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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

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

Get Tickets | 2023 Vail Craft Beer Classic Announces Brewery Lineup

June 6, 2023 |

One of Colorado’s premier summer beer festivals returns in just over a week! Combining an incredible lineup of craft beverage producers for a two-day, two-session, all-you-can-drink event, the Vail Craft Beer Classic has become one of the top destination mountain beer fests in Colorado.

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How Breweries Can Get Involved in the Alex Kidd Recovery Fund Razzle

May 19, 2023 |

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

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BREAKING | 2023 World Beer Cup Results Announced

May 10, 2023 |

For the first time in its 14 competition history, the World Beer Cup has shifted from taking place every other year to becoming a yearly event.

This year’s World Beer … Read More

Colorado Breweries Win Big at 2023 World Beer Cup Awards

May 10, 2023 |

In the first year that the Brewers Association moved the 2023 World Beer Cup to a yearly event, Colorado breweries came out and had themselves a massive showing. Often referred … Read More

2023 Craft Brewers Conference External Events Guild

May 7, 2023 |

The Craft Brewers Conference returns to Nashville in 2023. This year in addition to dodging the onslaught of bachelor and bachelorette parties, you’ve also got to navigate throngs of Taylor Swift fanatics. Thankfully the one thing you won’t need to stress over is sifting through the multitude of external events surrounding the Craft Brewers Conference.

To help you break down everything happening outside of the festival, be sure to refer back to PorchDrinking’s roundup of 2023 Craft Brewers Conference External Events Guide.

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Fiction Beer Co. Opening Second Brewery & Taproom Location in Parker

April 20, 2023 |

Denver’s Fiction Beer Company (Fiction) is ready to write its next chapter by opening a second brewery and taproom location in Parker, CO.

The iconic book-themed brewery, which has gained notoriety over recent years for its proficiency in brewing Hazy IPAs, Lagers, and specialty barrel-aged beers, slush-styles, and seltzers, is primed to extend its reach by opening a second location at 19523 Hess Rd, Parker, CO. Fiction Beer Company’s Parker location, which is slated to open in May 2023, will once again feature the brand’s iconic signature book bar, a spacious taproom, and will eventually add an outdoor patio space as well.

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The PorchCast Ep 104 | Sam Tierney & Brad Miles: Firestone Walker Innovation Team

April 18, 2023 |

In episode 104 of The PorchCast, our team had the chance to sit down with Sam Tierney, Propogator Brewery Manager, and Brad Miles, Innovations Manager for Firestone Walker Brewing. This dynamic duo heads up research and development for Firestone Walker and the two been essential in the creation of iconic brands like Mind Haze, Hopnosis, and the recently released Double Hopnosis West Coast Imperial IPA featuring Cryo Hops just to name a few.

We had the opportunity to catch up with Miles and Tierney to find out a bit more about how R&D works at Firestone Walker, how their small-batch collaborations come about, and what other exciting products they’ve been working on as well as so much more.

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Firestone Walker Debuts Double Hopnosis Imperial Cold IPA in 19.2oz Cans

April 3, 2023 |

Firestone Walker is doubling down on its wildly popular Hopnosis brand by introducing a bigger, more hop-forward Imperial Cold IPA version appropriately dubbed Double Hopnosis.

Inspired by the robust blast … Read More

2023 Collaboration Fest Showcases a Spectacular Return to Form

March 30, 2023 |

Throughout the years, Collaboration Fest has already cemented itself as one of the best festival concepts and experiences in Colorado. But even with its already high regard among beer fans, this year’s festival found ways to continue to impress. Despite concern about its move out to The Westin Westminster for the first time, this year’s venue proved to be a vast improvement over last year’s stint at The Fillmore. With a more spacious layout across two ballrooms and a greater overall ambiance, the 2023 Collaboration Fest felt like a true return to form.

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Cerebral Brewing Aurora Taproom Announces Opening Weekend

March 20, 2023 |

Over the last decade, the greater Denver beer scene has coalesced around a growing number of distinct brewery neighborhoods as part of its national identity. Vibrant areas like the River North Art District, South Broadway, and Tennyson Street have flourished to become destinations for droves of beer fanatics near and far.

Now after a flurry of recent openings from the likes of Second Dawn Brewing, Denver Beer Co. Lowry, the upcoming opening of Cerebral Brewing’s Aurora taproom and more on the horizon like 4 Noses’ Park Hill location, which have all joined early pioneers like Fiction Beer Company, Lady Justice Brewing, Cheluna Brewing, the Aurora stretch of East Coflax is quickly becoming a can’t miss brewery neighborhood as well.

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2023 Parabola & Parabaloid Vintages Aged in a Trio of Rare Whiskey Barrels

March 15, 2023 |

One of the country’s most prolific barrel-aged beers just received an added upgrade. Firestone Walker’s Parabola, which is regarded as one of the country’s pioneers in the barrel-aged Imperial Stout … Read More

2023 Collaboration Fest Official Beer List Features Over 120 Collabs

March 7, 2023 |

With just under two and a half weeks away from the 2023 Collaboration Fest, the Colorado Brewers Guild has finally revealed its official pour list for the festival. The one-of-a-kind event, which brings together local and national breweries to brew distinctly unique collaboration beers designed specifically to be showcased at the event will feature over 120 beers from over 170 collaborating breweries.

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The PorchCast Ep 102 | Terence Sullivan – Sierra Nevada Brewing

February 23, 2023 |

In episode 102 of the PorchCast, we were joined by Terence Sullivan, Produce Manager for Sierra Nevada Brewing to share the story behind their iconic Celebration Fresh Hop IPA. Terence pulled back the curtain behind brewery’s extensive hop selection and hop harvest process needed for produce such large volumes of the widely popular seasonal IPA.

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Second Dawn Brewing Opens in Aurora with a Focus on Inclusion & Innovation

February 17, 2023 | 1

After debuting in 2017, New Belgium Brewing’s Voodoo Ranger series managed to accomplish the unthinkable by overtaking industry icon, Fat Tire Amber Ale as the pioneer brewery’s leading brand. 

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2023 Collaboration Fest Will Feature 175 Participating Breweries

February 15, 2023 |

With the 2023 beer festival season already well underway, one of Colorado’s biggest signature events is ready to unveil its full lineup. The 2023 Collaboration Fest, which this year moves to The Westin Westminster for the first time, will feature 175 participating breweries collaborating on over 120 beers.

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