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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

Shelton Brothers’ The Festival Initial Brewery List & Tickets On Sale Friday

July 18, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Over the past 19 years, Shelton Brothers has grown to become one of the country’s most prestigious importers of international beer, as well as one of the more recognizable distributors in the U.S. Gaining recognition for carrying elite level brands like Cantillon, Blaugies, Fantôme and more, the MA-based wholesalers have also laid claim to one of the most elite-level beer festivals in the country. The Festival, which rotates cities each year showcases not only the Shelton Brothers catalog but also some of the country’s best and brightest up-and-coming breweries.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | July 18, 2018

July 18, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The Denver Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, etc.

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BREAKING | Three Weavers Brewing Joins Oskar Blues’ CANarchy Collective

July 17, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Los Angeles-based Three Weavers Brewing has announced today that it will be joining Oskar Blues Brewing Company under the Fireman Capital-backed Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective. Today’s news comes less than a week after the announcement that Dallas-based Deep Ellum Brewing would also be joining the CANarchy family.

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CraftBeer.com & PorchDrinking.com Had a Baby!

July 17, 2018 | 2

In most any celebration, raising a beer is an appropriate practice. This is especially true in the case of welcoming a new life to the world and the subsequent bonding of two families.  A beery toast is even more fitting … Read More

Inaugural Red Rocks Beer Festival Announces Brewery List

July 16, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

From music-themed breweries, to brew day playlists, music inspired beer names, and live-in-taproom performances, to band collaboration beers, the alignment between music and beer have run deep in a variety of different ways. This summer, music and beer fanatics will have the best of both worlds at the inaugural Red Rocks Beer Festival, taking place Sunday, August 19 at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

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The PorchCast | Ep 52 – 14er Brewing Acquires Former Beryl’s Beer Co. Space

July 12, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In a very special edition of the PorchCast, Tristan was joined by Andrew Kaczmarek and Nato Francescato, founders of Denver’s 14er Brewing to announce their acquisition of the former Beryl’s Beer Co. facility. That news, combined with their recent announcement of opening a taproom in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Denver, makes for one massive month for 14er Brewing.

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First Look | Novel Strand Brewing Opens Today in Denver’s Baker Neighborhood

July 12, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Tamir Danon isn’t concerned about your Instagram photos, he isn’t interested in your Untappd reviews, and you won’t be sampling a flight at his brewery any time soon. He just wants you to relax, step aside from all of the distractions and just enjoy the beer. Danon, along with his wife Chantel Columna, and college friend Ayana Coker are the co-founders of Denver’s newest brewery, Novel Strand Brewing. Opening today at 1st and Cherokee in Denver’s Baker District at 3 pm, Novel Strand will focus predominantly on lower ABV hoppy, sour and funky/wild beers, but will also open with a 4.3% oatmeal stout as well.

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Wynkoop Brewing Adds Foeders to Ever-Growing Barrel-Aging Program

July 10, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Sometimes in order to take two steps forward, you’ve got to take one giant leap back. Such was the case two years ago when Wynkoop Brewing made the difficult decision to end the packaging and distribution of its beers to outside bars, restaurants and liquor stores. However, the decision to shift focus solely toward on-premise sales has also allowed the Wynkoop team to re-invest in innovation and grow a stronger overall beer program.

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Avery Brewing 25th Anniversary Pour List Captures Avery Old & New

July 6, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Allow me to doff my journalist cap for a moment because as important as it is to report on this industry without bias or influence, it’s just as important occasionally to share a few stories and remember that we’re still just writing about beer.

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Inaugural WeldWerks Invitational Joins Country’s Elite Beer Festival Experiences

June 25, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 7 min

My eyes have seen the glory and I have tasted the nectar of the gods. Sidebar, if you’ve consistently read my posts through the years, you’ll know that I have a tendency to deal in hyperbole when it comes to great beer. That said, all exaggeration aside, this weekend’s inaugural WeldWerks Invitational Festival was the complete package and contends for the title of the best new beer festival in the country.

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PorchDrinking & Denver Media Share Their Picks for The WeldWerks Invitational

June 22, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 10 min

When it comes to a festival that boasts a tap list so completely stacked from top to bottom, it’s important to arrive with a game plan. While most of tomorrow’s attendees are seasoned experts and have likely already scouted their own routes, we thought we’d reach out to a few beer media folk, as well as our own staff, to get a sense of their game plan for tomorrow’s fest.

