Black Button Distilling offers two different kind of classes to help new distillers or folks considering joining the industry to learn how to make whiskey, vodka and gin. We also help with safety issues and licensing.
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craft distilling experience
3 Day Group Class
$950/person - ½ price for second person from the same distillery
Select Dates - February and June
Knowledge is power and here at Black Button Distilling we endeavor to share with our guests the knowledge necessary to feel confident in opening their own craft distillery. Interested parties will include whiskey and gin lovers, entrepreneurs and those seriously considering or in the process of opening a craft distillery. Our 3 day program will run from 9am-5pm each day and will include breakfast and lunch.
This class is geared towards those who already possess a basic understanding of spirits and distillation and are looking to make the jump into commercial distillation. Although all are welcome to attend to the class will be business and production oriented.
Topics to be covered:
• Class Introductions
• History of Black Button
• In-depth factory tour
• Branding and label development
• Marketing strategies
• Making the most of Social Media
• Picking a glass bottle
• Finding a label printer
• Business Planning
• Writing a successful Business Plan
• Finding and working with distributors
• Sales team management
• Paying your TTB taxes
• Getting your TTB Bond
• Insurance/ Licensing
• Recipe development
• Basics of Mashing
• Fermentation procedures
• Gin Development
• Basics of Distilling and making cuts
• Reviews and awards
• Equipment Sourcing
• Filtering equipment
• Hoses, valves and custom equipment
• Equipment needs
• Credit Card processing
• Tasting of Spirits from barrels
• Barrel aging theory and fundamentals
Master Distilling Class
3 Day Private Class
$4,500 per person - $1,000 per additional person from the same distillery
Select Dates - January through August - must be planned well in advance
This one on one program will put the student right into the thick of distilling with our staffs concentration on your operation. The course is designed to give a single student one on one hands on training in craft distillation, business plan consultations and help in navigating the TTB and COLA process. Black Button distilling is a grain based craft distillery and is best versed in Whiskey, Vodka and Gin. Assistance can be provided for fruit based spirits, rum and cordials with prior notice. By the end of the class the student(s) will be immersed in mashing and fermentation procedures, stripping run procedures, marketing and distribution assistance as well as how to proof, bottle and pay your federal TTB taxes. Students should come to the class with a well thought out business plan, a basic or intermediate understanding of distilling and the expectation that they will be working in an operating distillery for the course. This is not a classroom type setting this is a 100% hands on experience that is designed to save students from the common mistakes in the industry and allow them a leg up when they launch their brand.
This course is offered once a month on a first come first serve basis. Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss potential dates and your specific interests.
Additional consultation is available after the class including full recipe development, brand development and setup of equipment. Prices available upon request.
Price does not include transportation, lodging or meals other than lunch during the 3 day course period. Payment is due upon reserving class date. Classes will be tailored to the specific needs of the student within reason with prior notice. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Given the in depth nature of the class about your specific business plan we do not allow distillers from more than one operation at a time to avoid any issues with confidentiality. This consultation is very specific and we want to insure total focus on our student(s) at that time.
Black Button Distilling | 85 Railroad Street, Rochester, NY 14609 | Near the Rochester Public Market!
Monday & Tuesday: Closed | Wednesday & Thursday: 3pm - 9pm | Friday & Saturday: 11am - 10pm | Sunday: 11am - 4pm