Chad’s inspiring journey in the craft beer industry began in the dynamic Northern California brewing scene, where his passion for artisanal beverages took root. Transitioning from a successful 15-year career in IT, Chad embarked on a bold new path in Phuket, Thailand, establishing the region’s first cold-chain distribution network for craft beers. This pioneering venture led to a significant merger with Beervana International, where Chad’s innovative strategies significantly contributed to the startup’s profitability.
In 2020, amidst the challenges of a global pandemic, Chad’s entrepreneurial spirit shone brightly with the founding of MixTape Drinks. His first creation, Peaches & Cream IPA, is a fusion of his passions for music, art, and exceptional brewing. Following the success of MixTape Drinks, in June 2023, Chad and his team took a strategic leap by acquiring Beervana Vietnam, consolidating his presence in the Southeast Asian craft beer market. This acquisition was further complemented by the launch of a new MixTape Drinks taproom in Ho Chi Minh City in September 2023, marking yet another milestone in his illustrious journey and presenting an exciting opportunity for potential investors.
Paul Laulanne, originally from France, has rapidly risen to become an instrumental figure at MixTape Drinks, currently serving as the second-in-command and Head of Distribution. His journey with the company began as an intern during the early days of Beervana Vietnam, where his exceptional talents and dedication were quickly recognized. Progressing through various roles, from operations to head of sales, Paul demonstrated a profound understanding of market dynamics and a knack for building strong, effective relationships.
In his current role at MixTape Drinks, Paul is a key figure, managing the distribution team with a strategic and insightful approach. His transition from intern to a principal leadership position is a testament to MixTape Drinks’ commitment to recognizing and nurturing talent. Paul’s deep knowledge of the craft beer industry and his ability to adapt to the evolving market demands make him an invaluable asset to the company, driving it towards new heights and opportunities in the competitive beverage market.