Beer Birthday: Fred Bowman

Today is Fred Bowman’s 71st birthday. Fred co-founded the Portland Brewing Co., which was bought a few years ago byPyramid Breweries, which in turn was bought by Magic Hat and then again by North American Breweries. Fred continues to be very active in the craft beer community, and has been supportive of the movement since the beginning. A couple of years ago, he dropped by and stayed with us during his drive ’round the country in a van, visiting old friends and family. Join me in wishing Fred a happy birthday.

By the Celebrator booth at OBF, from left, John Harris (head brewer at Full Sail Brewing), Tom Dalldorf, and Fred.

Dick Cantwell, co-owner of Elysian Brewing Co. in Seattle, with Fred at an after party at the Falling Rock during GABF.


  1. Tom Gilles says

    Happy 65th ! I was your beer runner the last two years at the Spring Beer & Wine Festival. Congratulations.

    Tom Gilles

    • Frank Julke says

      Hey Matt,
      Is it you who studied brewery in Munich an Weihenstephan – bavaria in 1984/1885
      Greetings from W├╝rzburg in Bavaria

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