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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

BREAKING | Odell Brewing Announces Venture into Winemaking

August 6, 2019 | 1

Just two weeks ago, Odell Brewing made headlines when they announced the upcoming opening of a third brewery and taproom location in Denver’s Sloan’s Lake neighborhood slated to open by late Summer 2020.

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2019 GABF Pour List | Here’s What Every Brewery is Pouring at GABF

July 31, 2019 | 2

For years, the folks at the Brewers Association have tightly guarded their pour list for the Great American Beer Festival, opting not to release that list until the week of the festival, a move they claimed was aimed at maintaining … Read More

Denver Beer Beat | Colorado Beer Events for Week of July 31, 2019

July 31, 2019 |

The Denver Beer Beat is a weekly roundup of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, and more happening in the Front Range and beyond. Be sure to check in each Wednesday to discover anything and everything happening around Colorado’s beer scene. Now let’s get to this week’s can’t miss beer events.

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Breaking Down 2019 GABF Newcomers & Missing Breweries

July 30, 2019 |

Each year one of the most exciting aspects of the Great American Beer Festival is the ability to explore and sample some of the country’s best new breweries that have emerged on the scene. Additionally, it can be equally as rewarding to revisit some familiar faces you may only get to try once each year at the country’s largest beer showcase. However, with the evolving landscape of craft beer, and varying priorities, we also tend to lose some familiar friends. As we’ve done each year, we’ve broken down the new / returning breweries as well as those who sadly aren’t coming back for this year’s Great American Beer Festival.

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BREAKING | Preliminary 2019 GABF Brewery List Announced

July 30, 2019 |

Over 700 Breweries. 4 Sessions. 3 Days. More than 4000 beers. 62,000 attendees. Spanning over 584,000 square feet. This year’s Great American Beer Festival is back and primed for its 38th Anniversary. The preliminary field has finally been set, and we now know which breweries will be part of the world’s largest beer festival. It is time once again to begin planning your routes. Which breweries are your can’t miss? And which are your must tries?

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Odell Brewing Opening Third Location in Denver’s Sloan’s Lake Neighborhood

July 26, 2019 |

While other national breweries continue to eye auxiliary production facilities and brewhouses in other markets, Odell Brewing has found a winning recipe by doubling down in the own backyard. Just nearly a year after opening their second taproom and brewery location in Denver’s River North Art District, the Fort Collins-based brewery, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, has announced that it will be opening up a third location in Denver’s Sloan’s Lake neighborhood.

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Denver Beer Beat | Colorado Beer Events for Week of July 24, 2019

July 24, 2019 |

The Denver Beer Beat is a weekly roundup of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, and more happening in the Front Range and beyond. Be sure to check in each Wednesday to discover anything … Read More

Presidential Hopeful John Hickenlooper Calls on Beer Fans for Support

July 23, 2019 |

He was the first Governor to install a draft system in the Governor’s Mansion, and now John Hickenlooper is tapping in craft beer’s fan base in hopes of jump-starting his Presidential candidacy run. The former Colorado Governor and current Presidential … Read More

ShipCompliant Helps Brewers Navigate New Market Label Registrations

July 23, 2019 |

This is a sponsored post from ShipCompliant by Sovos

It was just 5-10 years ago that America began experiencing the great resurgence of craft beer, which eventually lead to more than 4,000 breweries for the first time since Prohibition. Now those scrappy start-ups have begun maturing into formidable brands that have already, or are looking to expand beyond their local roots.

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Hooplagers Combines Pool Party, Elite Lagers, Ultimate Fest Experience

July 19, 2019 |

I’m not going to lie, most beer festivals today often leave me a bit uninspired. Unless you’re pulling a big time lineup of breweries and beers, have tied in a significant giving component, or have found a way to create … Read More

Denver Beer Beat | Colorado Beer Events for Week of July 17, 2019

July 17, 2019 |

The Denver Beer Beat is a weekly roundup of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, and more happening in the Front Range and beyond. Be sure to check in each Wednesday to discover anything … Read More

Bell’s Oberon Ale Label Gets New Look to Close Out Summer

July 16, 2019 |

One of the country’s most iconic beer brands, Bell’s Oberon is getting a slightly updated look to close out the summer. This morning, Bell’s Brewery announced that it will introduce a short run special edition label to run through the end of August.

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2019 Denver Rare Beer Tasting Pour List Has Arrived

July 15, 2019 |

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

Forecastle Music Festival Fuses Craft Beer and Bourbon Experience

July 12, 2019 |

Much like America’s best beer festivals, today’s elite level music festivals have begun prescribing to the notion that top tier events must elevate what they offer to provide attendees with a fully holistic experience. Such is the case with Louisville, … Read More

5 Questions with Tamir Danon of Novel Strand Brewing

July 11, 2019 |

In order to stand out as a new brewery in one of the country’s most densely populated beer cities, you need make incredible beer, you have to bring something different to the table, you must maintain discipline, and you have to have a strong business plan.

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First Look | Alamo Drafthouse Westminster Opens This Weekend

June 27, 2019 |

Hold on to your butts, the Colorado movie-going experience is about to be elevated in a big way. Alamo Drafthouse, pioneers in the cinema industry, pairing classic contemporary and cult-following movie screenings, with sing-a-longs, themed event spectacles, a killer culinary … Read More

The Big Eat Food Fest Pairs Beer, Cider and More with Culinary Masters

June 19, 2019 |

Over the past ten years, Denver’s culinary scene has experienced a renaissance similar to that of its craft beer counter parts. Now drawing some of the country’s preeminent chefs and restauranteurs, Denver has become a hotbed for elite level culinary … Read More

Great Divide 25th Anniversary Returns to Ballpark with Huge Pour List

June 18, 2019 |

Denver’s oldest and largest production brewery is getting back to basics. Great Divide Brewing will celebrate its 25th Anniversary by bringing the party back to their original Arapahoe Street location for a block party-style celebration this Saturday from 2-5pm, as it had done for so many years.

The weekend’s festivities will also feature several familiar nods with 14 variant takes on their iconic Yeti Imperial Stout, including 25th Anniversary Big Yeti, a higher octane 13.5% version available on draft and in 19.2 oz cans to-go, and never before released Maple Pecan and S’mores versions.

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2019 WeldWerks Invitational Announces Saturday’s Pour List

June 17, 2019 |

One of the country’s most prolific new beer festivals returns this Saturday in the 2019 WeldWerks Invitational, and we now know exactly what to expect. The Greeley, CO-based brewery has announced their pour list for Saturday’s SOLD OUT event taking … Read More

Avery Brewing Invitational & Anniversary Brings Elite Festival Experience

June 12, 2019 |

If there’s one true constant in the Colorado craft beer scene, it’s that Avery Brewing knows how to throw one helluva beer festival. In its second year of shifting from multiple style-themed festivals such as their Sour Fest and Strong … Read More