I first met Fred Eckhardt as a fledgling homebrewer back in the early ’70s through his book “A Treatise on Lager Beers.” Fred’s was one of the first books focusing on the small-scale brewing of quality beer, and a major influence on my brewing.
Years later, during our 30th Anniversary celebration, I had the opportunity to brew with him, and we really got to know each other in a different way.
Fred was such a vocal and influential advocate for craft beer from its earliest days. He had impeccable taste and integrity, and his honest and plainspoken evaluation of beer, saké and spirits was much appreciated.
Fred will be missed. Sierra Nevada and the entire community of craft beer owes him our gratitude.
Photo courtesy “A Treatise on Lager Beers.”