It started as an 80th birthday party for Fred Eckhardt, the Dean of American Beer Writers, and now it's in its 11th year, we celebrate not only his birthday, but his life and the incredible role he played in today's current beer landscape. Fred would have turned 90 this year, and in the spirit of giving as FredFest has always been intended, it will continue, as we celebrate again on Sunday, May 15th, 2016, 1:00pm - 5:00pm at Hair of the Dog Brewery, 61 SE Yamhill St., in Portland, OR.
When we first started FredFest, Fred asked that no gifts be given, and that all the proceeds go toward a charitable organization.
This year we are splitting our donations between the Hair of the Dog house charity and something that was very close to Fred's heart:
In the late '70s, Fred was the Aquatics instructor at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center in southwest Portland. He was instrumental in growing the swim team and left a legacy that still exists today. Fred was an orphan and had a tough childhood, helping kids to learn how to handle life was a true passion for him. The money will be used for summer swimming scholarships at the MJCC.
The Hair of the Dog house charity, Guide Dogs for the Blind is more than an industry-leading guide dog school; they are a passionate community that serves the visually impaired. With exceptional client services and a robust network of trainers, puppy raisers, donors and volunteers, they prepare highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision. All of their services are provided free of charge and they receive no government funding.
100% of FredFest ticket sales go to our charity and Hair of the Dog covers all expenses for the event, so attendees are encouraged to pay more than the suggested ticket price.
Tickets are $65, available for advance purchase only. Ticket includes a commemorative glass, endless beer food buffet and over 25 Beers from a special selection of Brewers.
Tickets are limited and they will go fast (they've sold out every year to date).
Now begs that timeless question...What Would Fred Drink? (WWFD?)