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The Sower’s Cup
Homebrew Competition

Sponsored by American Beer Equipment


October 12th & 13th, 2018

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 2018 Circuit
Midwest Homebrewer Of The Year 2018 Circuit
Organized by the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club of Lincoln, Nebraska


Online Registration Portal:

Coming soon!!

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



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:

Celebrating the best of the best of the best! The best entry from each judging table will advance to Best Of Show, and will be sampled by our esteemed panel of expert beer tasters – After evaluating every table’s selection, they will determine which beer reigns supreme and wins the 2018 Sower’s Cup beer trophy!

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 2018 Best Of Show-Beer contest!



Best Of Show in Mead:

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

Sponsor coming soon…



The  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  for sponsoring the 2018 Best Of Show-Cider contest!



Special Theme: The “Saturday Morning Cartoons” Beer Contest

This special contest changes each year based on input from our club members. The 2018 special style category is “Saturday Morning Cartoons” – Beers brewed using breakfast cereal! Please be sure to specify a base beer style when entering your beverage so judges can properly evaluate your entry.

Judges are instructed to look for “evident or significant” breakfast cereal flavor & character in each entry, but these entries will also be judged by overall quality of the beer presented as well.

The Saturday Morning Cartoons 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 beer categories and in the Saturday Morning Cartoons contest, but you must register these entries separately, paying both entry fees and shipping separate pairs of bottles for us to evaluate.



Pro Brewery Scale-Up Competitions

Thanks to our friends at TBD for sponsoring these scale-up opportunities!

All Mini-BOS entries in Specialty beer entries are automatically entered in the Scale-Up competition!

The eligible 2015 BJCP categories include: TBD

The winning brewer will be invited to brew a scale-up batch at TBD with TBD!

For more information on how to qualify for the scale-up, please visit the Scale-Up Competition page.



Featuring our 2018 Special Guest Speaker, TBD!

We’re tremendously excited to host TBD.



“Friends Of ABE”:

Thank you to all of our guest panelists, we’re lucky to have you!! And thank you to ABE for sponsoring our educational panel!


Sower’s Cup Grand Banquet Dinner & Beer Pairing:

Join us on Saturday for our annual Sower’s Cup beer pairing dinner – featuring an appetizer, entree, and dessert course, each paired with a special beer!

Full Price banquet tickets are $TBD.00 each. Our Sower’s Cup Volunteers/Judges/Stewards receive a $5.00 discount for each judging session they work. Volunteers/Judges/Stewards driving more than 90 miles get an additional $10.00 off of their ticket.

This means if you judge all three sessions, your ticket price is only $TBD (local) / $10 (90+ miles)!!!

Tickets will go on sale soon! Check back shortly…

To reserve your ticket, you’ll pay the full cost of your seat. When you check in at the Banquet table, you’ll redeem your judging session discount tickets (if any) and then we’ll refund you for your discounts!

Only 70 banquet tickets are available! Get yours while they last!



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 7:00pm-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!!



Entry Judging Locations & Dates:

Pre-Event Judging Sessions:

Pre-Event Judging Session information will be published at the beginning of October.
Depending on our entry count & table sizes, early judging rounds might take place on the evenings of . Watch for more information coming soon.

Friday & Saturday Entry Judging Sessions:

This year’s Sower’s Cup Homebrew Competition will be held on
which is located .

Further details, including parking options, will be published soon.


Beer Judge, Steward, and Volunteer Information:

Please visit this link for judging & stewarding information:

Judge, and Steward Sign Up Page

To assist us in a volunteer role, please sign up for your desired volunteer roles/shifts using this sign-up page:

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

For detailed information on parking at IBEW Local 265 Banquet, 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:
Entry registration deadline

Entry Drop-Off/Shipping window opens:
Last Shipping Delivery day:
Last Entry Drop-Off day:

All Entries must be received by X/X/2018.

Unpacking Day: /2018 – 6:00pm – Location TBA.
Labeling Day: /2018 – 6:00pm – Location TBA.

Tentative Beer Judging Pre-Sessions: Tuesday 10/, Wednesday 10/, and Thursday 10/ /2018 – Times and Locations TBD.


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. 13th, 2018
Event Type: AHA/BJCP Competition
Entry Fee: $8.00
Entry Deadline: X/X/2018



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