Sandy Cockerham

Sandy Cockerham

The following statement was prepared by the candidate, and the views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the American Homebrewers Association.


I’m Sandy Cockerham, a current member of the Governing Committee, up for reelection. I’m a lifelong Indiana resident living in Indianapolis. I’ve been a homebrewer for over 30 years.  My Dad was my original inspiration for my starting to homebrew and along the way I have met so many great people!  The sense of community among the brewing family runs deep and gatherings like Homebrew Con, the National Homebrew Competition and GABF are like family reunions for me.  I’m a longtime member of the AHA and the Foam Blowers of Indiana, but I’m also a member of the Motor City Mashers.  Clubs are great places to make lifelong friendships and to improve one’s brewing skills!  I’m delighted with the support that clubs receive from the AHA, especially all of the video meetings they’ve worked to support during this pandemic.

As part of my GC activities, I currently serve as the Chairperson of the Competition Committee.  I’ve also enjoyed a stint on the former Research & Education Fund Committee. I help evaluate the seminars for each HBC.  The homebrewing community is composed of great people who love to give back to their communities and it’s important we recognize those efforts.  At the conference we do that with the Radegast Award.  I’ve had the honor to read the submissions and vote on this award twice.  I hope to do so again!

I have been a BJCP judge since 2007 and currently hold the rank of Grand Master VII with both Mead and Cider Judge Endorsements.  I serve as the BJCP MidWest Representative and Treasurer.  I’m one of the Assistant Exam Directors and I still grade exams, especially when we are short of volunteers.  I help those in my region with various issues that arise around competitions, judging, exams and whatever else comes along.

I’m running for re-election to the AHA Governing Committee because I want to continue promoting homebrewing and I’m a proponent of competitions as not only a way to win medals, but also as a means for brewers to learn how they can improve their beers.   As a member of the Competition subcommittee I will continue to help AHA staff through the sharing of feedback and new ideas. We will work together to grow and evolve the National Homebrew Competition and endeavor to make it better each year and  I work closely with John Moorhead to work towards this end.

I hope you will cast your vote for me and allow me to continue to serve you on the Governing Committee.   I’ll be in San Diego this summer for Homebrew Con if the pandemic allows, so be sure to say hello and let’s make this annual reunion a blast!