Toasting a Brand New Forbes Contributor

Think you've got a fun beat? Tara Nurin's is beer and alcohol, "mixed with a little politics."

Tara Nurin, who published her first post for Forbes earlier this month, is eminently qualified to write about beer.


She’s co-hosted dozens of episodes of local cable TV show What’s On Tap. She is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server. She started Beers for Babes, a beer appreciation group for women. And as she recently explained to Philly Voice’s Kevin C. Shelly over, naturally, some tasty craft brews, she has been writing about the topics of beer and spirits for a decade now:

Nurin got started in TV journalism, branched into tourism and business writing, and found her niche riding the wave of the craft beer revolution. The light bulb came on in 2005-2006 just as the craft beer movement matured and washed over the country from California to the East Coast.

“It was the right time, right place,” she says of her career, which she jokes requires “a lot of drinking,” aided by experience, an educated palate and a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Nurin, who is based in Camden, N.J., told Shelly she hopes the Forbes gig will help her efforts to land an eventual book deal. A one-time TV reporter who worked in Memphis, Charlottesville, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., Nurin has also covered beer for USA Today, New Jersey Brew and the Ale Street News.

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