Once a year at the time of the Autumnal Equinox, homebrewers from all over Northern California make the trek to the little town of Dobbins and call Lake Francis their home for two days. Here they proudly fly the colors of their homebrew clubs and eagerly share well-crafted homebrew, rivaling some of the best known craft breweries.
If you haven't attended NCHF before, this is a homebrew club-only event. If your club is interested in participating and hasn't before, we will be updating our policies or club qualifications for participation shortly.
The NCHF features live music, a raffle with fantastic prizes, nationally known speakers, a club-only homebrew competition, a premier Brewers Dinner and much more! Great homebrew, gourmet food, camping under the stars with good friends; a fantastic weekend for any avid homebrewer.
This year's theme is Belguim Check out the Club-only Competition page for ideas about beer styles! The festival is always the third weekend of September. This year's dates are September 16-17, 2016.
The NCHF board heard the call for an expansion of the festival as our homebrewing community has grown. In the last two years we have seen huge growth in the number of people wanting to attend the festival. Lake Francis has worked with us to provide a second campground adjacent to the festival grounds, with increased amenities last year.
While there isn’t power in this campground, it does have the benefits of a one-minute walk to the fest grounds without the hill climb to get ‘home’.
When you purchase your festival ticket you will have the option of selecting either upper or lower campground. The number of tickets for each campground is limited. There are only 150 festival tickets available for the lower campground. As always, there are ‘camping only’ tickets which can be used in either campground for spouses, children and other non-drinking attendees.
Lake Francis is run, owned, and operated by a the non-profit foster family agency, Environmental Alternatives. The Northern California Homebrew Organization (NCHO), the parent organization which puts on the Northern California Homebrewers Festival, is proud to support Lake Francis in their continued support of foster children.
Last year the NCHO provided funding to allow 4 children the opportunity to go to summer camp at Lake Francis, as well as contributed towards the construction of a climbing wall. Your attendance helps us help the kids!
The success of the Northern California Homebrewers Festival depends on generous donations from large and small beer related businesses and individuals. The donations accepted are raffled off the day of the festival and the revenues generated help to keep the cost of admission reasonable and to offset the costs of running the fest. This includes renting the Lake Francis resort, security, insurance, and all other costs related to a successful festival. Raffle proceeds also allow the NCHO to donate to Environmental Alternatives, which is an organization that supports foster children through various activities and is a partner with the Lake Francis Resort.
The NCHO has been partnering with Lake Francis and Environmental Solutions for over 12 years and is proud to provide support for foster children. In 2015 the NCHO donated approximately $3,000 to Environmental Solutions to help send foster kids to camp.