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!


10 Questions With Ian Barlet of Battle River Brewing Company

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Battle River Brewing opened in the summer of 2020 (yes in the middle of the pandemic), and in less than 2 years has become a Toms River institution. The Washington St. historic area adjacent to the brewery closes down Fridays and Saturdays from May-October for Downtown Night Out and Battle River is an integral part of that downtown community. I had an office across the street from the location for many years which gave me a bird’s eye view of…

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10 Questions With Mechanical Brewery

James Griffin can build anything! That’s just one thing I learned about the founder of South Jersey’s newest brewery, Mechanical Brewing in Cherry Hill, which will have its Grand Opening on November 27, 2020. Now that opinion is from…

South Jersey Beer Scene Harvest Homebrew Contest Winners

Here Are Your Homebrew Harvest Winners!

A winner was crowned in South Jersey Beer Scene’s first Homebrew Harvest Contest, as Eric Schmehl, of Brew Jersey home brew club took the gold medal for his Imperial Stout. As the grand champion, Eric will have his stout…

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Spotlight on Eastern Homebrew

Homebrewers are a hungry lot…hungry for pretzels, pizza, but mostly, hungry for knowledge. In our digital age, there are so many resources for them to learn about the craft, whether it is YouTube videos, podcast or live streams. But,…

SJSB - Why We Brew: Part 2
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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…