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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

Craft Breweries Declare Their Independence with BA’s Official Seal

June 27, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

As the craft beer industry begins to wade through the murky waters of distinguishing itself from other non-craft entities, the Brewers Association has decided to make the distinction even more clear. This morning the Boulder-based national trade organization announced the creation of an official seal to help independently owned craft breweries for qualifying members.

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Introducing New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Reserve Series and Farewell to Lips of Faith

June 27, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

New Belgium Brewing Company, one of craft beer’s most storied establishments is reimagining their approach toward specialty beer releases. Yesterday, the Fort Collins-based brewery announced the launch of their Wood Cellar Reserve program described as “a series of very rare, small batch wild & sour ales expertly aged by the most award-winning sour brewery in America.”

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Avery’s 2017 Boulder SourFest Pour List Showcases Local & National Heavy Hitters

June 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 7 min

This weekend’s 2017 Boulder Sour Festival will once again showcase a wide array of national and local talent, boasting their best in the sour and wild beer formats. Now it its 7th iteration, Avery’s annual celebration of acidic beers will see one major amendment, this year focusing solely on wilds and sours that have been aged in a wooden vessel, meaning this year’s entries will no longer include standalone kettle soured beers.

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Denver Beer Company Opens in Olde Town Arvada

June 16, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

From the communal outdoor patio picnic tables, to the glass garage door facade giving way to an open airy taproom, even down to the chalk wall interior, Denver Beer Company’s upcoming third facility, opening Saturday in a former auto bodyshop along the main drag of Olde Town Arvada, will feel like an extension of their original Platte Street LoHi location.

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America’s Fastest Growing Breweries by Volume

June 14, 2017 | 3 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

*Apologies to Creature Comforts Brewing and Montauk Brewing as they were accidentally omitted in the initial version of this post, we’ve since updated the list to reflect their spots in the top 30*

This past month, The Brewers Association’s shared a host of statistics in the May/June edition of The New Brewer Magazine breaking down everything from last year’s new brewery openings/brewery closings, to industry annual growth percentage, as well as volume in barrel production along side breweries’ year-over-year growth.

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2017 New Kids on the Block Beer Fest Pour List

June 7, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

The 5th annual New Kids On The Block beer festival is getting a bit of a reboot. NKOTB once again features one part 80’s dance party and another part celebration of Colorado breweries under two years old. However, this time around we’re also bringing on some radical new restaurant bites to pair with great beer and an even better dance party.

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Dogfish Head Requests to Sever Ties with RateBeer Amid Anheuser-Busch Acquisition

June 5, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Dogfish Head Founder, Sam Calagione penned a blog post earlier today admonishing ties between RateBeer and Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) after it was announced on Friday that ABI’s venture arm, ZX Ventures had acquired minority shares in the popular beer rating/ranking website.
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Great Divide’s Denver Pale Ale Artist Series #2 Featuring John Vogl

May 31, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Last June, Great Divide took their iconic, but somewhat dated Denver Pale Ale and reimagined every aspect of the beer. Not only did its 20+ year old recipe receive a facelift, evolving from an English to an American-Style Pale Ale, but it’s label design was re-imagined for a newly introduced canned format.

Paying homage to the artistic roots associated with its new Barrel Bar location’s home in the River North Art District, Great Divide’s yearly rotating Artist Series features the work of a new local illustrator each year.

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BREAKING | Fort Collins Brewery Acquired by Vancouver’s Red Truck Beer Company

May 26, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In today’s ever changing competitive craft beer landscape, even one of Colorado’s oldest breweries isn’t impervious to acquisition.

Fort Collins Brewery (FCB) has confirmed that the brewery has been acquired by Vancouver, BC-based Red Truck Beer Company, and that during the acquisition process, Red Truck Beer has decided to phase out and discontinue the FCB brand and beers. Read More

The PorchCast | Ep 37 Cider Week Colorado

May 26, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

For episode 37 of The PorchCast, Tristan, Hunter and Sam were joined by Eric Foster and Ryan Means of Stem Ciders, Brad Page and Xandy Bustamante from Colorado Cider Company and Eric Hatlestad of C Squared Ciders at The Pint Room in Littleton, CO to talk about Cider Week Colorado as well as the state of the Colorado Cider industry.

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Brewery Preview | Grist Brewing Opens Second Brewhouse & Taproom in Lone Tree

May 26, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In an age when breweries are scrambling to battle for shelf space, one Colorado brewery is taking a different approach toward growth. Grist Brewing Company will open its second brewhouse and taproom location this Saturday just 10 miles west of its original Highlands Ranch location, near the Park Meadows Mall.

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Colorado’s Elite Brands Named 2017 Craft Beer Wholesaler of the Year

May 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

During this year’s Craft Brewers Conference, held in Washington D.C., Colorado’s own Elite Brands was recognized as the 2017 Craft Beer Wholesaler of the Year. Elite Brands, which has been in operation since 2003, earned the distinction over 59 other nominations, for excelling in the categories of: Distributor Commitment, Sales Planning/Execution, Building Craft Awareness, Quality, Capacity and Infrastructure, as well as Culture.

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Brewery Preview | The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project (Denver, CO)

May 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Over the past decade, craft beer has risen from relative obscurity, to relative general commercial buy-in and now reached the point of exploring the next great frontiers of innovation. From spirit barrel-aging, to mix-culture sours and wilds, lupulin powder to adjunct ingredients, our understanding of beer continues to expand each and every day.
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The Bruery Sells Majority Stake to Castanea Partners

May 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Orange County, CA based craft brewery, The Bruery, announced this morning, that it has entered into a partnership agreement with Castanea Partners, which would sell a majority stake to the Boston, MA based private equity firm.

The experimental and barrel-aged focused, The Bruery explained the decision to partner with Castanea this morning via a blog post stating “which will enable us to continue to grow in ways consistent with our ideals”.

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Peter Bouckaert Leaving New Belgium to Launch Purpose Brewing and Cellars

May 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The classic Greek philosopher Socrates was quoted as saying, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” That continuous quest for knowledge and life’s next great challenge continues to drive Peter Bouckaert. Bouckaert announced today, that he will be transitioning from his current position as Brewmaster at New Belgium Brewing to team up Zach and Laura Wilson formerly of 1933 Brewing, to form Purpose Brewing and Cellars.

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Stranahan’s Distillery Teams Up with Denver’s Brown Palace for 125th Anniversary

May 17, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Colorado has long exuded an air of intrigue and mysticism for its gruff Wild West ways. It is perhaps this pioneering attitude, but also rough and tumble mindset, that has helped perpetuate today’s deeply rooted fascination with handcrafted brewing and distilling culture.

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BREAKING | Anheuser-Busch Monopolizes South African Hop Supply from Craft Breweries

May 10, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In the wake of last week’s Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) acquisition of Wicked Weed Brewing, many casual and die hard craft beer fans have been left debating the objectives, intent and repercussions ABI’s growing empire would have on the craft industry.

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Growing List of National Breweries Rescind RSVP to Wicked Weed Funkatorium Invitational

May 4, 2017 | 17 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

It has been a rough twenty four hours for the craft beer industry, as droves of national brewers have begun voicing their responses to Wicked Weed Brewing’s acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The first and perhaps most high profile response came from Jester King Brewing’s Jeffrey Stuffings who shared a heartfelt, but definitive statement on the Austin brewery’s policy toward future collaborations and sales of Wicked Weed products.

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