— Again, this year, there will be a raffle. $5 tickets (or 5 for $20) Lots of great prizes, including the Grand Prize of a Traeger Pellet Grill valued at $799.
— Also again this year, a Silent Auction on-site featuring some wonderful German steins and other goodies.
— Another online beer auction will be running the entire weekend, so people from around the world can celebrate Fred Eckhardt’s birthday. There is at least one complete vertical of Stone Epic (02-08) and a lot of other great rare beers and verticals.
— The food lineup promises to be pretty amazing as well. Hair of the Dog owner/brewer Alan Sprints, a trained chef, is preparing Fred-brined Prime Rib sandwiches on potato rolls with Fred-from-the-Wood mustard. There will also be some great side dishes and, of course, classic Fred beer pairings such as cheeses, chocolates, breakfast cereal and junk food.
— This year’s charity is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Tam Driscoll, a fundraiser for LLS, is also kicking off a “Name the Beer” contest at FredFest. As a fundraiser, Laurelwood Brewing Co. is making an IPA. One dollar from each IPA sold will go to LLS. But the beer doesn’t have a name yet! And you might be just the person to give it the moniker it needs to fly off the shelves!
Angelo grew up in Maine and is proud to call New England his original home. Cascadia is now his home. He fell in love with great beer in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California.
He has been a correspondent for the Portland Tribune's Guest on Tap column, LivePDX.com, and has been featured in publications such as Beer Northwest and PDX Magazine. Angelo also has a great interest in independent music, and has been a booker and organizer for shows around the Portland under the name Pop Tomorrow! Angelo garnered much knowledge regarding beer from his experiences homebrewing, working at Belmont Station, Pyramid Brewing, Upright Brewing, By the Bottle, Beer Revolution, Olde Depot Public House, Falling Sky Brewing, Cascade Brewing, and from many many knowledgeable, passionate, and loving people along the way. It is Angelo's mission to bring "infotainment" and "edumation" to the readers of this website. If you have any questions or comments, or would like to contribute, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org