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This campaign is to raise $20K to fund the first barrels of Bourbon to be produced in Rochester, NY since before Prohibition.

It takes money and time to make bourbon. Of course distilling equipment and a solid recipe are important as well. The more barrels of whiskey we can put away now, the more bourbon we will have to share when it is ready.

Our stretch goals would also allow us to branch out into other styles of whiskey.

If we raise $30,000, we will have enough money to make the sweeter Double Barrel Bourbon, which takes 3-4 years to reach maturity.

If we raise $50,000, we will work with our neighbor, Rohrbach Brewing Company, to create a Scotch Style, All Malt Whiskey that will age in our used Bourbon Barrels.

If we raise $80,000, we will have enough money to make Bourbon that we will finish in Port and Sherry Casks. These cask conditioned whiskeys have truly unique flavors acquired from the original liquors aged in this wood.

And if we raise $100,000, then our Head Distiller, Jason Barrett, will dress up as Paul Revere and ride through the streets of Rochester on horseback, waving his flag to announce that "The Whiskey is Coming!!!"

Panaroma of our Distillery Production Floor
Panaroma of our Distillery Production Floor

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Since we have already received our Federal Basic Distillers Permit, and we are already well into the licensing cycle with NY State, the risk of us not becoming operational is limited. All of the other aspects of the project are complete: we have found suppliers for the barrels, we have contracted with farmers for the grains, and our equipment itself is all in place and operational. All we need now to bring great Craft Bourbon to Rochester is your support.

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  • Website- www.blackbuttondistilling.com

    Facebook- www.facebook.com/BlackButtonDistilling

    Twitter- https://twitter.com/BlackButton85

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  • Well first of all thank you for your support in helping us to bring whiskey to Rochester. We are more than happy to help you support us in any way you can. So if more than one reward looks good to you just choose one and add the dollars for the other one to it. Then shoot me an email letting me know that's what you did so I make sure you end up on the list for both of those rewards. And once again thank you for helping us bring whiskey to Rochester.

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  • Originally conceived to be one person and one T-shirt per pledge we are modifying this offer to now allow for two people to come to the opening party on the date that is identified in the reward statement.

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    Two invitations to a private opening party for Kickstarter Backers where you and your guest will experience a full tour of our production are and tasting room, as well as receive one exclusive Kickstarter Founders T-Shirt and two Black Button Bumper Sticker. When we ask for size info in a later email please only give us the size of the person who will wear the shirt not both people attending the party. Again it is two tickets to the party, one t-shirt and two stickers.

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  • Yes we are still accepting new backers until Thursday Nov 21, 9:30pm EST when our kickstarter closes. After that you should visit our website (https://blackbuttondistilling.com/merchandise/) or visit our tasting room next to the Rochester Public Market.

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    A heartfelt "Thank You" and a shout-out on our social media pages.

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    A Black Button Bumper Sticker or Embroidered Patch (you pick) so you can show your support for Rochester Craft Spirits.

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    Become a member of our Bottling Crew. Have you ever wanted to put whiskey in a bottle? Do you want to get your hands dirty and say you personally helped bring the first batches of Black Button to local shelves? Then this is the reward for you. Bottling events will be scheduled on Saturdays as well as Weekday evenings. Many dates will be available to choose from throughout the spring.

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    GET YOUR NAME ON THE KICKSTARTER BARREL!!! Bourbon Barrel #7 will be designated our Kickstarter Barrel. We will laser engrave or hand write the name of every person who backs us at 30$ or more. So get your name on a barrel and help us bring our dreams to reality!!! (You may also purchase this in honor of a friend or loved one. We will ask you what you want written on the barrel) If we get enough names Barrel #8 will be engraved on as well.

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    A full tour of our production and tasting rooms with the ability to book your date before we are open to the general public. Also each person gets a Black Button Kickstarter Founder's T-shirt, so that you can show the world you helped bring Whiskey to Rochester.

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    If you are one of our out-of-town friends who still want an exclusive Kickstarter Founder's T-Shirt and Black Button Bumper Sticker, then this option is for you. Includes shipping. Don't worry, no pesky additional fees down the road.

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    International Friends and Family. We have heard your call. We want your help to bring Black Button Distilling to every continent and every corner of the Globe. So we will ship to you anywhere in the world a Black Button Flask, A Black Button Patch and a Black Button Sticker. But you also have to promise to take a picture of your Black Button Swag for us when you get it.

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    Invitation to a private opening party for Kickstarter Backers where you will experience a full tour of our production are and tasting room, as well as receive an exclusive Kickstarter Founders T-Shirt and Black Button Bumper Sticker. Party will be Thursday evening of our first week in operation.

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    Invitation to a private opening party for Kickstarter Backers where you will experience a full tour of our production area and tasting room, as well as receive an exclusive Kickstarter Founders T-Shirt and Black Button Bumper Sticker. Party will be Wednesday evening of our first week in operation.

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    Another reward for our out of town friends. As always shipping is included for 125$ you get a Kickstarter founders t-shirt, a Black Button Sweatshirt, a baseball hat, one flask, one patch and one bumper-sticker.

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    A seat in our full day Distilling 101 class held with our Master Distiller Jason Barrett. Attendees will view and participate in various parts of the mashing, fermenting, distilling, filtering, proofing, and bottling processes, giving them a complete view into the art of making distilled spirits. If you've ever wanted to see a Still in action and witness how a whisky mash is made then this is the class for you. We will also send you home with an empty 2 liter barrel engrave with "Black Button Distilling", perfect for your home aging or displaying, and a Kickstarter Founders T-shirt.

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    Be a craft distiller for a day. Come and make whiskey, vodka, or gin hands on with us during the week. Taste it as it comes off the still, help us decide where to make the cuts, change the hoses, get down and dirty, and experience what a distillery really does all day long when no one else is watching. Many dates available. Scheduling to be coordinated through out the spring of 2014.

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    You will receive an exclusive Kickstarter Founders T-shirt and a 5 gallon empty Whiskey Barrel Engraved with "Black Button Distilling" for you to age in or display. You will also get a signed bottle of our Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup. These items should be ready for pickup from our tasting room by January 2014. When you come in to pick them up, your tour is on us.

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    Do you want an actual bourbon enhanced barrel? We will engrave your name on a barrel and when we have emptied it of all the bourbon we will send you home with the empty 30 gallon barrel to age some homebrew in, show off in your man cave, or cut up into great smoking wood for your home smoker. You will also receive a Kickstater Founder T-shirt and bragging rights for the full two years as your barrel ages whisky in our warehouse.

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    Pancake breakfast at the Tasting Room for you and 20 of your guests. Our Head Distiller Jason Barrett will be flipping flapjacks just for you. Pour on some of our Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, fill up on the sausage, pancakes, orange juice and coffee, because it's all included! You and your guests will also receive a full tour of our facility and an opportunity to ask any questions you may have while we are cooking for you.

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    Do you want to get a full set of Black Button Swag for you and your friends or roommates? Then how does this sound: A Black Button Distilling Cornhole set, 4 Kickstarter Founders T- shirts, 4 six-ounce BBD flasks, a BBD Engraved 5 gallon barrel, 4 BBD Bumper stickers, 4 BBD Baseball Caps, and 8 tours of our production area and tasting room along with a special gift for each person on the tour. Get your roommates/friends together and get all decked out in Black Button Swag!

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    Have a private party at the Black Button Distilling Tasting Room! An evening for you and 30 of your closest friends, including a private tour with our Head Distiller, Jason Barrett. Special demonstrations and a unique gift for each guest will be provided along with hors d'oeuvres from one of our partner restaurants.

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