Craft beer is big business in Canada. While consumption of mass-market beer has begun to shrink across the country, craft beer sales has grown every year since its inception. And the quality of Canadian craft beer has steadily improved as well. Micro breweries are sprouting all over the country and they are attracting consumers of all ages and from all walks of life all over the planet. Canadian craft beers also consistently win the top prizes in craft beer contests worldwide. Many people see this as the golden age of Canadian craft beer. But the future looks even brighter.
Eli Gershkovitch and his Steamworks Brewery is one of the veterans in Canada’s craft beer industry. A former practicing attorney, Eli Gershkovitch opened Steamworks Brewery in Gastown, Vancouver in 1995. From the very beginning Eli Gershkovitch planned to revolutionize Canadian craft beer. The innovative brewmaster has been wildly successful. When he started Steamworks Brewery, he made few types of beer and just enough volume to meet the needs of his 184 seat beerpub. Today, Gershkovitch’s Gastown beerpub has over 750 seats and tourists and locals alike flock to it every day. Read more about his craft beers at The Bro Talk.
Steamworks Brewery is now an essential staple of Vancouver’s culture. The mantra of Eli Gershkovitch is he will only ‘expand to meet demand’. And he has done just that. He now owns several restaurants and bars throughout Vancouver and they all carry a wide range of flavorful Steamworks craft beers created by brewmaster Eli Gershkovitch. And the places where Steamworks Brewery’s craft beer is in demand has continued to multiply. The craft beer Eli Gershkovitch brews is now drunk by people all over Canada, the United States, Europe and is making inroads in Asia. Read more about Eli Gershkovitch at crunchbase.com.
These days Eli Gershkovitch has one of the most popular breweries and Steamworks produces some of the top-selling craft beers. Gershkovitch can do whatever he wants. But he remains humble, casual, polite and down to earth. He appreciates the freedom and control over his life building his craft beer empire has afforded him. He’s rewarded himself by becoming a pilot and expanding his classic car collection.