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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

Six MORE Colorado Beers to Ring in the New Year from Molly’s Spirits

December 30, 2021 |

While the collective humankind would likely agree that 2022 can’t arrive soon enough, we’d be remiss if we didn’t blow the doors off of 2021 with one final calamitous she-bang. As we reflect on this past year’s highs and lows, we can all cheers toward looking forward to better circumstances and hope.

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Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Launches Craft Your Own Celebration

December 22, 2021 |

It’s been no secret around these parts that the Big Beer Belgians and Barleywines Festival is widely regarded as one of the most celebrated beer fest experiences in the country. However, with this past year and 2022’s back-to-back cancellations, both as a result of COVID, it’ll likely mean a full three-year hiatus before attendees will get an opportunity to enjoy rare high ABV beers at even higher altitudes.

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The PorchCast | Ep 87 WeldWerks Brewing Company

December 15, 2021 |

In episode 87 of The PorchCast, Tristan and Bryant made the trek up to Greeley to meet up with the good folks at WeldWerks Brewing, one of the country’s fastest-growing buzzy breweries. They were joined by Kristin Popcheff, Director of People and Culture, Skip Schwartz, the newly anointed Head Brewer, and Roy Van Anda, Community Engagement Manager.

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Five Questions with Julia Herz on Her Return to The Brewers Association

December 13, 2021 | 1

When running through a list of craft beer luminaries who have had the most significant impact on the industry, names like Charlie Papazian, Michael Jackson, Garrett Oliver, Kim Jordan, Ken Grossman, Sam Calagione, Natalie and Vinny Cilurzo are often quick to roll off the tongue. However, to the common beer drinker, Julia Herz is a name that may not be as commercially recognizable as the rest but continues to have the most enduring impact on the current craft beer landscape.

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FlyteCo Opening Second Location in Former Stapleton Airport Tower

December 7, 2021 |

After just two and a half years since opening their doors, Denver’s FlyteCo Brewing may not have imagined that they’d be ready to open a second outpost, let alone opening in one of the area’s most historic buildings, but it seems their flight plans have changed.

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The PorchCast | Ep 86 Austin Beerworks & Family Business Beer Company

December 1, 2021 |

In episode 86 of The PorchCast, Korey headed down to Austin, TX for a buffet of incredible beer guests. Korey was joined by our own Pam Catoe who also owns and operates Craft Beer Austin, as well as Sheila Garcia of Austin Beerworks, and Marvis Dixon of Family Business Beer Company who also serves as the Texas ambassador for the Black is Beautiful initiative to talk about the Austin beer scene, as well as the incredible things happening at their breweries.

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Seedstock Brewery’s Past & Current Team Talk Ownership Change

November 23, 2021 |

As the craft beer world continues to adjust to the ever-changing headwinds, several breweries have turned to mergers and acquisitions in order to help fuel growth. But one Denver staple recently experienced a unique ownership change that resulted in the brewery remaining independent and in the hands of long-time friends.

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Bell’s Brewery Announces Sale to New Belgium’s Parent Company

November 10, 2021 |

Two of America’s legacy craft beer brands are joining forces after a bombshell announcement this morning that Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery has been sold to Australia’s Lion, a subsidiary of Kirin Holding, and the parent company which also acquired New Belgium Brewing two years ago.

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Firestone Walker Opens Enrollment for 2022 Brewmaster’s Collective

November 2, 2021 |

To celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, Firestone Walker Brewing set out to make a splash by launching their first-ever beer membership club. Brewmaster Matt Brynildson noted that he was eager to reconnect with beer fans after a year away from festivals, and events, so he found inspiration from neighbors up the road in the wine industry.

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4 Noses Brewing’s Parent Company Acquires Odd13 Brewing

October 20, 2021 |

The stark reality of the ongoing pandemic continues to unfold each and every day. For the craft beer industry, the ripple effects of shutting down taprooms for months at a time, applying for government loans, reinventing business models and health and safety practices on the fly, pivoting as a result of aluminum can shortages, and now staffing shortages have left many breweries of all sizes is dire situations. And now it seems, that even one of Colorado’s more successful growing breweries has made the difficult decision to sell.

