilling and Copper & Kings also winners

Liqueur, brandy, absinthe, aquavit and amaro – these specialty spirits have found their way into the American craft distilling scene in a big way. We asked a panel of spirits experts to help us choose 20 of the best craft specialty spirits distilleries in the nation. We then turned things over to our readers, who have been voting for their favorites for the past four weeks. The results are in.

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