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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

Complete Results from the 2018 Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers (FoBAB)

November 17, 2018 |

Over the past 16 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 Launch Week Events Kick Off Colorado Distribution

November 12, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Founders Brewing

As we first announced back in August, Founders Brewing is finally primed to add Colorado as the 47th state in its national distribution footprint. The iconic Grand Rapids brewery will kick off their Colorado launch with a week of events beginning today, featuring their core lineup, with a larger drop that will include their barrel-aged beer series later in the month.

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Amalgam Brewing’s The Cultural Center Taproom Opens Next Saturday

November 9, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

One of Colorado’s most promising rising breweries is finally set to open a taproom. Amalgam Brewing, which spent the first year and a half of their existence embracing the unorthodox practice of brewing through an alternating proprietorship and dropping gypsy beer releases at various liquor stores, is about to become a little more accessible to the public, while still maintaining a bit of unconventional flair.

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These Colorado Breweries Are Offering Free Beer & Election Day Deals

November 6, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Election Day has finally arrived, and already the US is seeing record-breaking voter turnout for this year’s Midterm Elections. Already 35 million votes have been cast the day prior to the election, which dwarfs the 20 million cast this time four years ago.

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2018 Colorado Craft Brewers Summit Kicks Off Sunday

October 31, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

With over 370 breweries currently in operation throughout Colorado, brewers, brewery owners, sales and marketing teams are discovering the importance of continuing education and investing in growth strategies to thrive in such a high-density beer market. Recognizing the need for professional development in Colorado’s craft beer scene, the Colorado Brewers Guild is once again offering independent Colorado craft brewers/members and soon-to-open brewery members the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry.

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Liberati Blends Innovative Beer-Wine Hybrid with Elevated Italian Cuisine

October 29, 2018 |

When you enter Denver’s newest brewery, Liberati Osteria & Oenobeers, it’s hard not to imagine Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, “L’inverno” (Winter) being played by a bank of violins at a … Read More

Brooklyn Brewery Arrives in Colorado & They Want to Give you Free Beer

October 29, 2018 | 2

This is a sponsored post from Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery is finally bringing their iconic lineup of beers to Colorado. And to kick off their launch, they’ve partnered with PorchDrinking to hook up one lucky beer fanatic with the ultimate … Read More

2018 Shelton Brothers: The Festival Joins Nation’s Elite Level Beer Events

October 23, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

The legends, they’re true. The stories are all real. After hearing murmurs surrounding the cult fanfare that emerged from last year’s Shelton Brother’s The Festival, which in 2017 took place in Atlanta, GA, I knew I had to experience this mythical event for myself. Luckily I didn’t have to travel far, as it was announced in June that The Festival would be taking place in our own backyard in Denver, CO.

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The PorchCast | Ep 55 – Shelton Brothers Preview, and Recent Beer News

October 19, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The full PorchCast Crew was reunited for Episode 55 of The PorchCast, this week broadcasting from The Cherry Cricket Ballpark. With so much beer news coming out around Lagunitas’ recent layoffs, Beervana’s coverage of All About Beer Magazine’s closure, Founder’s recent struggles, the passing of Bill Coors, and much more we had plenty to catch up on. Additionally, we took a quick look at this weekend’s Shelton Brothers: The Festival.

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2019 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Reveals All-Star Brewery List

October 17, 2018 |

While many may still be recouping from another successful Great American Beer Festival, or perhaps gearing up for Shelton Brother’s The Festival this weekend, it’s about time to hop back on the hype train for another one of Colorado’s most … Read More

Brooklyn Brewery is Coming to Colorado for Full Distribution

October 15, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

It was only a matter of time before the country’s 11th largest craft brewery became available in one of the country’s most popular craft beer markets. Brooklyn Brewery has announced that they will begin full distribution throughout the state of Colorado beginning November 1, 2018.

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2018 Shelton Brothers The Festival Pour List Announced

October 11, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Over the past 19 years, Shelton Brothers has grown to become one of the country’s most prestigious importers of international beer, as well as one of the more recognizable distributors in the U.S. Gaining recognition for carrying elite level brands like Cantillon, Blaugies, Fantôme and more, the MA-based wholesalers have also laid claim to one of the most elite-level beer festivals in the country. The Festival, which rotates cities each year showcases not only the Shelton Brothers catalog but also some of the country’s best and brightest up-and-coming breweries.

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4 Noses Brewing Adds Primitive’s Brandon Boldt to Kickstart Sour Program

October 9, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

We’ve gone into great detail in previous articles about the strength of Colorado’s sour and wild beer scene, from pioneers like New Belgium and Avery, to more recent trailblazers like TRVE and Crooked Stave, and now fast risers like Black Project, Atom Brewing, Amalgam, Westbound and Down and countless others.

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The PorchCast | Ep 54 Recapping GABF Week

October 5, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The PorchCast team of Tristan, Sami, and Sam (minus Hunter) gathered last week to lend their final thoughts on the 2018 Great American Beer Festival. Hear our take on how the event went overall, some of our favorite beers and breweries to emerge from the festival, some of the crazy interactions that took place with other media members during the week, and some of the best external events that happened around GABF.

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Our Favorite Puns and Beer Names From GABF 2018

October 4, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

With more than 4000 beers being poured at GABF last weekend from approximately 800 breweries, you probably didn’t get a chance to try them all. Even if you liked beer as much as a certain Supreme Court Justice nominee, you still probably wouldn’t have been able to try every beer on site. Regardless, we did do some extensive investigating of the beers at GABF and compiled a list of our favorite beer names.

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Recapping 2018 GABF’s Best Beers and Emerging Breweries

September 28, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

America’s largest beer festival has come to a close once again. After a week fueled by obscene amounts of beer, even greater volumes of caffeine, and the occasional Illegal Pete’s burrito, we’ve emerged once again from the clutches of the Great American Beer Festival, with an entirely new perspective on the newest crop of talent in craft beer.

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GABF Awards Results | Who Won Big at the 2018 GABF

September 22, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The 2018 Great American Beer Festival has crowned their newest batch of champions and standouts. This year, the competition portion of GABF saw 8,800 entries from 2,450 breweries across the country, not to mention an additional 105 Pro-Am entries. 

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2018 Great American Beer Fest: Standouts and Recap from Day One

September 21, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The 37th Annual Great American Beer Festival has finally arrived and for longtime attendee’s this year’s fest likely has a different feel. Throughout the festival’s storied history and ascension to become the country’s largest beer festival, it has evolved and adapted the country’s changing landscape and this year was no different.

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Event Preview | Wynkoop Brewing 30th Anniversary Party

September 20, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Don’t call it a comeback, they’ve been here for years. Wynkoop Brewing, the Denver’s OG craft brewery, will celebrate their 30th anniversary tomorrow with an 80’s throwback celebration.

Started in 1988 by now Governor, John Hickenlooper, along with Jerry Williams, Mark Shifler and Russell Scherer, Wynkoop Brewing was not only a pioneer for Denver’s beer industry, but it also helped kickstart the Lower Downtown neighborhood. Before the Rockies made LoDo their home, and before all of the high rises and businesses were drawn to the urban center, the neighborhood was much rougher around the edges. But it was that affordable real estate, and foresight that attracted the Wynkoop team to set up roots at the heart of Denver.

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2018 GABF Route Guide | Session Beers

September 20, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

For the past month and a half our staff has been reaching out to every brewery attending the Great American Beer Festival to try to preview what they’ll be bringing to the fest. 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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