Bourbon may be our first love here at Black Button Distilling, but gin is a close second! So much so that our head distiller, Jeff Fairbrother and owner, Jason Barrett, were the 2nd and 4th Americans to be welcomed into the prestigious Gin Guild as Warden Nominated Rectifier and Warden Rectifier respectively. Started in London in the 1600s, the Gin Guild promotes and encourages commitment to excellence in gin distillation. Starting with an ultra-refined wheat-based spirit and infusing an alluring blend of botanicals, creates an exotic citrus experience that will have you coming back for more. Our Citrus Forward Gin can capture the hearts of the strongest gin critics, even those that are sure gin is just not their spirit. Named “The Official Gin of Summer” by Food and Beverage Magazine, the rich and juicy orange delivers a bold fruit taste and is a perfect match for the New York State Cascade hops and delicate notes of juniper. Citrus Forward will add a unique character to any cocktail. If you have never been a fan of the strong ‘tree’ flavor of gin, we encourage you to give gin another chance! It will put a twist on a classic Gin and Tonic, but is refined and smooth enough to be used in a Dry Gin Martini. The Black Button Team suggests using Citrus Forward in a classic Bee’s Knees cocktail; just add lemon juice and honey syrup (1:1 honey to boiling water), shake with ice and pour — perfect for porch sipping on a hot summer day.
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.
People always ask me if it was a hard decision to start my own company. And for me it wasn’t one decision, it was a series of them. It was a driving desire to strike out on my own; to make my mark on the world. My interest in distilled spirits grew over the years and when the chance to learn the trade 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? My name is Jason Barrett, I started my craft distillery at 24 years old, and I love distilling. I hope you will try our small batch, grain to glass spirits and join me in raising a glass and Live Large in Small Batches.
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.
Bright citrus notes on the nose
A hint of spice and hops on the tongue
Finishing with clean and refreshing hints of juniper
BEE'S KNEES 2 oz Gin ¾ oz Lemon Juice ½ oz Honey Syrup (1:1 Honey:Boiling Water) Shake with ice & strain Lemon wheel garnish
BRAMBLE 1 oz Gin ¾ oz Lemon Juice ½ oz Simple Syrup ½ oz Crème de Cassis or Crème de Mure Shake with ice & strain gin, juice & syrup Top with a drizzle of the Crème Blackberries & lemon wheel garnish
EL DIABLO ¾ oz Gin ¾ oz Blanco Tequila ¾ oz Crème de Cassis ½ oz Lime Juice Shake with ice & strain Top with 3 oz Ginger Beer Lime wheel garnish