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!!!"
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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.
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.
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.
So it should now read
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.
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.