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golden-ticket-1If you are a true craft beer fan then you have probably heard of Fred Eckhardt.  Fred is a beer & sake writer, home brewer and beer educator.  But what he is probably best known for is his personality.  You see my wife and I attended one of Fred’s beer & cheese pairings at Rogue Public House in the Pearl several years ago.  Fred entertained us with funny stories, facts & zanny one liners or as we call them Fredisms.  Now it is your turn to meet Fred at his 84th birthday party/fundraiser, Fred Fest.  I was fortunate enough to attend his birthday last year with fellow beer geeks.  Great & rare beers were had, food was consumed and good times were plenty.  I felt good about drinking since all of the proceeds went to a charity of Fred’s choice.  Join me at Fred Fest 2010 at the new Hair of the Dog Brewing and buy your ($50) tickets soon before they are gone.  Remember you are drinking for charity.


Fred Eckhardt, Kerry & Josie Finsand

The Press Release:

FredFest Date Change, Tickets On Sale

PORTLAND, Ore.  — The littlest big beer festival in the world – or at least in Portland – is slated for Monday, May 10, Fred’s actual 84th birthday.  Tickets go on sale immediately at the official Web site:

What started as a surprise 80th birthday party for world-renowned beer writer Fred Eckhardt grows each year and has become a significant fundraiser for the charity of Eckhardt’s choice. Now in its fifth year, this year’s proceeds will go toward finding a cure for juvenile diabetes.

In a quest to answer the timeless question: “What Would Fred Drink?” lucky Fred fans will gather at the NEW Hair of the Dog brewery and tasting room, 61 Yamhill Street in southeast Portland the evening of May 10, from 6 to 10 p.m.  They will be treated not only to a rare assortment of hand-selected beers, but also light fare and a birthday cake — complete with a round of “Happy Birthday” — for Fred. Cheeses, chocolate, candy and even cereal will be offered in abundance so attendees can experience some of Fred’s famed beer-and-food pairings.

At the FredFest, there will be a silent auction at the event featuring bottles of rare beers. And a worldwide online auction of rare beers and vertical flights will be held the same weekend, allowing Fred fans across the globe to be a part of Fred’s birthday and the FredFest celebration and fundraiser – even if they can’t actually attend the FredFest event.

Cost for FredFest is $50 in advance and includes a souvenir glass, free ticket for a raffle of bottled specialty beers and four hours of sampling, sipping and story-telling with Fred. Tickets are limited and they are going fast (they’ve sold out every year to date), so get your tickets before it’s too late at and also at

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