Starting from Scratch, The only way to make genuine small batch rye Tuesday, February 11, 6:30-8 pm $20 (free for wine club members)
Spirits. There is a richness, depth and warmth within a glass. And when we're talking spirits we must mention Whiskey. We explore the specific Rye Whiskey of the US. It is almost like wine in that Americans explore with anything! Port barrels, Vermouth finished (is that like grass finished?), blends and straight rye whiskey. Taste the difference the grain makes with our host Michael.
A message from the Founder “My Dad wore hats. Real hats. The kind you only see in old pictures or movies these days. He had a lot of hats. His favorites were Stetson fedoras, handcrafted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Before he left the house each day, he’d carefully choose one from the rack and don it. The hat always seemed to fit his mood – or the occasion – perfectly. My dad’s gone now but my mind somehow keeps coming back to those hats. People don’t really wear hats much anymore, I suppose. It’s become an affectation or a fashion statement. In those days, it was something more. A symbol of optimism. That we cared about quality, polish and finish. A subtle, personal signature. From an era when taking the time to do it the right way mattered.
We founded Dad’s Hat Rye because we, too, want to do it the right way. To take up a tradition and make something that mattered — by hand, in small batches, using only natural, local ingredients and the most careful methods. Dad’s Hat is made right here in Pennsylvania – the birthplace of genuine rye whiskey – in honor of my father, who enjoyed rye whiskey and served it at the family’s tavern, and of that wonderful, optimistic time in America’s history when we made a lot of things and took care to make them well. My heart tells me that many of us are searching for that spirit again.
We believe Dad’s Hat Rye reflects that same simple, uniquely American personality better than any other whiskey. Crisp. Smooth. Delicious – not lingering or heavy-handed in its finish. Perfect for every occasion. After tasting Dad’s Hat, we hope that you feel the same way.” Herman C. Mihalich
Featured whiskies and sample cocktails: Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey Pennsylvania Straight Rye Whiskey Port Finished PA Rye Vermouth Finished PA Rye
Perfect Manhattan: 2 ounces Dad’s Hat Vermouth Barrel Rye Whiskey, ½ oz. sweet vermouth, ½ oz. dry vermouth, 2 dashes Angostura or orange bitters, Maraschino cherry or small piece lemon peel for garnish.
The Classic Old Fashioned: 1 teaspoon raw or granulated sugar, 3 dashes bitters, 2 oz Dad’s Hat Straight Rye Whiskey, Orange wedge (for serving), Maraschino cherry (for serving; optional).
Watermelon Sling (spring is just around the Corner): 1½ oz. Dad’s Hat PA Rye Whiskey, 1¼ oz. watermelon juice, ½ oz. simple syrup, ½ oz. lemon juice, ½ oz. Aperol, Soda water, Garnish: rosemary sprig; lemon wheelLimited space, reservations required. Tickets Here | Members RSVP Here
vann wine dinner Wednesday, February 19 Details and menu in progress
Vann (pronounced “von” and Norwegian for ‘water’) is a family-owned eatery operated by local chef, Erik Skaar. Erik returned to the western suburbs of Minneapolis after perfecting his cooking skills in some of the country’s best kitchens. His small, one-of-a kind restaurant is a celebration of water. The food. The food at Vann is described as “delectable”, “phenomenal”, and “fresh and exciting”. 4016 Shoreline Drive, Spring Park, MN 55384
The BIG, BOLD & BEAUTIFUL An Evening of Hedonistic Reds February date tbd $20 (free for wine club members) A seated and guided tasting presented by RJ