I never got the opportunity to meet Fred Eckhardt but he is a legend around these parts and for good reasons. He was an author, educator, National ranked beer judge and overall beer guru. He was a champion of homebrewing and wrote one of the definitive beer guidebooks in his 1989 publication of Essential Beer Styles: A Catalog of Classic Beer Styles for Brewers and Beer Enthusiasts. He is much beloved in the Portland homebrewing community. He has a festival named after him that is on his birthday: Fred Fest and he has a beer named after him, “Fred” from Hair of the Dog.
Fred was 89 years old. He’ll be sorely missed.
Be sure to raise a glass tonight to the “Dean of American beer writers”.