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March 22, 2013

Aaron Grieser ’07 Brews Success in Thailand

Thailand is getting a taste of Oregon talent. Last June, Oregon Law graduate Aaron Grieser partnered with another beer enthusiast to cofound Beervana, a start-up headquartered in Bang Na, Thailand, that imports craft beer from small-scale breweries and sells them to upscale bars and restaurants.

Grieser made the decision to form the business with Bryan Bartrusch after the two met while enjoying a beer at a food festival. After toiling through six months of paperwork, Grieser and Bartrusch opened up an office in June 2012 and shipped their first case of beer in September that same year. Since then, the company has garnered coverage from Wallpaper Magazine, Esquire Thailand, Bangkok 101, Asia City BK, Big Chili magazine and AsiaLIFE Magazine, Thailand.

Beervana currently serves 30 clients through Thailand and imports 21 different craft beers from Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Boonville, Cailf., Rogue Ales, a local favorite for many Ducks in Eugene, Ore., and Brewerkz Microbrewery in Singapore. Most of this selection is brewed with barley in place of sugar and corn to preserve taste and freshness. The cofounders consider themselves beer curators, searching for brews that possess unique ingredients and rich flavors.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Grieser worked as an Associate Attorney in the Bangkok office of Hunton & Williams LLP with former coworker and fellow Law Duck Chumbhot “Arm” Plangtrakul, an Associate Attorney at the firm who graduated with Grieser in 2007. At Oregon Law, Grieser was a Fulbright Fellow, a Wayne Morse Fellow, a Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow, and a Halderman International Law Scholar. His research on global compliance programs appears in the Oregon Review of International Law, a student-run law journal at Oregon Law that addresses emerging legal issues in international law, trade and policy.

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