Fred Eckhardt – RIP August 10, 2015

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”.


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