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. NRBC has a spectacular bar staff, Cellarman and a Sales Manager who work very hard to make sure of 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.


Tiffany Alexander, Bartender

Tiffany is a Florida native who made her way to Raleigh close to 7 years ago. After working many years in the hospitality industry while in college, upon her arrival to Raleigh she began working at a fine dining establishment where she was exposed to the world of fine wines and local craft beer. Her love for trying and tasting new things, working with innovative people, and supporting local businesses is an easy explanation of how Tiffany found and came to love NRBC. She enjoys being in the outdoors, yoga, playing guitar, traveling, and spending time with her husband David and their dog Salomon. 

Tiffany’s Fun Facts:

  • She was a college cheerleader and can still do a back flip.

  • Favorite NRBC beers are Foggy Bottoms, IPA and Streamside Cherry Pie, Sour 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.


Bonnie Gartland, Bartender

Bonnie was born and raised in Raleigh, and has lived in North Carolina all her life. She easily fell in love with the craft beer industry in the Triangle, and began exploring and studying beer styles and brewing techniques as a personal hobby. Eventually deciding to put her knowledge to use, she began bartending at NRBC in 2016. She enjoys making recommendations and answering questions to ensure customers are paired with a beer they will love.

Bonnie’s Fun Facts:

  • All 3 of her tattoos are based on classic literature.

  • Favorite NRBC beer is Streamside Mango, Sour Ale.