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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

One Colorado Brewery Continues to Medal at Every GABF Since Opening

October 10, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

When we speak about the 1990’s Chicago Bulls, John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins from the mid 60’s through 70’s, the 1950’s Yankees with Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Yogi Berra, or more contemporary examples like Geno Auriemma’s UConn Women’s Basketball teams from the mid 90’s to today, and from 2001 to today, the New England Patriots, we’re talking about iconic programs that have achieved greatness for such a sustained period of time and consistency, that they transcend normal recognition. They become spoken about in rarified air, as dynasties.

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2019 GABF Awards Results | Who Won Big at This Year’s Competition

October 5, 2019 |

The 2019 Great American Beer Festival has crowned their newest batch of champions and standouts. This year, the competition portion of GABF saw 9,497 entries from 2,295 breweries across the country, not to mention an additional 113 Pro-Am entries.

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The PorchCast Ep 63 | Ken Grossman – Sierra Nevada Brewing

October 4, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

In episode 63 of the PorchCast, the whole squad sat down with Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing, at the dawn of the Great American Beer Festival to talk about their 40th Anniversary.

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2019 GABF Guided Routes | Sour & Wild Beers to Try at GABF

October 1, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

This was made possible by Molly’s Spirits, your go-to stop for some of the best local and national beer drops throughout GABF week and beyond!

For the past two months, our staff has been researching styles for each beer pouring at the Great American Beer Festival. As part of that research, we’ve sifted through that list of beers to bring you a series of themed routes to help you plan for your GABF based on various styles and flavors.

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2019 GABF Guided Routes | Hoppy Beers to Try at GABF

September 30, 2019 |

This was made possible by Molly’s Spirits, your go-to stop for some of the best local and national beer drops throughout GABF week and beyond!

For the past two months, our staff has been researching styles for each beer pouring … Read More

2019 GABF Guided Routes | Lagers & Session Beers to Try at GABF

September 30, 2019 |

This was made possible by Molly’s Spirits, your go-to stop for some of the best local and national beer drops throughout GABF week and beyond!

For the past two months, our staff has been researching styles for each beer pouring … Read More

2019 GABF Guided Routes | Big Beers & Pastry Stouts to Try at GABF

September 30, 2019 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

This was made possible by Molly’s Spirits, your go-to stop for some of the best local and national beer drops throughout GABF week and beyond!

For the past two months, our staff has been researching styles for each beer pouring at the Great American Beer Festival. As part of that research, we’ve sifted through that list of beers to bring you a series of themed routes to help you plan for your GABF based on various styles and flavors.

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Detailed Pour List | What’s Pouring at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival

September 26, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

This was made possible by Molly’s Spirits, your go-to stop for some of the best local and national beer drops throughout GABF week and beyond!

While the initial pour list for the 2019 Great American Beer Festival was first announced two months ago, we’ve gone through the list and updated each beer with detailed style descriptions (as best as available) to help you plan for your festival tasting experience.

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2019 GABF Out-of-State Beer Drops Available in Denver

September 19, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

This is a sponsored post from Molly’s Spirits, your go-to stop for some of the best local and national beer drops throughout GABF week and beyond. | Header Photo by Miguel Rivas

As we’ve all come to know, the Great American Beer Festival has far greater implications for Colorado beer fans that extend beyond the four-day festival itself. One of those external benefits is the growing practice of out-of-state breweries utilizing the week to make a special limited drop of beers either as a means to test the market, or just to make a splash to help grow their brands.

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2019 Surly Darkness Day Announces Dawn of Darkness Pour List

September 17, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The field is set, and we now know a bit more about the all-star cast of beers and breweries who will be joining Surly Brewing for the 2019 Darkness Day. Last year, Surly debuted a full weekend of programming to heighten the experience surrounding the release of their cult-classic Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. One of the biggest additions to Surly Darkness Day is Friday night’s Dawn of Darkness beer festival, which includes over 20 guest breweries, whose beers are not typically available in the state of Minnesota.

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Mr. B’s Wine & Spirits Celebrates 10 Years with Week Long Celebration

September 16, 2019 |

Our good friends at Mr. B’s Wine & Spirits, one of Denver’s best liquor stores for craft beer, wine, and spirits, is celebrating their 10 year anniversary with a week full of special releases, tastings, and discounts.

