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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

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

Wah Gwaan Brewing Brings Caribbean Influences to Denver

June 19, 2021 | 1

Growing up in The Bronx, Harsha Maragh was surrounded by Caribbean music, food, and neighbors as the daughter of two Jamaican immigrants. But after moving to Denver, she found the Mile High City lacking the cultural vibrancy that influenced her … Read More

Six Summer Beers to Help Beat the Heat from Molly’s Spirits

June 18, 2021 |

It’s hot… so hot in hrrr. As much of the country continues to experience this blistering heatwave, Coloradoans have been battling 100+ degree days. When hopping in a pool still feels like wading in a hot tub the only other … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 80 | Lady Justice Brewing

June 9, 2021 |

In episode 80 of the PorchCast, Tristan, Korey and Bryant welcomed Betsy Lay and Alison Wisneski of Lady Justice Brewing to reflect the outpouring of stories of misogyny, sexism, harassment and assault that have emerged from Brienne Allan’s Instagram stories.

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Belching Beaver Brewery Expands Distribution to Colorado

May 27, 2021 |

In another sign of the beer world returning to normalcy, Belching Beaver Brewery announced today that they would begin expanding distribution to Colorado through Crooked Stave Artisans. The Centennial State has long been a popular destination for acclaimed national brands look to test their reach and popularity due to Colorado’s rabid beer fanbase and now the San Diego-based brewery joins the likes of Bells, Surly, Jack’s Abby, Brooklyn Brewery, and many others who have recently entered the crowded beer market.

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This is Craft Beer’s Moment to Address History of Misogyny, Sexual Harassment and Abuse

May 19, 2021 |

If you’ve been around this industry long enough, it’s likely that you’ve eventually heard the phrase “Craft beer is 99% asshole free” (in fact, as many have recently pointed out on Twitter, this edict has not aged well). A foregone … Read More

2021 Vail Craft Beer Classic Announces Participating Breweries

May 17, 2021 |

As the world slowly begins to emerge from the harrowing year we’ve been experiencing, more and more signs of normalcy have begun reappearing. And while simple pleasures like dining out at restaurants, heading to the movies, or attending a beer … Read More

8 Uplifting Stories Showcasing Craft Beer’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

May 12, 2021 |

The craft brewing industry is overflowing with inspirational stories of craft entrepreneurs. Stories of courageous people from all walks of life, overcoming adversity and raising the tide of the whole craft community—and the communities they serve. 

Here are just a … Read More

Two Denver Breweries Find Opportunities for Expansion During the Pandemic

April 30, 2021 |

In the face of adversity during the ongoing pandemic, many breweries across the country have had to make difficult decisions on whether to close up shop or weather the storm. Now, as the country begins taking steps toward re-opening, many … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 79 | Firestone Walker Tasting & 90’s + Early 2000’s Beer Bracket

April 19, 2021 |

In episode 79 of the PorchCast we kicked off our 90’s & early 2000’s beer bracket for the ultimate showdown of beers that helped launch craft beer into popularity. For many of us, these beers were gateway beers that helped … Read More

Goldspot Brewing & Lady Justice Brewing Celebrate Major Milestone

April 15, 2021 |

Representation matters. In an industry where diversity has been under-prioritized for decades, craft beer has finally begun recognizing the importance of creating a more inclusive community. And while having conversations around diversity and inclusion are a great step forward, representation is still the most important path toward true change. 

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Our Staff Picks the Best Beers from March 2021

April 13, 2021 |

As we aim to continue to showcase the incredible beers being produced from independent craft breweries across the country, we thought we’d tap into our regional teams to showcase some of the best beers that have impressed us each and every month.

Bear with us as we’re still growing our regional teams across the country and hope to add full coverage over time, but for now, here are the best beers our teams tried in their respective states for March 2021.

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The PorchCast Ep 78 | Odell Brewing COO Brendan McGivney

April 8, 2021 |

Over the past 20 years, Odell Brewing has grown to become one of the country’s top breweries not just by volume but also in respect and quality of beer. In recent years, the Fort Collins-based brewery has organically begun spreading its reach by opening additional outposts in Denver’s River North Art District and earlier this week in Denver’s Sloan’s Lake neighborhood. Now they’re also nearing the launch of a wine project.

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2021 GABF In-Person Event CANCELLED, Will Return in 2022

April 5, 2021 |

The writing was on the wall when the Brewers Associated first announced nearly three months ago that the 2021 Great American Beer Festival would hold its competition and awards ceremony in conjunction with this year’s Craft Brewers Conference. At the … Read More

Breaking Down America’s Top 50 Largest Breweries By Volume in 2020

March 30, 2021 | 2

Every year the Brewers Association releases their list of the top 50 breweries by volume based on overall craft beer sales for the previous year.

We took a quick look at last year’s list to compare the growth of some of our favorite … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 77 | Boulder Beer Company

March 23, 2021 |

In episode 77 of the PorchCast, the PorchCast team was joined by Matthew Osterman, founder of Sleeping Giant Brewing; Eric Foster, co-founder of Stem Ciders and Greg Owsley, founder of The Storied Brand to talk about the re-launch and re-branding … Read More

CO Beer News | The Jailhouse Re-Opening, Call to Arms Distro, Odell Sloan’s Lake

March 22, 2021 |

As things begin re-opening across Colorado, the craft beer scene is showing signs of new life. To help sort through all of the recent craft beer news that has emerged in the Centennial State, we’ve rounded up some of the … Read More

Denver Beer Company is Becoming Colorado’s Must Watch Brewery

March 17, 2021 |

It’s not often that you get to witness the next big thing before it becomes mainstream. In my lifetime, I’ve been fortunate to catch Nathaniel Rateliff perform one final show at the Hi-Dive before setting out on his national tour. … Read More