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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

Pour List | Denver Beer Festivus Returns with Holiday Surprises

December 14, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

In a holiday season littered with White Elephants, tinsel and ugly sweaters, I think it’s safe to say what we really care about is cutting straight to the booze and debauchery. Denver Beer Festivus which returns Saturday afternoon cuts to the chase with approximately 50 Denver-based breweries in attendance, a silent disco floor, appearances by a bad Santa, food vendors, and plenty more surprises.

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America Now Boasts Over 6000 Breweries in Operation & More Beer Stats

December 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The Brewers Association published its end of year report this morning announcing that there were over 6,000 breweries in operation across the United States in 2017. That number reflects an increase of over 438 operational breweries since their mid-year report was announced in August, and an increase of approximately 1000 breweries in operation since last December 2016.

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Ninkasi to Celebrate Return of BBA Ground Control with Alamo Drafthouse

December 9, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

This is a sponsored post for Alamo Drafthouse

To boldly go where no beer has gone before, in this day in age is a pretty dubious task. That said, Eugene, OR’s Ninkasi Brewing raised the bar in 2014 when they launched six samples of brewers yeast into space and back and successfully brewed a beer afterwards aptly named Ground Control.

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Brewery Preview | Denver’s Alternation Brewing to Focus on Consistently Rotating Taps

December 8, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Like many beer fans, when husband and wife duo Brendan Pleskow and Jenn Sickels moved to Denver, they came in search of a great neighborhood brewery that consistently served up new and exciting beers to explore. However despite the fact that Denver now boasts over 70 breweries in the city, most do prescribe to the model of a set core lineup, that’s occasionally bolstered by rotating seasonal and specialty offerings.

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Great Lakes Brewing Company Announces 2018 Beer Release Calendar

December 7, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The hits just keep coming today as Cleveland’s Great Lakes Brewing Company has also announced their 2018 Beer Release Calendar in celebration of the brewery’s 30th anniversary year.
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Stone Brewing Announces 2018 Beer Release Calendar

December 7, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Stone Brewing is never one to shy away from hop forward beers, they along with the likes of Sierra Nevada helped pioneer the West-Coast style. And in 2018, Stone will continue to push the needle on hops with a slew of dank, juicy, and floral focused beers.
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Join Avanti F&B, New Belgium & Topo Designs for a White Elephant Exchange

December 7, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Avanti F&B

New Belgium, Topo Designs and our friends at Avanti Food & Beverage are teaming up for a holiday classic on Monday, December 11. While White Elephant exchanges are often dreaded obligations at the office holiday party, this trio of Colorado heavy hitters have upped the stakes to help you get in the holiday spirit!

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Great Divide Announces 2018 Beer Release Calendar Lineup

December 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Fresh off the heels of a massive success in the introduction of Roadie Radler, Great Divide Brewing Company is gearing up for another loaded year of big time releases in 2018. This afternoon the Denver, CO-based brewery announced their 2018 Beer Release Calendar, which includes the addition of a new barrel-aged program, the return of a familiar brand, and a total of seven new beers the Great Divide lineup.

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First Draft Taproom & Kitchen Expands Pour-Your-Own Taproom to Minneapolis

December 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Imagine walking into a taproom and being able to sample as much, or as little beer as you want from nearly 54 draft lines. While it may sound more beer festival than beer bar, First Draft Taproom & Kitchen features a pour your own draft system, similar in concept to an adult version of a froYo shop.

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Epic Brewing Acquires California’s Telegraph Brewing

December 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Epic Brewing this morning has announced their acquisition of Santa Barbara, CA’s Telegraph Brewing. Telegraph, which opened in 2006 has focused on Belgian inspired beers and grown a thriving sour and wild program. Epic Brewing’s acquisition aims to help grow Telegraph’s overall production, sour program, as well as introduce a 12 oz canned line.

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Crooked Stave Revives Cellar Reserve Membership Program

December 5, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project announced this morning that it will be reviving its previously discontinued Cellar Reserve membership program beginning in 2018. Under the reintroduced program, members will have access to purchase exclusive releases made available only those belonging to the Cellar Reserve program.

