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About- Tristan Chan

Tristan Chan

Tristan Chan

Tristan is a craft beer fanatic who originally hails from Kentucky, which used to be a veritable wasteland for craft beer. Since moving to Colorado, he discovered a passion for hops, malts, brett strains, tinctures, nitros, and all things craft brew. He created this blog as a means for his friends across the country to a virtual porch drink and he hopes that you’ll join the revolution.

Posts By Tristan Chan

Ultimate 6er | Colorado Beers to Pair with Thanksgiving 2020

November 25, 2020 |

There’s no sugar-coating the fact that for many across the country, this year’s Thanksgiving might not inspire the same level of festive joy, gratitude, and goodwill as in previous years. And while most are likely scaling back their Thanksgiving feasts this Thursday still gives us an opportunity to reflect back on the positives that have emerged through times of adversity, while also giving us hope toward a better new year. And hey, perhaps the positive might just be that you get to avoid talking politics with family members.

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The PorchCast Ep 72 | Jonathan Shikes – Denver Beer: A History of Mile High Brewing

November 20, 2020 |

In episode 72 of the PorchCast, we spoke with Jonathan Shikes, freelance beer journalist, former Managing Editor of The Westword, and author of Denver Beer: A History of Mile High Brewing

We spoke with Jonathan about how he got into writing about beer, what went into the research for creating this comprehensive history of Denver’s craft beer scene, some of his favorite beers and breweries currently in Denver, some of the events he misses most since the onset of the pandemic, setting up an Etsy page, and so much more.

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Opening in a Pandemic | Here Today Brewery & Kitchen Eyes Spring 2021

November 17, 2020 |

Over the past eight months, we’ve heard many stories of creativity, resilience and perseverance throughout the on-going pandemic. For many in the beer industry, this period has called for the necessity to adapt in order to survive. But for those ambitious entrepreneurs who had just barely begun working toward their dreams of launching a brewery, these past few months have been just as trying in different ways.

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Peculier Ales Launches Collaborative Beer for Colorado Wildfire Relief

November 16, 2020 |

While this year continues to be a harrowing one for most across the country, residents of Northern Colorado have had a particularly trying summer as forest fires ravaged significant parts of the state.

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Denver Amends Home by Ten Public Health Order for Bars & Breweries

November 9, 2020 |

As COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to dramatically spike across the country, the city of Denver, Colorado announced a new set of regulations on Friday named the “Home by Ten” Public Health Order aimed to help curb the spread of … Read More

Georgia’s SweetWater Brewery Acquired by Canadian Cannabis Company

November 4, 2020 |

*Updated to reflect SweetWater’s independence status*

While the nation continues to focus its political gaze on the state of Georgia as election officials continue to tally mail-in ballots, the Peach State made headlines today for a significant acquisition in the beer world. Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewery announced today that it has been acquired by Aphria Inc.(APHA), a leading global cannabis company based in Leamington, Ontario, Canada.

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2020 Election Night Drinking Game

November 3, 2020 | 2

Can you hear it? That’s the sweet, sweet sound of silence on the horizon. We’ve finally arrived at election day, which means by tomorrow the barrage of political ads will be all but a distant memory. Until then, we thought we’d help make election day a little more entertaining with a 2020 Election Night Drinking Game.

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Firestone Walker Launches Crafted for Adventure Series on Outdoors & Sustainability

October 26, 2020 |

Craft beer has long gone hand in hand with the outdoor adventure world because oftentimes, the prospect of enjoying a cold craft beer at the end of any great adventure can be just as rewarding as the workout itself.

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Celebrate Untappd’s 10th Anniversary Party with PorchDrinking’s Founder

October 23, 2020 |

It’s been a busy recent few years for the team at Untappd who announced the acquisition of the iconic publication and message board, Beer Advocate earlier this February, and in 2016 took part in its own merger with beer & … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 71 | Alex Kidd – Don’t Drink Beer

October 22, 2020 |

In episode 71 of the PorchCast, we spoke with Alex Kidd, founder of the popular entertainment and satire brand Don’t Drink Beer, who this summer also raised an astounding $67,000 via 14,000 participants in fundraisers for the family of Breonna Taylor and Elijah McClain.

