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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

Oktoberfest Beer Showcase | Bierstadt Lagerhaus Oktoberfest Märzen

September 17, 2020 |

In a year when longstanding traditions have been upended by the unconventional, a Denver brewery is aiming to preserve one of beer’s most time-honored rituals. Bierstadt Lagerhaus in Denver, CO, which has been celebrated since its inception for its unwavering dedication to brewing traditional Lagers, is set to release their vaunted Oktoberfest Märzen Lager. This weekend’s release will coincide with the date that the 210-year-old Oktoberfest festival in Munich was originally scheduled to kick-off before being canceled as a result of the pandemic.

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2020 Guide to Colorado’s Oktoberfest Beer Releases

September 10, 2020 |

It’s clear by now that the year 2020 has no chill, and rather than ease into a gradual shift of in temperature, us Coloradoans have already begun experiencing some seasonal schizophrenia. And while Oktoberfest may have been canceled in Munich, … Read More

Westbound Acquires Former Endo Brewing Facility & Adds Dream Team of Brewers

September 4, 2020 |

Throughout pop culture, there’s often been a great deal of fascination around those rare instances when a talented group of individuals is able to put aside individual egos and motives to coalesce together around a greater cause. 

Think back to … Read More

Molly’s Spirits Shares Six Fall Beers to Buy this Labor Day Weekend

September 4, 2020 |

While nothing is exactly traditional these days, beer drinkers can typically count on Labor Day as the perfect time to shift from crisp Pilsners, session IPAs, and fruited Kettle Sours to maltier offerings like Oktoberfests, Porters, and yes, even Pumpkin … Read More

Former WeldWerks Brewer Launches Peculier Ales in Windsor, CO

August 28, 2020 |

In the grand scheme of beer’s role throughout human history, American craft beer is still in its early stages of influence. However, even during this fleeting period, the amount of innovation that has sprung forth has already made a lasting … Read More

Boston Beer Subsidiary Concrete Beach Transitions to Dogfish Head Miami

August 27, 2020 |

Over the past 10 years, the craft beer world has become a bizarre and often confusing playing field. For consumers, being able to keep track of brewery consolidation and acquisitions, staying on top of ever-changing trends, and trademark disputes, it … Read More

Capitol Creek Brewery is Colorado’s Best Kept Mountain Town Secret

August 13, 2020 |

Part of what makes the state of Colorado so special is that a short drive outside of the city can lead you on an adventure through altitude defying mountain ranges, desert-like sand dunes, lush rolling green plains, and arid rocky traverses. Such is the case with Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley, where a drive through its snaking canyons that have been carved out over time by a swift and serpentine river that shares the name, has created one of the state’s most picturesque regions.

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Left Hand and Liberati Locked in Lease Dispute Over Curtis Park Location

August 11, 2020 |

For the past five months, Curtis Park residents have likely seen changes taking place around the building that formerly housed Liberati Restaurant & Brewery. Most notable were the recent additions of an exterior coat of firehouse red paint and the … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 69 | Day Bracey – Fresh Fest

August 3, 2020 |

In episode 69 of the PorchCast we welcomed Day Bracey of the Drinking Partners Podcast and also the co-founder of Fresh Fest, the first beer festival in the country to focus on black breweries, black brewers and black culture. In addition to recording our audio edition, we also broadcasted live via Facebook Live and welcomed our new producer Bryant James Vander Weerd who joined host, Tristan Chan and our new co-host Korey David.

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Stone Brewing Founder Greg Koch Responds to Sawstone Brewing

July 28, 2020 | 29

Last week, craft beer behemoth Stone Brewing made headlines when it was revealed that the Escondido, CA-based brewery has, in recent years, issued trademark cancellation requests to approximately 100 entities across the beer, wine, and spirits world that utilized the … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 68 | Jeffrey Stuffings – Jester King Brewery

July 28, 2020 |

After a short hiatus, The PorchCast returned last week for episode 68 as we welcomed special guest Jeffrey Stuffings, co-founder of Jester King Brewery on the show. In addition to recording our audio edition, we also broadcasted live via Facebook Live and welcomed our new producer Bryant James Vander Weerd who joined Tristan and Sami.

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Amalgam + Westbound & Down | Meta Coconut Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

July 27, 2020 |

In the current landscape of craft beer, brewery collaborations have become relatively commonplace. However, Meta Coconut, a barrel-aged Imperial Stout blend aged on a ridiculous amount of coconut and released as part of the separate membership programs a both Amalgam Brewing and Westbound & Down Brewing, is unique in that it’s essentially a collaboration between two breweries that share the same brewer. And while on the surface, two of Colorado’s most well-regarded breweries may appear as unlikely partners, they’re now intertwined in more ways that one. 

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Stone Brewing Disputes Trademarks with Kentucky Brewery & 100 Other Brands

July 21, 2020 | 2

You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. Stone Brewing, which has long built its brand on “challenging the status quo” and fighting against big beer, was outed on Friday for having issued a trademark cancellation request against Sawstone Brewing in Morehead, KY.

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Bierstadt Lagerhaus Announces Release of BFL, a 12% Big Effing Lager

July 6, 2020 |

When looking back at Colorado breweries who have made the most of 2020’s nightmare of a year, Bierstadt Lagerhaus might be at the top of the list. In what was already shaping up to be the Summer of Lager as … Read More

Westbound & Down’s True West Series Triumphs Charitable Causes

July 3, 2020 |

The craft beer and hospitality industry have had to weather a multitude of uncharted challenges over the past three months.

In addition to a revolving door of ever-changing state mandates, small business owners have been forced to wade through convoluted … Read More

The Bronx Brewery Rescinds Release of “Defund the Police” Amid Threats

June 25, 2020 | 2

Less than a month since the brutal police murder of Minnesota resident George Floyd, breweries and small businesses continue to band together to fundraise, spark conversation and work toward addressing police brutality and systemic racism in the country.

Last Friday, … Read More

Wiley Roots Brewing Finds Growth in Pandemic Expands Distribution

June 24, 2020 |

At the end of 2019, the craft beer industry was celebrating a banner year. While beer sales nationally saw a 2% decline, the craft beer segment grew by 4%, and the number of breweries in operation across the country reached … Read More

Spice Trade Brewery & Kitchen Raises the Bar on Metro Denver Brewpubs

June 23, 2020 |

Since its humble beginnings in 2008, Spice Trade Brewery has been closely intertwined with East Asian cuisine. Not prescribing to the typical brewery origin story, Spice Trade was originally birthed as Yak & Yeti Brewpub, an extension of Dol Bhattarai’s … Read More

Canadian Brewery Turns 6-Pack Box into Father’s Day Greeting Card

June 19, 2020 |

While many dads will likely receive beer from their adult-aged children this weekend in celebration of Father’s Day, one Calgary-based brewery is taking the concept of dad-beers to the next level. Ryan and Collin Mortson, co-founders of Best of Kin … Read More

The Alchemist Beer is Coming to Colorado in Limited Distribution

June 12, 2020 |

One of the country’s earliest and most prolific pioneers of New England-style Hazy IPAs is finally coming to Colorado. The Alchemist, which first splashed on to the Vermont beer scene in 2003, has since grown a cult-like following for their … Read More