“Craft Beer’s Muse” Fred Eckhardt Has Died at 89

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Fred Eckhardt, arguably the most influential person in the history of Oregon beer, passed away today. He was 89 years old.

Echkhardt rose to prominence as the author of A Treatise on Lager Beers, a homebrewing guide published before the practice was officially legalized in this country. In 1989 he published his masterwork, The Essentials of Beer Style.

A longtime contributor to Celebrator beer magazine and the namesake of Hair of the Dog’s flagship beer, Fred, he was known, liked and respected in the Portland beer scene and around the world. His many contributions to craft beer culture include popularizing cheese as an ideal pairing partner to beer and increasing American awareness and appreciation for sake.

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