Vic Sbailo

Vic worked in the financial services industry for many years, but has been a home brewer for about five. He started with Mr. Beer and with the help and encouragement of his family, gradually increased his commitment and passion for brewing. As a contributor to South Jersey Beer Scene, it gives him the opportunity to focus on two of his favorite things, writing and beer, and also highlight some of our great Ocean County breweries!

Breweries

A Sneak Peak of Battle River Brewing’s Soft Opening on 8/14

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Ian from Battle River Brewing

The long awaited Battle River Brewing in downtown Toms River will be having a soft opening on Friday, 8/14/2020. As any brewery owner can tell you, the last few days before opening are hectic, so I was lucky to get a few minutes of head brewer, Ian Barlet’s time. Ian was on a ladder in the outside beer garden stringing wiring for festival lighting and trying to stay ahead of an incoming thunderstorm. I was able to check out several…

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SJSB - Why We Brew: Part 2
Home Brewing

Why We Brew – Part 2

Last summer I wrote an article for SJBC Why We Brew Part I which focused on the history of home brewing. I had intended Part II to be about home brewers themselves, the joy they derive from the craft…

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Breweries

10 Questions with Source Brewing

Colt’s Neck is a beautiful community in Monmouth County, known for apple orchards, golf courses and horse farms. It is home to Bruce Springsteen (who actually owns the largest equestrian farm in the township), Jon Stewart and Queen Latifah.…

The Cast of Characters from Toms River Brewing
Breweries

10 Questions with Toms River Brewing

One of the first craft brewery locations in NJ has been revamped, reimagined, and reborn as Toms River Brewing. Toms River Brewing is located at the old Rinn Duin Brewery in Toms River and has gone through a complete…

Hi from Ocean County - The 5 Best Beer Bars in Ocean County, New Jersey
Culture

5 Great Beer Bars in Ocean County New Jersey

Ocean County is the second largest county by area in New Jersey. It stretches from the Jersey Shore to the wilderness of the Pinelands to the busy Route 195 corridor, the unofficial border between South and North Jersey (or…

Best Pumpkin Beers - The bottle cap from a 12oz bottle of Souther Tier Pumking
Beer

Pumpkin Beer – The Annual Craft Beer Rite of Fall

Fall is fast approaching in South Jersey. The leaves are changing colors, the wind is blowing a little bit colder and those summer tees are getting replaced by winter hoodies. So begins the holiday beer season, pumpkin to be…

Why We Brew - A few freshly capped home brew bottles
Beer 101

Why We Brew

"The golden age of beer is before us, not behind us"- Noted ale drinker, Will Shakespeare. A little poetic license with the Bard, but we are truly in the "Golden Age of Beer". There are over 7,000 breweries in…