Precious Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon raised with love and discipline in heavy oak barrels undisturbed by children or the stress of parenting

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Jim Gaffigan portrait

Fathertime’s founder/father, Jim Gaffigan

Fathertime Bourbon bottle
A Fathertime Story

Like every baby, Fathertime bourbon started as just a twinkle in a father’s eye. That eye was mine and like most births it was a whirlwind. Over the last decade my wife Jeannie and I have grown to really “appreciate” an occasional bourbon. I guess having teenagers made us welcome any momentary break from the reality of parenting future adults. If you have children, you know what I mean.

Like many of you reading this, I fell in love with bourbon – the culture, the history, and of course the spirit. And even though I’d been approached by a few big companies, I never seriously considered doing my own “celebrity spirit.” Mainly because I don’t think I’m a celebrity. But also because, even though I was flattered, the idea always felt false. I couldn’t do a tequila, I don’t even drink tequila. Even when I was approached about doing a whiskey, I was still hesitant. I would never want to put something out that I wouldn’t want to drink myself.

After the most recent time I was pitched on a spirits deal, I thought “Why don’t I just try and do something myself? That might make it less cringy and I’d be able to personally guarantee it won’t taste like garbage.” If the whole project fails, at least it will be on me. So I considered it a long shot when I reached out to Stu Pollard, a college friend from Louisville who is an indie film director and also, as it turns out, a fellow bourbon lover. Stu was intrigued by the idea and off we went.  And here we are today with Fathertime bourbon.

Jim Gaffigan and Stu Pollard in college
Stu and Jim in January of 1988 while students at Georgetown University.

I’m (obviously) not a bourbon expert. But I did do my research and I know what I like. I hand picked the bourbon and personally signed every bottle of Fathertime. And no, there isn’t some big spirit company behind this adventure. It’s just me and a buddy from college. We got tons of help from smart bourbon people and we’re proud of what we’ve created. We hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we do.

It’s a gamble but then again so is parenting.

Jim Gaffigan

Fathertime Quote Glasses

Click the above image to purchase rocks glasses featuring quotes from my stand up all about Fatherhood. 

Fathertime Bourbon stopper label
Our Bourbon

Precious Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Firstborn Edition
Hand Selected Spring 2024
46.2% alc. by vol. 92.4 proof 750 ml

Distilled in Kentucky
Bottled by Fathertime Bourbon, LLC in Bardstown, KY

Frequently Asked Questions
Is Fathertime a Kentucky Bourbon?

Yes, we wanted to make sure we were putting out a quality Kentucky bourbon.

What Proof is Fathertime Bourbon?

46.2% alc. by vol. 92.4 proof

Can I get Fathertime Bourbon where I live?

If you’re age 21 or over, Fathertime is available to purchase online via this site for shipment to most US states. Shipping is not currently available to AK, AL, AR, DE, ID, ME, MI, MS, PA, SD, TN, UT, or VT. If you live in one of these states and are interested in Fathertime, contact us here to let us know and we’ll be in touch.

Who is behind Fathertime?

It’s just me, Jim Gaffigan and my college buddy film director Stu Pollard.  We’ve had tons of help making Fathertime happen, but the investment and all decisions were made by us.

What does "precious batch" even mean? The price is making Dad angry?

Fathertime is a “Precious batch” or “a small batch” bourbon meaning a very limited number of bottles are available.  This was done by design.  The bourbon was hand selected by me and blended by experts and put in nice bottles with a meticulously designed label.  This is just me and Stu doing this. There is no big corporation behind us. Every detail of Fathertime has been curated by Jim Gaffigan with the help of Stu Pollard.

Why Quote Glasses?

We don’t recommend drinking Fathertime directly from the bottle but if you have teenagers you may occasionally feel the desire to do so. There are 4 hand-crafted quote tumblers inscribed with parenting lines from Jim Gaffigan. Fathertime Bourbon is dedicated to fathers and all parents.  I also understand not all parents drink alcohol but what parent doesn’t enjoy a glass with a quote complaining about parenting.

Who are those guys on the bottle?

On the front of this bottle, you will find my grandfather Joseph Patrick Gaffigan, a man I never met but whose sacrifice changed my life. Joseph taught himself to make and sell dentures, breaking a cycle of Gaffigan men working in coal mines that had existed since my family arrived in America in the mid 1800s. Joseph is the father of my father Michael Ambrose Gaffigan(back label top). Michael was the first in our family to go to college and he pulled our family into the middle class. I imagine Michael was a complicated son to Joseph, just as I was a complicated son to Michael. Having been a father for 20 years to five children, I’ve experienced my own series of complications. I’ve learned so much and will continue to learn. The only thing I know for certain is that a father’s joy is earned. In the lower right of the back label is a photo of me and how a man looks after a couple decades of being the father to five children. Yes, there are more Easter eggs on the label. No, we are not going to tell you what they mean.

What does Fathertime even mean?

This precious batch bourbon is named Fathertime, not after that bearded fella who is the personification of time, nor the special moments a man spends with his children, but for the occasional brief period of peace and reflection every hard-working father earns. It is my belief that the mother is often the hero of the story. When someone becomes famous, they buy their mom a house. The father is lucky if he gets an invitation for lunch. This bourbon is presented as a tribute or a salve to the unheralded paternal sacrifice of the men who show up and try their best. Fatherhood is the most important job men with children will ever fail at.

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