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PorchDrinking’s Colorado’s Best Märzens Blind Tasting Results

October 19, 2021 |

The rebirth of America’s Lager revolution is booming. From Pilsners to Helles, IPLs to Schwarzbiers, and with the return of autumn, there might be no more popular seasonal style than Oktoberfest Märzens. So we figured what better way to kick off PorchDrinking’s Blind Tasting series with one of the fastest rising styles in craft beer.

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Black is Beautiful Creator Opening Charlotte Incubator to Further Brewing Inclusion

October 8, 2021 |

Ava DuVernay, American Filmmaker and Director of the 2014 film, Selma noted, “When we’re talking about diversity, it’s not a box to check. It is a reality that should be deeply felt and held and valued by all of us.”

This sentiment continues to ring true for Marcus Baskerville, co-founder of Weather Souls Brewing in San Antonio, TX, and creator of the Black is Beautiful initiative, a viral collaborative beer project that has seen participation from over 1,300 breweries and raised over $3 million to date toward organizations and efforts focused on promoting equity and inclusion.

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The PorchCast Ep 85 | The Empourium Brewing Freshtober Festival

October 8, 2021 |

In episode 85 of The PorchCast, Korey took over the captain’s chair and was joined by Bryant as they visited with The Empourium Brewing Co. in Denver to preview their Freshtober Festival happening this Saturday in Denver, CO.

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The PorchCast Ep 84 | Tara Nurin, Bottleshare & Woods Boss Brewing

September 24, 2021 |

In episode 84 of The PorchCast, Tristan, Korey and Bryant were joined by journalist and author, Tara Nurin at Woods Boss Brewing during the Craft Brewers Conference to talk about her new book, A Woman’s Place is in the Brewhouse. We also had a chance to chat with Tara a bit more about her coverage of Brienne Allan’s new Brave Noise collaborative beer project.

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MobCraft Beer Opening in Denver’s Former Liberati Space

September 23, 2021 | 1

Curtis Park, one of Denver’s most historic neighborhoods, is no stranger to the explosive craft beer boom spanning the city’s last decade. Technically encompassing the River North Art District, the neighborhood lays claim to the most craft breweries in the country per capita in a square mile radius. Now one Curtis Park brewery, which has seen its share of turmoil over recent years, has found a new tenant.

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2021 Guide to Colorado’s Oktoberfest Releases & Celebrations

September 16, 2021 |

Believe it or not, summer is once again drawing to a close. 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 for future weeks.

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Meow Wolf Denver Unveils Craft Beer Options for Convergence Station Opening

September 16, 2021 |

This Friday, Meow Wolf, the innovative immersive arts and entertainment company will open its doors to its third location in Denver, CO. Collaborating with 200 in-house artists as well as 110 local artists including muralists, sculptors, fiber artists and technologists, Denver’s outpost dubbed the Convergence Station tells the narrative of a freak cosmic event that merged four worlds from different universes, erasing the memories of all residents and spawning the mystifying disappearances of four women in the form of a massive immersive art experience.

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Denver Losing One of the Greats with Factotum Brewhouse’s Closure

September 13, 2021 |

Denver is losing one of the city’s great community-focused breweries… at least for now. Late last night, Denver’s Factotum Brewhouse announced that it would no longer be able to continue to operate from its current location after October 9. Citing … Read More

Colorado Breweries Who Won Big at the 2021 GABF Competition

September 10, 2021 |

Photo © Brewers Association

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 solid showing after totaling 21 medals after tallying 25 the previous year.

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2021 GABF Results | Find Out Which Breweries Won Big This Year

September 10, 2021 |

Much like 2020, this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF) looked a lot different than the norm. While the awards ceremony wasn’t completely virtual (this year they allowed limited attendees as part of the Craft Brewers Conference), there was once again no commercial tasting event.

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