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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

Standouts & Surprises from 2020 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines

January 17, 2020 |

There are certain iconic moments throughout history, that can feel commonplace in the present, but through the lens of time, be revealed to be quite remarkable. This weekend, as Sam Calagione horsed around with Adam Avery, Doug and Wynne Odell … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 67 | John Holl: Drink Beer, Think Beer

January 16, 2020 |

In episode 67 of the PorchCast, Tristan, Sami, and Sam sat down with John Holl, esteemed beer journalist who has recently launched two incredible resources for beer fanatics in The Beer Edge newsletter for beer professionals with fellow journalist Andy Crouch, as well as the Drink Beer Think Beer Podcast, where he speaks one-on-one with some of the beer industries leading luminaries, much like we do here on The PorchCast.

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2020 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Pour List & Can’t Miss Beers

January 9, 2020 |

Throughout my years of visiting breweries, attending beer festivals and covering the industry, one thing has become abundantly clear, Coloradoans are spoiled when it comes to beer. This assertion is none more evident than the collection of talent that’s assembled … Read More

Boulder Beer Company Announces Sale and Closure of Brewpub

January 6, 2020 |

It has been a dramatic and tumultuous three months for Boulder Beer Company, to say the least. In October 2019, Colorado’s first craft brewery announced that it would end outside distribution of its beer and layoff several members of its … Read More

Big Beers 20 Year Reunion Brings Out Big Name Brewers & Beers

January 6, 2020 |

Each year, one of the more magical aspects of attending the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival is the ability to hobnob with some of the industry’s biggest luminaries. In any ordinary year, attendees are already likely to find Adam … Read More

Boulder’s Wild Woods Brewery Announces Upcoming Closure

January 3, 2020 |

Boulder’s first nano-brewery with a taproom, Wild Woods Brewery has announced this morning via their social media channels that they have decided to close the brewery after Saturday, January 11 after 7 years of operation.

Opened in 2012 by co-founders … Read More

Great Divide Announces New Beers and Seltzer for 2020 Lineup

January 2, 2020 |

After seeing continued success with Great Divide’s Hazy IPA and last year’s addition of a Juicy Double IPA, Great Divide is adding another hazy offering to its 2020 release calendar. Today the Denver-based brewery shared a first look at their … Read More

PorchDrinking’s Best in Beer 2019 | Mountain Region

January 2, 2020 |

It’s been an interesting year in beer to say the least. This year we set out to explore a wider array of breweries and beers and came back pretty surprised by what we discovered. And while it would be nearly impossible to break down the best beers from 2019, we looked back on some of our favorites from the past year as well as some of the most stand-out breweries, beer festivals and stories from 2019. Enough exposition, let’s get straight to the honors.

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Russian River’s Pliny the Younger Going into Bottles For the First Time

December 24, 2019 |

Christmas has come early for fans of Russian River Brewing’s wildly hyped Pliny the Younger Triple IPA. Last night as beer fans around the world were hanging their stockings with care, the Santa Rosa-based brewery announced that this February along … Read More

Pairing Stem Ciders with Your Perfect Holiday Celebration

December 23, 2019 |

While putting out milk and cookies for Santa may have been enough to satisfy old Saint Nick back when we were kids, Santa of 2019 is likely looking for a little more variety. Much like the fact that there are … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 66 | Bests of 2019 w/ Shawnee Adelson & Traci Wilcox

December 20, 2019 |

In episode 66 of the PorchCast, Tristan, Sami and Hunter sat down with Shawnee Adelson, Executive Director of the Colorado Brewers Guild and Traci Wilcox, CEO of OnTap Credit Union to recap some of the best beers, new breweries, events, … Read More

Win Tickets to Attend Saturday’s Denver Fesitivus Beer Festival

December 12, 2019 |

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 on Saturday, December 14 … Read More

Crooked Stave Closing RiNo Taproom & Re-Opening Sunnyside Location

December 11, 2019 | 1

As one of Denver’s earliest breweries in craft beer’s early 2000’s resurgence, Crooked Stave has already undergone its fair share of change. Today, one of the country’s pioneers in mixed fermentation sour and wild ales announced that it will close … Read More

Event Preview | 2019 Denver Festivus Announces Participating Breweries

December 6, 2019 |

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 on Saturday, December 14 from 3-6 pm., cuts to the chase with a host of Denver-based breweries in attendance. This year’s event taking place at Major Studio will also feature a silent disco floor from SoundDown, part luchador-style wrestling and comedy from Lucha Libre and Laughs, a holiday market, food vendors, and plenty more surprises.

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The PorchCast Ep 65 | Raíces Brewing Grand Opening

December 4, 2019 |

In episode 65 of the PorchCast, Tristan and Sam got together to talk with Jose Beteta and Martin Vargas, two of the three co-founders of Denver’s Raíces Brewing Company on their Grand Opening this weekend on Saturday, December 7th.

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BREAKING | Small Chicago Brewery Acquires Ballast Point Brewing

December 3, 2019 | 1

Well it seems the billion-dollar Ballast Point experiment with Constellation Brands is over. The maker of Corona and Modelo which first purchased the California-based brewery in November 2015, announced today, that it has sold Ballast Point Brewing, along with several … Read More

2020 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Participating Breweries Announced

December 3, 2019 | 1

For the initiated, it’s already well-known that if there’s one non-negotiable, can’t-miss beer festival in the state of Colorado that represents the ultimate beer nerd experience, it’s Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines. And this year, expect the spectacle to be even bigger than ever.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary the weekend of January 9-11, the next Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines will offer a full slate of programming, the return of some of Big Beer’s biggest names from past Featured Brewmasters including Adam Avery, Sam Calagione, Eric Wallace, Brian Dunn, Doug Odell, John Mallett, Jeffrey Stuffing, Cory King, Dave Thibodeau, and more, as well as a Brewers Reception and Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner on Thursday night with featured brewmasters Neil Fisher of WeldWerks Brewing and Troy Casey from Casey Brewing & Blending.

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Every Black Friday Beer Release in Colorado Not Named BCBS

November 27, 2019 |

While BCBS may have fueled the tradition of offering craft beer fans rarities to hunt down on Black Friday, over the past 3-4 years local breweries from around the country have stepped up their release game to offer a local … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 64 | Breaking Down the New Belgium Acquisition

November 25, 2019 |

In episode 64 of the PorchCast, Tristan and Sam got together to talk through some of the nuances of last week’s New Belgium Brewing acquisition by Lion Little World, Kirin Holdings’ craft beer arm. The two also re-hash some of … Read More

Brewery Acquisitions and What Does it Really Mean to “Sell Out”

November 20, 2019 |

Confusion, betrayal, anger. Each year, as more and more nationally beloved craft breweries succumb to the trend of announcing mergers and acquisitions, it’s only natural for their fans to feel a visceral emotional reaction. The power of choice in a … Read More