Tara Nurin is the Epikur Writer of the Year and an award-winning freelance journalist who specializes in craft beer and sustainable food and drink coverage. Based on the Camden, NJ waterfront, the former TV news reporter is widely published, with a regular column about women and beer in Ale Street News, the largest-circulation beer newspaper in the U.S., and articles appearing in national media like USA Today, All About Beer, Draft magazine and USAirways magazine. The Cicerone Certified Beer Server founded Beer for Babes, New Jersey’s original beer-interest group for women, with five chapters state-wide, and co-founded Ferment Your Event, a private beer-event and consultation agency. She also teaches a weekly class on pairing beer with chocolate and serves as the official historian for the Pink Boots Society, an international organization for women in the beer industry. Tara is a frequent judge, speaker and moderator for beer, wine, cocktail and food events across the Mid-Atlantic. For more information, visit her website at www.taranurin.com.