Eli Gershkovitch, the owner of Steamworks brewery, has been producing craft beer for two decades. His beers reflect the mastery Steamworks has attained. They now produce a well-rounded selection of tasty brews ranging from India pale ales to lager and pilsner, check it here at ottawacitizen.com. Steamworks’ brew master produces as many as 12 to 14 new beers each year.
These beers are award winning brews. Steamworks has won the 2017 British Columbia Beer Awards for their North American Amber Ale. They captured the 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards for their English Style Pale Ale, American Style Black Ale and their French and Belgian Style Saison. Their all made using the steam brewing process.
Eli Gershkovitch stumbled upon a building that was heat with a steam furnace. He bought the 100 year old building. Later, he used this system to create Canada’s first steam brewery. It was also transformed into a pub that would seat 184 patrons. Today, Steamworks has its original brew/pub in Gastown and a production brewery/tap room in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Today, Eli Gershkovitch has expanded the original building to seat 754 persons. In an effort to further increase the popularity of his brand of craft beer. It was distributed to other Vancouver bars and restaurants and it is a greatly desired brand that sells very well. It’s a good thing too, because now Canada has loads of competing micro-breweries springing up all over the country. Because there’s so much competition, Steamworks is one of the lucky ones to have started so long ago. They have carved out a niche in the market and Gershkovitch knows as long as they continue to release new and popular products, they’ll continue to thrive amidst all their competition.
But, Eli Gershkovitch is now stranger to challenges. He studied law in college and was a practicing barrister in Canada when he opened Steamworks in 1995. It was his experience with clients seeking liquor licenses through his legal practice that aided him in his fight to open Steamworks. Eli Gershkovitch’s fighting spirit is helping him build a great business that has successfully attained a worldwide distribution with shipments of their craft beers reaching 14 states in the U.S., many Canadian provinces, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Austria, Germany and Italy.