North Carolina Homebrew Invitational 2022
Event Date: 10/22/2022
North Carolina Homebrewers Invitational (NCHI) is an event hosted each fall by Cabarrus Homebrewers Society (CABREW) to promote fellowship among regional home brewers and encourage interaction between brew clubs and most of all, to share homebrew.
Our event is put together by homebrewers for area homebrewers and is a beer focused adult event intended for active roster members of invited clubs and their significant other only. This is a private event offered to an invite only group which consists of the paid roster members of the invited clubs and their guests. Every effort is made to comply with all ALE laws and provide a safe and relaxing environment for your enjoyment. We suggest that each club have AHA insurance for their members.
Putting on this event costs CABREW a non-trivial amount of money. We ask each club for $75 to help cover the cost of porta johns, food, paper goods, printing, etc. We do not do this to make money but only to try to cover the cost of the event. You can easily pay online via our web portal.
Overnight camping will cost $5.00 per tent/RV. Have this in cash when you check in. This money goes to the event land owner.
Online tent reservation instructions:
- GreenLife Family Farms
- 281 Odell School Rd, Concord, NC 28027
- Upon arrival, closely follow the instructions of the parking and check in teams. We want to get everyone checked in as efficiently as possible and with your help the process will go smoothly.
- Club Equipment Unloading: 9:00 - 10:30
- Club Tent Setup: 9:00 - 11:30
- Attendee Arrival: 11:30 am - 1:00+ pm
- Event Start: 12 noon
- Awards: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- Music and after party to follow
- Quiet Time: 10:00 PM
Event Rules: (these are everyone’s responsibility)
- Do not let anyone drive while impaired.
- Do not let anyone under age drink.
- If anyone seems to be over imbibing please intervene appropriately.
- Safety is everyone's responsibility.
- No Open Fires. Fire Pits, Charcoal grills and camp stoves are permitted.
- All Illegal Substances Prohibited!
- Pets are NOT allowed on the property at any time. (Service dogs will be approved on a case by case basis.)
- No firearms or weapons of any kind.
- No unauthorized vending.
- All attendees must agree to hold harmless any liability or claims against management, volunteers and GreenLife Family Farms.
- You are on private property – Please be kind to the grounds. Please respect it, pack out what you pack in and obey all posted signs.
- Each club should bring 6 to 10 kegs and occupy no more than one 10x10 space. Each club is expected to bring everything they need to serve their beer (tent, tables, taps, tubs, tools, ice, signs, lights, etc). Please bring enough ice to chill your kegs and jockey boxes.
- We suggest that each club bring an extension cord, a splitter, and a string of LED or christmas lights to illuminate your serving area once it gets dark. Go wild, make your club space look great!
- Please bring a 2nd popup for public use.
- Homebrew bottles/growlers are also welcome. Beer is self-serve so there is no need for anyone to be stuck behind a jockey box.
- Bring labels or something to identify your beers. Some people bring a copy of the recipe or details of their beer and put it by their tap so other brewers know about your beer.
- If you are hauling club equipment, tell the parking team that you have equipment and they will direct you to the unloading area where the guides will help you. Unload as quickly as possible to make room for others.
- As part of the day, we have a friendly people’s choice competition with the winner taking home the coveted Brewers Choice trophy. Please have labels on your taps so attendees can easily identify your beer by name and number.
- Please drive slowly when entering or exiting the event area so as not to run over people or equipment. Pay attention to the parking team.
- Always back your car into the spot designated.
- As soon as you arrive, promptly check in with the hostess table.
- Have your valid ID ready for verification. Without it you will not get in.
- Safety is everyone's job so please be alert for anyone who may be doing something potentially unsafe and step in to help keep them safe. We have never had even a minor injury at NCHI and we intend to keep it that way. Make the event fun and safe for everyone.
- We are all homebrewers attending to have a good time. During the day if you see something that needs to be emptied, filled, or carried; jump in and help out. It will only take a moment and it keeps the day fun for everyone.
What should I bring?
- Taster glasses
- Lawn chairs
- Pen or pencil to write on your tasting, voting, and feedback sheets
- Wear your tracht, lederhosen, or dirndl if you have them. Or wear whatever makes you happy.
- Appropriate clothing for the weather. We have seen rain, cold and 95F heat in past years.
- A dish for the potluck.
- Camping gear (if spending the night)
- If camping you will need to bring food for yourself for breakfast or night snacks
- Bring your musical instrument and join us for the evening jam session/karaoke.
Questions and Answers
If I am a professional brewer can I still attend with a beer?
We are specifically a homebrew event but if you want to bring a beer as a pro brewer, just don't bring a production beer from your line. If you want to brew on your homebrew or your pilot system a one off beer or an experimental brew you are welcome to do that.
Think about the spirit of the event: You could bring one of your production beers with a different name and nobody would ever know... but you would. The day is really about fellowship, education, and passion, not the competition.
I need a CPAP to help me sleep overnight. Is there power available?
We have a camping area with power outlets nearby. Bring an outdoor extension cord and a splitter to connect your machine. Let the guides know your needs when you arrive.
Can I come Friday afternoon/night?
If you are far from the event and need to come Friday so you can be ready on time Saturday morning please make arrangements with event planners in advance if you are coming on Friday.
Can I bring a camper/RV?
RVs are welcome but with the restriction that it will be a dry camp. No filling, No dumping, No land power. All RV trailers must be in the designated area on Friday afternoon at 6:00 PM and will stay in place until Sunday morning.
Have other questions?
Contact us via your club representative on Facebook or email email@example.com. We are happy to help.