Jason Barrett

President and Head Distiller

I spent much of my childhood in a button factory in Rochester, New York. Not just any button factory, a world-renowned factory run by my legendary grandfather. I always dreamed of carrying on my family’s legacy but there was one problem - I’m color blind. Making all-black buttons was out of the question.

While honoring the values of hard work, entrepreneurship and community that my grandfather instilled in me, I forged my own path through my passion for crafting spirits. In 2012, I founded Black Button Distilling, the first grain-to-glass distillery in Rochester, New York since Prohibition.

We’ve grown tremendously over the last decade. Capturing a nationwide fanbase, our customers appreciate our adventurous but thoughtful approach to crafting spirits with top-notch, locally-sourced ingredients. We know M&T Bank’s Virtual Spotlight Shop customers will love them too.

We’ll even teach you how to mix cocktails like a pro or blend your very own whiskey through in-person or virtual classes. And if you haven’t tried our Bespoke Bourbon Cream yet, it’s a definite crowd-pleaser. This delicious spirit combines our hand-finished Bourbon and local farm-fresh New York State cream for a drink that delights. The perfect addition to any holiday cocktail and it’s also delicious on its own.

So, wherever you are, we invite you to raise a glass and celebrate the simple pleasure of a well-deserved spirit.