Growing up, Jason spent a lot of time working with his grandfather in his family’s button factory in Rochester, New York. Their buttons were known around the world for their superior quality, and he imagined himself running the factory one day, carrying on the family tradition. But there was one little problem - Jason is color blind. Since making nothing but black buttons wasn’t an option, he decided to honor the values of hard work, entrepreneurship, and community that his grandfather taught him by pouring them into his passion for crafting spirits. In 2012, Jason founded Black Button Distilling. Black Button is Rochester’s first grain-to-glass distillery since prohibition. In the last few years, Jason has taken Black Button from a start-up distillery to a globally recognized force in the industry.
In 2021, Jason was recognized in Fast Company’s 5th Annual World Changing Ideas for his hand sanitizer work. Inc. Magazine listed BBD as one of New York’s Fastest Growing companies. The Wine Spirits and Education Trust has recognized Jason for being a key global influencer in the beverage industry, and in 2017, Jason was the fourth American to be inducted in the prestigious Gin Guild.
Led by our distillers, we embrace the techniques of the old world masters and embrace the new. The leadership of our distillers is crucial to our process, and helps keep Bently Heritage scientific, sustainable, and innovative.