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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

First Look | Ratio Beerworks Opens Overland Location

January 21, 2022 |

It’s been nearly a year since it was first announced that Ratio Beerworks had acquired the space formerly occupied by Declaration Brewing. And while a lot of growth has taken place both within that space and with Ratio, three core values still remain unchanged: Beer. Music, Party.

While its previous tenant never seemed to coalesce around a consistent theme, consistency might be the best way to describe Ratio’s second taproom and production facility. It’s still the same great beer the city of Denver has grown to love featuring several fan favorite seasonals such as King of Carrot Flowers, their iconic carrot and elderflower Saison, Major Nights Lime Gose, as well as beloved flagships such as Domestica American Standard Ale, Dear You French Saison, and Hold Steady Scotch Ale, while also featuring a few new entries such as Smoked Helles, a Smoked Lager made with Laws Whiskey and Colorado Malting Company and Sneak Peek, a Hazy IPA produced exclusively for the Ratio’s Overland location.

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The PorchCast | Ep 89 Laird Mulderink – SweetWater Brewing

January 18, 2022 |

In episode 89 of The PorchCast, Tristan, Korey, and Bryant hit the road and headed up north to chat with Laird Mulderink VP of Operations for SweetWater Brewing’s new Fort Collins location. We dove into all of the ins and outs behind SweetWater’s massive arrival in Colorado including their new DIA taproom, everything that went into the transition into the former Red Truck Brewing space, their acquisition of Breckenridge Distillery as well as everything involved with their parent company, Tilray, and how their cannabis background plays into some of the strategies behind these moves.

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Vinnie Cilurzo & Matt Brynildson Discuss Their STiVO Pilsner Collaboration

January 14, 2022 |

Throughout history, there have been rare occasions when two once-in-a-lifetime talents combine to form a unity even more perfect, that prove combined talents can be just as good, if not better than individual achievements. Jordan and Pippen, Shaq and Kobe, Ruth and Gehrig, Simon and Garfunkel, Hall and Oates.

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Implications Behind Monster Energy’s Acquisition of CANarchy

January 13, 2022 |

2022 is already off to a wild start for craft beer and today it got a little wilder as it was announced that Monster Beverage Corps, the holding company whose subsidiaries include Monster Energy Drink has agreed to purchase CANarchy Craft Beverage Collective for $330 million in cash.

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2021 Colorado Best in Beer Year-End Honors

January 11, 2022 | 1

It’s been another bizarre year as the global pandemic continues to rear its ugly head. While the beer world is typically abuzz when it comes to adjunct variants, I think we’re all ready to bid adieu to spinoffs when it comes to Delta and Omicron.

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The PorchCast | Ep 88 Year End Recap to Close out 2021

January 3, 2022 |

In episode 88 of The PorchCast, Tristan, Korey, and Bryant took a look back at 2021 to talk about their favorite beers, biggest industry news stories, and bold predictions heading into 2022. As usual, our year-end recap episode had plenty … Read More

Six MORE Colorado Beers to Ring in the New Year from Molly’s Spirits

December 30, 2021 |

While the collective humankind would likely agree that 2022 can’t arrive soon enough, we’d be remiss if we didn’t blow the doors off of 2021 with one final calamitous she-bang. As we reflect on this past year’s highs and lows, we can all cheers toward looking forward to better circumstances and hope.

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Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Launches Craft Your Own Celebration

December 22, 2021 |

It’s been no secret around these parts that the Big Beer Belgians and Barleywines Festival is widely regarded as one of the most celebrated beer fest experiences in the country. However, with this past year and 2022’s back-to-back cancellations, both as a result of COVID, it’ll likely mean a full three-year hiatus before attendees will get an opportunity to enjoy rare high ABV beers at even higher altitudes.

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The PorchCast | Ep 87 WeldWerks Brewing Company

December 15, 2021 |

In episode 87 of The PorchCast, Tristan and Bryant made the trek up to Greeley to meet up with the good folks at WeldWerks Brewing, one of the country’s fastest-growing buzzy breweries. They were joined by Kristin Popcheff, Director of People and Culture, Skip Schwartz, the newly anointed Head Brewer, and Roy Van Anda, Community Engagement Manager.

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Five Questions with Julia Herz on Her Return to The Brewers Association

December 13, 2021 | 1

When running through a list of craft beer luminaries who have had the most significant impact on the industry, names like Charlie Papazian, Michael Jackson, Garrett Oliver, Kim Jordan, Ken Grossman, Sam Calagione, Natalie and Vinny Cilurzo are often quick to roll off the tongue. However, to the common beer drinker, Julia Herz is a name that may not be as commercially recognizable as the rest but continues to have the most enduring impact on the current craft beer landscape.

