3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Registration
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Building Tours
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Reception at TRATA
Station 55 was the recipient of BOMA Rochester's 2012 BUILD RECOGNITION AWARD for RENOVATED BUILDING. The facility is owned by Costanza Enterprises and BOMA Rochester member Drew Costanza.
Features include studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom So-Ho style loft apartments in downtown Rochester. It features spacious floor plans, high ceiling and original details.
Station 55 offers easy access and is conveniently located on the entrance to the Rochester Public Market.
- 5,000 square foot space with vaulted ceilings, skylights and Railroad Street access. Ideal for restaurant, retail, distributor or warehouse-can be sub-divided.
- 1800 square foot space with high ceilings, exposed brick, outdoor terrace for seating and garage style bay doors. Perfect for a coffee shop, deli or convenience store or other small retail or office.
Black Button Distillery
Found at 85 Railroad St., next door to Rochester staple brewery Rohrbach Brewing Company and just a block from the Rochester Public Market, Black Button is a small batch distillery producing whisky, gin and vodka. At the moment, Black Button offers four varieties of spirit, all with their own signature twist, including two varieties of wheat vodka, a citrus gin and an unaged corn whiskey "Moonshine".
"First we had to get our farm distillery license, then our CDS [Controlled Dangerous Substance] license, then our liquor license; all in all, the process took over a year and a half," said Barrett.
Well worth the wait, the flavor of love is found in each sip of every spirit. The gin, a warm, orange-y romp backed by the light presence of Juniper is a sweet, mild take on a classic liquor. The vodka: packed wheat and full of complex flavors not typically expected from a neutral spirit. And the moonshine is something different altogether. The flavor of corn is first to come to the table, but soon followed by a rich flavor reminiscent of a refined, aged whiskey (though it is not) and finished with a smooth, gentle kick. It's unique, strange, harsh, smooth and just downright wonderful. And for those who don't drink, Black Button also produces a house-made, barrel aged maple syrup.
It's all made on sight, just a looking glass away from the ski-lodge styled bar. A massive stainless steel and copper pot still, followed by three stainless steel towers, marked with small, 6-inch wide glass portholes all the way up for collecting the steam of each variety, stand atop a plain cement floor. The tallest tower, reaching to the top of the ceiling nearly thirty feet up, is used for vodka, while the shortest, a ten foot tower with a copper centerpiece is used for whisky.
"Vodka we want the highest proof of the still," said Barrett, "it's not supposed to retain all of the qualities of the wheat, so we have to get it at around 190 proof, while the whiskey should retain more of the characteristics of the grain."
All told, 500 gallons of water and 1,500 pounds of grain are put into the fermentation vat, producing a grand total of 400 bottles of liquor.
While Black Button is young, the future looks bright, with more unique varieties of craft liquor on the way, including charred American White Oak barrel-aged four-grain bourbon, set for release in December of 2015, along with some other concoctions in research and development, such as an Apple-Pie Moonshine. A classic recipe, the Black Button Moonshine meets cinnamon and apple in a sweet, tasty and unquestionably smooth drink fit for any party.
Black Button is Rochester at its most original and finest, right down to the name.
"My family has owned a button factory on Monroe Avenue for four generations," said Barrett, "I'm colorblind, so the joke's always been that I could always sort the black buttons."
It's in this spirit of fun, and combined with a true passion for the art of distillation that Black Button makes their brews, in a way where you can taste every hint of grains, yeast, water and whole bunch of love.
Rohrbach Brewing Company
As a beer lover who had recently returned to Rochester after an assignment in the village of Rohrbach, Germany, John Urlaub started the Rohrbach Brewing Company. The goal was to serve the Rochester area quality handcrafted beers with incredible flavor.
Rohrbach's first location was at the German House in Rochester's South Wedge neighborhood. It opened in 1992 and thrived for ten years. Our Brewpub on Buffalo Road was opened in 1995 and is still going strong. Rohrbach's newest facility and tasting room opened on Railroad Street in Rochester's historic public market district.
Over the years, Rohrbach's has become one of Rochester's signature brewers with many award-winning varieties to choose from year-round.
After the tour join us at
TRATA: The Restaurant at the Armory.
145 Culver Road, Rochester 14620
Members are Complimentary
First Time Guests who are prospective members are Complimentary - contact BOMA office to RSVP
just $35 for this tour.
We hope to see you at this Building Tour on Thursday, March 20th.