Cooper Toulmin


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To the AHA Governing Committee,

My name is Cooper Toulmin, and I am submitting my nomination for an open committee seat in 2022. I would be honored to serve as a committee member!

For a while, I’ve wanted to get more involved in having an impact on the homebrewing scene, and I feel that the AHA would give me that opportunity; one that will help improve my own homebrewing skills while serving as an advocate for the 45,000 AHA members.

I haven’t been an AHA member for very long, but I enjoy reading articles in Zymurgy, and looking up recipes. One of my goals is to take further advantage of all that the AHA has to offer, including attending online brewing seminars and connecting with other brewers through the online forum.

While I have not joined a home brew club yet, I have launched an Instagram page with my wife that chronicles our travels to various breweries in New England through videos and photos, and we review certain beers and post photos of brews we enjoy as well.

Twelve years ago, I caught the homebrew bug, making mostly IPAs, pale ales, and stouts. It’s become my favorite hobby. Sharing what I’ve made gives me great joy, and often my kegs are kicked way sooner than I want! My small 15 minutes of fame came when I submitted an IPA into a small competition in a nearby town a few years ago, and won first place.

Brewing five-gallon batches using the BIAB method allows me to mash and boil on my gas kitchen stove, then ferment in my basement. I take notes for each batch, recording my choice of base malts, specialty malts, hops and yeast, and noting any changes in my brewing process. The combination of ingredients is endless, and I love how making beer is part art and part science. My goals for homebrewing include branching off into brewing pilsners and lagers, higher alcohol beers, learning about water chemistry, and upgrading to an electric brewery.

For many years, craft beer has been my go-to alcoholic beverage. I’ve been an advocate of the craft beer scene and conducted several educational events for friends. For example, a friend of mine operated an art mobile (large van) for a few years, primarily conducting art classes for kids. I used her van to host several adult beer classes for 12 people, teaching them about beer, its history, ingredients, and then conducting a tasting.

If I am elected to be on the Governing Committee, I will work hard to advocate for the AHA and its members, and would like to be involved in any legislation devoted to expanding homebrewing across the country. I’d also be interested in writing any Zymurgy articles on various topics.

Thank you so much for considering my application, and I look forward to hearing back from you.

Happy brewing!