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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

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

Where to Find Colorado Strong Ale Collaboration Releases Across the State

June 12, 2020 |

While the past three months have been a taxing time for the craft beer industry, one of the brightest aspects to emerge has been the consistent theme of breweries banding together for the greater good. As seen with Other Half … Read More

Weathered Souls Brewing Launches Collaborative Black is Beautiful Initiative

June 2, 2020 |

The senseless murder of George Floyd, a 46 year-year-old black man, suffocated under the bended knee of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, has ignited political demonstrations, protests, and calls for reform around police brutality across the nation.

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Complete List of Colorado Breweries Re-Opening Taprooms This Weekend

May 29, 2020 |

Earlier this week, Colorado Governor Jared Polis included breweries along with restaurants in his update of businesses that could begin re-opening this week in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In following the guidelines set forth for both restaurants and … Read More

Colorado Breweries Prepare to Re-Open; Must Adhere to State Guidelines

May 27, 2020 | 4

This article has been updated to note that Governor Jared Polis’ updated easing of restrictions directly applies for restaurants but also addresses brewery re-opening provisions.

Since mid-March, breweries, and businesses across the state have been forced to alter their business … Read More

10 Questions with Strange Craft Beer to Celebrate 10 Year Anniversary

May 23, 2020 |

A decade can feel like a lifetime in the craft beer industry. Such is the case for Denver’s Strange Craft Beer Company, who last Tuesday celebrated their 10 year anniversary. When they first opened in 2010, they became just the 10th brewery in operation at the time within the city of Denver, and now that number has swelled to approximately 80. Read More

Great American Beer Festival Pivoting to Virtual Event in 2020

May 21, 2020 |

The writing has been on the wall for some time, but this morning the Brewers Association officially confirmed that this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF) will not take place in the form that beer fans know and love. Instead, … Read More

120+ New Colorado Beer Releases to Enjoy This Weekend

May 15, 2020 |

Since Colorado Governor, Jared Polis enacted stay-at-home orders in mid-March, breweries around the state have had to pivot their business models to focusing solely on beer-to-go, beer delivery, and retail sales.

As a result, many Denver breweries have ramped up … Read More

Could Colorado Hop Terpenes Be the Latest in Brewing Innovation?

May 14, 2020 |

While it may sound more like genetic engineering than advancements in beer, what if you could isolate and amplify only the flavor and aroma compounds in hops and distill it down to liquid form? What’s being described is what is already being applied through hop terpene extraction, and it may be the next major leap in how hops are used in beer.

When you think of new hop varietals, hopping techniques, and innovation in hop usage, it’s easy to assume that the work being done is coming from the Pacific Northwest. But with the resinous plant being so closely related genetically to cannabis and sharing a class of organic compounds called terpenes, it should come as no surprise that research from the cannabis industry here in Colorado has inspired innovation in hop usage as well.

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