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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

This Weekend’s Breckenridge Wine Classic Boasts 3 Days of Special Programming

September 14, 2022 |

With food and beverage festivals returning to full glory after a two-year hiatus, the best events are often the ones that incorporate hybrids of the two for a truly immersive festival-going experience. This weekend’s Breckenridge Wine Classic is the ultimate example, showcasing three jam-packed days of programming featuring master winemakers, special pairing dinners, wine hikes, and much more.

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Colorado’s Knotted Root to Host Welcome Farmhouse & Lager Fest

September 14, 2022 |

Unlike the East or West Coasts, which have carved out niches for their iconic IPA interpretations, Colorado breweries have found wider success and acclaim across a multitude of different styles. And while breweries like WeldWerks, Cerebral and Amalgam have grown a national following for their Barrel-Aged Stouts, icons like Bierstadt Lagerhaus, Cannonball Creek, Zwei Brewing, Cohesion and Wibby have put the state on the map for Lagers, one of the oft-forgotten about styles that first drew attention to Colorado breweries were pioneers in the field of Farmhouse, spontaneous, and wild styles.

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2022 Great American Beer Festival Pour List Released + Initial Can’t Misses

September 14, 2022 |

The wait is nearly over as the Great American Beer Festival returns in less than a month. Returning October 6-8, the country’s largest beer event will celebrate its 40th anniversary after a two-year hiatus. And while this year’s festival footprint is noticeably smaller due to renovations to the Colorado Convention Center, upon first glance the breweries and beers that are anticipated to be poured look like a true return to glory.

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Beer Industry Workers Find Community Through Craft Beer Professionals Group

September 2, 2022 |

For an industry so tightly built around togetherness and community, the pandemic could have easily crippled many aspects that came to define the very fabric of craft beer. But the digital age has helped us to adapt quickly and for one online beer community, it was the perfect opportunity to serve as a resource for togetherness at a time when connecting in person was prohibited.

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PorchDrinking 10th Anniversary Beer Festival Tickets On Sale Now

August 30, 2022 |

It seems like just yesterday that a small group of friends was gathered around a wooden porch bench, sharing beers and listening to The Lumineers right before their first album release. This memory took place at a special moment in time when there were less than 1000 breweries in existence in the United States, but those that did exist laid the groundwork for a greater sense of community and camaraderie that would transcend all other industries. It was this idyllic sense of togetherness that propelled us to start a beer publication focused on promoting positivity and great storytelling.

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Could Novel Strand’s New Fermented Tea Beverage Spark The Next Big Trend?

August 19, 2022 |

The art of fermentation has been around for thousands of years, with evidence of fermented beverages tracing back to as far as 7000 BCE. Even still, innovative new techniques, modern ingredients and a deeper understanding of the science of fermentation have broken ground for new advancements in the field.

Tamir Danon, co-founder of Denver’s Novel Strand Brewing has embraced an unconventional approach toward microbial sciences since beyond the Baker neighborhood brewery first opened in 2018. Prior to Novel Strand, Danon earned his master’s degree in microbiology with a focus on genetically modifying yeast to model diseases like cancer for his graduate thesis. And at NYU, Danon worked studying genetic disorders. But nowadays, he’s applying what he’s learned toward experimenting with Brettanomyces and testing out unique new hop varietals.

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This Weekend’s Vail Wine Classic Offers Three Days of Tasting Experiences

August 11, 2022 |

While we’ve all likely grown accustomed to big over-the-top beer festivals that bring out some of the industry’s biggest names and most hyped beers, the truth is that the wine industry tends to go even harder. This weekend’s Vail Wine Classic is the ultimate example, offering three jam-packed days of programming featuring master winemakers, special pairing dinners, wine hikes and much more.

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The PorchCast Ep. 95 | Ranking the Best IPA Styles

August 11, 2022 |

In episode 95 of the PorchCast we kicked it back to the old school with a guest-free edition featuring just the core team of Korey David, Bryant Vander Weerd and Tristan Chan. With Bryant now located in Madison, WI, the team reconvened debated some hard hitting topics ranging from: whether it’s fair or foul to sneak in snacks into a movie, to whether Oktoberfest beers should be released in August. We also touched on the CO2 shortage and what that means for the beer industry. However the big topic of the show was ranking our favorite IPA styles.

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Colorado’s Best Pilsners Blind Tasting Presented by On Tap Credit Union

August 9, 2022 |

In the third edition of PorchDrinking’s Blind Tasting Series presented by On Tap Credit Union, we called on all Colorado breweries to submit their best Pilsners to help beat the summer heat. From classic German and Czech-styles to Italian and … Read More

Celebrate IPA Day with Firestone Walker’s Hop Dreams: A Brewer’s Journey

August 4, 2022 |

The idea of craft beer is often romanticized around the idea of artisan-grown hops, grain, and locally sourced water. But over the years as the craft beer movement has exploded and craft beer’s base has grown wider, some of that sense of craftmanship may have gotten lost in the messaging.

