Black Button Distilling is a true testament to all that New York State has to offer. Our Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey offers a unique character that represents our locally grown grains, while being approachable for all bourbon lovers. As a New York State farm distiller, we use only the finest corn, wheat, rye and malted barley —each sourced just a short drive from our distillery. We don’t just call ourselves a farm distillery, we get our hands dirty to earn that name. In 2018 Black Button purchased a farm, not only to start producing juniper and other botanicals for our gin, but to grow the oak to make our own barrels. To accomplish this, we will be using the beautiful white oaks already on the property, as well as planting new saplings. From wood, to grain, to your glass, this bourbon is Black Button. Our mash bill takes its time aging, waiting patiently for our distillers to taste the unique Black Button character in every sip. A quick pass of your nose brings aromas of fresh oak, toffee and leather. Take a sip and enjoy light caramel and vanilla flavors leading to a clean finish all the way to the bottom of your glass. The Black Button Team suggests enjoying it neat, but add a little New York State pride to your classic Old Fashioned and you won’t be disappointed.
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.
Aromas of fresh oak, toffee and leather
The sweet taste of caramel and vanilla on the tongue
Hints of charred oak and vanilla at the finish
BOURBON COOLER 1 oz Bourbon 1 oz Orange Juice 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup Shake vigourously with ice & strain Top with chilled sparkling wine Orange twist garnish
AUTUMN BOURBON & BEER 1 ½ oz Bourbon ¾ oz Lemon Juice ¾ oz Cinnamon Syrup 3 dashes Molasses Bitters Shake with ice & strain Top with 3-4 oz IPA Orange twist garnish