Meet Our Team

At Neuse River Brewing we pride ourselves in our passion for people and beer. The customer experience is always at the forefront, from the moment you walk into the Taproom and take your first sip to the behind the scenes that are meticulously cared for. All aspects of the brewery have been carefully thought out to ensure your time with us is enjoyable and comfortable. In addition to our spectacular bar staff and Cellarman, two people in particular are at the helm of this concept and work tirelessly to ensure it. Please take a moment to meet our team... 


Ryan Kolarov, President + Founder

Born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ryan is a true North Carolinian at heart. Leaving the area in high school, Ryan has spent time living and working in Atlanta, GA, Silicon Valley and Sonoma County, CA, and the Virgin Islands where he met his wife Jennifer. While in California, Ryan worked for a chemical company where he learned the importance of water chemistry in wine making and brewing. In addition to working with breweries, Ryan also home brewed and so, when the time came to start a new chapter in his life, he called on all his life experiences and knowledge gained to build a brewery of his own.

Ryan's Fun Facts:

  • He enjoys (and is very good at) cooking

  • Favorite NRBC beer is Bobbi Brune, Smoked Brown Ale

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Jennifer Kolarov, COO + Founder

Jennifer is a California native with a passion for food & beverage and hospitality. With over 15 years in the industry, customer service runs through her veins. Throughout her career she has worked in the Virgin Islands, Calistoga and Santa Rosa, CA and Palo Alto, CA. Honing her craft at 5-star restaurants, a 4-star hotel and 5-star resort, all things lead her to NC with husband Ryan to start their own business in the beer industry. She loves being in NC and seeing all the changes and advances in the food & beverage industry since she moved to Raleigh in 2013.

Jennifer's Fun Facts:

  • She tried out for American Idol at the age of 19. Don't ask her about it though... it's a long, boring story...

  • Favorite NRBC beer is Riverkeeper's Wit, Witbier