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The PorchCast Ep 94 | FlyteCo Brewing + On Tap Credit Union

July 26, 2022 |

In episode 94 of the PorchCast we were joined by Eric Serani and Morgan O’Sullivan, two of the three co-founders of Denver’s FlyteCo Brewing, to catch us up on all of the exciting big moves they’ve been making. In addition to being on the verge of opening their second taproom and brewery in the building that originally served as the Stapleton Airport air traffic control tower, and last held Punch Bowl Social, we also heard more about their new partnership with Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.

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Get Discounted Tickets to the 2022 Denver Burger Battle

July 22, 2022 |

Over the last decade, the American craft beer movement brought innovation and experimentation to an entirely new level, by rewriting our definition of what beer is and can be. Much like beer drinkers have refused to accept the status quo, American foodies have also proven to share a similar hunger for more inventive, experimental versions of their familiar staples. And no event better exemplifies that evolution of tastes quite like the Denver Burger Battle.

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2022 Great American Beer Festival Tickets Go On-Sale TOMORROW

July 12, 2022 |

It’s finally BACK! That’s right folks, after two years of shifting to a virtual format, the Great American Beer Festival returns this October 6-8, 2022 for a fully in-person festival experience yet again.

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Firestone Walker’s Mind Haze Light is the Perfect Low Cal, Low Carb Summer Crusher

June 30, 2022 |

As mindfulness and wellness continue to become a greater focus for beer drinkers, it often feels like having to choose one or the other when it comes to selecting beer. More often than not, drinkers are left deciding between full-flavor, full-body beers with high calorie and carb counts, or sacrificing flavor for lower-calorie, low ABV, better-for-you beers.

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MobCraft Dee Tacko Denver Partnering with Falling Rock for GABF Week Blowout

June 29, 2022 |

Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood is certainly not devoid of craft beer options with its close proximity to RiNo’s hotbed of breweries, nearby options like Spangalang and Cohesion, as well as standout beer bars like Finn’s Manor, First Draft Taproom & Kitchen, Goed Zuur, and the recently opened Ephemeral Rotating Taproom. Despite this bounty of options on the periphery, the historic North Denver neighborhood has technically been without a proper craft brewery to anchor its community since Liberati announced its closure over two years ago.

However, as we reported last September, Milwaukee’s MobCraft Beer has announced that it will be filling the void left by Liberati at 2403 Champa Street with a full brewpub featuring a partnership with Pueblo’s Dee Tacko serving as the partner food purveyor. And while construction and renovations have been more extensive than anticipated, Curtis Park residents can rest assured that MobCraft Dee Tacko will be open soon.

Today, the MobCraft team announced that it officially plans to open in Summer 2022, and while that designation still remains vague, they have also announced more concrete plans for beer fans to etch onto their calendars.

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Hops & Pie Hosts Monster Lineup to Preview WeldWerks Invitational

June 23, 2022 |

It’s become relatively common for Denver’s beer scene to roll out the red carpet whenever high-profile beer festivals and conferences like GABF and CBC come to town. In years past, the city’s best beer bars and bottleshops have benefitted from … Read More

2022 Vail Craft Beer Classic Announces This Weekend’s Pour List

June 14, 2022 |

With less than a week before the return of one of Colorado’s best mountain beer festivals, we now have a clearer idea of what can be expected to be poured at the event. The Vail Craft Beer Classic has grown … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 93 | CBC Edition: More Brewing + Forager Brewing

June 13, 2022 |

In a very special CBC edition of The PorchCast we broadcasted live from First Draft Taproom & Kitchen in Minneapolis, MN. During these episodes we had the opportunity to chat with four incredible breweries while sampling beers at the PorchDrinking takeover events. In the first of our CBC edition episodes, we sat down with Aaron Keefner, Director of Business Operations, and David Ziebel, Head Brewer for More Brewing in Illinois, to talk about their meteoric rise.

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Previewing the 2022 Lake Dillon Beer Festival

June 10, 2022 |

There are only a handful of beer festivals in the state of Colorado that have developed the kind of reputation which would compel breweries to jockey for a spot to pour the moment registration opens. The Lake Dillon Beer Festival is one of those destination festivals.

Set to one of the most stunning backdrops in the state, this Colorado-centric beer fest features some of the best breweries the Centennial state has to offer coupled with the rare backdrop of both lakeside and alpine views.

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Grab Your Tickets to Attend the 2022 Vail Craft Beer Classic

June 10, 2022 |

The most incredible thing about attending a mountain beer festival is that festival goers are treated to both incredible beers and an even more breathtaking backdrop. There might be no more magical summer beer fest than the Vail Craft Beer Classic, which returns Friday, June 17 & Saturday, 18 in Vail, CO.

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