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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 and Whisky Advocate contributor.

“The range of expressions embodied by Dad’s Hat’s single barrel, cask strength options is stunning, and a true testament to the company’s dedication to the craft of producing world-class rye.”


So when Dad’s Hat began making a single-barrel version of its renowned Pennsylvania Straight Rye Whiskey, it was no surprise it was an immediate hit with fans. Not only are retailers selecting Dad’s Hat’s Whiskey by the barrel to be on their shelves, but restauranteurs are now adding it to their menu as well.

Recently, people like Stephen Starr, the prominent Philadelphia-based eatery impresario, along with fellow restauranteur, Aimee Olexy (Talula’s Table and Talula’s Garden), visited the Bucks County distillery to hand-select a barrel of cask strength Dad’s Hat Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey for their new restaurant, The Love.

In fact, single-barrel produced bottles of Dad’s Hat has also sprung up at other restaurants and locations in Philadelphia and around the country, including Amis (two Philadelphia locations and Westport CT), Binny’s Beverage Depot (Chicago area spirits retailer), BevMo (Retailer with locations in AZ, CA, and Washington state), PA Fine Wine & Good Spirits Stores and Total Wine & More (locations nationwide).

Of course, they’re not the only ones raving about Dad’s Hat Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey.

“The range of expressions embodied by Dad’s Hat’s single barrel, cask strength options is stunning, and a true testament to the company’s dedication to the craft of producing world-class rye,” says Freedman.

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.


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!



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