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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

Inside Jade Mountain’s Decision to Rebrand As Incantation Brewing

February 12, 2024 | 5

It’s been a brutal past four years for the craft beer scene, so when a brewery’s social channels abruptly undergo a massive rebrand with all past content getting wiped, it’s certainly cause for concern.

However, instead of a brewery acquisition or merger, Friday, Aurora-based Jade Mountain Brewery and Teahouse revealed an unexpected wholesale re-brand, transitioning from its Asian-inspired roots to punk/heavy metal-inspired, Incantation Brewing. The unexpected move also signals a dramatic shift in the brewery’s taproom aesthetic and beer program moving forward.

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2024 Firestone Walker Invitational Announces Brewery List & On-Sale Date

February 9, 2024 |

How does the country’s best annual beer festival possibly get any better? Part of the answer lies in the brewery’s plans to expand its footprint by incorporating a month of programming and by adding a fresh wave of exciting breweries.

The Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival is officially BACK! Taking place on June 1, 2024, with ticket sales going on sale this upcoming Tuesday, February 13 at 10 a.m. PST, the iconic festival, which artfully pairs over 60 of the world’s most prolific breweries with over 20 of Southern California’s most impressive culinary purveyors, is primed for an even bigger year.

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Where to Find 2024 Pliny the Younger Tappings in Colorado

February 8, 2024 |

The iconic Triple IPA that has inspired so much fandom and fervor as well as its share of imitators has returned yet again. Each February, Russian River Brewing‘s limited release of Pliny the Younger becomes a major event at both of the brewery’s Santa Rosa and Windsor locations and in the limited out-of-state markets that are lucky enough to receive shipments.
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Downloadable 2024 Bingo Boards for Super Bowl LVIII

February 8, 2024 | 1

It doesn’t matter if you’re only tuning in to catch glimpses of a potential Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce proposal after the Chiefs win yet another Super Bowl, or perhaps you’re looking to re-live your high school prom by making some Love in this Club with Usher. Or maybe you’re just in it for the commercials. Either way, we’re here to help spice up your Super Bowl viewing experience once again with this year’s 2024 Super Bowl Bingo Boards for Super Bowl LVIII.

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Where to Celebrate 2024 Stout Month in Colorado

February 1, 2024 |

You did it! You made it through Dry January! And while a reset was likely needed for all of us, the arrival of February will also welcome the return of Stout Month throughout the state of Colorado.

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Butchertown Brewing Announces All-Star 2024 Collaboration Lineup

January 26, 2024 |

If it’s true that you can judge a person by the company they keep, then it’s likely you can also judge a brewery by the company with whom they collaborate.

Like many emerging innovative craft breweries, Louisville, KY’s Butchertown Brewing, has adopted the philosophy of utilizing collaborations as a means to not only further hone their craft, but to also build greater relationships with other like-minded breweries that share similar philosophies and stylistic focus.

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Roadhouse & Odell Team Up to Release Sublime Kush IPA

January 2, 2024 |

Over the past 11 years, Roadhouse Brewing Co. has quietly emerged as a major contender among the nation’s best in producing hop-forward beers. Based out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Roadhouse’s close proximity to the fertile hop-growing region of the Pacific Northwest has allowed greater access to a bounty of resources, but the brewery’s commitment toward supporting the research and development of hop innovation has further aided its ascent as an industry leader.

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FIRST LOOK | Denver Beer Co. Opens In Downtown Littleton, CO

December 8, 2023 |

The Denver Beer Company (DBC) armada continues to amass an even greater reach across the Front Range opening its 5th taproom and brewpub location in downtown Littleton, CO earlier this … Read More

Brewery Showcase | Denver’s Monolith Brewing Opens in Former Black Project Space

December 8, 2023 |

While Denver’s RiNo neighborhood has dominated beer headlines for the last decade, the Platt Park stretch of South Broadway has certainly been making the most waves over the last two … Read More

The PorchCast Ep. 109 | Metro State Brewery Operations Program

November 28, 2023 |

In episode 109 of The PorchCast, Korey and Tristan were joined by Katherine Strain, Lab Manager and Lecturer for Brewery Operations in the School of Hospitality at Metro State, along with Bernardo Alatorre, Director of the Brewery Operations Program at Metro State to talk about the incredible Brewery Operations Program along with the newly opened Charlie Papazian Brewing Education Lab.

