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Fred Eckhardt 1926-2015. | by Thomas Cizauskas
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Fred Eckhardt 1926-2015.

"Listen to your beer!"

— Fred Eckhardt, in 1969.



A Treatise on Lager Beers - A Handbook for Americans and Canadians on Lager Beer.

Authors: Fred Eckhardt, Jack McCallum.

Paperback: 49 pages

Publisher: Hobby Winemaker (July 1, 1972)

Originally published: 1969.


Language: English.

10-ISBN 0-9606302-3-6

13-ISBN 978-0-9606302-3-3



"An inveterate raconteur, [Fred Eckhardt] first tasted good beer while a radio operator in the Marines. He was stationed in Japan of all places, during the Korean War, and the beer? Tuborg from Denmark. When he got back to the States, Mr. Eckhardt, who would settle in Portland, Ore. (that’s important), and from there visit Fritz Maytag’s Anchor Steam. There he discovered the second flavorful beer of his life and came to the realization such a thing could be (re)created in the United States, even as there remained a woeful dearth of both ingredients and know-how.


Nevertheless, Mr. Eckhardt began teaching homebrewing courses in Portland at a junior college and through a local winemaking-supply store; and, at the encouragement of the store’s owner, in 1969 wrote the seminal A Treatise on Lager Beers: A Handbook for Americans and Canadians on Lager Beer. It became for the times the step-by-step guide to homebrewing the world’s most popular beer style (this was, mind you, 10 years before homebrewing was legalized by the federal government).


Mr. Eckhardt eventually pecked out what was the first regular beer column in an American newspaper, for The Oregonian in Portland, which he fast helped make one of the beer capitals of the world. "


—Tom Acitelli: "The Five Most Important Figures in American Craft Beer"

New York Observer.

21 December 2010.



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