Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rules, Restrictions, and Disclaimers

Festival Sales Procedures

All ticket sales (festival tickets, camping only tickets, dinner tickets) and cabin sales will occur over two separate days:
Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 24 at 10:00am Pacific Time
This should give everyone ample opportunity to be online to make their purchases.

Sale Day 1 - Saturday July 16
60% of all tickets will go on sale at 10:00 AM. In addition, the following cabins will also go on sale:

  • Deluxe Retreats: Tumble R, Fallen  F, Double L, Bar K, Broken N, Bar S, Bar I, Box E, Swinging M
  • Deluxe: Lakeview, Park Model Deluxe Creekside (pet friendly), Park Model 2 (pet friendly)
  • Mini Deluxe: Buckeye, Madrone
  • Rustics: A Frame, Rustic 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6, Yogi Bare, Boo Boo Bare, Black Bare

Cabin rentals DO NOT INCLUDE any festival tickets. You must also purchase tickets in addition to any cabin rental.

Sale Day 2 - Sunday July 24
All remaining tickets will go on sale at 10:00 AM. The following cabins will also go on sale at this time.

  •  Deluxe Retreat: Bar O, Diamond P, Circle A, Eye C, Rafter U
  •  Deluxe: Sundance, Park Model Deluxe Bonanza (pet friendly)
  •  Mini Deluxe: Manzanita, Ponderosa
  •  Rustics: 7, 8, & 9, Yurt, Smokey Bare, Teddy Bare, Brown Bare

Cabin rentals DO NOT INCLUDE any festival tickets. You must also purchase tickets in addition to any cabin rental.

Additional Sales Policies and Procedures

  1. Ticket purchases are limited to two of each type for each purchaser.
  2. Every ticket purchased MUST have a different name attached to it.
  3. Any duplicate ticket will automatically be cancelled and refunded.
  4. Please don’t use middle names or initials when registering.
  5. To qualify for purchasing festival tickets, you must be a member in good standing of an AHA-recognized home brew club.
  6. One of your ticket purchases can be for a non-club member guest.
  7. There is NO transferring of tickets. Any ticket purchased for someone who cannot attend should be refunded. No side transfers! Names on tickets must match that of the attendee at check-in. Any ticket you can’t use will be be fully refunded, and sold to the next person on the wait list.
  8. Any duplicate ticket (don’t buy two tickets and put the same name on both) will automatically be cancelled and refunded.
  9. Any cancellations will receive a refund if requested before September 6.
  10. Registration closes for all activities on September 6.
  11. All refunded tickets automatically go to the next name on the waiting list.
  12. There will be NO refunds after September 7th unless there are mitigating circumstances (i.e. a death in the family).
  13. Wait list sales end Sept 7th when the registrar closes in preparation for the festival.

To get on the Wait List

When tickets sell out, you need to get on the wait list. This is NOT AUTOMATIC. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with WAITLIST in the subject line. Our registrar adds people to wait list in the order the emails come in. Ticket limits for the wait list are the same as outlined above. As tickets become available, the registrar will contact the next person on the list to offer them the tickets, and so on down the list. 

Special Note

If you have a pre-existing medical condition, or anticipate another issue which might affect your ability to attend (extra recovery needed from surgery, mother-in-law plans visit to town), it would be better to hold off and put your name on the waiting list, rather than buy then try and cancel on the day of the festival—there are NO REFUNDS 2 weeks in advance of the festival. 

General Rules and Disclaimers

The Northern California Homebrewers’ Festival is a private event and is not open to the general public. All attendees of the Festival must have a homebrew club affiliation with an AHA-registered club, which will be confirmed upon online registration for the Festival. No sales of beer or any other alcoholic beverage, whether for money or value, will be allowed at any time during the Festival, and any violation of this rule will be grounds for immediate expulsion from the Festival and premises.  The Festival is not affiliated in any way with the Lake Francis RV Resort, and will comply with all applicable provisions of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act of the State of California at all times.

Participation in this Festival is entirely voluntary. Guests know that participation in festival activities involves the consumption of alcoholic beverages and this may affect their perceptions and reactions. Guests shall accept responsibility for their conduct, behavior and actions and absolve the Northern California Homebrewers Organization of any and all responsibility for their conduct, behavior and actions. Participation includes any guests that may be present at organization activities, wherever they may be held.

Both Festival and Non-festival goers will receive a wrist band (different colors). The wrist band must be worn and visible at all times. Lake Francis staff may question you if you are not wearing your wrist band. There is no replacement for lost wrist bands.

Children and Non-Fest Campers

General Campers are allowed in the festival area, but will not be served alcohol. Children are NOT allowed on the festival grounds during the festival on Saturday. This includes the grass areas directly behind club booths. A parent or guardian MUST supervise children; they are NOT to be left unattended. Lake Francis Resort and NCHF will NOT be providing any form of childcare. The Resort demands all children be Directly supervised in ALL areas of the resort. Parents are solely responsible for their children and their actions. Everyone is responsible for enforcing these rules.

Each person over the age of 2, whether they will be attending the actual Homebrewers’ Festival or not, must be registered and pay for camping. The NCHF organization is required to pay Lake Francis for each person attending. To consume alcohol, you must 21 years old or older and present proof of age if asked. It is NCHO policy that everyone attending the festival must pay for camping. There are no exceptions.

The dinner is not a standalone event. In order to attend the dinner, you must purchase a festival or camping admission.

Although dogs are permitted in Lake Francis Resort, there are NO DOGS ALLOWED at Hoppy Hour, the Friday Dinner or at the festival on Saturday. The lake, campgrounds, etc. are OK as per Lake Francis' pet policy.

Commerative items must be picked up at the festival, we do not ship. 

Our Generous Sponsors

Fort Point Beer Co.
Thirsty Bear Organic Brewery
White Labs
Magnolia Brewing Co.
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Yakima Valley Hops
FastBrewing & WineMaking
Grog Tag
Wyeast Laboratories, Inc.
Blichmann Engineering
Williams Brewing
Mad River Brewing Co.
Hobby Beverage
Five Star Chemicals & Supplies
Micro Matic
Ball & Keg
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Knee Deep Brewing Co.
Sudwerk Brewing Co.
More Beer
 Drakes Brewing Co.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Old Hangtown Beer Works
Reno Homebrew
Bear Republic Brewing Co.

NCHF Contact Information


Snail Mail: NCHF
271 Santa Clara Ave
Redwood City CA 94061

The NCHF is a 501 C(7) non-profit organization.

NCHF Weather

°F | °C
Humidity: 44%
7 mph
Mostly Sunny
75 | 99
23 | 37
Partly Cloudy
71 | 93
21 | 33
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