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Eli Gershkovitch & Craft Beer

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Eli Gershkovitch is a renowned Canadian entrepreneur, CEO of Steamworks Brewery and Companies. He is also a lawyer and pilot. It is ironic that he was born during the American pop-culture (1975) on the 4th of July. It is also a rare coincidence that he found a warehouse that had an instrument for brewing beer by using steam. Mr. Gershkovitch studied law for a while before pursuing a career as a Canadian craft beer maker (ThereIsNoConsensus).


After Eli Gershkovitch graduated in 1987 from the University of Toronto’s law school, he went on tour to Europe. The taste of brewed Belgian beer motivated him to create a “tank to tap” brew. Inspired by his travels throughout Europe, and his love for the distinctive taste of beer straight from the brewery to the table, his passion for starting a beer brewing company grew. After eight years of traveling, researching and tasting, in 1995, Steamworks opened. Eli Gershkovitch opened the first brewery operated with a steam-powered brewing machine. Gastown, Canada embraced a steam-powered beer factory for the first time (


The credit for Canada’s growing influence in the international beer municipalities goes to Eli Gershkovitch. Eli Gershkovitch reinvented the beer making process. The lagers, ales, and pilsner beer are found exclusively in “The Great White North” (Canada). Now a full-time beer brewing entrepreneur, he launched his plan to sponsor events in and around Gastown so he could enhance public awareness.


Today, Steamworks Canadian craft beers are also available in Hong Kong, Germany, Australia, and Switzerland. Steamworks grows at a steady and sure pace. Eli Gershkovitch believes that taking excessive risks could affect Steamworks ability to fulfill consumer demands for quality beer. Because of his education and experience as an attorney and pilot, his analytical skills and use of discretion gives Eli Gershkovitch the ability to expand and remain a chief Canadian craft brewmaster.