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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

In Case of Emergency … Drink Beer

September 21, 2012 |

A recent NPR article explores a study conducted in 1957 titled Operation Teapot or “The Effect of Nuclear Explosions on Commercially Packaged Beverages.” The experiment examined the safety and drinkability of sodas and beers after placing cans and bottles of beverages next to an exploded atomic bomb. The verdict, bottoms up! Read more at NPR.
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PorchDrinking Fall Beer Preview 2012

September 20, 2012 |


One of the greatest things about fall along with football, leaf piles and apple cider is the stable of fall seasonal beers available. Honestly the multitude of pumpkin and spiced beers on the market can be a bit overwhelming so we tasked our writers with coming up with a fall beer preview. Here’s the variety of fall samplings they came up with. Read More

PorchDrinking Fall TV Preview Video Roundtable

September 19, 2012 |


Now that summer is coming to an end it’s time for Americans to return to their comfy sofas, sit on their butts and watch TV once again. Cmon’ working out is overrated. So to help our TV fans get caught up on all of the new shows hitting the airwaves this fall we assembled our all-star line up of Pop Culture gurus to give you a Fall TV preview. So if you’re at work go ahead and plug in those ear buds and press play.

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David Markham’s Avery IPA Winning Homebrew Recipe

September 13, 2012 |

We caught up with David Markham, the winner of the Avery IPA Fest homebrew contest, and he was nice enough to share some tips for starting your own homebrew as well as some info about his winning homebrew recipe. David’s Belgian Pale Ale had prominent yeast flavors, but it finished clean. It was not so strongly hop forward nor was it very citrus-y which differs from most traditional American IPAs, but matched well with it’s subtle malty flavors in the background. It would work well as a fall seasonal. Read More

Roundtable Discussion: Fictional/Nonfictional Childhood Games

September 12, 2012 |

While we’re still in the midst of back to school season we decided to find out just how weird our staff members were as kids.  It did not disappoint.  This week I posed the question of what their favorite childhood games were growing up.  This could have been made up, obscure or traditional.  Hilarity ensued.

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Deschutes Brewery – Chainbreaker White IPA

September 11, 2012 |

One of the most important factors to consider when searching for a new home, or at least somewhere new to live, is the availability of a quality neighborhood bar. Seriously, forget the school district and don’t pull your hair out over the distance to the nearest grocery store. It’s all about whether your neighborhood bar has:

  1. A solid beer collection
  2. A great staff/great service
  3. Reasonable prices
  4. Great atmosphere
  5. Solid food
  6. Is close by
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One Minute Beer Review: Great Divide Brewing- Rumble

September 7, 2012 |

ABV: 7.1%

One of my favorite things about Rumble is the fact that you can enter any room with a six pack and unabashedly exclaim “LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE” without … Read More

One Minute Beer Review: New Belgium Brewing- Red Hoptober

September 6, 2012 |

ABV: 6%

IBUs: 60

This fall there were several things that I was really looking forward to, football, fantasy football, Kentucky football, then after last weekend’s performance Kentucky basketball, the … Read More

Roundtable Discussion: More Holidays Bro

September 5, 2012 |

We are a nation of hard working, non-slacking off, nose to the grindstone individuals, which is why most of you will be reading this when you should be working on something else. Hey, we aren’t pointing any fingers, hell we didn’t have a new post up for three straight days this past Labor Day weekend. Speaking of which, I’m not complaining but is it really necessary to have a holiday for the American Laborer? While we’re at it, perhaps we should just think about adding a few more superfluous holidays, which brings us to this week’s roundtable discussion. I challenged our staff to come up with their own made up holidays. Read More

Climbing a 14er and Drinking a 12 Ouncer

September 4, 2012 |

Typically, Mike Tolliver serves as our resident outdoorsman who hikes, bikes, camps, climbs, rappels, grapples, boulders, skis, snowboards, what not and what have you, all while enjoying a celebratory beverage, after spiking the proverbial flag into mother nature’s ass. Afterwards he’s nice enough to transpose those travails on PorchDrinking while making us all feel like lesser beings. I on the other hand, went on my first camping trip this June. Yes, my first camping trip. However, like most transplants in Colorado, I’ve quickly acclimated to the rest of this great state’s lifestyle by diving head first into the rugged outdoors. The most recent of these adventures involved completing my second 14er. Read More

PorchDrinking Joins Louisville Hate Day

August 30, 2012 |

One of the main reason exists today is due to the success of another blog, Kentucky Sports Radio. As many of our readers know, I am originally from Lexington, … Read More

Roundtable Discussion: Are You Ready For Some Football?!

August 29, 2012 |

I’m pretty sure you can already feel it in the air, that crisp early morning breeze, the prevalence of leaves starting to crunch with each step you take down the sidewalk, the crackle and aroma of wings wafting through the air, and the unavoidable discord coming from national pundits about an irrelevant Tim Tebow… let me repeat IRRELEVANT.  
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PorchDrinking Playlist: Cover Songs

August 28, 2012 |

When I was younger, I used to hate cover songs. Who were these hacks thinking they could just steal credit for the brilliant song writing of a trailblazing artist? Why did the general public not notice that John Mayer, who sounds like Adam Sandler’s Little Nicky, ripped off Joni Mitchell’s Paved Paradise, or that Alien Ant Farm tarnished the legend that is Michael Jackson. High school was an angsty time for me as was most people, but at least music was a good reason for that angst. But soon I discovered that not all covers should be viewed with such disdain. In fact most of these serve more as tributes, and for a cover to truly succeed, it has to be poignantly different from the original. And so I bring you the best cover songs that were able to convey just that.
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PorchDrinking Challenges YOU to Fantasy Football

August 23, 2012 |

Think you have what it takes to challenge the PorchDrinking staff at Fantasy Football? We have four spots left in our PorchDrinking league. Take on our staff members and be … Read More

Round Table Discussion: Back to School Edition

August 22, 2012 |

Back to School… Back to School to prove to Dad I’m not a fool!  Its that time of the year again where lunch boxes are getting filled with bologna sandwiches and snack packs, Office Depots are hocking assorted folders, pens, and TI-83s, and children are feverishly combing through their Spark Notes.  In honor of schools starting up again we decided to discuss what we loved/hated most about going back to school.
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Avery Brewing – White Rascal

August 21, 2012 |

ABV: 5.6%

IBU: 10

Beer has been described as many things, a new acquaintance, an old friend, and some mornings a cruel nemesis. I’ve encountered several anthropomorphized versions of beer but none more useful than White Rascal, my go to beer wing man.
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Epic Ways to Open Beer

August 20, 2012 |

It seems like opening a bottle of beer is always an ordeal. For some reason people still haven’t caught on to the concept of a key chain, a sandal, a door, a skateboard, a buzz saw … yes we said a buzz saw. Our friend Kim Rose decided to get creative one day and show us all the way he and his buddies found to open a bottle of beer. Enjoy!

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One Minute Beer Review: Avery’s The Kaiser

August 17, 2012 |

The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest Lager- Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, CO

ABV 10.03%

IBU: 24

The Perseids meteor shower is the annual mid august star gazer’s dream.

How to do … Read More

Late Night Post Calling New PorchDrinkers

August 17, 2012 |

Twenty Four years ago today, a legend was born.  That mythical creature is also better known as Chris Knost, PorchDrinking’s own uber web designer who has been kicking butt … Read More

Roundtable Discussion: Shark Week… ish

August 15, 2012 |

Watching Shark Week every year just makes me think that getting mauled by a great white just might be the most badass way to go out. Kinda morbid but, … Read More