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Founders Brewing’s Stevens & Engbers Cap Off Massive 20 Year Anniversary

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

Calagione, Avery, Jordan, Oliver, Koch, Grossman, Cantwell, Bell, Maytag, Firestone, Bouckaert, Cilruzo. Over the past 20 years craft beer has experienced its greatest boon, and with that explosive growth, there have emerged figures so iconic and influential, that they have risen to become household names. However despite their steadfast ascent to becoming the 16th largest brewery in the country, Stevens and Engbers don’t command the same celebrity as their fellow industry luminaries.

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Adam Avery on the Decision to Sell a Minority Stake to Mahou San Miguel

November 29, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Yesterday Avery Brewing Company announced that it would be selling a minority stake, in the range of 30%, to family-owned Spanish brewing group, Mahou San Miguel. Recently celebrating their 24th anniversary, Avery Brewing has served as a pioneer in the art of barrel-aged and high gravity beers.

The news of yesterday’s partnership immediately drew a wide range of reactions and speculation from beer fanatics, so we decided to catch up with Adam Avery, who alongside his father Larry founded Avery in 1993.

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Anheuser-Busch & City of Portland Team Up Against Old Town Brewing

November 20, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Aside from brewery acquisitions, trademark infringements may just be one of craft beers’s most polarizing issues. But one major trademark dispute involving Portland’s Old Town Brewing, has been bringing Portland’s craft beer community closer together.

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Wynkoop Brewing’s Day of Darks Festival Pour List

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

As much as we may try to deny it, and as much as recent Colorado weather may contradict, cooler days are creeping on the horizon. One sure sign of this changing of the guard can be seen through the corresponding shift from fresh hop and pumpkin beers to the dark and roasty stouts and porters that’ll inevitably be dominating liquor store shelves for the next three to four months.

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The PorchCast | Ep 45 Cerebral Brewing

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

Episode 45 of The PorchCast brought the crew to Cerebral Brewing where we spoke with Sami Hartman, Sales Manager for Cerebral about their upcoming 2nd Anniversary weekend of celebrations.

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80+ Colorado Beer Releases Happening Between Now & Black Friday

November 16, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 15 min

Each year on Black Friday, millions of Americans shake off their tryptophan-induced comas brought on by the previous evening’s gorge fest, to shop off all their newly acquire calories. For die-hard beer fanatics however, Black Friday has grown to represent a different kind of feeding frenzy.

Goose Island began the tradition of kicking off the holiday season with their yearly release of Bourbon County Brand Stout and its subsequent variants the day after Thanksgiving. And since BCBS’ popularity, countless other craft breweries have followed suit.

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Visual Maps of How American Craft Beer Has Grown Since 1977

November 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Just how many breweries are currently operating in America? Well the answer changes daily, but according to The Brewers Association’s most recent mid-year report, the US was home to 5,301 breweries in operation in 2016, vastly out-pacing the old record of 4,131 breweries that were operating in 1873. In fact there are there are now so many breweries in operation, that the average American can travel within 10 miles or less to reach their nearest craft beer producer.

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Left Hand’s Nitro Fest Brings Elevated Beer Festival Experience (Pour List)

November 8, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

In 2017, beer festivals have become a dime a dozen, but the ability to create a standout, memorable event, either through the curation of an impressive pour list, creating an immersive attendee experience, or bringing on vendors and acts that add some extra star-power, can take the mundane, run-of-the-mill festival to legendary status. Left Hand Brewing is no stranger to pulling out all of the stops when it comes to throwing a beer festival. Whether it involves constructing a three story snowboard ramp in the middle of Longmont, CO, signing national bands such as Reel Big Fish, and Jeff Austin band to perform live, throwing a massive 8-act tribute band showcase, or throwing one of the state’s largest craft beer Oktoberfest celebration, these festivals generally revolve around a uniquely curated beer lineup, big name artists, and creating an experience that attendees won’t soon forget.

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