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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 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

Our Staff Picks the Best Beers from February 2021

March 10, 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.

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Left Hand Brewing Announces Upcoming Denver Location

March 4, 2021 |

Over the past decade, the city of Denver has become a popular destination for craft beer pioneers looking to set up second outposts. In-state trailblazers like New Belgium, Odell, and Oskar Blues have all flocked to the Mile High City … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 76 | Black IPAs, Kelissa Heiber, Beer News & More

March 1, 2021 |

In episode 76 of the PorchCast, we reunited the full PorchCast team of Tristan, Korey, Sami, and Bryant to talk through some of the major craft beer news and offer insight on recent hot topics.

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Ratio Beerworks Announces Second Location & Addition of Brewer Philip Joyce

February 25, 2021 |

Since its inception, Denver’s Ratio Beerworks has played to the beat of their own punk rock show. Eschewing the traditional brewery vibe, Ratio fills its mid-mod themed taproom with music from the Menzingers, Misfits, and Descendents, and pioneered unconventional events like their punk rock drag show, weekly comedy nights, live acoustic performances from bands like The Flatliners and Andrew W.K., and an artist-driven experiential beer release around their Barrel-Aged Stout, Genius Wizard.

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Advertising Opportunities with

February 16, 2021 |

Over the eight and a half years of operating PorchDrinking, our mission has always been focused squarely on promoting craft beer through positivity, telling great stories within the industry, and making this craft beer community a more inclusive, diverse, and … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 75 | Julia Herz – HerzMuses Enterprises

February 16, 2021 |

In episode 75 of the PorchCast, we welcome Julia Herz, former Craft Beer Program Director for the Brewers Association and Publisher of who recently launched HerzMuses Enterprises, LLC, a consulting firm for craft breweries around the country and globe.

We spoke with Julia about what lies next for her new enterprise and the types of brewery clients she is excited about most. We talked about her two-week road trip across the country and the moments of clarity she gleamed, and subsequently, Korey invited Julia to take peyote.

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Six Colorado Beers to Celebrate Valentine’s Day from Molly’s Spirits

February 11, 2021 |

Let’s be real, a special night on the town still isn’t exactly the most responsible decision during an on-going pandemic, commemorating Valentine’s Day with the loved one in your life can be as romantic as selecting the right beers to enjoy together at home. Luckily, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Molly’s Spirits to highlight six perfect beers to pair just for this occasion while still supporting Colorado local independent breweries.

Molly’s Spirits is located at 5809 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80212 (Lakeside), and 8557 E Arapahoe Rd Unit A (Greenwood Village, CO). All six of these beers can be found at Molly’s Spirits or try ordering online to get beers delivered to your doorstep.

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Firestone Walker Announces Brewmaster’s Reserve Beer Club

February 8, 2021 | 1

This year, as Firestone Walker Brewing prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Paso Robles-based brewery is about to embark on another ambitious project that aims to showcase experimentation and innovation. Nowadays it’s becoming more and more difficult for larger regional sized breweries to make a splash when it comes to small-batch beer releases, but Firestone Walker has always been among a handful of brands that have been able to balance building a highly regarded barrel-program while also complementing an equally successful core lineup.

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Downloadable 2021 Super Bowl LV Bingo Boards

February 5, 2021 |

It’s time once again for PorchDrinking’s annual 2021 Super Bowl LV Bingo Cards for Super Bowl 55. In addition to the entertainment of seeing who can inhale the most combinations of cheese dips in one sitting, we’ve created bingo boards for your party-goers’ enjoyment. Each square should be crossed off as they occur. And sure, since this is PorchDrinking, take a drink each time you cross off a square.

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Denver Beer Co. Hires Former Avery Barrel Manager as Director of Innovation

January 28, 2021 |

The winds of change continue to blow through Colorado’s craft beer landscape. One of the state’s most esteemed industry veterans is making a high-profile change this February, as Andy Parker, former barrel-manager at Avery Brewing has been announced as Denver Beer Co.’s new Director of Innovation.

Parker joined Avery in 2002 and was part of recipe development for most beers produced during that time period. While at Avery, Parker also helped to launch and oversee the Boulder-based brewery’s award-winning barrel-aging program, which grew from 30 barrels at its inception in 2007, to over 4,000 barrels at its height.

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