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.
The NCHF has live music, a raffle with fantastic prizes, nationally known speakers, club-only homebrew competitions, 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 Space: The Beer Frontier. Check out the Club-only Competition page for ideas about beer styles!
The NCHF board has 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. This has led to an increasing number of people being unable to attend as tickets sell out quickly. We have expanded slowly, but last year there was significant crowding in the campground.
In order to accommodate more people in a way that keeps the festival fun, and reduces crowding we have a second campground. The lower campground will be opened with a shower and restroom building.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 will only be 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!