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Check in with our blog for whiskey insights, timely announcements and exclusive posts direct from the distillery regarding the world of Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye.

Craft Spirits On the Map in Philly


As those who attended Philadelphia magazine’s Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival last fall witnessed, Dad’s Hat is just one of many area distillers making big noise in the craft spirits world. Craft distilling has definitely come a long way since we started making our trademark rye whiskey in Bristol way back in 2012.

From Quakertown to Camden, now you can find burgeoning spirits artisans all over metro Philly, as can be seen with a great interactive map of area distilleries from Visit Philadelphia. See you out on the trail!

Barrels For Brewing Program


Are you a home brewer, craft brewer or brew pub looking for unique barrels? When supplies allow, Dad’s Hat Rye offers our used 15 gallon barrels available for purchase thanks to the home brewing experts at Keystone Homebrew. Contact Keystone Homebrew Supply at 215-855-0100 for availability and more information.

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Expanded Distribution in NY State and Kentucky


Dad’s Hat Whiskeys will now be available from The Winebow Group throughout New York State. We are very excited to work the team from Winebow as they will offer greater coverage in not only the NYC area but now the entire state of New York. Republic Nation Distribution Company is now distributing our products throughout Kentucky and we are thrilled to be selling our whiskey in the home state to many of the leading bourbon whiskey distilleries.



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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