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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

Colorado Breweries Who Won Big at the 2020 GABF Competition

October 16, 2020 |

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 slightly down year earning only 26 medals after tallying 40 the previous year.

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2020 GABF Awards Results | Who Won Big at This Year’s Competition

October 16, 2020 |

Much like the rest of 2020, this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF) has been anything but the norm. Without a week filled with rare beer releases, mini-festivals drawing hype breweries from across the country, lines stacked on top of … Read More

Breweries with the Most GABF Medals and More Competition Trends

October 15, 2020 |

Tomorrow night marks the 34th iteration of the competition portion of the Great American Beer Festival. And while this GABF week looks and feels unlike any other, tomorrow night’s awards are still sure to usher in socially distanced causes for … Read More

Colorado Breweries Launch Campaigns to Promote Voter Turnout

October 13, 2020 |

For years, PorchDrinking has documented the innumerable variety of ways that craft breweries have utilized their platform within local communities to support and promote noteworthy causes. Now during one of the most highly contentious election years in modern history, breweries … Read More

Roundup | GABF Passport Offers Exclusive Beer Release Opportunities

October 9, 2020 |

As 2020 continues to shift all of our favorite events to digital platforms, this year’s Great American Beer Festival has introduced a digital brewery passport in an effort to give beer fans the opportunity to enjoy free beers, discounted merch, … Read More

Cerebral Brewing All the Stops Can Jam | Release Lineup

October 7, 2020 |

Typically by this point in the year, Colorado beer fans are already knees deep in big-time hype beer releases from breweries that aren’t typically available in the state. However, with GABF going digital, and the entire industry in a state of unknown due to the on-going pandemic, it’s been generally uncertain whether the typical treasure trove of special releases would be hitting the market.

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New Belgium’s Fan-Favorite Tart Lychee Returns for Limited Release

October 6, 2020 |

Sometimes a beer can be so memorable, so unique and so remarkable that even after being discontinued, it continues to reverberate in the memories of its fans for years on end. New Belgium Brewing’s Tart Lychee first appeared as a taproom-only release as far back as 2009, was more widely released in 2011 as part of the brewery’s Lips of Faith series and was revived in 2016. Now, the popular wood-aged Golden Sour with pureed lychee fruit and cinnamon is finally back once again.

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2020 Presidential Debate Drinking Game

September 29, 2020 | 6

As if the year 2020 weren’t already crazy enough, America is now gearing up for one of the most volatile and highly contested presidential election cycles in modern history. Tonight marks the first of three Presidential Debates between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. And while the initial showdown is sure to touch on a multitude of critical topics from the Supreme Court, to the handling of the pandemic, race and violence to the integrity of our elections, it’s also sure to feature some of the caricature-esque qualities that each candidate has come to be known for.

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WeldWerks Brewing Releasing Prost Malone to Celebrate Nuggets Season

September 28, 2020 |

On March 11, 2020, when the NBA season was postponed due to the COVID pandemic, Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone was asked about his plans for the NBA hiatus during a post-game interview. While to most his response likely flew … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 70 | Drew Watson – Hops & Pie 10th Anniversary

September 28, 2020 |

In episode 70 of the PorchCast, we welcomed Drew Watson, co-founder of Hops & Pie and Berkeley Donuts in Denver to talk a little about how the iconic beer bar and pizza spot got started as well as what they … Read More

Cerebral Brewing Announces National Lineup for All the Stops Can Jam

September 25, 2020 |

Typically by this point in the year, Colorado beer fans are already knees deep in big-time hype beer releases from breweries that aren’t typically available in the state. However, with GABF going digital, and the entire industry in a state of unknown due to the on-going pandemic, it’s been generally uncertain whether the typical treasure trove of special releases would be hitting the market.

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Hailstorm Brewing Co-Founder Departs to Join Colorado’s Wiley Roots Brewing

September 23, 2020 |

Six years ago, Brandon Banbury founded Hailstorm Brewing alongside Chris Schiller in Tinley Park on the outskirts of Chicago. During that time, Banbury, who also served as head brewer, helped establish the brewery as a veritable force within the greater Chicago beer scene, gaining acclaim for his work with Hazy IPAs, Barrel-Aged Pastry Stouts, and even traditional-style Lagers. 

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Falling Rock Alternative Festival of Great Beer Aims to Fill Void of GABF

September 18, 2020 |

For the past 22 years, on the Monday before the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), one of the country’s most iconic beer bars has helped usher in the event with a celebratory kick-off tapping at 5 p.m.

However this year, on September 21, when Falling Rock Tap House’s GABF countdown timer would normally have ticked down to all zeros, there will be little pomp and circumstance as the festival transitions to a virtual format in response to the pandemic.

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Oktoberfest Beer Showcase | Bierstadt Lagerhaus Oktoberfest Märzen

September 17, 2020 |

In a year when longstanding traditions have been upended by the unconventional, a Denver brewery is aiming to preserve one of beer’s most time-honored rituals. Bierstadt Lagerhaus in Denver, CO, which has been celebrated since its inception for its unwavering dedication to brewing traditional Lagers, is set to release their vaunted Oktoberfest Märzen Lager. This weekend’s release will coincide with the date that the 210-year-old Oktoberfest festival in Munich was originally scheduled to kick-off before being canceled as a result of the pandemic.

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2020 Guide to Colorado’s Oktoberfest Beer Releases

September 10, 2020 |

It’s clear by now that the year 2020 has no chill, and rather than ease into a gradual shift of in temperature, us Coloradoans have already begun experiencing some seasonal schizophrenia. And while Oktoberfest may have been canceled in Munich, … Read More

Westbound Acquires Former Endo Brewing Facility & Adds Dream Team of Brewers

September 4, 2020 |

Throughout pop culture, there’s often been a great deal of fascination around those rare instances when a talented group of individuals is able to put aside individual egos and motives to coalesce together around a greater cause. 

Think back to … Read More

Molly’s Spirits Shares Six Fall Beers to Buy this Labor Day Weekend

September 4, 2020 |

While nothing is exactly traditional these days, beer drinkers can typically count on Labor Day as the perfect time to shift from crisp Pilsners, session IPAs, and fruited Kettle Sours to maltier offerings like Oktoberfests, Porters, and yes, even Pumpkin … Read More

Former WeldWerks Brewer Launches Peculier Ales in Windsor, CO

August 28, 2020 |

In the grand scheme of beer’s role throughout human history, American craft beer is still in its early stages of influence. However, even during this fleeting period, the amount of innovation that has sprung forth has already made a lasting … Read More

Boston Beer Subsidiary Concrete Beach Transitions to Dogfish Head Miami

August 27, 2020 |

Over the past 10 years, the craft beer world has become a bizarre and often confusing playing field. For consumers, being able to keep track of brewery consolidation and acquisitions, staying on top of ever-changing trends, and trademark disputes, it … Read More

Capitol Creek Brewery is Colorado’s Best Kept Mountain Town Secret

August 13, 2020 |

Part of what makes the state of Colorado so special is that a short drive outside of the city can lead you on an adventure through altitude defying mountain ranges, desert-like sand dunes, lush rolling green plains, and arid rocky traverses. Such is the case with Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley, where a drive through its snaking canyons that have been carved out over time by a swift and serpentine river that shares the name, has created one of the state’s most picturesque regions.

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