Social Media
Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On Twitter
Past Blog Entries

The Sower’s Cup

Homebrew Competition

Hosted by the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club of Lincoln, Nebraska

October 2nd & 3rd, 2015

BJCP Registered Competition

Open to any U.S. Residents 21 years of age or older

A Participating Event within the High Plains Brewer Of The Year 2015 Circuit

Online Registration Portal:

Beer Entries must be registered electronically through our BCOE&M Portal, located at the URL below:

Shipping Your Entries:

Please refer to this page:

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at

Entry Categories:

We are accepting entries in all categories – Beer, Cider, and Mead – using the 2008 BJCP Style Guidelines.

We will provide feedback using standard written BJCP Scoresheets, not the NHC checkbox sheets.

Zipline Brewing Co. Best Of Show in Beer:

(Stay tuned for more information about our Best Of Show-Beer award.)

The winner will receive a specially designed and crafted trophy made just for our competition.

Moonstruck Meadery Best Of Show in Mead:

(Stay tuned for more information about our Best Of Show-Mead award.)

The winner will receive a specially designed and crafted trophy made just for our competition.

Brickway Brewery & Distillery Special Style Category: “Sower In The Rye”

This special contest changes each year based on input from our club members. The 2015 special style category is “Sower In The Rye” – any and all beers containing Rye are eligible. (Including, but not limited to: malted rye, flaked rye, unmalted rye, rye bread, etc.) Judges are instructed to look for “evident, significant or substantial” rye character in each entry, but Sower In The Rye entries will also be judged by the quality of overall beer presented as well.

The “Sower In The Rye” category is not eligible for the overall Best Of Show contest, but the winning beer in this category will receive a special award commemorating their achievement.

“No Workaround Decoction” GABF Pro-Am Competition

This year, we’ve upped the ante with a special addition to our contests: Announcing our inaugural GABF Pro-Am Competition!

Ploughshare Brewing Company will be hosting a category called “No Workaround Decoction”.

For more information, visit the GABF Pro-Am Competition page.

Special Guest Speaker:

We are proud to host, with the generous assistance of Matt Stinchfield and Ploughshare Brewing Co., our special guest speaker…

Author and homebrewing legend, Drew Beechum!

As BYO Magazine puts it, “Drew has been brewing since 1999 and is a past president of the Maltose Falcons. He serves on the American Homebrewer’s Association Governing Committee and has authored four books (Everything Homebrewing, Homebrewers Journal, Everything Hard Cider, Experimental Homebrewing) and regularly writes for Zymurgy and BeerAdvocate and other magazines. His favorite beer style is Saison. He sees nothing wrong with driving Denny Conn crazy with recipes like Saison Guacamole or White Stout.”

AHA NHC Bio | Drew’s Blog @ Maltose Falcons | Drew’s books on Amazon

The Sower’s Cup Grand Banquet Dinner presented by American Brewing Equipment:

The Banquet Dinner will be held on Saturday late afternoon/early evening, after Best Of Show and prior to the Awards Ceremony. It will be a ticketed event with limited seats available. More details to come later this summer… please, stay tuned!

Alpha Brewing Operations & Kitchen Sink Cookie Co. Beer and Cookie Pairing:

That’s right, you heard us. Beer paired with hand-crafted gourmet cookies made from carefully selected ingredients.

No matter what kind of cookie you grew up eating, Kitchen Sink has one that will scratch your deepest, darkest cookie cravings and – just maybe – leave you hopelessly addicted, just like our friend the Cookie Monster is.

Can’t stand to wait until October to dig in? Then go get some cookies now!

The Sower’s Cup Awards Ceremony presented by American Brewing Equipment:

After the banquet dinner concludes, we will wrap up the week by announcing winners at the Sower’s Cup Awards Ceremony and Grand Prize raffle drawings, to be held in the brewery area from 7:30pm-10:00pm.
All Sower’s Cup volunteers, stewards, judges, Lincoln Lagers club members, competition entrants, and delegates from other Nebraska homebrew clubs are all invited to attend the ceremony.

