Esteemed Portland beer writer Fred Eckhardt would have turned 95 today. Portland’s Fred Eckhardt was a living legend, especially in his home city, having pioneered writing about and defining beer styles with his early book on the subject, The Essentials of Beer Style, published in 1989. FredFest, a Portland beer festival honoring Fred has been held around his birthday since he turned 80 and is still being held without Fred in attendance. The beer festival . Two years ago the 14th annual FredFest was around this time, but sadly there wasn’t one last year and there won’t be a live one this year either, for obvious reasons. Instead, raise a toast to Fred’s memory, and today join me in wishing Fred a very happy birthday.
At the Celebrator’s 18th anniversary party in February. From left: Shaun O’Sullivan, from 21st Amendment, Fred Eckhardt, the woman who wanted this picture of all her beer writing “heroes” in the first place, me, Tom Dalldorf, Celebrator publisher, and Randy Griggs, with DBi and the BN.