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2018 Denver Rare Beer Tasting Announces Initial Brewery List, Tickets On-Sale Sunday

June 15, 2018 |

As we’ve articulated a few times, GABF week’s multitude of events have lately grown to the point of overshadowing the event itself. And while many of these periphery activities offer a host of rare or limited distribution beers, Pints for … Read More

Perfect Storm of Beer Events Align, Denver Livers Stand Zero Chance

June 14, 2018 |

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of a nearly 3 million livers unilaterally crying out in agony. They know they stand zero chance of survival. Yesterday, Shelton Brother, one of the country’s most prestigious importers of international beer, announced … Read More

Stem Ciders | Hibiscus Session Apple Cider

June 14, 2018 |

Summer has finally arrived and it’s hot out. Unbearably hot. The kind of hot where suburbanites start doing silly things like frying eggs on the sidewalk. But yet the onset of these warmer days also affords the adventurous types the … Read More

2018 GABF Tickets On Sale Dates Announced

June 13, 2018 |

Mark your calendars folks! Tickets for the 2018 Great American Beer Festival  will go on sale to AHA Members on July 31 and to the general public on August 1. As always GABF sells out in a matter of minutes so … Read More

Avanti F&B to Host Telluride Brewing’s Greensky Lager Denver Release

June 12, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

It’s no secret that beer and music go hand-in-hand. In Colorado alone, breweries distinguish themselves by the music played in their taprooms, from metal at TRVE and Black Sky, punk rock at Ratio and Big Choice, jazz at Spangalang, rock at Black Shirt and bluegrass at just about every other brewery in the state… only slightly kidding. That said, when your town plays host to one of the most historic Bluegrass festivals in the nation, you’re bound to have a deeper connection to pickin’ and grinnin’ music.

Telluride Brewing which first partnered with Greensky Bluegrass in 2014 will be kicking off their Denver launch of Greensky Lager on Tuesday, June 19 from 5-7 p.m. at Avanti’s outdoor patio Wolf Bar. Greensky Lager is a crispy sessionable Lager with mild notes of Mosaic hops weighing in at an easy 5.2%, with a delicious Mosaic hop backbone. Read More

Inaugural Avery Invitational Impresses with Something for Everyone

June 11, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

For a storied brewery so rooted in tradition, it can be difficult to deviate from familiarity. Such was the case when Avery Brewing Company announced that they would replace their wildly popular Strong Ale and Sour Fests with a new event concept. The Avery team recognized that in craft beer’s ever-evolving landscape, that change is necessary to stay ahead of the curve. It was with this impetus that this historic Boulder-based brewery introduced a fresh new festival, with the intent on maintaining elite level beer enjoyed without pretense or circumstance,  while taking great consideration into the entire festival-goers experience, enter The Avery Invitational.

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WeldWerks Invitational Releases Second Round of Pour List… Have Mercy

June 6, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

For anyone contemplating the perfect formula for throwing a successful beer fest and attracting elite level talent, we’ve figured it out. Start a well-respected brewery that produces phenomenal beer and then host an invitational. We’ve seen the pour list for this weekend’s sold out Avery Invitational, and this weekend’s attendees won’t be disappointed. Now we’ve also gotten a preview of the absolute heat being unleashed in two and a half weeks at the WeldWerks Invitational, and in the words of the immortal Uncle Jesse, “Have Mercy!”

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Lakewood’s Caution Brewing Announces Closure at the End of June

June 4, 2018 | 5 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

While we’re only six months into the year, 2018 has been a rough one for Colorado’s craft beer landscape. According to research from Stephen Adams, Colorado Beer Geek, this year, the state of Colorado has seen nine closures including Crazy Mountain Brewing’s Edwards location, Powder Keg Brewing, Dodgeton Creek Brewing (temporary), Vindication Brewing, Beryl’s Beer Co., Great Storm Brewing, Revolution Brewing (which plans to re-open under a new owner and name), FanDraught Sports Brewery and Nighthawk Brewery, and sadly we’re now hearing of a 10th.

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Westbound & Down Brewing Plans Growth Around Experimental Program

June 4, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Like many Coloradans who have traversed the winding I70 highway toward Summit County, you’ve probably at some point noticed the word BREWERY painted in big bold letters along the side of a building in the thoroughfare town of Idaho Springs. For those who keep up with the ever-evolving Colorado craft beer landscape, this mountain town spot has become a familiar requisite stop for those who appreciate well-crafted traditional styles paired with great eats. But what most don’t realize is that Westbound & Down Brewing has been quietly preparing to join Colorado’s storied lineup of esteemed sour producers.
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