As part of Brave Brews Weekend 2023 First Friday Kick-Off
Meet freelance journalist, writer, educator and broadcast professional reporting on drinks, dining, and destinations. Book Signing with Tara Nurin at the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center. Books will be available for purchase.
As a veteran freelance journalist and beer/spirits contributor for Forbes, Tara Nurin trains her eyes, ears and typing fingers on the places where food and beverage intersect with business, culture, history, sustainability and identity. Writing for publications like USA Today, Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast, CBS.com, US Airways, Eater, and Vice, she files her stories from some of the world’s most colorful breweries, bars and boardrooms and appear as a frequent presenter on broadcasts and live panels hosted by entities like the Smithsonian and Colonial Williamsburg.
Passionate about promoting women’s challenges and achievements, she has published her first book, a history of women in beer entitled A Woman’s Place Is in the Brewhouse: A Forgotten History of Alewives, Brewsters, Witches, and CEOs (Chicago Review Press, September 2021). She has volunteered with the Pink Boots Society® for more than a decade and founded Beer for Babes, New Jersey’s original beer education group for women. She is also a certified BJCP beer judge.
In addition to writing and public speaking, she designs and teaches three for-credit beer and spirits courses for Wilmington University (DE) and provides marketing consulting services for a client roster that includes New Zealand Hops, Ltd. She is frequently quoted as a beverage expert in publications such as VinePair, Thrillist, SevenFifty Daily, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Before becoming a major-market TV news reporter, she earned academic degrees from Northwestern University and Tufts University. After spending her first 26 winter holidays in Puerto Rico and residing in 11 states and countries, she has chosen to live as an urban pioneer on Camden, NJ’s riverfront.
“A Woman’s Place Is in the Brewhouse: A Forgotten History of Alewives, Brewsters, Witches, and CEOs”
Dismiss the stereotype of the bearded brewer.
It’s women, not men, who’ve brewed beer throughout most of human history. Their role as family and village brewer lasted for hundreds of thousands of years—through the earliest days of Mesopotamian civilization, the reign of Cleopatra, the witch trials of Medieval and Renaissance Europe, and the settling of colonial America. A Woman’s Place Is in the Brewhouse celebrates the contributions and influence of female brewers and explores the forces that have erased them from the brewing world.
But there are more breweries now than at any time in American history and today women serve as founder, CEO, or head brewer at more than one thousand of them. As women continue to work hard for equal treatment and recognition in the industry, author Tara Nurin shows readers that women have been—and are once again becoming—relevant in the brewing world.
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