Fred Eckhardt Fred Eckhardt (1926- ) is an American brewer, homebrewing advocate, publicist and a National Treasure. He writes about brewed beverages—beer and sake, and wrote the 1989 book, The Essentials of Beer Style. He is identified as a "beer writer," a "beer historian," and as a "beer critic." He's a local celebrity in Portland, Oregon, which Eckhardt describes as "the brewing capital of the world."[4]

He is nationally known as a "beer personality" and as a "beer guru." His success as a local character is the foundation for fame on a wider stage. He is considered by many to be the "Dean of  American beer writers."

"Fred is an former Marine Buddhist who teaches swimming classes to children back in his native Portland, Oregon. . . . He wrote a book on how to homebrew lagers in 1969, ten years before homebrewing was relegalized. His 1989 book, The Essentials of Beer Style, has become a kind of Rosetta Stone for homebrewers and those who judge homebrew competitions. "Eckhardt (as mentioned by Ken Wells of The Wall Street Journal) is a soft-spoken, diminutive man with blue twinkling eyes and a white mustache and goatee. Imagine Shakespeare's Puck reborn as a beer mensch."

Eckhardt considers himself as an educator.

Eckhardt has developed a national reputation as someone knowledgeable about American homebrewed beer. He is a featured lecturer and competition judge at "The Dixie Cup" in Houston, Texas. This annual event is the final competition in the series that determines

  • the Lone Star Circuit Homebrewer of the Year
  • the Lone Star Circuit Homebrew Team of the Year
  • the Lone Star Circuit Homebrew Club of the Year.

The Dixie Cup is one of the Qualifying Events for the Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing.

Eckhardt writes articles on beer, brewing, and other miscellany in Celebrator Beer News and in All About Beer.

Fred is a National judge in the Beer Judge Certification Program.

Eckhardt is an evolving advocate and publicist for American sake. Drawing on his experience in beer competitions, he created a set of guidelines for sake tasting competitions. He publishes a sake newsletter several times each year; and he authored Sake (U.S.A.): A Complete Guide to American Sake, Sake Breweries and Homebrewed Sake.[9] While the rest of the world may be drinking more sake and the quality of sake has been increasing, sake production has been declining in Japan since the mid 1970s.[10] The increase in American production for domestic consumption and export has been, in part, affected by the lower cost of rice compared with Japan; but other more difficult-to-analyze factors are important.

At present, sake brewing at home is not allowed under Japanese law. Eckhardt foresees that his book, which spells out how to brew sake at home, might reinvigorate sake consumption in Japan. His optimism is informed in part by the unanticipated expansion of micro-breweries in Oregon since the state law prohibiting them was repealed in 1985.

And most of all, Fred is admired by every beer-lover in the world! Happy Birthday Fred!

A special thanks to Wikipedia for some of Fred's background information.


Oregon Zoo


This year's charity is the Oregon Zoo Foundation. We are building a fund in remembrance of Michael Olsen, a Hair of the Dog employee who was shot and killed on the streets of Portland last year

Our goal is to provide scholarships for kids to go to summer camps at the Zoo, hoping to instill a love of animals and nature in them, just like Mikey had

100% of FredFest ticket sales go to our charity, Hair of the Dog covers all expenses for the event, so we encourage you to pay more than the suggested ticket price.

Fred's Charity 2015