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Last update: Oct. 16, 2023

The Sower’s Cup Homebrew Competition
October 6 & 7, 2023

For all of the 2023 results, click here!

Hosted by the
Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club
Lincoln, Nebraska

Sanctioned by the
American Homebrewers Association

A BJCP Registered Competition • Accepting entries in all categories, including mead and cider • Open to any U.S. residents 21 years of age or older

The Sower’s Cup is a participating event in the following awards circuits for 2023:

High Plains Brewer of the Year
Midwest Homebrewer of the Year
Master Homebrewer Program


Thank you for your interest in the Sower’s Cup. Our volunteer staff is working around the clock to update our competition information. Additional information can be found here to get labels and pay your fees! 

Important Dates & Schedule of Judging Sessions

Entry Registration Opens: Monday, Aug. 21, 2023

Entry Registration Deadline: Friday, Sept. 22, 2023

  • Note: The competition entry limit has been reached.
  • All entries must be received by Sept. 22, 2023. 

Early Judging Sessions: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, Oct. 3, 4 & 5, respectively, at Turbine Flats.

  • Sessions at Turbine Flats are scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.
  • Additional information will be published at the end of September.

Evening Judging Session: Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, at IBEW Local 265 Event Hall.

  • Tentative check-in time by 5:30 p.m. Dinner provided!

Morning Judging Session: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023

  • Tentative check-in time is 7:30 a.m. Breakfast provided!

Afternoon Judging Session: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023

  • Tentative check-in time is 11:30 a.m. Lunch provided!

Sower’s Cup Grand Banquet & Awards Ceremony: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023

  • Tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m.
  • Locally brewed beer paired with four courses.
  • This year’s caterer is Relish Lunch & Catering.
  • Ticket sales are live now! It’s $40 a person plus tax. Click here for all the details. 
  • Awards ceremony to follow dinner.
  • Online awards announcement TBA. 

All dates and times are always subject to change. As we get closer to the competition dates, we will have a better idea on our entry numbers, categories and judges. In the meantime, we will do our best to keep the most current and up-to-date information posted here on this web page and at

For the complete results of the 2022 Sower’s Cup, please click here to be directed to BOS winners and all medalists of the 30 tables.

Check the other pages on our website for additional info on the following:

If you have beers to register, please click here to access the Registration Site.

21+ Only – ID REQUIRED!

Our Safe Alcohol Consumption Policy:

1. All participants must be at least 21 years old. State Identification will be verified for any participants under 40 years of age.
2. All participants will wear a name tag they receive at the check-in table after their ID has been verified.
3. All participants will sign a Judge Waiver Form or a Volunteer Waiver Form when they check in at the event.

4. All judges & stewards agree to a Code of Conduct upon registering for their participation:

My participation in this judging is entirely voluntary. I know that participation in this judging involves consumption of alcoholic beverages and that this consumption may affect my perceptions and reactions.

By checking this box, I am effectively signing a legal document wherein I accept responsibility for my conduct, behavior and actions and completely absolve the competition and its organizers, individually or collectively, of responsibility for my conduct, behavior and actions.

5. Signs will be posted in the Beer Tapping area reminding participants to drink safely & responsibly.
6. Signs will be posted at building entrances stating ‘No Alcoholic Beverages Beyond This Point.’
7. Information on taxis, Uber/Lyft or other safe transportation options will be posted at the event.
8. Tapping and adjusting beer kegs will be performed by experienced competition staff only.
9. Dispensing of beer will cooperatively be monitored by the Competition Organizer, Head Steward, Head Judge and a designated State of Nebraska/Lancaster County Certified Beer Server on staff.

We care about the safety of our volunteers! Drink responsibly!

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