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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

Two Denver Breweries Fly 300 Miles in a Day for Freshest Wet Hop

September 11, 2019 |

To brewers, harvest season can take on an entirely different meaning. Because for a tiny window of time, spanning just a few weeks, the hop harvest opens up the opportunity to brew one of the industry’s most fleeting styles.

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Preview | 2019 Surly Darkness Day and Your Chance to Win Tickets

September 9, 2019 |

Rewind the cold beer time machine just five years and you’ll notice only a handful of iconic beer events that have withstood the test of time. As beer festivals continue to evolve and get bigger, the old guard of classic … Read More

Paulaner Brings Authenticity to Oktoberfest Celebrations Across America

September 6, 2019 |

This post was sponsored and supported by Paulaner USA. 

While trendy styles like Hazy IPA’s and Pastry Stouts continue to gain steam among craft beer fans, one style that has seen an unlikely ascension in recent years is the revival of … Read More

2019 Guide to Colorado’s Oktoberfest Celebrations

September 4, 2019 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 11 min

This post was sponsored and supported by Paulaner USA

Believe it or not, summer is once again drawing to a close, but 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 as they’re announced.

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2020 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Tickets On Sale

September 3, 2019 |

For the initiated, it’s already well-know that if there’s one non-negotiable can’t miss beer festival in the state of Colorado that represents the ultimate beer fest experience, it’s Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines. And this year, expect the spectacle to … Read More

BREAKING | Mahou San Miguel to Acquire Majority Stake in Founders Brewing

August 29, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

This morning, MiBiz is reporting that Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing has increased its partnership with Spanish family-owned Mahou-San Miguel. What began as a minority 30% ownership agreement announced in December 2014, has been expanded to majority ownership of 90% of the company with Founders Brewing co-founders Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens each retaining a 5-percent stake in the brewery.

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On Tap Credit Union Debuts Pink Boots & CBG Charitable Debit Cards

August 27, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

This is a sponsored post on behalf of our friends at On Tap Credit Union

America’s craft beer revolution has been built by neighborhood breweries that sought to create a gathering place for locals to share in community. This notion of bringing people together, lending a hand to your neighbors and supporting local causes and businesses that work together to further a community is the bedrock of what On Tap Credit Union was founded upon.

On Tap Credit Union

Born from within the Colorado brewing industry, On Tap Credit Union continues its mission to support and provide financial assistance to breweries, beer industry friends and craft beer fans alike. And today, they have announced partnerships with the Pink Boots Society and the Colorado Brewers Guild, two organizations that in turn, also aim to further the advancement of diversity and community with Colorado craft beer.

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Preview | Westbound & Down Solera Saison Variant Releases

August 23, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Beer is many things. Beer is food, science, luck and, more often nowadays, it’s art. Going beyond the packaging, comparing beer to art also draws from a brewer’s ability to build complex flavor profiles to achieve a final holistic composition. As brush strokes layer on top of a blank canvas to produce different forms of aesthetic appreciation, so can ingredients build upon a base beer to produce nuanced iterations of an original expression. Such is the case with this weekend’s variant releases from Westbound & Down Brewing Company‘s Solera Saison base.

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The PorchCast Ep 62 | Alyssa Thorpe Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery

August 19, 2019 |

In episode 62 of the PorchCast, Tristan, caught up with Alyssa Thorpe, Head Brewer at Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery, also known for her Instagram account @southernbeergirl. In this special edition of the PorchCast Tristan and Alyssa discuss the recent controversy … Read More

BREAKING | Anheuser-Busch Acquires Platform Beer Co.

August 7, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

It has been two years since Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) has added another brewery to its portfolio, but this morning, the world’s largest brewery conglomerate announced the acquisition of Platform Beer Co.

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Denver Beer Beat | Colorado Beer Events for Week of August 7, 2019

August 7, 2019 |

The Denver Beer Beat is a weekly roundup of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, and more happening in the Front Range and beyond. Be sure to check in each Wednesday to discover anything … Read More

BREAKING | Odell Brewing Announces Venture into Winemaking

August 6, 2019 | 1

Just two weeks ago, Odell Brewing made headlines when they announced the upcoming opening of a third brewery and taproom location in Denver’s Sloan’s Lake neighborhood slated to open by late Summer 2020.

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2019 GABF Pour List | Here’s What Every Brewery is Pouring at GABF

July 31, 2019 | 2

For years, the folks at the Brewers Association have tightly guarded their pour list for the Great American Beer Festival, opting not to release that list until the week of the festival, a move they claimed was aimed at maintaining … Read More

Denver Beer Beat | Colorado Beer Events for Week of July 31, 2019

July 31, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 10 min

The Denver Beer Beat is a weekly roundup of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, and more happening in the Front Range and beyond. Be sure to check in each Wednesday to discover anything and everything happening around Colorado’s beer scene. Now let’s get to this week’s can’t miss beer events.

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Breaking Down 2019 GABF Newcomers & Missing Breweries

July 30, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Each year one of the most exciting aspects of the Great American Beer Festival is the ability to explore and sample some of the country’s best new breweries that have emerged on the scene. Additionally, it can be equally as rewarding to revisit some familiar faces you may only get to try once each year at the country’s largest beer showcase. However, with the evolving landscape of craft beer, and varying priorities, we also tend to lose some familiar friends. As we’ve done each year, we’ve broken down the new / returning breweries as well as those who sadly aren’t coming back for this year’s Great American Beer Festival.

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BREAKING | Preliminary 2019 GABF Brewery List Announced

July 30, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Over 700 Breweries. 4 Sessions. 3 Days. More than 4000 beers. 62,000 attendees. Spanning over 584,000 square feet. This year’s Great American Beer Festival is back and primed for its 38th Anniversary. The preliminary field has finally been set, and we now know which breweries will be part of the world’s largest beer festival. It is time once again to begin planning your routes. Which breweries are your can’t miss? And which are your must tries?

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Odell Brewing Opening Third Location in Denver’s Sloan’s Lake Neighborhood

July 26, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

While other national breweries continue to eye auxiliary production facilities and brewhouses in other markets, Odell Brewing has found a winning recipe by doubling down in the own backyard. Just nearly a year after opening their second taproom and brewery location in Denver’s River North Art District, the Fort Collins-based brewery, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, has announced that it will be opening up a third location in Denver’s Sloan’s Lake neighborhood.

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Denver Beer Beat | Colorado Beer Events for Week of July 24, 2019

July 24, 2019 |

The Denver Beer Beat is a weekly roundup of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, and more happening in the Front Range and beyond. Be sure to check in each Wednesday to discover anything … Read More

Presidential Hopeful John Hickenlooper Calls on Beer Fans for Support

July 23, 2019 |

He was the first Governor to install a draft system in the Governor’s Mansion, and now John Hickenlooper is tapping in craft beer’s fan base in hopes of jump-starting his Presidential candidacy run. The former Colorado Governor and current Presidential … Read More

ShipCompliant Helps Brewers Navigate New Market Label Registrations

July 23, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

This is a sponsored post from ShipCompliant by Sovos

It was just 5-10 years ago that America began experiencing the great resurgence of craft beer, which eventually lead to more than 4,000 breweries for the first time since Prohibition. Now those scrappy start-ups have begun maturing into formidable brands that have already, or are looking to expand beyond their local roots.

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