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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

Pairing Stem Ciders with Your Perfect Holiday Celebration

December 23, 2019 |

While putting out milk and cookies for Santa may have been enough to satisfy old Saint Nick back when we were kids, Santa of 2019 is likely looking for a little more variety. Much like the fact that there are … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 66 | Bests of 2019 w/ Shawnee Adelson & Traci Wilcox

December 20, 2019 |

In episode 66 of the PorchCast, Tristan, Sami and Hunter sat down with Shawnee Adelson, Executive Director of the Colorado Brewers Guild and Traci Wilcox, CEO of OnTap Credit Union to recap some of the best beers, new breweries, events, … Read More

Win Tickets to Attend Saturday’s Denver Fesitivus Beer Festival

December 12, 2019 |

In a holiday season littered with White Elephants, tinsel and ugly sweaters, I think it’s safe to say what we really care about is cutting straight to the booze and debauchery. Denver Beer Festivus, which returns on Saturday, December 14 … Read More

Crooked Stave Closing RiNo Taproom & Re-Opening Sunnyside Location

December 11, 2019 | 1

As one of Denver’s earliest breweries in craft beer’s early 2000’s resurgence, Crooked Stave has already undergone its fair share of change. Today, one of the country’s pioneers in mixed fermentation sour and wild ales announced that it will close … Read More

Event Preview | 2019 Denver Festivus Announces Participating Breweries

December 6, 2019 |

In a holiday season littered with White Elephants, tinsel and ugly sweaters, I think it’s safe to say what we really care about is cutting straight to the booze and debauchery. Denver Beer Festivus, which returns on Saturday, December 14 from 3-6 pm., cuts to the chase with a host of Denver-based breweries in attendance. This year’s event taking place at Major Studio will also feature a silent disco floor from SoundDown, part luchador-style wrestling and comedy from Lucha Libre and Laughs, a holiday market, food vendors, and plenty more surprises.

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The PorchCast Ep 65 | Raíces Brewing Grand Opening

December 4, 2019 |

In episode 65 of the PorchCast, Tristan and Sam got together to talk with Jose Beteta and Martin Vargas, two of the three co-founders of Denver’s Raíces Brewing Company on their Grand Opening this weekend on Saturday, December 7th.

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BREAKING | Small Chicago Brewery Acquires Ballast Point Brewing

December 3, 2019 | 1

Well it seems the billion-dollar Ballast Point experiment with Constellation Brands is over. The maker of Corona and Modelo which first purchased the California-based brewery in November 2015, announced today, that it has sold Ballast Point Brewing, along with several … Read More

2020 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Participating Breweries Announced

December 3, 2019 | 1

For the initiated, it’s already well-known that if there’s one non-negotiable, can’t-miss beer festival in the state of Colorado that represents the ultimate beer nerd experience, it’s Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines. And this year, expect the spectacle to be even bigger than ever.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary the weekend of January 9-11, the next Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines will offer a full slate of programming, the return of some of Big Beer’s biggest names from past Featured Brewmasters including Adam Avery, Sam Calagione, Eric Wallace, Brian Dunn, Doug Odell, John Mallett, Jeffrey Stuffing, Cory King, Dave Thibodeau, and more, as well as a Brewers Reception and Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner on Thursday night with featured brewmasters Neil Fisher of WeldWerks Brewing and Troy Casey from Casey Brewing & Blending.

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Every Black Friday Beer Release in Colorado Not Named BCBS

November 27, 2019 |

While BCBS may have fueled the tradition of offering craft beer fans rarities to hunt down on Black Friday, over the past 3-4 years local breweries from around the country have stepped up their release game to offer a local … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 64 | Breaking Down the New Belgium Acquisition

November 25, 2019 |

In episode 64 of the PorchCast, Tristan and Sam got together to talk through some of the nuances of last week’s New Belgium Brewing acquisition by Lion Little World, Kirin Holdings’ craft beer arm. The two also re-hash some of … Read More

Brewery Acquisitions and What Does it Really Mean to “Sell Out”

November 20, 2019 |

Confusion, betrayal, anger. Each year, as more and more nationally beloved craft breweries succumb to the trend of announcing mergers and acquisitions, it’s only natural for their fans to feel a visceral emotional reaction. The power of choice in a … Read More

New Belgium Brewing Acquired by Kirin’s Lion Little World Beverages

November 19, 2019 | 2

One of craft beer’s largest remaining truly independent craft breweries has become the next major domino to fall in the industry’s on-going saga of mergers and acquisitions. Earlier this May, two craft beer titans in Boston Beer and Dogfish Head announced a major merger that changed the landscape of American craft beer, but today’s announcement may have an even larger impact.

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Stem Ciders + Stowaway Kitchen Partner on Progressive Meal at Acreage

November 18, 2019 |

This is a sponsored post from our friends at Stem Ciders

If you haven’t made the pilgrimage out to Stem Ciders’ Acreage facility in Lafayette, CO you’re sleeping one of the most impressive all-in-one Colorado craft beverage and culinary experiences … Read More

All of the Colorado Stouts, BA Stouts, & Variant Releases Through 2019

November 15, 2019 |

Judging by the fact that Colorado has already experienced record snowfall in the month of October, it’s safe to say that Stout season has officially arrived. To help Colorado craft beer fans prepare for the dark variety of seasonal releases … Read More

5 Questions with Legacy Breweries on Aspen Brewing & Laurelwood Acquisition

November 14, 2019 |

Last month, Legacy Breweries, one of craft beer’s newest upstart brewing conglomerates, followed up their first major acquisition last year, of Eugene-based Ninkasi Brewery, by adding Aspen Brewing and Portland’s Laurelwood Brewing to the fold. The two acquisitions also follow … Read More

2019 Festival of Barrel Aged Beers (FoBAB) Awards Complete Results

November 9, 2019 |

Over the past 17 years, Chicago’s Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers has quickly established itself as one of the preeminent showcases of barrel-aged beers in the country. This two-day festival not only allows festival-goers the chance to sample from some of … Read More

Founders Brewing Reopening Detroit Taproom Pledges Donations Through 2022

November 7, 2019 |

Over the year, Founders Brewing has drawn public criticism for its handling of a racial discrimination case involving former employee Tracy Evans. The case resurfaced last month when leaked testimony from Evans’ former taproom manager Dominic Ryan claimed that Ryan … Read More

Join PorchDrinking’s Crispy Cocktails & Cider Unofficial FoBAB After-Party

November 4, 2019 |

This Saturday, the crew will be out in full force covering The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild’s Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers(FoBAB) in Chicago. As our team has detailed throughout the past few weeks, over the past 16 years, FoBAB has … Read More

Founders Brewing & Tracy Evans Announce Settlement Agreement

October 31, 2019 |

While the aftermath of last week’s leaked litigation between Founders Brewing and former taproom employee, Tracy Evans, continues to be felt among the Founders staff, at beer festivals, bars and restaurants, liquor stores and the craft beer community as a … Read More

Interview | Graci Harkema on Resigning as Founders Brewing Diversity & Inclusion Director

October 26, 2019 |

The on-going saga with Michigan’s Founders Brewing continued yesterday when Graci Harkema, who was hired in January to serve as the brewery’s Diversity and Inclusion Director, announced via social media that she had submitted her two weeks notice to resign … Read More