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Tariffs on U.S. whiskey makers set to double in June

CNBC’s Frank Holland reports tariffs on whiskey exports to Europe will rise from 25 percent to 50 percent starting June 1. This could be a crippling blow to the American whiskey industry. Dad’s Hat Rye Founder Herman Mihalich joins to discuss the ongoing effects the tariffs are having on craft whiskey producers.

Dad’s Hat on the Best Whiskeys list this holiday season

Philly Inquirer food and spirits guru Craig LaBan has published his Best Whiskeys list for this holiday season. Among some fabulous competition, our Dad’s Hat Straight Rye made the list with a nod to its “richer mouthfeel and deeper concentration to the drink”. Check out the entire article at the jump below.


Dad’s Hat Among Food & Wine Magazine’s 20 Sustainable, Socially-Conscious Producers

Food & Wine contributor Brian Freedman recently cast the spotlight on 20 whiskeys, wines and other spirits that take sustainable production to the next level. Dad’s Hat is proud to make this list and join our fellow socially-conscious wine and spirits producers as we strive to make everything we do “the right way”. Hit the jump below for the full list.


Dad’s Hat Rye Now Available in Oklahoma

Whiskey fans and friends – the wait is over! Dad’s Hat Rye is expanding into Oklahoma. Our full line of farm-to-bottle rye whiskeys is now available in the Sooner State and we are proud to partner with our spirits distributor in the region, Republic National Distributing Co. (aka RNDC).

Tell your local retailer or bar/restaurant or venue to ask them to bring it in. Or, if you have a favorite place in OK, let us know & we’ll make the connection.

RNDC also represents Dad’s Hat in Texas. Check out Dad’s Hat availability in other states or around the world at our distributors page.

Flavors of Philly profiles the Dad’s Hat Rye distillery

Visit Philly profiles notable tourism destinations around the Greater Philadelphia area with their Flavors of Philly series. First up: Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey in Bristol, PA. Check out the distillery and others along the Whiskey Rebellion Trail, highlighting the mid-Atlantic region’s role as the true birthplace of American whiskey.


Fred Minnick reviews Dad’s Hat Straight Rye Whiskey

Fred Minnick, who has developed a very strong reputation in the whiskey biz with his YouTube channel “The Curation Desk”, recently did a live tasting on his weekly YouTube broadcast and had some very nice things to say about our Dad’s Hat Straight Rye Whiskey.

We totally agree with Fred’s quote… “This is how a rye is supposed to taste.”

Watch Fred’s full video with your whiskey-loving friends. The Dad’s Hat Straight Rye portion begins at 59:11.


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.

Read the full story…


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.

Read the full story…


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!


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.


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 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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