Tarboro Brewing Co. with Inez Ribustello


Where can you enjoy selections from Tarboro Brewing Co. ?

Beaufort Grocery Co. Beer Luncheon – Friday, 12-Noon, 9/23      Purchase Tickets

Beer and Bubbles Walkabout – 4:00 – 7:00pm, Friday 9/23         Purchase Tickets

Beer, Bubbles and BBQ – 2:00 Early Admission / 3:00 General Admission

Purchase Tickets  More information available HERE


tarboro-brewing-coStephen and Inez met in New York City in June of 2000.  They moved to Tarboro in October of 2002 to open On the Square Restaurant and Wine Store.

In Summer of 2008, they bought the existing building on 526 North Main Street (home of Tarboro Brewing Company) because they fell in love with the property and the location.  It had been a longtime dream to begin a brewery, but it had been an even longer dream to make Tarboro a destination town for people of all ages and backgrounds.  They felt that TBC could be yet another business to synergize downtown Tarboro and attract more people and businesses.

It wasn’t long before they found Franklin Winslow, Director of Quality Assurance a.k.a. Head Beer Slammer at Yards Brewing in Philadelphia and fellow Tarboro native to become a partner and consult on all of the recipes.  With the help of many investors and lots of local support, the TBC dream became a reality this past February when they tapped their first beer.

Nana’s Roof, a Belgian-style Pale Ale named after Inez’ grandmother and namesake who had given Inez a monetary gift to make repairs on the failing roof of the building, was released on what would have been Nana’s 97th birthday.

The taproom opening followed in June, and since then, the beer hasn’t stopped flowing.

Catch Inez Ribustello, owner of Tarboro Brewing Co. at a number of events!
Catch Inez Ribustello, owner of Tarboro Brewing Co. at a number of events!

About: Inez Ribustello got her start in the world of food and wine after moving to New York City from her home state of North Carolina. Though she grew up in the small town of Tarboro, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998 with a degree in
journalism and mass communications, her dream was to pursue a career in cooking. She chose New York’s Institute of Culinary Education to get her started. There, she began to learn about wine, which inspired her to take a job at Best Cellars, the groundbreaking, mid-priced wine store on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Her wine career took a huge leap forward when she became an Assistant Cellar Master at the
renowned World Trade Center restaurant Windows on the World. In a very short time, she was
promoted to Beverage Director, putting her in the position as wine buyer for the largest grossing restaurant in North America. It was here where she met her now-husband, Stephen.

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 impacted her both personally and professionally.
Having lost friends, colleagues and her job in the bombing, she had to face her future. She chose to throw herself into her work and took the position of Beverage Director for Blue Fin Restaurant in the W Hotel-Times Square. At Blue Fin, she created a 500-label wine list, including more than 50 wines by the glass, and developed a cocktail list that received rave reviews from New York magazine.

Having conquered New York, her next move was to return to her hometown with her fiancé.
Together they decided to open their own restaurant, wine bar and retail store called On the
Square. The wine list at On the Square holds the prestigious Best of Award of Excellence from
Wine Spectator.

Inspired by Best Cellars, they created a user-friendly, non-intimidating wine list, which was well
received by people and press in the eastern North Carolina region. Stephen and Inez oversee
every aspect of their restaurant while raising their 2 children; an 11-year old daughter named
Cynthia and an eight-year-old son named Stephen.

In 2009, Inez placed 2nd runner-up in the Best Sommelier in America competition held in New
York City. She is a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame for the Institute of Culinary Education
and a graduate of the Court of Master Sommelier’s Advanced Exam.

Their next big venture is Tarboro Brewing Company, a microbrewery that started brewing in February of 2016. When Inez is not at work or with her children, she is updating her blog InezSays as well as writing her memoir, Life After Windows.

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