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Black Button Distilling breaks ground on new tasting room and distillery in Rochester 

Black Button Distilling breaks ground on new tasting room and distillery in Rochester 

Black Button Distilling celebrated this week the groundbreaking of a new tasting room and distillery at 1344 University Ave. 

Black Button Distilling celebrated this week the groundbreaking of a new tasting room and distillery at 1344 University Ave.
Black Button Distilling celebrated this week the groundbreaking of a new tasting room and distillery at 1344 University Ave. with many elected officials in attendance. (submitted photo)

The tasting room at the new site is expected to open in the summer of 2023. Until then, the Black Button Distilling location at 85 Railroad St. will remain open. 

The move is expected to add nearly 20 jobs to the company within the first year, and up to 50 jobs in the coming years. 

The new location allows Black Button to more than quadruple their physical space to 28,000-square-feet from 5,000-square-feet. Average annual spirits production will increase to as much as 4,500 barrels in the first few years, up from 1,000 barrels of spirits per year now. 

The retail tasting room space will grow to 4,500-square-feet allowing for increased seating capacity, private event space and expanded hours of operation for the public.  

The announcement comes as Black Button celebrates its 10th year as a locally founded and owned business. The distillery has received countless accolades over the years, including landing on the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest growing companies four times in the past five years. 

“The best part about this move is that it is happening right here in the city we love,” said Jason Barrett, Black Button’s founder and master distiller. “We have received tremendous support from Rochesterians over the past decade and look forward to welcoming our guests into our new home on University Avenue in the summer of 2023.” 

Elected officials from local, state and regional offices attended the groundbreaking. They included Rochester Mayor Malik Evans, Congressman Joseph Morelle, New York State Senator Jeremy Cooney; County Executive Adam Bello, Chris Zeltmann, regional director for Senator Chuck Schumer and Bob Duffy, president and CEO of Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. 

Evans presented Barrett with a plaque to mark the occasion. 

“Jason and Black Button Distilling are the manifestation of the next level that we want to take Rochester,” Evans said. “This company has for the last ten years been operating like gangbusters out of Railroad Street, and the fact that they are going to relocate here to this spot shows that Rochester is a city that continues to be on the move.”  

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