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Distillers collaborate on a special reserve Pennsylvania rye

Bob Batz Jr.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Seven distilleries across the state are contributing their rye whiskeys to create a special reserve Pennsylvania rye that will benefit the Whiskey Rebellion Festival.

The blending will be done in Washington, Pa., which is home to the festival and one of the flashpoints in the 1794 insurrection by farmers who thought they were being unfairly taxed on the whiskey they made from the rye they grew.

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Dad’s Hat Maple Finish Makes the “Glass of 2019”

Pittsburgh Current’s spirits writer Haley Frederick recently gave a “Glass of 2019″ nod to one of our personal faves – Dad’s Hat Maple Finish Rye. The Current’s Drinks Issue profiles many amazing distillers like Dad’s Hat working right here in Pennsylvania to give you an introduction to a few notable spirits that we think you should try.

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Dad’s Hat Rye featured on Binder’s Stash

Whiskey aficionado and craft cocktailer Bill Binder is bringing his love for the spirit to an intoxicating new docu-series set to premiere early 2019. “Binder’s Stash” will travel coast-to-coast exploring the best of American whiskey culture spanning 10 states and 25 cities. Dad’s Hat Rye will be among the Pennsylvania distillers featured in the eight-part series.

Catch the teaser trailer below and be sure to follow @bindersstash on instagram for the series’ official launch date.



Straight Rye Gets A Fresh New Makeover

Dad’s Hat Rye is very excited to announce that we are transitioning our straight whiskey from a previous standard of 3 years old to a minimum age of 4 years old. To celebrate, we are marking the upgrade with a new green label so it will be easy for fans to pick out this new product.

After many of our own internal taste tests, and industry expert evaluations, we concluded that the extra time in the barrel is worth the wait!

Learn more about Dad’s Hat Straight Rye Whiskey at the jump.


All New Festive Rye Whiskeys Now Available

Get down to historic Bristol, PA for an all new selection of festive whiskeys. Now available just in time for the holiday season – Dad’s Hat Maple Syrup Finish Rye and Honey Finish Rye!

Both of these new double finish whiskeys are made with our Classic Rye spirit then aged a second time in barrels that previously housed their local farm-made namesakes to add a distinct yet subtle edge. Nothing artificial is added, this is pure natural flavor.

That’s not all! We’re also releasing our rendition of an old school whiskey favorite as we introduce Dad’s Hat Rock & Rye – a blend of rye whiskey, fresh fruit, exotic spices and rock candy syrup.

All three rare spirits will be up for grabs on-site at our distillery this holiday season. We’ll be open this holiday season from 4pm to 7pm during the week starting December 10th for your holiday purchases, or if you just want to stop in for a cocktail.

Drop by and grab your limited edition bottles today!


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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 and Whisky Advocate contributor.


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.


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.


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.

Listen to the full interview here…

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.

Click below to check out the audio preview …

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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