We will be launching a Roger Wilco Barrel Selection from Dad's Hat Distillery.
Dad's Hat's Founder and Master Distiller, Herman Mihalich, will be on-site to answer all of your questions and walk us through some special bottles.
Herman is a friendly individual with an interesting background. I have placed his bio below.
RSVP: Please reply to this email by 10/15/18.
Herman Mihalich (5th from the left in picture) grew up in Monessen, PA where his grandfather started a speakeasy during Prohibition that became the family's bar. The family lived above the bar and his father always wore fedoras. When his father passed away, Herman inherited his dad’s hats and started wearing them. They became the inspiration for the brand name.
Herman met Co-Founder John Cooper when they both attended the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating, Herman spent 30+ years in the Chemical Industry. He had the idea to start a whiskey distillery after reading an article in the New York Times by Eric Asimov, that talked about the coming resurgence of Rye Whiskey. He wanted to do what he could to bring back the once proud legacy of Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey, something he always associated with his dad and grandfather and their bar. In 2010, Herman and John came up with a business plan and spent some time out at the Artisan Distilling Program at Michigan State. They shipped out Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey and worked on perfecting their recipe after doing extensive research into many of the old traditional Pennsylvania Rye Whiskeys. In 2011, the pair secured a space and started distilling in the Grundy Mill complex, an old textile mill located in Bristol, PA. The first bottles were available in 2012 and the brand has been growing ever since.
Dad's Hat makes Pennsylvania Style Rye Whiskey the right way. They use 80% local PA rye grain grown in Bucks County by Meadow Brook Farms, 15% malted barley, and 5% malted rye. Products include the Classic Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey, aged 9 months in 15 Gallon, 1/4 cask barrels. The Classic Rye received Craft Whiskey of the Year by Whisky Advocate. A Pennsylvania Straight Rye Whiskey that is aged between 3-4 years in traditional 53 gallon barrels, that received a 91.5 rating from the 2018 Jim Murray Whisky Bible. A Port Wine Finish Rye whiskey that is finished for 3-6 months in Quady Winery ex-port wine barrels and has received a gold medal from Tastings.com. A Vermouth Finish that is finished for 3-6 months in Quady Winery Vya Sweet Vermouth Barrels, that received Top 100 Spirits accolades from Wine Enthusiast.