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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

Jeni’s Ice Cream and Beer Pairings

January 24, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

“Tongue-tingling chocolate with jalapeno and smoked paprika. Spiked with rose. Inspired and designed to be paired with Stone Brewing’s mocha stout, Xocoveza.”

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The PorchCast | Ep 30 Recapping Beer in 2016 & Predictions for 2017

January 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The PorchCast team of Tristan Chan, Jesse Brookstein and Hunter Grondin are back at it in the new year. In this first episode of 2017 the trio take a look back at some of their favorite beers, breweries, and festivals from the past year. They also dive deeper into Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Fest while discussing on Tristan’s cardboard celebrity at the fest.

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2017 Beer Release Calendar Roundup

January 18, 2017 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

*Updated 1/20/2017: Breckenridge Brewing, Boulder Beer, Bur Oak Brewing, Cascade Brewing, FoothillsBrewing, Second Self, The Bruery, Victory Brewing*

*Updated 1/19/2017: Bronx Brewery, Funkwerks, Santa Fe Brewing, Virtue Ciders*

For the past two years we’ve helped compile a round up of beer release calendars featuring some of your favorite breweries from around the country. It was another massive year for American beer as we’ve now crested over 5000 active breweries in the US and believe it or not, 2017 is shaping up to be even bigger. To help get you excited about the new brews coming out in 2017, we bring you the 2017 Beer Release Calendar round up.

Please keep in mind that these are merely a framework for anticipated releases. All dates and beers are subject to change. Breweries often end up producing these as a framework for their yearly production schedule, but will often adapt accordingly throughout the year.

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National Beer Writers Share Their Favorites from 2016

January 16, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 10 min

Cover Photo By Natrice Miller

In the spirit of collaboration, inspired by the beer industry we cover, the PorchDrinking team reached out to some of our buds who also do a tremendous job covering the beer scene and asked them to reflect on 2016, while also looking ahead in 2017. We polled a handful of these national beer writers and journalists about their favorite beers, breweries, trends and festivals from 2016, and predictions for 2017. Hear what they had to say!

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Calling All 2017 Beer Release Calendars

December 28, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

As we near the end of another calendar year it’s time to turn our attentions to the future. For the third consecutive year, PorchDrinking is compiling Beer Release Calendars from across the industry to preview the multitude of amazing beers being released this year.

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Founders Brewing 20th Anniversary Release Calendar Announced

December 9, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

How does one of America’s most iconic craft breweries celebrate 20 years of Midwest liquid gold? Founders Brewing’s 20th Anniversary will be commemorated by dropping a special line of barrel-aged beers to bolster an already impressive overall portfolio.

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New Belgium Dayblazer Taking on Big Beer and Introducing New Beer Lineup

December 7, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

As we’ve seen over the past three years, the likes of Constellation, North American Breweries, Heineken USA, Duvel Moortgat, Oskar Blues, Craft Beer Alliance, Kirin, along with countless other brewery conglomerates and private equity firms, have all joined the craft beer arms race, stockpiling their craft brewery portfolios in hopes of taking a crack at the monopolistic market share held by AB InBev and MillerCoors. However New Belgium Brewing, the country’s fourth largest independently owned craft brewery is taking aim at big beer via a different approach with the release of New Belgium Dayblazer Easygoing Ale.

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Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

December 5, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

It has been a busy week for BrewDog USA. The Scottish based brewery, which plans to open its first US location in Columbus, OH in 2017, first announced a crowdfunding campaign in August to raise with a goal of raising $50 million for the 110,000 sq ft project. Investors in the Equity For Punks campaign can earn rewards such as, equity in the company, ownership stake in the Columbus location as well as a portion of the U.S. distribution of the company’s beer all for $95.

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BREAKING | Number of Breweries in America Tops 5,005 & More 2016 Beer Trends

December 5, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The Brewer’s Association, the national not-for-profit trade organization for the craft beer industry released a look back on high level trends for 2016 craft beer this morning. The most notable of which includes the fact that America now has a record 5,005 U.S. breweries in operation, with 99% consisting of small and independent craft brewers.

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The PorchCast | Episode 28 Marty Jones & Parade of Darks

November 29, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Not many people have had a more storied history in Colorado craft beer as Marty Jones. He’s the brains behind such iconic slogans as Great Divide’s “Great Minds Drink Alike”, Oskar Blues’ “Canned Beer Apocalypse” and New Belgium’s “Contents Under Pleasure”. Along that same vein, Marty was also one of the early pioneers advocating for the practice of canning craft beer both at Oskar Blues and later at Wynkoop Brewing.

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Where to Buy Bourbon County Stout in Colorado This Black Friday

November 23, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout will once again hit Colorado bars and liquor stores later this week during their yearly Black Friday release. While BCBS hunting on Black Friday has become a bit of a national tradition as of late, last year’s BCBS came under fire after a incidents of infection occurring amongst select batches of the beer. That said, our staff was treated to a sneak peek of this year’s lineup and all indications are that BCBS is back in a big way.

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2016 Election Night Drinking Game

November 8, 2016 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Well folks it’s finally here: National Drink Until This Mess is Over Day! Oh you thought I was referring to the election? Well, that too. After what seems like two straight years of political ads, debates, annoying mailers and robot calls we have finally reached the end of the proverbial tunnel. But to emerge through this last, most treacherous stretch, you’re going to need a good sense of humor and an even greater supply of alcohol. To help ease this traverse we bring you the 2016 Election Night Drinking Game. Please drink responsibly.
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