About- Tristan Chan
In episode 51 of the PorchCast we were treated with a full crew of co-hosts, including Tristan, Hunter, Sam and Sami! The gang spoke with Tim Myers, founder of Strange Craft Beer to talk about the brewery’s upcoming anniversary weekend, but also touched on a recap of Nashville and the Craft Brewers Conference as a whole. The team also got real with a discussion on the meaning of independence in craft beer, the difference between Anheuser-Busch and Coors, Avery, Ballast Point and Founders, and why craft beer should be more inclusive and educational versus combative.
How does one properly pay homage to the predecessor that launched an entire movement? By returning to the basics. La Folie, New Belgium Brewing’s Sour Brown blend, was the country’s first commercially produced sour developed by Peter Bouckaert in 1999, and still features the oldest continuous souring culture in America. It has since gone on to earn multiple awards at the Great American Beer Festival and more importantly, inspired thousands of American brewers and beer drinkers to embrace barrel-aged mixed culture sour beers.
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While the Craft Brewers Conference is an amazing opportunity to gain valuable education from the multitude of sessions and seminars, as brewers we know the real fun comes with the after-parties surrounding the conference. To help you navigate the week-long schedule of tap takeovers, beer dinners, special releases and more surrounding CBC we put together a day-by-day external events guide. Use the menu below to quickly navigate to the corresponding day.
Additionally we will be updating this guide throughout the week, so if we missed an event be sure to shoot us a message.
Next week, over 14,000 craft beer industry members will descend upon the city of Nashville to attend the Craft Brewers Conference, an industry-facing event comprised of four days of seminars, educational sessions, events and a trade show, culminating with this year’s World Beer Cup awards ceremony. But for a handful of lucky early arrivers, Nashville will also play host to one of the more unique, industry-friendly beer festivals in the form of Yazoo Brewing’s Funk Fest.
At the dawn of Avery Brewing Company’s 25th anniversary, the Boulder-based old guard brewery, which last year sold a minority stake to family-owned Mahou San Miguel, is ready to introduce another major shift. After maintaining a fairly consistent brand identity for the duration of the company’s existence, Avery has decided it was time to refresh the brand’s artwork and design across its packaged lineup.
Earlier this month, April 2, Melvin Brewing celebrated its third annual 2×4 Day, an international unofficial holiday created by the Jackson, WY-based brewery to commemorate the success of their highly decorated 2×4 Double IPA. The flagship beer has garnered top honors at the Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup, North American Beer Awards, and the 2018 edition of 2×4 Day saw satellite celebrations at 40 locations across six countries.
The Denver Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, etc.
There may be no two industries that are currently experiencing as great a resurgence as American craft beer, and vinyl records. This Saturday in celebration of Record Store Day, PorchDrinking is thrilled to once again partner up with Dogfish Head for a special day of vinyl programming and killer releases at Avanti Food & Beverage in Denver, CO.
Record Store Day, which first launched in 2007, has grown each year to celebrate collectors’ deep appreciation for the purest medium for at-home musical consumption, with special releases including live albums, re-issues and unique or rare new vinyl covers as well as live in-store artist performances.
In craft beer, the old adage of “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” doesn’t necessarily apply. Even the most successful breweries, and industry events must continue to innovate in this most competitive and fast-evolving landscape.
One of Denver’s most anticipated brewery openings in 2018 has also had to endure the indelible distinction of having undergone one of Denver’s most maligned opening processes to date. Despite multiple failed general contractors, innumerable licensing delays and a scaffolding that tore through its ceiling, The Grateful Gnome Sandwich Shoppe and Brewery is finally open.
As we’ve begun detailing in recent months, the shine of the craft beer industry has dimmed in recent months for the country’s largest craft producers. With a growing trend of layoffs, scaling back, and in some cases, like this year’s facility auctions at Smuttynose and Green Flash, the country’s larger regional sized breweries have begun feeling pressures that sometimes amount in sale or closure.
In episode 50 of the PorchCast Tristan, and Hunter broadcasted at Alamo Drafthouse Sloan’s Lake and were joined by Keanan Stoner of Two Parts, the organizers for the 5th Annual Collaboration Festival, taking place this Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, Colorado.
Craft Beer’s continued quest to gain market share over Big Beer saw some strides in 2017. The Brewers Association, the craft beer industry’s national not-for-profit trade organization, released a look back on high-level trends for craft beer in 2017 this morning. The most notable of which, includes the fact that America now boasts a record 6,266 breweries in operation.
This weekend, WeldWerks Brewing, one of America’s most buzzed-about breweries, will celebrate its third anniversary with three days of special tappings and bottle releases.
During their first three years of operation, the Greeley, CO-based brewery has earned a gold medal victory at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival, in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout category for Medianoche, and a silver medal for their Hefeweizen in the American Style Wheat Beer with Yeast category at both GABF and the US Open Beer Championship in 2015, and a bronze for Puesta del Sol, their Vienna-style Lager at the 2016 World Beer Cup. They’re also currently in the finals for USA Today’s For the Win Craft Beer Bracket for the Best Brewery in America and was named USA Today’s Best New Brewery in a 2016 10Best Reader’s Poll.
Philip Joyce and Eric Schmidt, co-founders of Amalgam Brewing, have never been ones to follow convention. In its first year of existence, Amalgam immediately established itself as a formidable contender in Colorado’s bountiful landscape of elite level barrel-aged blended sour producers, all without a physical taproom, its own production facility, or its own retail space, until now.
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In episode 49 of the PorchCast Tristan, Hunter and Sam met with the crew at Factotum Brewhouse to speak with both Chris and Laura of Factotum as well as Betsy, Jen, and Kate, the co-founders of Lady Justice Brewing.
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.
With well over 6,000 breweries currently operating in the U.S., it takes more than just brewing great beer to succeed. Starting a brewery in today’s climate can be tough to navigate. In addition to brewing great beer that people will enjoy, hiring the right staff, defining your brand, marketing that brand and running a small business, you also have to wade through licensing, liquor laws, tax compliance and endless amounts of red tape.