Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today it acquired a minority stake in craft spirits maker Black Button Distilling. The investment was made through Constellation’s venture capital group that identifies and invests in premium, emerging brands in categories that provide strong scalability, consumer appeal, and a unique niche or point of differentiation in the market.Read More
ROCHESTER, NY (AUGUST 15, 2018)– Black Button Distilling, Rochester NY’s first and finest farm distillery, and one of the top 5 craft distilleries in the USA according to USA Today’s 10Best Readers' Choice poll, has just been named to Inc. Magazine's Top 5,000 list, an annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Black Button Distilling has earned the rank of number 2,020 on the 2018 list, making it the fastest growing distillery in North East.Read More
Bristol, N.Y. -- Black Button Distilling is now making its own ingredients from its new farm in Ontario County.
The company plans to grow juniper for gin, along with white oak to make barrels, fresh herbs and spices at the new Black Button Forestry & Farm on County Road 32 in Bristol. Black Button will also work to make its own honey, and you can help by donating to its Kickstarter campaign.Read More
ROCHESTER BUSINESS JOURNAL
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...Read More
STEP OUT BUFFALO
Details: Grab some friends and head to this local distillery to taste their spirits ASAP. Their gorgeous bar features cocktails and tastings, and/or you can shop around for bottles of their wildly popular spirits to take home. Pro tip: use Black Button Bourbon Cream ($34.99) to concoct an adult Root Beer Float of sorts. Yes, Root Beer. Just trust me. You need this in your life.Read More
THE WHISKEY WASH
By Zack Braunstein / January 1, 2018
The craft and art of whiskey-making has always involved a degree of looking backwards; the drink itself is an expression of captured aging – a history experienced in each sip. You can’t seem to separate the making of a new whiskey from the history of the process, the history of the maker, and the history of the location in which the spirit is distilled.
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.Read More
GOOD SPIRITS NEWS
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.Read More
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.Read More
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Several craft distillers have banded together to create Empire Rye, an appellation they hope will help them break from the pack of new craft whiskeys.
Empire Rye — an appellation that requires, among other things, that distillers use New York State grain and age their whiskey for at least two years — represents a novel turn in American distilling. At a time when bourbon is made by small distillers in 48 states, Mr. Williams and his co-conspirators are betting that consumers will buy into the idea of a spirit distinguished by its regional pedigree, in the same way that millions of drinkers worldwide identify Jack Daniel’s as Tennessee whiskey, or Château Latour as Bordeaux wine.Read More
IN THE BUFF
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!Read More
USA TODAY 10 BEST
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.Read More
DISTILLER BLOG by Brad Japhe, September 8, 2017
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).Read More
After making bourbon and other spirits in Rochester for five years, Black Button Distilling is expanding, with a second location in Buffalo. In honor of National Bourbon Day, Ashley Doerzbacher visited the original location on Railroad Street in Rochester to sample the spirits and see how they're made.Read More
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.Read More
ROCHESTER BUSINESS JOURNAL
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.Read More
FINGER LAKES TIMES
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.Read More
DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE
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 thresholdRead More