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Dad’s Hat Rye Nominated for 2017 James Beard Award

BRISTOL, PA — Dad’s Hat Rye Founders Herman C. Mihalich and John S. Cooper have been nominated as semifinalists for The James Beard Foundation Awards in the category of “Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional”.

The James Beard Foundation Awards are presented annually by the James Beard Foundation in recognition of excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary education in the United States. Established in 1990, The Beard Awards are often regarded in the culinary industry as “The Oscars of Food.”

The Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. The entire list of semifinalists for the 2017 Restaurant and Chef Awards can be found here. The list of finalists will be announced in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 15 and revealed in real time simultaneously on Facebook Live and Twitter.

For a list of all of this year’s nominees, go to

Limited Release Dad’s Hat Bottled In Bond Straight Rye Now Available!

BRISTOL, PA — Dad’s Hat is pleased to announce the release of our first-ever Dad’s Hat Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whiskey! Join us as we’ll be making limited quantities of this rare rye available for purchase exclusively at the distillery. Established by Congress in 1897, the “Bottled-in-Bond” Act was developed to protect consumers from bogus whiskey through strict quality requirements, including:

  • Whiskey must be made in same distillery and during the same distilling season/year
  • Aged no less than 4 years
  • Bottled at 100 proof (50% ABV)

Priced at $100 per bottle, the limited collection will be sold on a first come, first serve basis — so be sure to make your plans now!

See the product details here.


BRISTOL, PA — On the heels of gaining Whisky Advocate’s revered 2015 Craft Whiskey of the Year Award last December, as well as having their Vermouth Finish Rye Whiskey recognized by Wine Enthusiast as one of the Top 100 Spirits of 2015, Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye has expanded their distillery from 6,000 to 10,000 square feet and purchased new equipment, while also adding a regional sales person and an apprentice distiller to work under Founders Herman Mihalich and John S. Cooper.

Five years after launching as the first whiskey distillery in PA since the 1980s, Mihalich and Cooper, whose company is known for consistently making every drop of whiskey from scratch since commencing operating, are adding employees and additional equipment, following an incredible increase in demand in light of the two highly respectable awards.

Dad’s Hat began shipping its first bottles in early June of 2012, which was just about a year after starting production at the Bristol distillery. Since then, the company has expanded sales to nearly 20 states, and over 25 countries overseas. The new production capacity, which will be expanded by a remarkable 250%, will allow the company to expand sales in markets it serves and to add new markets.

Dad’s Hat only makes rye whiskey — a quarter cask aged rye, and two double finished ryes (aged a second time in vermouth barrels and port wine barrels after aging in new oak barrels). As of 2015, a fourth expression was added to the range with the introduction of Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Straight Rye Whiskey. This whiskey, aged at least 3 years in 53 gallon new oak barrels, was an important addition to the company’s rye whiskey lineup.

“It was a fundamental game changer,” Cooper said of the Whisky Advocate award. “The phones have been ringing off the hook. Demand is a wonderful problem to have, but as the interest level is going up, under no circumstance, will we reduce our quality.”


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Most Saturday afternoons (by appointment only), we offer tours of the Dad’s Hat Rye distillery in Bristol, PA. 

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