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. Three people in particular are at the helm of this concept and work tirelessly to ensure it. Please take a moment to meet our team...
Nathan Gastol, Brew Master
A native of Upstate New York, Nathan Gastol began his love for craft beer living in the Pacific Northwest. He started as a fine finish carpenter and custom stair builder, an art that he nurtured over many years. But he quickly turned this attention to detail, and a love of craft beer, into a passion for understanding the science behind the sights and smells of the bubbling fermenting beer. This passion easily turned from home brewing, into a desire to make it his lifelong career.
Nathan has worked with several popular breweries in the Piedmont NC area, helping them to open, design beers, and grow their brand. At the same time, he developed the craft of cultivating complex and unique flavors that entice the senses. Nathan is proud to share his passion for creativity, and his eccentric flavor profiling with Belgian focused beers, with Neuse River Brewing Company.
Nathan's Fun Facts:
- He enjoys backpacking in his spare time
- Favorite NRBC Beer is River Warrior, Pale Ale
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
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