Thursday, April 17, 2008

FredFest '08

Drink some amazing beer and honor the memory of Michael Jackson (the beer writer, not the freak show) at the 3rd Annual FredFest, this year promising "15 rare and unique beers" from some of Oregon's finest, including Hair of the Dog (with a special keg of Jim 07), BridgePort, Deschutes, Widmer, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Rogue and Firestone Walker.

Originally a surprise 80th birthday party for writer Fred Eckhardt (above), a supporter, mentor and cheerleader for Portland's place as the capital of Beervana, this festival now serves as a benefit for a charity of Eckhardt's choice. This year it's Parkinson's Resources of Oregon, the local affiliate chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation. His longtime friend and fellow beer writer Michael Jackson died in 2007 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

Tickets for this event sell out quickly and attendance is limited to 200, so send an e-mail and get your spot reserved soon!

Details: FredFest 2008. Sat., May 10, 2-6 pm; tickets $50, reservations only by e-mail. Event at Hair of the Dog Brewing, 4509 SE 23rd Ave.

Oregonian file photo.

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