Black Button Distillery heads west to Buffalo

BUFFALO BUSINESS FIRST

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.

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

GOOD SPIRITS NEWS

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

ROCHESTER BUSINESS JOURNAL

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

SPECTRUM LOCAL NEWS

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Black 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

USA TODAY 10 BEST
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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Black Button named a top U.S. craft distillery

ROCHESTER BUSINESS JOURNAL

Black Button Distilling has been named one of USA Today’s “10 Best” as part of the company’s 2016 Readers’ Choice poll, officials announced Tuesday.

“Black Button has grown far beyond my wildest dreams,” said Jason Barrett, Black Button Distilling president and head distiller.

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Black Button plans 3-day distilling course

ROCHESTER BUSINESS JOURNAL

Black Button Distilling this fall plans to offer a three-day course, “The Craft Distilling Experience.”

The course will be Sept. 16 to 18 and is designed to help those with some background in the distilling industry to transition to commercial distillation, company officials said.

Jason Barrett, president and head distiller of Black Button Distilling, will teach the course.

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Prohibition is (almost) over in New York State

DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE

If you’ve ever wondered why you couldn’t order a Bloody Mary with your Sunday brunch or have a toast with your friends before your 11 a.m. tee time, you can chalk it up to New York state’s 1934 law that prohibited restaurants, bars and athletic stadiums, bowling alleys and golf courses from selling alcohol before noon on Sundays.

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Cold Brew Heats Up

HEMISPHERES MAGAZINE

Good things come to those who wait—even when it comes to coffee. Instead of iced coffee (adding cubes), cold-brewing coffee involves ano-heat steeping process that can take up to 18 hours and, according to devotees, results in a superior, stronger cup of joe.

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Distilleries release limited edition Collaboration Whiskey

ROCHESTER BUSINESS JOURNAL

Black Button Distilling and the O’Begley Distillery have released a limited edition Collaboration Whiskey—a blend of both firms’ whiskeys in wooden casks—officials say.

“Black Button and O’Begley have grown up alongside each other in Rochester,” said Jason Barrett, owner and head distiller of Black Button Distilling, in a statement.

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Fast Start: Rochester’s new generation of craft

ROCHESTER BUSINESS JOURNAL
In three years Jason Barrett has built a distillery from nothing, earned national accolades for his spirits and added local jobs to Rochester’s economy—all under the age of 30.

Last year, Barrett, 28, successfully led his company, Black Button Distilling, to expand distribution to 11 states. This year he plans to increase sales by 50 percent.

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Fiercely local distillery beginning to hit milestones.

THE EQUIPPED BREWER

by J.V. Bolkan 
Fiercely local distillery beginning to hit milestones.

Black Button Distilling hasn’t been open for even two years, but being young isn’t a problem for this Rochester, New York craft distillery. Owner and distiller, Jason Barrett, began the business at the tender age of 24, but seems to have matured early, much like one of his cherished small-barrel bourbons. Black Button produces a citrus-flavored gin, a variety of white whiskeys (moonshine), and a soon-to-be-released bourbon. Ingredients are sourced exclusively from NY state. The distillery also features a tasting room/cocktail lounge.

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Black Button Distilling Livin’ Large with Small Batch Thanks to NY Laws – Doubles Capacity

DISTILLERY TRAIL

Black Button Distilling, a New York state farm distillery, marks another year of growth and change with a return to self-distribution in the Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo regions.

In two short years since the distillery opened in January 2014, Black Button Distilling has hired additional production staff and doubled the original size of the distillery to accommodate the demand for their craft spirits. Black Button product is available via distributors in Utica, New York City, and elsewhere as well as 11 states across the Northeast.

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