Many of us don’t get the opportunity, or have the bravery, to follow our dreams and find careers that cater to our passions — Ryan rejects these norms on a daily basis while juggling multiple passions and a family.
Having been a home brewer for four years, Ryan enrolled at KPU where he met our now Head Brewer, Robyn Guille, who later referred Ryan for a volunteer position at Moody Ales. Shortly thereafter, Ryan was asked to come on the team permanently and has been with Moody Ales ever since. While his job title may be Brewer, Ryan describes his daily responsibilities as making everyone laugh all the time (something I can personally attest to).
When he’s not brewing, Ryan leads a busy life being the father of two teenage boys. Ryan also has artistic pursuits like drawing and playing music professionally. If you have a keen eye, you may be able to spot a few of Ryan’s “soap sketches” around the brewery or get to hear his band, Puppycat (puppycat.bandcamp.com), gracing our stage on an open mic night.
Courtney: What kind of music can people expect from Puppycat?
Ryan: Weird instrumental rock theme.
What’s your favourite thing about working here?
The people that I work with. We have a lot of fun working together. They always laugh at my stupid jokes so I can’t complain about that.
What inspired you to pursue a career in the craft beer industry?
When I started home brewing it was really the only thing that I liked to do other than music that really grabbed me and I felt obsessive about it so I thought that was a good pursuit
What is your current go-to beer, other than one of ours?
I have favourites but I can never afford to buy them! I really like Daagerad’s blonde ale.
What would be the name of your debut solo album?
[laughter] This is hard. Well, I already did a solo album called “Trippin’ Wet”.
Who would you consider your work spouse?
My work spouse?! You’re gonna get me in trouble here. I’m in kind of a love triangle with Roxanne and Robyn.
The three R’s.
Greg will be in there soon, so it’ll be “GRRR”.
What is your guilty pleasure beer?
I actually do like bud.
It’s my favourite out of those types of beers.
“Those types of beers?”
Yeah, your big brewery, mainstream types of beers.
Let’s Get Weird
What’s your favourite donut?
I like old fashioned.
Okay, say I brought in a box of donuts. And say I left them on the kitchen table and told you not to eat any of them until I got back, but I disappear for the day. How long would it take for you to disobey my wishes and eat a donut?
It wouldn’t take long. Probably in a couple hours I would’ve had them already. I would assess to see how important it was to actually save them.
If you were 2 inches tall and I threw you into the mash tun, how would you get out?
I guess I’d have to climb from grain to grain. Or ride up on a bubble if there was a bubble.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be an astronaut. And then I discovered music and wanted to be a rock star. Almost succeeded. [laughter]
A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. Why is he here and what does he say?
He’s here because he got tired of the cold weather and I don’t know… He’s been eating a lot of jalapeños to keep them from melting the polar ice.
Turning the Tables
Ryan: You sing too, right? If you had to sing a duet with someone who would it be?
Courtney: Ooh… I don’t want to say something obvious and I don’t think I would’ve gotten along with someone like Frank Sinatra (it’s very fitting that I’m listening to Luck Be A Lady as I write this article).
He’d have put the moves on you.
I’ve been asked this question before and I always used to say Michael Bublé. But now, I think I’d have to say — and maybe it’s because I went to the concert recently — Josh Ramsay from Marianas Trench, he’s super talented.
I met him years ago. He was a nice guy! A guy I went to music school with married [Josh Ramsay’s] sister and so [my friend] used to play bass in his band before he became big.
I saw him once on Granville Island. I’m sitting there eating lunch and I see him walk by, a few feet in front of me. I wasn’t sure it was him but I’m thinking, “that’s got to be him, there’s nobody else that he could be!” He was walking with his grandma, which is so sweet, and my jaw was on the floor. They walked right by and I was just staring at them — it was pretty embarrassing.