JUN/JUL 2006 | REGIONAL | PACIFIC
By Lisa Morrison
PORTLAND, Ore. — About a hundred FOFs (Friends of Fred)
gathered at Portland's Hair of the Dog Brewery on May 6 to
surprise the heck out of the Dean of American Beer Writers,
Fred Eckhardt, for his 80th birthday.
FredFest 2006, as the party was dubbed, featured special
beers donated by Oregon breweries, including Hair of the Dog
Fred (named for the venerable Mr. Eckhardt) on cask, BridgePort
Old Knucklehead (honoring Eckhardt as the current Knucklehead),
BJ's Portlander-Weisse, Pelican's Wee Heavy, Rogue's Integrity
Ale, two brews from New Old Lompoc and the 2004 Old Yeller
Barleywine from Lucky Lab.
Because Eckhardt is known for his classic and "out-there"
beer pairings, fest-goers were encouraged to enjoy their beer
samples with several cheeses from local cheese purveyor Curds
& Whey, as well as with chocolates, ice cream and even
breakfast cereal. Attendees also were treated to a souvenir
silicone wristband imprinted with "WWFD?" (What
Would Fred Drink?) to help guide them in their future beer
Full Disclosure: Reporter Lisa Morrison, along with Preston
Weesner of the Holiday Ale Fest and Alan Sprints of Hair of
the Dog, was one of the FredFest organizers. But even if she
wasn't, she'd still think it was a great party.
Lisa Morrison (aka the Beer Goddess) does
The Time Warp and enjoys craft beer in her hometown of Portland,
all across the great state of Oregon… and beyond!