We caught up with Alex to talk about how he started Don’t Drink Beer, what comedy looks like in the beer world today, how his podcast Malt Couture has pivoted during the pandemic and, of course, we dove into his apparent obsession with Barleywines and otters.

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Colorado Breweries Who Won Big at the 2020 GABF Competition

October 16, 2020 |

Colorado has long held a reputation for strong showings at the Great American Beer Festival, and while this year was no different, Colorado breweries had a slightly down year earning only 26 medals after tallying 40 the previous year.

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2020 GABF Awards Results | Who Won Big at This Year’s Competition

October 16, 2020 |

Much like the rest of 2020, this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF) has been anything but the norm. Without a week filled with rare beer releases, mini-festivals drawing hype breweries from across the country, lines stacked on top of … Read More

Breweries with the Most GABF Medals and More Competition Trends

October 15, 2020 |

Tomorrow night marks the 34th iteration of the competition portion of the Great American Beer Festival. And while this GABF week looks and feels unlike any other, tomorrow night’s awards are still sure to usher in socially distanced causes for … Read More

Colorado Breweries Launch Campaigns to Promote Voter Turnout

October 13, 2020 |

For years, PorchDrinking has documented the innumerable variety of ways that craft breweries have utilized their platform within local communities to support and promote noteworthy causes. Now during one of the most highly contentious election years in modern history, breweries … Read More

Roundup | GABF Passport Offers Exclusive Beer Release Opportunities

October 9, 2020 |

As 2020 continues to shift all of our favorite events to digital platforms, this year’s Great American Beer Festival has introduced a digital brewery passport in an effort to give beer fans the opportunity to enjoy free beers, discounted merch, … Read More

Cerebral Brewing All the Stops Can Jam | Release Lineup

October 7, 2020 |

Typically by this point in the year, Colorado beer fans are already knees deep in big-time hype beer releases from breweries that aren’t typically available in the state. However, with GABF going digital, and the entire industry in a state of unknown due to the on-going pandemic, it’s been generally uncertain whether the typical treasure trove of special releases would be hitting the market.

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New Belgium’s Fan-Favorite Tart Lychee Returns for Limited Release

October 6, 2020 |

Sometimes a beer can be so memorable, so unique and so remarkable that even after being discontinued, it continues to reverberate in the memories of its fans for years on end. New Belgium Brewing’s Tart Lychee first appeared as a taproom-only release as far back as 2009, was more widely released in 2011 as part of the brewery’s Lips of Faith series and was revived in 2016. Now, the popular wood-aged Golden Sour with pureed lychee fruit and cinnamon is finally back once again.

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2020 Presidential Debate Drinking Game

September 29, 2020 | 6

As if the year 2020 weren’t already crazy enough, America is now gearing up for one of the most volatile and highly contested presidential election cycles in modern history. Tonight marks the first of three Presidential Debates between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. And while the initial showdown is sure to touch on a multitude of critical topics from the Supreme Court, to the handling of the pandemic, race and violence to the integrity of our elections, it’s also sure to feature some of the caricature-esque qualities that each candidate has come to be known for.

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WeldWerks Brewing Releasing Prost Malone to Celebrate Nuggets Season

September 28, 2020 |

On March 11, 2020, when the NBA season was postponed due to the COVID pandemic, Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone was asked about his plans for the NBA hiatus during a post-game interview. While to most his response likely flew … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 70 | Drew Watson – Hops & Pie 10th Anniversary

September 28, 2020 |

In episode 70 of the PorchCast, we welcomed Drew Watson, co-founder of Hops & Pie and Berkeley Donuts in Denver to talk a little about how the iconic beer bar and pizza spot got started as well as what they … Read More