Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fred Fest 2008

My wife & I went to Fred Fest 2008 at the Hair of the Dog Brewery in Portland, OR a few weeks ago on May 10th. The event is a fundraiser for the charity of Fred's choosing. This year proceeds went to Parkinson's Resources of Oregon in memory of the late, great Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter.
We also used the festival as an excuse to look at houses and neighborhoods.
Here are a few pictures of the festivities:

The line getting in.

Marc & me in line before the festival.

Birthday cake.

Fred from the wood.

Me, Marc Martin, Fred Eckhardt, & Lisa Morrison.

Singing happy bithday to Fred.

There's Marc in the crowd.

Here's a list of the beer line up:

Brewery Beer
1 BridgePort Brewing Bourbon Barrel aged Old Knucklehead Firkin
2 Laurelwood Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Olde Reliable Barleywine
3 Widmer Brewing Altbier!!!
4 Lompoc Brewing Oak aged LSD
5 Deschutes Brewing Br. Abe Belgian ale
6 Rockbottom Brewing Oak aged IIPA
7 Cascade brewing 2006 Wild Blackberry ale ( Flanders red style)
8 Lucky Lab Brewing Double Alt
9 Hopworks Urban Brewery 2007 Kentucky Christmas
10 Hair of the Dog Cask Fred from the Wood
11 Full Sail Brewing Bourbon BBL aged 1998 Old Boilermaker
12 Rogue Brewing Brewer Ale
13 Roots Brewing 2006 Pinot Noir Oak aged Epic
14 Ninkasi Brewing Dry Hopped Cask Tricerahops
15 Firestone ????? (This was Union Jack IPA -Yum!)
16 Jim 2007 Holiday Ale Fest Collaboration with HOTD
There were a few others in bottles like Stone Russian Imperial Stout and some others I can't remember right now...

Needless to say Fred Fest 2008 was a blast!

New Beginnings

It has been pointed out to me numerous times that I need to post something new to my blog. I've had plenty to write about but I have some big news that I wanted to tell all my friends in person first. I have not made it everyone yet. To those I have not gotten to or missed, my apologies (you know who you are).
So here is the big news: my wife and I have decided to move to "Beervana" - Portland, Oregon. This decision has been a difficult one to make. We have been talking about moving to Portland since the first time we visited 8 or so years ago when our friend Marc wooed us there for the Oregon Brewers Festival . Since then I have been going there 2 to 3 times a year for beers festivals and hop school (at Hop Union in Yakima, WA). Marc has said many time that we are up there so much we should just move. The time is right for both my wife and me to go. So here we go.