NY Winery Of The Month
Black Button Distilling
Since 1922 Jason Barrett's 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 all over the world. At a young age, Jason went to work in his grandfather’s factory, but it was clear he was meant for a different path.
Jason broke tradition and decided to make whiskey. The lessons he learned in the factory as a kid still guide him to this day; work hard, work with your hands, make your product the best on the market, and you can’t cheat time. Black Button Distilling pays homage to Jason's grandfather and the world he knew – where real men worked hard and drank real pot distilled whiskey.
Jason's interest in distilled spirits grew over the years and when the chance to learn to distill came along, he jumped at it. When it came time to sell his house, leave his job and move back to his 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?"-Jason Barret
In April 2017, Jeff Fairbrother and Jason Barrett of Black Button Distilling were welcomed into the Gin Guild as Warden Nominated Rectifier and Warden Rectifier in recognition of their roles in gin production. They were, respectively, the 2nd and 4th Americans to be installed in this prestigious organization.