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Whiskey Taking Shots from all sides amid tariffs fight

BOB BATZ JR. / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — Retaliatory tariffs are taking hard shots at American whiskey, which had been booming in popularity abroad, too.

From 2001 to 2017, American spirits exports to China grew almost 1,200 percent to $12.8 million in 2017, and nearly $9 million of that is whiskey, according to the Distilled Spirits Council, which worries that China’s 25 percent tariffs will harm not only U.S. whiskey makers but also farmers who supply them grain and others.

U.S. whiskey also has been hit with tariffs from the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

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Five Brothers and a Dad’s Hat

Punch Brothers

Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey’s Punch Brothers Single Barrel Limited Release Available During Show at Union Transfer in Philadelphia

Punch Brothers, the Brooklyn quintet who are performing at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer on Monday, July 23rd, have selected a barrel of Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Straight Rye Whiskey that has been bottled by Dad’s Hat Co-founders Herman Mihalich and John Cooper to celebrate the band’s 2018 summer tour and the release of their new album, All Ashore, out July 20th on Nonesuch Records.

Punch Brothers tasted samples from several barrels of Dad’s Hat whiskey from the Bristol, PA distillery before selecting this particular barrel. As their 2010 song “Rye Whiskey” says, “Rye Whiskey makes the band sound better, makes your baby cuter, makes itself sweeter, oh boy!” This lyrics appear on the label of the newest Dad’s Hat, limited release bottles. The 124 proof, cask strength straight rye whiskey, will be available during the Punch Brothers show at Union Transfer.

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Farm To Bottle Whiskey Brings Back Lost Variety Of Rye

DOYLESTOWN, PA — As craft whiskey producers look for ways to improve their products, many are looking to the past, bringing back varieties of grain that have been largely lost from the country’s fields. Dad’s Hat, a Bristol, Pennsylvania-based craft whiskey producer is working with Delaware Valley University to bring back Rosen rye, a variety that was widely grown in the U.S. about 100 years ago. The University harvested a batch of Rosen rye on July 16 that Dad’s Hat will use to create a small, test batch of whiskey this summer.

“I don’t think anyone else is growing this type of rye in Pennsylvania,” said John Urbanchuk, the University’s chair of agribusiness. “The purpose of this project is to revive a heritage variety of rye.”

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Whisky Advocate Names Dad’s Hat One of The Best Under $40 to Drink on the Rocks

For most whisky lovers, a dram is a year-round beverage. But the influence of weather can change the way you enjoy your whisky. While you might prefer it neat during cooler months, the heat of summer sends some of us straight to the icebox. Don’t be shy: drinking it on the rocks is a time-honored, and delicious, way to enjoy whisky.

When temperatures rise, nothing refreshes like a tumbler of quaffable whisky over some cubes. In addition to cooling the liquid, ice also alleviates some of the harsher notes on lower-end products, meaning you don’t have to drink your most expensive stuff. Whether tanning poolside, working on your golf game, or relaxing after a day of yard work, here are six excellent whiskies worthy of your rocks glass.

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Single Barrel Straight Rye A Hit With Retailers & Restauranteurs Alike

BRISTOL, PA — Craft spirits aficionados have probably noticed the ever-growing popularity of single barrel straight whiskey, particularly over the last few years. But what is it, exactly, that makes this specially crafted expression so enticing to fans of craft whiskey?

The allure of these rare spirits is unique, both in the flavor and the singular quality of the carefully cultivated product.

Produced outside of a larger batch, the undiluted nature of single barrel whiskey delivers a bolder, more robust, taste. Each bottle, typically featuring a hand-written barreled-on-date, bottled-on-date and cask (aka barrel) number, is taken from an individual source and, therefore, boasts its own set of distinct characteristics.

“Single barrel whiskey provides an excellent opportunity to see a slightly different side to the more familiar expressions of many favorite brands. When retailers or restaurants buy single-barrel bottlings, it allows them to offer something truly unique which is not available anywhere else”, says Brian Freedman, a spirits expert for Forbes.com and Whisky Advocate contributor.

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Dad’s Hat Tabbed One of Best Rye Whiskeys Under $50

In case you missed it while you were busy enjoying a steady round of March Madness cocktails — earlier this spring, online spirits magazine PUNCH declared their love for rye whiskey in a thorough roundup of the nation’s best ryes under $50.

Dad’s Hat made the list with our classic Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey (not to mention a bonus nod for our slightly pricier Straight Rye). As always, we’re proud to be featured among some of the greatest whiskey brands money can buy.

Check out the full list and see what the expert PUNCH contributors had to say about the widening appeal of rye whiskey in today’s craft spirits landscape here.

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Dad’s Hat Rye’s Travis Scott Featured in the Bristol Times

Bristol Times reporter Samantha Bambino sat down with our very own Production Supervisor, Travis Scott, to talk about his first year of whiskey business. Travis joined the Dad’s Hat staff in the summer of 2016 after receiving his Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University to guide the distillery’s expansion as we ramped up production capacity to bring more of out real rye whiskey to the world.

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Dad’s Hat Rye Founder Talks Whiskey Business with Mac Edition Radio

Dad’s Hat Rye Founder Herman Mihalich sat down recently with Mac Edition Radio host Harris Fogel to chat about building a modern whiskey brand with some serious history during this year’s American Whiskey Convention at Citizens Bank Park.

Mac Edition Radio is dedicated to in-depth reporting, reviews, education, and analysis of technology, digital imaging, photography, audio, music, and consumer electronics.

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Dad’s Hat Rye On Pittsburgh Pirates Radio

Hey, pro baseball fans! The 2017 season is about to get started and the Dad’s Hat Rye team is right there with you for another exciting run. For the third straight year, Dad’s Hat is “Pennsylvania proud” to be a sponsor of Pittsburgh Pirates Pregame Show.

Stay tuned to Pittsburgh’s Hometown Sports Station 93.7 – The Fan before each Pirates home game to hear our new hand-crafted radio spot. The 30 second promo will run during drive time following the live “Dad’s Hat Tip of the Hat” pregame segment.
   

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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.

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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.

INCREASED DEMAND PROMPTS DAD’S HAT RYE DISTILLERY EXPANSION

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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