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FlyteCo Opening Second Location in Former Stapleton Airport Tower

December 7, 2021 |

After just two and a half years since opening their doors, Denver’s FlyteCo Brewing may not have imagined that they’d be ready to open a second outpost, let alone opening in one of the area’s most historic buildings, but it seems their flight plans have changed.

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The PorchCast | Ep 86 Austin Beerworks & Family Business Beer Company

December 1, 2021 |

In episode 86 of The PorchCast, Korey headed down to Austin, TX for a buffet of incredible beer guests. Korey was joined by our own Pam Catoe who also owns and operates Craft Beer Austin, as well as Sheila Garcia of Austin Beerworks, and Marvis Dixon of Family Business Beer Company who also serves as the Texas ambassador for the Black is Beautiful initiative to talk about the Austin beer scene, as well as the incredible things happening at their breweries.

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Seedstock Brewery’s Past & Current Team Talk Ownership Change

November 23, 2021 |

As the craft beer world continues to adjust to the ever-changing headwinds, several breweries have turned to mergers and acquisitions in order to help fuel growth. But one Denver staple recently experienced a unique ownership change that resulted in the brewery remaining independent and in the hands of long-time friends.

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Bell’s Brewery Announces Sale to New Belgium’s Parent Company

November 10, 2021 |

Two of America’s legacy craft beer brands are joining forces after a bombshell announcement this morning that Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery has been sold to Australia’s Lion, a subsidiary of Kirin Holding, and the parent company which also acquired New Belgium Brewing two years ago.

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Firestone Walker Opens Enrollment for 2022 Brewmaster’s Collective

November 2, 2021 |

To celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, Firestone Walker Brewing set out to make a splash by launching their first-ever beer membership club. Brewmaster Matt Brynildson noted that he was eager to reconnect with beer fans after a year away from festivals, and events, so he found inspiration from neighbors up the road in the wine industry.

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4 Noses Brewing’s Parent Company Acquires Odd13 Brewing

October 20, 2021 |

The stark reality of the ongoing pandemic continues to unfold each and every day. For the craft beer industry, the ripple effects of shutting down taprooms for months at a time, applying for government loans, reinventing business models and health and safety practices on the fly, pivoting as a result of aluminum can shortages, and now staffing shortages have left many breweries of all sizes is dire situations. And now it seems, that even one of Colorado’s more successful growing breweries has made the difficult decision to sell.

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PorchDrinking’s Colorado’s Best Märzens Blind Tasting Results

October 19, 2021 |

The rebirth of America’s Lager revolution is booming. From Pilsners to Helles, IPLs to Schwarzbiers, and with the return of autumn, there might be no more popular seasonal style than Oktoberfest Märzens. So we figured what better way to kick off PorchDrinking’s Blind Tasting series with one of the fastest rising styles in craft beer.

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Black is Beautiful Creator Opening Charlotte Incubator to Further Brewing Inclusion

October 8, 2021 |

Ava DuVernay, American Filmmaker and Director of the 2014 film, Selma noted, “When we’re talking about diversity, it’s not a box to check. It is a reality that should be deeply felt and held and valued by all of us.”

This sentiment continues to ring true for Marcus Baskerville, co-founder of Weather Souls Brewing in San Antonio, TX, and creator of the Black is Beautiful initiative, a viral collaborative beer project that has seen participation from over 1,300 breweries and raised over $3 million to date toward organizations and efforts focused on promoting equity and inclusion.

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The PorchCast Ep 85 | The Empourium Brewing Freshtober Festival

October 8, 2021 |

In episode 85 of The PorchCast, Korey took over the captain’s chair and was joined by Bryant as they visited with The Empourium Brewing Co. in Denver to preview their Freshtober Festival happening this Saturday in Denver, CO.

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The PorchCast Ep 84 | Tara Nurin, Bottleshare & Woods Boss Brewing

September 24, 2021 |

In episode 84 of The PorchCast, Tristan, Korey and Bryant were joined by journalist and author, Tara Nurin at Woods Boss Brewing during the Craft Brewers Conference to talk about her new book, A Woman’s Place is in the Brewhouse. We also had a chance to chat with Tara a bit more about her coverage of Brienne Allan’s new Brave Noise collaborative beer project.

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