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RIP Fred Eckhardt
« on: August 11, 2015, 01:31:33 AM »
Sad, but Fred was full of life, and was a pleasure to have a conversation with.
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Re: RIP Fred Eckhardt
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2015, 01:37:52 AM »
I never had the pleasure of meeting him but I read his stuff for years and thought he was a great beer writer! He will be missed.

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Re: RIP Fred Eckhardt
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2015, 01:54:34 AM »
One of the true pioneers!

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RIP Fred Eckhardt
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2015, 01:55:49 AM »
Wow. Too sad. He had the best mustache in beer.

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Re: RIP Fred Eckhardt
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2015, 04:18:21 AM »
That is some sad news.  I caught Fred here in Salem a few years back and it was an absolutely fantastic evening.  The topics were far ranging, entertaining and of course in Fred's storytelling style.  Need to lift a Fred-Lite for him.
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Re: RIP Fred Eckhardt
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2015, 12:25:43 PM »
Sad to hear. He was definitely a trailblazer. Great writer.
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Re: RIP Fred Eckhardt
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2015, 02:23:28 PM »
Met Fred in 1995 at Dixie Cup.  The beer world has lost a great one.  Cheers!

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Re: RIP Fred Eckhardt
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2015, 02:44:48 PM »
Was a somber day in P-town.
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Re: RIP Fred Eckhardt
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2015, 08:41:43 PM »
It was my great pleasure to know Fred.

In 1987 he was one of the original judges for the GABF blind tasting. He continued to contribute as a judge for, I expect, 15 years or more

We were part of a small group that toured Cincinnati breweries prior to the 1989 AHA Conference. At a little restaurant for lunch we were seated by a painting of a World War I German officer that looked like he must have been Fred's grandfather. I have a picture of Fred with the painting somewhere.

Fred was a regular speaker at the AHA conference starting in 1982 and continuing into the late 1990's, My notes from his 1982 talk include a time versus temperature graph for step mashing. He received the AHA Governing Committee Recognition Award in 1988.

In addition to beer I learned two important bits of advice from Fred "never let the facts get in the way of a good story" and it is time to call it a night when you have been to pee a second time.

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Re: RIP Fred Eckhardt
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2015, 09:54:14 PM »
Fred will definitely be sorely missed.
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