UO law alum Aaron Grieser brews success in Thailand

Aaron Grieser (photo courtesy of Asia City BK)
Aaron Grieser (photo courtesy of Asia City BK)

Aaron Grieser, a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, is tapping some Oregon roots in Thailand.

Grieser and a business partner, Bryan Bartrusch, co-founded Beervana last June in Bang Na, Thailand. The start-up imports craft beer from small-scale breweries such as Oregon's Rogue Ales and sells them to upscale Thai bars and restaurants.

Grieser and Bartrusch came up with the concept after meeting while enjoying a beer at a food festival.

After six months of paperwork, the two opened an office in June and shipped their first case of beer in September. The company has since 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; and Brewerkz Microbrewery in Singapore.

The cofounders consider themselves beer curators, searching for brews that possess unique ingredients and rich flavors.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Grieser worked as an sssociate attorney in the Bangkok office of Hunton & Williams LLP with former co-worker and fellow UO law alum Chumbhot “Arm” Plangtrakul, an associate attorney at the firm who graduated with Grieser in 2007.

Grieser was a Fulbright Fellow, a Wayne Morse Fellow, a Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow and a Halderman International Law Scholar while earning his law degree at the UO.

His research on global compliance programs appears in the "Oregon Review of International Law," a student-run law journal at the UO that addresses emerging legal issues in international law, trade and policy.

- from UO School of Law