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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

PorchDrinking’s Best in Beer 2018 | Mountain Region

January 8, 2019 | 1

It was another monster year for beer in Colorado. And while it would be nearly impossible to break down the best beers from 2018, we looked back on some of our favorites from the past year as well as some … Read More

2019 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Pour List Once Again Brings Heat

January 2, 2019 |

Throughout my years of visiting breweries, attending beer festivals and covering the industry, one thing has become abundantly clear, Coloradoans are spoiled when it comes to beer. This assertion is none more evident than the collection of talent that’s assembled … Read More

Here’s Where to Find Founders Brewing CBS & KBS in Colorado

December 14, 2018 |

When we first broke the news back in August that Founders Brewing would finally be arriving in Colorado for distribution, the immediate flood of questions we fielded from readers centered around whether we’d see any allocations of their famed Canadian … Read More

Pour List | 2018 Denver Festivus Brings Out the Best Holiday Beers

December 13, 2018 |

In a holiday season littered with White Elephants, tinsel and ugly sweaters, I think it’s safe to say what we really care about is cutting straight to the booze and debauchery. Denver Beer Festivus, which returns Saturday afternoon from 3-6pm … Read More

Farm to Glass: Urban Farmer & Intrepid Sojourner’s Cantaloupe Saison

December 12, 2018 |

While many breweries nationwide are focused on developing efficiencies as a means for expansive growth, many more have opted to remain true to their microbrewery roots by focusing on locality, terroir, and quality. The concept of foraging or utilizing locally … Read More

The Big Reveal Needs Your Nominations for Colorado’s Best IPA

December 11, 2018 | 1

The Colorado Brewers Guild has partnered with to launch the debut of The Big Reveal, taking place on Saturday, March 23, 2019, during the 2019 Colorado Craft Beer Week. This intimate, elevated beer tasting event aims to celebrate Colorado’s … Read More

Sovos’ Brewers Guide to Compliance Assists Distribution to New Markets

December 11, 2018 |

This is a sponsored post from ShipCompliant by Sovos

For an emerging brewery, pulling the trigger on expanding distribution to new markets can be a daunting decision. It’s never as simple as just ramping up production, developing a marketing plan, identifying … Read More

Q/A: Peter Bouckaert On Why He Joined Melvin Brewing’s Board

December 10, 2018 |

Last month industry titan Peter Bouckaert, co-founder of Purpose Brewing and former Brewmaster at New Belgium Brewing, made headlines when Forbes reported that he would be joining the Melvin Brewing Board of Directors.

The announcement came as a surprise to … Read More

Great Divide Announces 2019 Beer Release Calendar & New Packaging

December 7, 2018 |

Great Divide Brewing is planning to make some significant changes not just to their beer lineup in 2019, but also in their branding and the way they will package their beers.

Today, the Denver, CO-based brewery announced their 2019 Beer … Read More

Resolute Brewing Opening Arvada Taproom and Barrel-Aging Facility

December 7, 2018 |

It’s been a big year for Centennial’s Resolute Brewing. In January 2018, they announced the addition of Justin Burnsed as Head Brewer, who joined the Resolute team after previously brewing at Mockery. Now they’re joining a handful of Denver area … Read More

WeldWerks Announces Bourbon Brandy & Peanut Butter Medianoche Release

November 29, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In the ever elusive world of beer rarity and hype, one of Colorado’s most heralded breweries has announced the next big release that’s sure to garner instant attention. WeldWerks Brewing, out of Greeley, CO, announced this morning that it will be releasing Bourbon Brandy Medianoche and Peanut Butter Medianoche as the next two installments in their vaunted bourbon barrel-aged stout series.

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21st Amendment Brewery Announces Colorado Distribution

November 28, 2018 |

It’s been a banner year for national breweries expanding their distribution footprint to include the Centennial State. Anchored by household brands like Bell’s and Founders, and recently Brooklyn Brewery, 21st Amendment Brewery from San Francisco becomes Colorado’s newest addition of national … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 56 | Novel Strand Brewing

November 21, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The PorchCast team of Tristan, Sam and Sami gathered to bring you a Thanksgiving treat. For episode 56 of the PorchCast, they spoke with Novel Strand Brewing co-founders, Tamir Danon and Chantel Columna, who were sadly without their third co-founder Ayana Coker, to talk about their brewery/coffee shop, their unique approach toward beer and community, as well as some more controversial views on Instagram culture, flight boards and Untappd.

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Colorado Black Friday Beer Releases & Special Tappings

November 21, 2018 |

Each year on Black Friday, millions of Americans shake off their tryptophan-induced comas brought on by the previous evening’s gorge fest, to shop off all their newly acquire calories. For die-hard beer fanatics however, Black Friday has grown to represent … Read More

Complete Results from the 2018 Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers (FoBAB)

November 17, 2018 |

Over the past 16 years, Chicago’s Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers has quickly established itself as one of the preeminent showcases of barrel-aged beers in the country. This two-day festival not only allows festival goers the chance to sample from some of … Read More

Founders Brewing Launch Week Events Kick Off Colorado Distribution

November 12, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Founders Brewing

As we first announced back in August, Founders Brewing is finally primed to add Colorado as the 47th state in its national distribution footprint. The iconic Grand Rapids brewery will kick off their Colorado launch with a week of events beginning today, featuring their core lineup, with a larger drop that will include their barrel-aged beer series later in the month.

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Amalgam Brewing’s The Cultural Center Taproom Opens Next Saturday

November 9, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

One of Colorado’s most promising rising breweries is finally set to open a taproom. Amalgam Brewing, which spent the first year and a half of their existence embracing the unorthodox practice of brewing through an alternating proprietorship and dropping gypsy beer releases at various liquor stores, is about to become a little more accessible to the public, while still maintaining a bit of unconventional flair.

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These Colorado Breweries Are Offering Free Beer & Election Day Deals

November 6, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Election Day has finally arrived, and already the US is seeing record-breaking voter turnout for this year’s Midterm Elections. Already 35 million votes have been cast the day prior to the election, which dwarfs the 20 million cast this time four years ago.

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2018 Colorado Craft Brewers Summit Kicks Off Sunday

October 31, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

With over 370 breweries currently in operation throughout Colorado, brewers, brewery owners, sales and marketing teams are discovering the importance of continuing education and investing in growth strategies to thrive in such a high-density beer market. Recognizing the need for professional development in Colorado’s craft beer scene, the Colorado Brewers Guild is once again offering independent Colorado craft brewers/members and soon-to-open brewery members the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry.

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Liberati Blends Innovative Beer-Wine Hybrid with Elevated Italian Cuisine

October 29, 2018 |

When you enter Denver’s newest brewery, Liberati Osteria & Oenobeers, it’s hard not to imagine Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, “L’inverno” (Winter) being played by a bank of violins at a … Read More