ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Black Button Distilling, Rochester NY’s first and finest farm distillery, and one of the top 5 Craft Distilleries in the USA according to USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice poll, announces the launch of Black Button Farm & Forestry, located on 19 acres on Route 32 in South Bristol, New York.
The creation of Black Button Farm & Forestry is a monumental step for the Black Button Distilling mission and represents the culmination of a lifelong dream to grow the best possible ingredients to make the finest craft spirits in New York State. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, Black Button Farm & Forestry will grow juniper for gin, white oak to make barrels for distilling, fresh herbs and spices, and organic honey for cocktails. All plants and trees will come from Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care, a Rochester, NY based business that has long supported New York State agriculture.
“Whiskey making takes patience, years of training, hard work and a bit of luck,” said Jason Barrett, Black Button Distilling President and Head Distiller. “So does farming, and by growing our own ingredients we ensure a constant supply of the highest quality ingredients to make the finest spirits in Western NY. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time than by connecting with the Finger Lakes – an area that has given me so much – and helping to cultivate a new agricultural tradition which will live on long after I am gone. As we grow this farm to its full potential, our spirits will become ever more engrained in the place where we make them. And that is the true definition of Black Button farm distilling,” he said.
A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to help purchase the root stock, saplings, tools, and equipment needed to make Black Button Farm & Forestry flourish. Contributions will not only support locally sustainable family farming, but will help to lower Black Button Distilling’s carbon footprint, help save the bees that pollinate all crops, and contribute to our local economy and culture. Several rewards are available in appreciation. Details about the campaign and how you can help are here.
For more information about Black Button Farm & Forestry visit www.blackbuttondistilling.com/farm
About Black Button Distilling
Black Button Distilling is the first grain-to-glass farm distillery in Rochester, NY since prohibition and one of the top 5 Craft Distilleries in the USA, according to USA Today’s 10Best 2016 and 2017 Readers’ Choice poll. Founded in 2012 and housed in a 9,000-square-foot space near Rochester’s historic Public Market, Black Button Distilling specializes in farm to still products, using unique and all-natural ingredients from local farms to craft 2,400 bottles of award-winning spirits each week, distributed in 12 states. Visit Black Button’s Distillery and Tasting Room located in Rochester, or their Tasting Room and Bottle Shop at 149 Swan Street, in Buffalo.