Why Eli Gershkovitch is a Prominent Figure in the Canadian Craft Beer Industry

Canada boasts of hundreds of breweries spread out across the country. Beer has a reputation for being the country’s most famous alcoholic beverage. The country hosts various beer festivals, for instance, Cask Days, a three-day craft beer festival that draws over 150 breweries from both the UK and North America. In 2015, the craft beer accounted for about 10% of the entire country’s beer market, which has since significantly increased.


Horseshoe Bay Brewing was the first modern craft beer brewer in Canada (https://gazetteday.com/2017/08/eli-gershkovitch-steamworks/). Other similar brewers followed in line such as Vancouver Island Brewery, Spinnakers Brewpub, Granville Island Brewing, Upper Canada Brewing Company, Steam Whistle Brewing among many others. Some of the notable craft beer breweries today include Brasserie McAuslan Brewery, Hopfenstark, Applewood, Unibroue, Picaroons Traditional Ales, Pumphouse Brewery, Church-key Brewing company Steamworks Brewery among others.


About Eli Gershkovitch


Eli Gershkovitch is arguably one of the most prominent Canadian businessmen, especially in the craft beer industry. Aside from being the CEO of Steamworks Brewery and Companies, Eli prides himself on being a lawyer and pilot (VancouverFoodster). He was recently recognized as a leading contender during the recently held the 2017 US Open Beer Championships, a reputation that helps Canadian craft beer to gain global recognition. Since 1995, Eli Gershkovitch has been making original brews in the Gastown neighborhood.



Eli Gershkovitch takes charge of all the operations of Steamworks by making sure that clients remain not only satisfied but also happy. He founded the Steamworks Pub initially with the aim of marketing craft beer. During this duration, craft beer was garnering increased traction all over Canada. In fact, Eli Gershkovitch was well aware that expansion of the craft beer industry would only come with increased demand. Hence, the pub opened its doors to the public with a 184 seating capacity.


Before embarking into the beer industry, Eli Gershkovitch was a practicing lawyer based in Vancouver. During this time, he helped numerous clients with issues pertaining liquor licenses. This endeavor helped to cultivate his interest in the beer industry. Since opening Steamworks Pub with only 184 seats, it has grown into a 754 seater space. Additionally, Steamworks Brewery has developed from a 2,000 helicopter facility in Gastown to a 40,000 facility based in Burnaby.

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