Meet The Team – Ryan
Let’s learn about Ryan, a driver and guide for us on the bus. Our latest staff profile shows us how he found his way from Maine’s mountains and oceanside resorts to join Team Brew Bus.
Ryan Bolduc of Waterville, Maine, has been with the Maine Brew Bus since the summer of 2017.
His interest in craft beer began at his favorite ski mountain and resort, Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley, Maine.
D.L. Geary Brewing Company’s Hampshire Special Ale (HSA) was one of his first and favorite craft beers. Ryan also discovered that he enjoyed drinking Sierra Nevada Pale Ale during this important time in his beer learning.
Ryan moved to the area around the ski resort and applied to work there. Fully expecting to become a lift operator, he was assigned to be a front desk agent.
He was surprised to find out that he loved that type of work, and from then on he knew he wanted to be in the hospitality business.
At the time, Ryan was on a business marketing track at the University of Southern Maine (USM). As a result of this direct guest service experience, he decided to change his major to tourism and hospitality.
While going to school in Portland, Ryan worked as the front desk manager for Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
Last year he graduated from the USM Tourism and Hospitality program and decided to use his new training and skills to move away from resorts and to be part of the Craft Alcohol Tourism industry.
Some of Ryan’s true passions are hockey and skiing. Ryan has been on skates since he was 3 years old and continued to do so until he became a “full-time ski bum” (as he says) about 6 years ago.
Ryan’s dedication to the industry, experience, and overall love for people makes him the perfect guide for your next Brew Bus outing.
Ten Questions with Ryan:
Favorite Playtime Activity (aka Hobby) – Skiing in the winter, boats in the summer.
Favorite Part of Being a Driver/Guide – How much I actually get to learn about the entire process with Portland history and about beer and the brewing process. It’s like a constant history lesson.
Favorite Experience with a Guest – I had my family come on the bus when I was guiding once. It was a blast!
Favorite Snack – Pizza
Favorite Movie – Happy Gilmore
Animal Friends? – Not at the moment but I always had dogs. I’ve never met a dog I haven’t been able to become friends with.
Favorite Food – A French-Canadian Steak and Potatoes Meal
If You Could Describe Yourself as a Local Craft Alcohol Producer or Beverage, which/what Would you Be? – Sou’wester, a sour India Pale Ale from Rising Tide Brewing Company. I think it’s because I’m an IPA so everyone likes me but I’m a little different.
Ryan was on the team that won the Maine High School Class A Boys’ State Hockey Championship during his senior year at Waterville. He knows a lot of hockey trivia. Also, he gets his hair cut about once or twice a year…. tops.