Over the years, … Read More

Two Denver Breweries Fly 300 Miles in a Day for Freshest Wet Hop

September 11, 2019 |

To brewers, harvest season can take on an entirely different meaning. Because for a tiny window of time, spanning just a few weeks, the hop harvest opens up the opportunity to brew one of the industry’s most fleeting styles.

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Preview | 2019 Surly Darkness Day and Your Chance to Win Tickets

September 9, 2019 |

Rewind the cold beer time machine just five years and you’ll notice only a handful of iconic beer events that have withstood the test of time. As beer festivals continue to evolve and get bigger, the old guard of classic … Read More

Paulaner Brings Authenticity to Oktoberfest Celebrations Across America

September 6, 2019 |

This post was sponsored and supported by Paulaner USA. 

While trendy styles like Hazy IPA’s and Pastry Stouts continue to gain steam among craft beer fans, one style that has seen an unlikely ascension in recent years is the revival of … Read More

2019 Guide to Colorado’s Oktoberfest Celebrations

September 4, 2019 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 12 min

This post was sponsored and supported by Paulaner USA

Believe it or not, summer is once again drawing to a close, but before we dive into pumpkin spice bombs and fresh hop season, let us raise a liter to German-style beers with a round-up of Colorado’s craft beer-centric Oktoberfest celebrations. So lace up those dirndls and strap on the lederhosen it’s time for the beautifully crisp, easy-drinking, toasted malt forward profile of Oktoberfest Märzen lagers. Check out our craft beer guide to Colorado’s Oktoberfest celebrations. Keep in mind, we’ll keep adding Oktoberfest beers from Colorado’s craft breweries as they’re released, as well as Oktoberfest celebration events as they’re announced.

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2020 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Tickets On Sale

September 3, 2019 |

For the initiated, it’s already well-know that if there’s one non-negotiable can’t miss beer festival in the state of Colorado that represents the ultimate beer fest experience, it’s Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines. And this year, expect the spectacle to … Read More

BREAKING | Mahou San Miguel to Acquire Majority Stake in Founders Brewing

August 29, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

This morning, MiBiz is reporting that Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing has increased its partnership with Spanish family-owned Mahou-San Miguel. What began as a minority 30% ownership agreement announced in December 2014, has been expanded to majority ownership of 90% of the company with Founders Brewing co-founders Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens each retaining a 5-percent stake in the brewery.

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On Tap Credit Union Debuts Pink Boots & CBG Charitable Debit Cards

August 27, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

This is a sponsored post on behalf of our friends at On Tap Credit Union

America’s craft beer revolution has been built by neighborhood breweries that sought to create a gathering place for locals to share in community. This notion of bringing people together, lending a hand to your neighbors and supporting local causes and businesses that work together to further a community is the bedrock of what On Tap Credit Union was founded upon.

On Tap Credit Union

Born from within the Colorado brewing industry, On Tap Credit Union continues its mission to support and provide financial assistance to breweries, beer industry friends and craft beer fans alike. And today, they have announced partnerships with the Pink Boots Society and the Colorado Brewers Guild, two organizations that in turn, also aim to further the advancement of diversity and community with Colorado craft beer.

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Preview | Westbound & Down Solera Saison Variant Releases

August 23, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Beer is many things. Beer is food, science, luck and, more often nowadays, it’s art. Going beyond the packaging, comparing beer to art also draws from a brewer’s ability to build complex flavor profiles to achieve a final holistic composition. As brush strokes layer on top of a blank canvas to produce different forms of aesthetic appreciation, so can ingredients build upon a base beer to produce nuanced iterations of an original expression. Such is the case with this weekend’s variant releases from Westbound & Down Brewing Company‘s Solera Saison base.

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The PorchCast Ep 62 | Alyssa Thorpe Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery

August 19, 2019 |

In episode 62 of the PorchCast, Tristan, caught up with Alyssa Thorpe, Head Brewer at Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery, also known for her Instagram account @southernbeergirl. In this special edition of the PorchCast Tristan and Alyssa discuss the recent controversy … Read More