Black Button Distilling: Realizing a dream batch by batch

black-button-distilling_jason-b1arrettby Karl H. Kazaks

Jason Barrett reached out for a dream — a dream founded on a memory — and transformed that dream into reality: Black Button Distilling, based in Rochester, NY. The distillery was recently named one of the 10 best craft distilleries in the country in a USA Today readers’ poll.

A few years ago, Barrett was living in the Washington, D.C., area, working a job he didn’t like, practicing homebrewing, and noticing craft distilleries cropping up in the northern Virginia area and around the country. [Read more…]

Spencer Brewery, the first Trappist Brewery in the United States

wcbn-mr-38-4-spencer-brewery3786-copyby Laura Rodley

Visitors might have been surprised to see Trappist monks wearing long white robes covered by black scapulars selling their beer in the Young Building at the Big E during late September. But they delightedly stepped forward to buy their ticket to have their Spencer Trappist Beer Experience, with a table set up as it ordinarily would be, complete with a beer, during a dinner at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, MA. [Read more…]

Maple Lawn Winery and Cider House : Focus on fruit

wcbn-mr-53-4-maple-lawn-farm9586-copyby Sally Colby

Hugh McPherson and Matt Posey created a successful winery and cidery in record time, but they weren’t naïve when they delved into the project.

“We had been kicking around the idea for a long time,” said Hugh, whose family has owned and operated Maple Lawn Farms in York County, Pennsylvania, for more than 165 years. “It makes sense with what we do and who we are. We started filling out paperwork in the beginning of February 2015, and by December, we were serving guests. We were full throttle pretty much all of 2016.” [Read more…]

Maggie’s Farm Queen’s Share Rum wins highest honors at the 2016 NYISC… twice

wcbn-fl-18-1-maggie-farm-queen1PITTSBURG, PA — The 2016 New York International Spirits Competition through their annual blind judging of spirits has awarded Maggie’s Farm Queen’s Share two “Double Gold” medals. Both the rye aged and double oak aged versions were awarded the competition’s highest honor. Of nearly 600 spirits submitted world wide, no other distillery won multiple Double Gold medals. [Read more…]