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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 51 Strange Craft Beer’s 8th Anniversary

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

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.

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La Folie Returns to Cork & Cage for 20th Anniversary of New Belgium’s Wood-Aged Sour Program

May 14, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

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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2018 Craft Brewers Conference External Events Guide

April 30, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 19 min


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.

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Yazoo Funk Fest Redefines the Norms of Traditional Beer Festivals

April 26, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

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.

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After 25 Years, Avery Brewing Makes Major Changes to Brand Artwork

April 24, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

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.

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Melvin Brewing’s Founder Discusses Sexual Harassment and Future of the Company

April 23, 2018 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 10 min

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. Read More

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

April 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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Dogfish Head Announces Rarity Releases for Record Store Day at Avanti F&B

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

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.

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Avery Invitational Announces Initial Participating Breweries, Tickets On-Sale

April 17, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

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.

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The Grateful Gnome Sandwich Shoppe & Brewery is Finally Open

April 11, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

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.

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REPORT | America’s 50 Fastest Growing Breweries By Volume in 2017

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

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.

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The PorchCast | Ep 50 Collaboration Fest 2018

March 30, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

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.

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6,266 American Craft Breweries in Operation Combine for Market Growth

March 27, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

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.

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WeldWerks Brewing is Primed to Disrupt Retail Market in Fourth Year

March 23, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

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.

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Amalgam Brewing Finds Permanent Home in Denver After Powder Keg Closure

March 22, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

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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The PorchCast | Ep 49 Factotum Brewhouse & Lady Justice Brewing

March 15, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

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.

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Brewers Association Ranks America’s 50 Largest Breweries By Volume in 2017

March 14, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

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.

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ShipCompliant Announces CO Beer Summit on Brand Management

March 13, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

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.

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