We’ll announce the winners of each category, as well as our Best Of Show winners. Results will be live-tweeted on Twitter via @TheSowersCup for those following us from afar. We will draw winners for our Probably Slightly Less Boring Than Working Grand Prize Raffle items, including generous contributions from our sponsors.

Sponsorship and Our Current Sponsors:

Beer Pairing Banquet, Awards Ceremony, and 2015 Homebrew Competition Presented By American Beer Equipment

The Lincoln Lagers are extremely grateful for all of the support we have received from our friends in the local community, craft breweries, brewpubs, industry and homebrewing equipment sponsors, and our volunteers. We’ve set up a special page to show our thanks and to provide you with links to each of their web pages. Please help us reward them for their efforts, and click on through to check them out!

Click here:

Thank You, Sower’s Cup Sponsors!!

Beer Judge, Beer Steward, and Other Volunteer Information:

Please visit this link for information:

Volunteer, Judge, and Steward Sign Up Page

Judging/Volunteering Perks:

All of our judges, stewards, and volunteers will be provided with delicious fare to reward them for their efforts.

– More specific meal details will be published later this summer. Stay tuned!

For each round that you work, you will receive raffle tickets to enter in our Volunteer prizes raffle.

We will also be selling tickets throughout the weekend for two additional prize raffles: our “Brew Swag Grab Bag” – a very large pile of merchandise and other brewing swag contributed by our competition sponsors – as well as our “Big Daddy Grand Prize Raffle”, which features massively Probably Slightly Less Boring Than Working prizes.

One more thing: All volunteers will receive a commemorative The Sower’s Cup Homebrew Competition beer glass (Style & design yet to be announced)!

Parking & Lodging Information

Do not park next door at LaMar’s Donuts or at Wells Fargo. You WILL get towed.

For detailed information on parking downtown, where to stay, and our Beds For Brewers program, click here: Parking & Lodging

Facebook Event Page:

Twitter Feed:

Follow us at @TheSowersCup

Important Dates & Schedule:

Entry registration opens: 8/10/2015
Entry registration deadline: 9/18/2015

Entry Drop-Off/Shipping opens: 9/1/2015
Entry Drop-Off/Shipping closes: 9/18/2015

Beer Entries must be received by 9/18/2015.

Monday Unpacking Day: 9/21/2015 – Ploughshare Brewery (back room).

Tuesday Labeling Day: 9/22/2015 – Ploughshare Brewery (back room).

Thursday Club Meeting & Kick-Off Party: 10/1/2015 – 6:30pm to 9:30pm – Ploughshare Brewery (back room)

Friday Evening Beer Judging:
 10/2/2015 – Check in begins at 5:30pm – Ploughshare Brewery (back room)
Includes dinner prior to judging. Details TBA.

Saturday Morning Judging: 10/3/2015 – Check-in starts at 7:30am – Breakfast in Loft, Judging held in Ploughshare Brewery (back room). Featuring Brewers’ Breakfast and guest speaker Drew Beechum.

Saturday Afternoon Judging: 10/3/2015 – Check-in starts at 12:30pm – Lunch in Loft, Judging held in Ploughshare Brewery (back room).
Includes lunch prior to judging. Details TBA.

Saturday Afternoon Beer and Cookie Pairing: 10/3/2015 – approx. 3:00 – 4:30pm (while private Best Of Show judging takes place in the brewery) – Ploughshare Loft.

Beer Pairing Banquet Dinner: 10/3/2015 – 5:30 – 7:00pm – Ploughshare Brewery (back room).
Come back in a few more days for Banquet details!

Awards Ceremony: Saturday 10/3/2015 – approx. 7:30 PM. – Ploughshare Brewery (back room) – after dinner ends.

Watch us on Twitter @TheSowersCup for live results!

These dates & times are always subject to change as we gain a better idea of how many entries, in what categories, need to be judged.
We will do our best to keep the most current and up-to-date information posted here on this web page, at

Copied from

Event Details

Date: Saturday, Oct. 3rd
Event Type: AHA/BJCP Competition
Entry Fee: $7.00
Entry Deadline: 09/18/2015
Competition Date: 10/3/2015

Posts from our Twitter:

Website Security Test