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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

2023 GABF Guided Routes | Spontaneous / Wild / Sour / Saisons to Try at GABF

September 20, 2023 |

The Great American Beer Festival is finally back! With the insane multitude of beers being served on the festival floor, it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. So PorchDrinking is once again here to help you navigate that lineup and help with planning your route at the fest. As part of that research, we’ve sifted through every beer pouring at this year’s fest to curate a series of themed routes to help you plan for your GABF based on various styles and flavors.

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2023 GABF Guided Routes | Best Barrel-Aged & High ABV Beers to Try at GABF

September 20, 2023 |

The Great American Beer Festival is finally back! With the insane multitude of beers being served on the festival floor, it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. So PorchDrinking is … Read More

2023 GABF Guided Routes | Best Lagers to Try at GABF

September 20, 2023 |

The Great American Beer Festival is finally back! With the insane multitude of beers being served on the festival floor, it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. So PorchDrinking is once again here to help you navigate that lineup and help with planning your route at the fest. As part of that research, we’ve sifted through every beer pouring at this year’s fest to curate a series of themed routes to help you plan for your GABF based on various styles and flavors.

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2023 GABF Guided Routes | Hoppy Beers to Try at GABF

September 19, 2023 |

The Great American Beer Festival is finally back! With the insane multitude of beers being served on the festival floor, it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. So PorchDrinking is once again here to help you navigate that lineup and help with planning your route at the fest. As part of that research, we’ve sifted through every beer pouring at this year’s fest to curate a series of themed routes to help you plan for your GABF based on various styles and flavors.

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The PorchCast Ep. 107 | Jill Preston – Left Hand Brewing’s 30th Anniversary

September 15, 2023 |

In episode 107 of The PorchCast, Tristan and Korey were joined by Jill Preston, Director of Marketing for Left Hand Brewing at Left Hand’s newest location in Denver’s River North Art District right next to Mission Ballroom to recap what a monstrous past two years it’s been for the pioneer Colorado brewery.

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Amalgam Brewing’s GABF Week Releases Mark New Chapter with Bierstadt Lagerhaus

September 13, 2023 |

After a slew of brewery closures, Anheuser-Busch’s recent sell-off of several “High End” brands, and the Brewers Association’s recent reports detailing diminished craft beer sales within the industry, it has become evident that the momentum of craft beer has slowed over the last two years. However, great craft breweries always find ways to adapt, and the best are able to do so while still remaining true to the ideals that made this industry so successful over the last decade. Next week’s release of Welcome to the Here and Now, a West Coast Pilsner from Denver’s Amalgam Brewing may appear on the surface to be just another exciting entry from one of the state’s most highly regarded, yet under-the-radar breweries, but this newest release is also representative of Amalgam’s next evolutionary phase.
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Vail Oktoberfest Brings the Best Traditions of Munich to the Mountains

August 30, 2023 |

After a sweltering summer season, the Colorado heat is beginning to show signs of relenting. Luckily that first hint of a morning chill perfectly aligns with the return of Oktoberfest season. And while a jet-setting retreat to Munich would be a dream for any beer fan during the middle of September, the next best thing is a weekend getaway to the Bavarian-inspired mountain destination of Vail Village.

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Collective Vail Offers Ultimate Glamping & Beer Poking Experience

August 16, 2023 |

For the better part of the last decade, the craft beer world has been fascinated with developing the most innovative trends, finding the most unique and bizarre ingredients, and employing the newest techniques that would further push the boundaries of beer. From Pastry Stouts, to Cold IPAs, cryo hops to hop thiols, the obsession over that “new new” has been a driving force behind the resurgence in beer fanaticism.

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Top 5 Reasons to Experience Firestone Walker’s Oaktoberfest this Season

August 14, 2023 |

As we near the end of summer and begin to feel a slight chill in the morning air, it’s natural to begin unpacking your flannel jackets and start transitioning from … Read More

SweetWater Parent Company Acquires Eight Beer & Beverage Brands from Anheuser-Busch

August 7, 2023 |

Anheuser-Busch’s craft beer experiment looks a lot leaner today after a significant shift in strategy resulting in eight of their craft beverage brands being sold.

Today Canadian-based Tilray Brands, a leading global cannabis-lifestyle and consumer packaged goods company, that now owns SweetWater Brewing Company, Montauk Brewing Company, Alpine Beer Company, and Green Flash Brewing Company has entered into an agreement with Anheuser Busch to acquire eight beer and beverage brands including, Shock Top, Breckenridge Brewery, Blue Point Brewing Company, 10 Barrel Brewing Company, Redhook Brewery, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Square Mile Cider Company, and HiBall Energy.

