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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

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 |

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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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Impressive GABF Streaks Ahead of This Year’s Competition

September 10, 2021 | 1

Tonight marks the 35th iteration of the competition portion of the Great American Beer Festival. And while there will be no commercial tasting event open to the public for a second straight year, tonight’s awards are still sure to usher in socially distanced causes for celebration among breweries across the entire country.

In normal years we’d be prepping guided routes for folks to enjoy at the festival, this year we are once again focusing on trends we’ve seen emerge from past award winners.

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Dates & Locations Announced for Future Craft Brewers Conferences

September 9, 2021 |

As the Brewers Association (BA) gears up for this week’s Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) we decided to catch up with the governing body of craft beer to learn a bit more about what the future of CBC might look like during these uncertain times.

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Cerebral Brewing Announces Second Taproom and Brewery in Aurora

September 3, 2021 |

When Cerebral Brewing first opened its doors nearly six years ago, we wrote nostalgically about the charm of a promising young brewery that was willing to take a gamble as the lone brewery to join one of the most iconic … Read More

Six Beers to Stock Up on for Labor Day from Molly’s Spirits

September 2, 2021 |

Colorado is notorious for those ever lingering late-season summers, so even though it might still be a swelter out, it’s about time to begin thinking about autumn beers. Luckily as Labor Day weekend approaches, we’ve got you covered by partnering with our friends at Molly’s Spirits for another six-pack of beers and cider to help get you stocked up for the holiday weekend.

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The PorchCast Ep 83 | On Tap Credit Union at Welcome Home Brewery

August 31, 2021 |

In episode 83 of The PorchCast, Tristan joined our good friends at On Tap Credit Union for their Tips on Tap series at Welcome Home Brewery in Parker, CO, to chat about the hot housing market and what steps first-time homebuyers can do to ensure a smooth buying process.

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Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Announces Cancellation of 2022 Festival

August 24, 2021 |

This is why we can’t have nice things. In what’s starting to look all too eerily familiar to early March of 2020, the coronavirus’ Delta variant has continued to spread rapidly worldwide stemming from the beginning of summer. This rampant … Read More

On Tap Credit Union Offers Donation Match & BOGO Beers for Pink Boots

August 24, 2021 |

If you’ve been a long-time PorchDrinking reader, you’ve likely been aware of how much our friends at On Tap Credit Union have done to support our efforts in covering the craft beer community, while also supporting growth among our Colorado breweries, affiliated producers, and employees.

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The PorchCast Ep 82 | Aaron Gore – Community Brewing Ventures

August 13, 2021 |

In episode 82 of The PorchCast the team spoke with Aaron Gore, Director of Strategic Partnerships with Community Brewing Ventures to learn a bit about their unique model which pairs breweries with contract brewers across the country allowing them to scale quickly with brewing, sales, distribution, and strategic assistance while allowing those breweries to still retaining full ownership of their community.

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5 Questions with Rick Lyke on the Cancellation of Denver Rare Beer Tasting XIII

August 9, 2021 |

With just a little over a month until the Craft Brewers Conference returns to Denver, CO, this year’s conference is already starting to look a whole lot different than in years past. Having hosted CBC twice already in the past decade, the Mile High City is already buzzing in anticipation, with a multitude of events, special tappings, and releases already announced.

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Grab Discounted Tickets for This Week’s Denver Burger Battle

August 2, 2021 |

Long before the recent rise in craft, the pairing of burgers and beers were synonymous in a way that has come to define summer grilling, baseball games, and the American way. But as modern tastes have evolved past well-done chargrilled hockey pucks and watered down cheap light lagers, the beer and burger pairings have only evolved in more brilliant and decadent ways.

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The PorchCast Ep 81 | Chris Black – Falling Rock Tap House

June 23, 2021 |

This weekend we broke news that the historic Falling Rock Tap House would be closing after 24 years as one of the most iconic craft beer bars in the country. On Monday, we were honored to be joined by Falling Rock’s co-founder Chris Black, who spent some time reflecting on some of the establishment’s beginnings, some of the more memorable stories throughout its incredible run, while also shedding some insight into their decision to close.

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BREAKING | Denver’s Historic Falling Rock Tap House Announces Closure

June 19, 2021 |

For the large part, Denver’s beer scene has survived a tumultuous past year and a half of the pandemic and emerged with only a handful of closures along the way. However, today one of the industry’s most iconic establishments, Falling … Read More