Eli Gershkovitch taps into the Canadian Craft Beer Industry
There was a time when American and German beers we considered the best beers in the marketplace, but that is no longer the case; during the most recent U.S Open Beer Championships, several other countries showed that they are just as capable of brewing great tasting beer. In fact, Canadian beer was one of the standouts at the competition. If you’re unfamiliar with the U.S Open Beer Championships, it is an international brewing competition open to professional breweries and is comprised of judges from the United States, Great Britain, and Canada.
Although not involved in the beer competition, the Canadian craft beer company Steamworks Brewery is quickly becoming a big deal amongst beer Canadian beer enthusiast. Founded in 1995, Steamworks Brewery is a microbrewery located in Burnaby ( a city in British Columbia, Canada). At the head of the company is CEO Eli Gershkovitch; an attorney whose affinity for microbrewed beers led him to change his career path. According inspirery.com, Gershkovitch decided to pursue craft brewery as a profession after tasting Belgian beer while traveling through Europe.
Soon after establishing Steamworks Brewery, Gershkovitch opened Steamworks Pub with the intention of marketing his beer in Canada. The pub, which initially had a seating capacity of 184, was soon renovated to accommodate even more patrons; currently, the pub can seat a total of 754 customers at any given time. Many of the company’s proprietary craft beers are brewed on-site, which differentiates Steamworks from other pubs (CalgaryHerald). Needless to say, this was a successful business venture for Gershkovitch; Steamworks Brewery has not only increased production of their craft beer, they have also expanded their portfolio by including Pale Ales, Heroic Red-Ales, and other unique brews.
Although it’s hard to say which country loves their beer the most, every country has something unique to offer beer connoisseurs, and Canada is no exception. In fact, Steamworks Brewery is easily meeting the demand for great tasting beer amongst Canadians, and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
So, what’s next for Eli Gershkovitch (http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Gershkovitch+owner+Steamworks+brew+Vancouver+with+1948+Plymouth+Special+Deluxe+Woody+station+wagon/8035571/story.html)? Well, in addition to being a successful businessman, he is also a pilot; according to berryadictos.com, he is currently sharpening his flying skills. Gershkovitch is a certified pilot, who routinely flys himself back and forth between Vancouver and Europe. So needless to say, the sky is the limit for Eli.