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Discounted Tickets | 2023 Denver Burger Battle Returns This Week

August 1, 2023 |

Nothing embodies the essence of Americana quite like an all-you-can-eat-and-drink smorgasbord replete with unlimited craft beer and over-the-top burgers featuring all the fixings you never knew you needed.

Returning for its 13th year, the 2023 Denver Burger Battle showcases some of the Mile High City’s most prolific burger purveyors putting forth their most creative, decadent, delicious burger creations in hopes of earning the distinction of Denver’s “Best Burger.”

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WIN TICKETS | Avery Brewing Marks 30th Anniversary with Return to Festival Glory

July 26, 2023 |

Before hard seltzers and Hazy IPAs, before Collaboration Fest and the WeldWerks Invitational, heck before even WeldWerks and Casey Brewing and Blending, Colorado’s craft beer scene looked a whole lot different. But in many ways, the evolution of today’s beer landscape can be traced back to a simpler time when many early adopters gathered over sweet potato tots paired with hoppy, sour, and big barrel-aged beers in an unassuming, industrial, Boulder alleyway.

This weekend one of Colorado’s craft beer pioneers, Avery Brewing Company will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an invitational-style beer festival reminiscent of the extravagant festivals it helped popularize during its heyday. Originators of iconic events like the Avery Strong Ale Fest, IPA Fest, Sour Festival, and earlier renditions of the Avery Anniversary Festival, the Boulder-based brewery brought a level of pomp, circumstance, and excitement each and every time.

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Uhl’s Brewing, One of Colorado’s Brightest Risers Announces Upcoming Closure

July 21, 2023 |

It’s been a tumultuous week for Colorado’s craft beer industry. In the span of just two days, the Front Range saw a pair of highly regarded breweries in Mockery Brewery and Uhl’s Brewing announce their upcoming closures.

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5 Questions with Novel Strand Brewing to Celebrate 5 Year Anniversary

July 14, 2023 |

Denver’s Broadway brewery landscape has certainly seen its share of change over the past five years. The recent departure of formative wild and spontaneous ales producer, Black Project, a shorter stint from Alternation Brewing, and the upcoming closure of chica producer, Dos Luces, along with the recent sale of Baere Brewing, has certainly shaken things up. However, the recent additions of Public Offering, Ratio’s Overland location, Denver Beer Co’s Rosedale location, and Sunroom Brewing in Englewood have helped to inject new life.

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The PorchCast Ep. 106 | Rich Fierro – Atrevida Beer Company

June 26, 2023 |

In episode 105 of The PorchCast, Tristan and Bryant spoke with Rich Fierro, co-founder of Atrevida Beer Company about the origin story of he and his wife/head brewer, Jessica Fierro launched Atrevida.

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First Look | Sanitas Brewing Celebrates Grand Opening of Englewood Location

June 23, 2023 |

Ten years after opening its flagship location in Boulder, CO, Sanitas Brewing is ready to branch out with a second location in Englewood, CO. The new 4,700 sq ft taproom facility located at 200 W. Belleview Ave, will also feature an expansive 2,500-plus-sq ft outdoor patio to mirror a signature element associated with its Boulder location.

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GABF Ticket Sale Dates & 2024 Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Update

June 21, 2023 |

We’ve got good news and bad news on the beer festival front. Beginning with the good news, the 2023 Great American Beer Festival has announced that tickets will go on sale July 11 and 12 for this year’s event taking place September 21 – 23.

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The PorchCast Ep. 105 | Ren Navarro – Beer Diversity

June 7, 2023 |

In episode 105 of The PorchCast, Tristan caught up with Ren Navarro, founder of Beer Diversity to discuss her frustrations stemming from this year’s Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville.

During this discussion, we examined the positive steps taken by the Brewers Association toward boosting diversity and inclusion in craft beer, while also exploring the shortcomings that stemmed from hosting the conference in a state that has repeatedly passed anti-inclusive laws.

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South Asian Brewers Team Up with Chicago’s Brewseum on Collaboration Beer

June 7, 2023 |

One of the most compelling developments in craft beer over the last decade has been the shift in appreciation toward incorporating authentic techniques and ingredients in brewing native to cultures … Read More

Enter to Win Alex Kidd Recovery Razzle Fundraiser Bottle Packages

June 6, 2023 |

Last month, industry icon, journalist, comedian, podcaster, and beloved community member, Alex Kidd, founder of Don’t Drink Beer was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.

Kidd first rose to fame for … Read More