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2023 Colorado’s Can’t Miss Black Friday Beer Releases

November 24, 2023 |

The holiday season is officially upon us, and that means the thrill of shopping for others in crowded spaces has begun. Instead of fighting the ravenous hordes at a tortuous … Read More

TRVE Brewing Announces Upcoming Brewery & Taproom in Asheville, NC

November 22, 2023 |

2024 is shaping up to be a massive year for Denver’s TRVE Brewing. Just over a month ago, the metal-themed brewery announced that it would open a second Denver location … Read More

Joyride Brewing Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy to Reorganize While Remaining Open

November 17, 2023 |

It’s been a rocky year for breweries across the country and while closures have dominated most headlines in recent months, several others have had to overcome a multitude of other business-related hurdles.

Today, Denver’s Joyride Brewing, located in the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood, has announced that it will be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to suspected financial malfeasance from a former manager. This form of reorganization will allow the brewery to remain open and operate normally, while also working with creditors to make payments over time.

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2023 FoBAB Results | Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beers Award Winners

November 4, 2023 |

It may not have fully felt like barrel-aged beer season this year in the Windy City. However, the onset of November always signals the perfect time to down some barrel-aged Stouts, Porters, Wilds and Sours to commemorate the return of one of the festival’s best showcases of barrel-aged beers.

The results are IN and we now know all of the big award winners from this year’s 2023 Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers (FoBAB). This year’s 21st annual FoBAB was once again a spectacular success showcasing the country’s absolute best producers in the wood and barrel-aged beer categories.

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TRVE Brewing Announces Second Denver Taproom Location in RiNo

October 18, 2023 |

It’s always difficult attempting to follow the success of a breakthrough album, but TRVE Brewing should have no problem topping expectations when it launches its second taproom in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood in 2024.

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Burns Family Artisan Ales Opening Second Location in Former Dos Luces Brewery

October 11, 2023 |

As several small-to-mid-sized breweries across the country have begun to feel the pinch of a more competitive craft beer landscape, many of those breweries have had to make difficult decisions on whether to invest heavily in growth or call it quits. And while a greater volume of recent headlines has trended toward the latter of the two fates, including the recent closure of Denver’s Dos Luces Brewery, Burns Family Artisan Ales (Burns) is seizing the opportunity to bet big on itself by taking over Dos Luces’ space to open a second location.

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2023 GABF Results | Which Breweries Won Big At This Year’s Competition?

September 23, 2023 | 2

In its second year back after COVID, the Great American Beer Festival certainly felt a bit different on all fronts. As we noted from our day one recap, attendance to the fest felt significantly down compared to previous years and the competition portion saw a slight dip in entries as well, Regardless several breweries showed out in a big way at this year’s competition.

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Colorado Breweries Who Won Big at the 2023 GABF Competition

September 23, 2023 |

For the second consecutive year, the state of Colorado improved on its total medal count at the Great American Beer Festival and this year took a massive jump. This year, … Read More

2023 Great American Beer Fest Day 1 Recap | Standouts & Hidden Gems

September 22, 2023 |

Day one of the 41st Great American Beer Festival has officially wrapped and there was quite a bit to unravel. If we’re being completely honest the two biggest noticeable takeaways were that this year’s festival was significantly scaled back both in brewery AND festival-goer attendance, but that shouldn’t take away from the fact that there was still INCREDIBLE beer.

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The PorchCast Ep. 108 | Primitive Beer + Cohesion + GABF Preview

September 21, 2023 |

Happy kickoff to GABF! Last night, we recorded a very special PorchCast with our friends, Brandon & Lisa Boldt, co-founders of Primitive Beer in Longmont, as well as Eric and … Read More