PORTLAND, Ore. — What Would Fred Drink? That question can be answered at the 9th annual FredFest, which celebrates the 88th birthday of Fred Eckhardt, the Dean of American Beer Writers. This year’s FredFest will take place May 4th at Hair of the Dog Brewery and Tasting Room, 61 SE Yamhill St. Attendees will enjoy rare and unique beers, raise money for local charities, and sample, sip and sing with a true icon of the craft brewing world.
Due to the event’s popularity, this year will feature two sessions. The first session will run from 1 to 4:30pm and the second from 5:30 to 9pm. The beers available will be the same at both sessions. Only 300 tickets are available per session; tickets cost $60 in advance and are available at www.hairofthedog.com/
This year’s event will feature creative brews from approximately 20 breweries, all vying to best answer the perennial question, What Would Fred Drink? (WWFD?). The evolving beer list is available at http://www.fredfestpdx.com/
What started as a surprise 80th birthday party for the world-renowned Portland beer writer Fred Eckhardt has become a significant fundraiser for a variety of non-profit organizations. This year’s FredFest fundraising recipients include Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Hair of the Dog “house” charity; International Medical Corps, in memory of Mark Wilson, husband of Hair of the Dog’s Wendy Sprints; and the Oregon Brew Crew’s OSU Bob McCracken Scholarship for Fermentation Sciences students. FredFest is all volunteer-driven, which means 100 percent of the net proceeds will be donated to these charitable organizations.