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The Sower’s Cup
Homebrew Competition

Sponsored by American Beer Equipment

Hosted by the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club of Lincoln, Nebraska

October 14th & 15th, 2016

BJCP Registered Competition

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

The Sower’s Cup is a Participating Event in:
High Plains Brewer Of The Year 2016 Circuit
Midwest Homebrewer Of The Year 2016 Circuit


Online Registration Portal:

9/29/2016: CLOSED — 500 ENTRY CAP REACHED!

To update your beer information, print a label, or pay your entry fee, log in electronically through our BCOE&M Portal.



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 2015 BJCP Beer, Mead, and Cider style guidelines.

We will provide feedback using standard written BJCP Scoresheets.

For more detailed entry information, refer to this page: Entry Limits



The Zipline Brewing Co. Best Of Show in Beer Award:

The overall winning beer entry will receive a custom Best Of Show trophy, in addition to a prize package!

Thanks to our friends at Zipline Brewing Co. for sponsoring the 2016 Best Of Show-Beer contest!



Best Of Show in Mead:

… details coming soon! …



The Glacial Till Vineyard Best Of Show in Cider Award:

The overall winning beer entry will receive a custom Best Of Show trophy, in addition to a prize package!

Thanks to our friends at Glacial Till Vineyard for sponsoring the 2016 Best Of Show-Cider contest!



The Kinkaider Brewing Co. “Smoke In The Air (Thanks A Lot, Kansas!)” Contest

This special contest changes each year based on input from our club members. The 2016 special style category is “Smoke In The Air” – any and all smoked beverages (beer, mead, OR cider!) are eligible to enter. Please be sure to specify a base style when entering your beverage so judges can properly evaluate your entry. Judges are instructed to look for “evident or significant” smoke character in each entry while still maintaining “a balanced flavor”, but the Smoke In The Air entries will also be judged by the quality of overall beer presented as well.

Thanks to Kinkaider Brewing Co. for sponsoring this year’s special contest! The “Smoke In The Air” category is not eligible for the overall Best Of Show contest, but the winning beverage in this category will receive a special award commemorating their achievement.

Entries may be submitted in regular smoked beer categories and the Smoke In The Air contest, but you must register these entries separately, paying both entry fees and shipping separate pairs of bottles for us to evaluate.



The Boiler Brewing Co. Specialty Beer Scale-Up Competition

Thanks to our friends at Boiler Brewing Co. for sponsoring this scale-up opportunity!

All BOS-finalist Specialty beer entries are automatically advanced to the Scale-Up competition!
The eligible 2015 BJCP categories include: 21, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34.

For more information, please visit the Scale-Up Competition page.



Special Guest Speakers:

Curt Stock, 2016 Sower’s Cup Guest Speaker:

Curt is a National-ranked BJCP judge and won the 2005 AHA Mead Maker Of The Year award with his Super Berry Melomel. He served two terms on the AHA Governing Committee and is a member of numerous AHA subcommittees. He has presented at NHC in 2013, 2014, and 2016, appeared online on Brewing TV and the BeerSmith podcast, and authored the “Other Fruit Melomels for Experienced Dummies” BJCP white paper which has helped countless aspiring mead-makers to hone their skills. Curt co-founded the St. Paul Homebrew Club – who won AHA Club Of The Year in 2007 – and he has attended every AHA National Homebrew Conference since his first one, Chicago, in 2003.

Amanda Burkemper, 2016 “Friends Of ABE” Guest Speaker:

Amanda is a Master-ranked Beer and Mead certified BJCP Judge, pursuing Grand Master rank. She serves on the BJCP Education & Training Directorate board as an Assistant Education Director, whose responsibilities include administering the Continuing Education Program to encourage further development of judging skills, review and certification of BREW and BICEP continuing education sessions, establishing the CEP Training Portal, and the development of educational lesson modules for the Training Portal. Back at home, Amanda holds the offices of Education Director and Competition Chair in the Kansas City Bier Meisters homebrew club, and has previously served in other roles including Club Treasurer and KCBM Competition Organizer. Amanda’s fine fermented creations make regular appearances at the KCBM club booth at beer festivals throughout the region.

