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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 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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Top Finds From the 2022 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival

June 8, 2022 |

Over the past decade, it has become a little easy to take certain elements of the craft beer industry for granted. During that time, the country’s craft brewery count has swelled from just under 2,000 to over 9,000. Similarly, beer festivals, which were once more thoughtfully curated, intimate opportunities to interact with brewers while exploring an exciting array of newly released beers, have grown to become commodities and in many cases, a cash cow for event production companies that rarely have any actual ties to the industry.

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Can’t-Miss Beers to Try at the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival

June 3, 2022 |

This weekend’s Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival will once again boast one of the more impressive lineups of beer producers from across the globe. But despite being such a great problem to have, being presented with such a formidable lineup of all-star beers, can sometimes feel a bit daunting. So we decided to help sift through the sea of phenomenal beers to highlight a few that have particularly piqued our interest. More selfishly, while we could easily just stick to the incredible lineup of Lagers available at the FWIBF, this was more an exercise in helping us to plan our own routes so we’re not scrambling the day of the festival.

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Colorado Beer Festival Tracker | 2022 Summer Edition

June 3, 2022 |

While Colorado beer festival season has technically already well underway, this past weekend officially marked the grand return to summer beer fest season in the Centennial State with a pair of heavy hitters in Odell’s Small Batch Fest and the Creekside Beer Fest.

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2022 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival Pour List Announced

May 25, 2022 |

We are just a week and a half away from the grand return of the 2022 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival taking place in Paso Robles, CA on Saturday, June 4. Having built a reputation as one of the most celebrated festivals within the craft beer industry the FWIBF returns after a COVID-induced hiatus with another all-star cast of breweries.

Not only are some of the best of the best breweries represented from around the globe, but a festival of this caliber always brings out the rarest beers as well. In addition to the usual hyped barrel-aged styles typically found at destination festivals, it’s refreshing to see a wider representation of world-class lagers as well.

Be sure to check back as we break down some of the can’t-miss beers to try at this year’s Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival, but for now, enjoy a look at the initial pour list. Tickets are SOLD OUT for this year’s festival as last year’s ticket holders were offered first right of refusal. Keep in mind, as with all beer festivals, pour lists are subject to change, but this serves as a nice preview of what’s anticipated from each brewery.

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Kick Off Summer with the Creekside Beer Fest at the Boulder Creek Fest

May 25, 2022 | 1

Despite an unusually late snowfall at the end of last week, this Memorial Day weekend marks the official beginning of the Summer beer festival season. Luckily Coloradans will be treated to warmer temps and a welcome kickoff to this year’s beer fest season with the Creekside Beer Fest as part of the Boulder Creek Fest.

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CanSource Provides Canning Solutions Amid Minimum Increases

May 16, 2022 |

At the onset of the pandemic, the ability to pivot quickly after tasting rooms were closed for on-site consumption led a majority of breweries to focus their attention on packaging beer to-go. It was at that moment that aluminum cans became one of the hottest commodities in the industry. 

But just as canning beer became a major relief for breweries who desperately needed a way to get beer in the hands of consumers, it also became a major pain point. Ball Corp, which has long been the dominant supplier of aluminum cans, announced that it would increase minimum orders for a single SKU of printed cans from one truckload to five truck loads. This meant that a brewery that could previously order 200,000 printed cans of a single brand would now be forced to order approximately 1 million cans, essentially eliminating a primary supplier of printed cans for a majority of breweries in the market today.

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