Thanks to American Beer Equipment for sponsoring this year’s “Friends Of ABE” Guest Speaker!



Beer Pairing Banquet Dinner sponsored by Blue Blood Brewing Co. and American Beer Equipment:

The Banquet Dinner will be held at 5:30pm on Saturday evening, after our Best Of Show Judging, and prior to the Awards Ceremony. This is a private, ticketed event with only 60 seats available. Tickets are $35 each.

Judges traveling more than 90 miles get $15 off of their ticket cost.
ALL judges, stewards, and volunteers will receive a $5 off coupon for each round they help with, giving them up to a $15 discount.
Thank you to Blue Blood Brewing Co. and American Beer Equipment for sponsoring these banquet discounts for our hard-working participants!

Beer Pairing Banquet Dinner Menu:

Welcome / Mingling Appetizer – 3 stations including:
– Mini Crab Cakes with Wasabi Aioli, paired with Blue Blood Brewing Co.’s “Wicked Snout” Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Ale
– Bruschetta with Roasted Local Tomatoes, Herbs, and Citrus Oil, paired with TBD (Vegetarian/Dairy-Free)
– Pumpkin Hummus with Plantain Chips, paired with TBD (Vegetarian/Dairy-Free)

Entree Course:
Char Sui Pork Tenderloin, with Beer BBQ Sauce, with sides of edamame, corn, and chili relish, long grain rice and turmeric pilaf, and roasted vegetables in a fermented black bean and garlic sauce (Vegetarian entree option available by advance request, all sides are vegetarian)
Paired with Ploughshare Brewing Co.’s “Orville” Mixed-Fermentation Belgian Amber Ale

Dessert Course:
Devil’s Food and Toffee Layer Cake, topped wtih “MacDoagie” Salted Caramel Drizzle
Paired with Ploughshare Brewing Co.’s “MacDoagie” Scottish Wee Heavy



The Sower’s Cup Awards Ceremony:

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.

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 awesome Grand Prize Raffle items, including generous contributions from our sponsors.

All Sower’s Cup volunteers, stewards, beer judges, Lincoln Lagers club members, competition entrants, and delegates from other Nebraska homebrew clubs are all invited to attend the ceremony.



Sponsorship and Our Current Sponsors:

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 judging & stewarding information:

Judge, and Steward Sign Up Page

To assist us in a volunteer role, please register using this form:

Volunteer Sign-Up


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 awesome prizes.

One more thing: All judges/stewards/volunteers will receive a commemorative The Sower’s Cup Homebrew Competition beer glass to thank you for your contributions!



Parking & Lodging Information

Do not park next door at LaMar’s Donuts or at Wells Fargo. You WILL get towed. We warned you. Just don’t do it!

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: 8/20/2016
Entry registration deadline: 9/30/2016

Entry Drop-Off/Shipping opens: 8/30/2016
Entry Drop-Off/Shipping closes: 9/30/2016

Beer Entries must be received by 9/30/2016.

Unpacking Day: 10/3/2016 – 6:00pm – Ploughshare Brewery (back room).
Labeling Day: 10/4/2016 – 6:00pm – Ploughshare Brewery (back room).

Friday Evening Beer Judging:
 10/14/2016 – Check in begins at 5:30pm – Ploughshare Brewery (back room)
Includes dinner prior to judging. Details TBA.

Saturday Morning Judging: 10/15/2016 – Check-in starts at 7:30am – Ploughshare Brewery (back room).

Saturday Afternoon Judging: 10/15/2016 – Check-in starts at 12:30pm – Ploughshare Brewery (back room).

Beer Pairing Banquet Dinner: 10/15/2016 – 6:00 – 7:00pm – Ploughshare Brewery (back room).
Come back in a few more days for Banquet details!

Awards Ceremony: Saturday 10/15/2016 – 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



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Event Details

Date: Saturday, Oct. 15th
Event Type: AHA/BJCP Competition
Entry Fee: $8.00
Entry Deadline: 09/30/2016



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