Many people consider Canadian craft beer to be among the best in the world. Micro-breweries all over the country produce a wide array of craft beer with unique flavors. And the number of Canadians that prefer craft beer to mass market beer has risen steadily for decades. These days, Canada is the home of a slew of award-winning craft beers and a growing number of international craft beer lovers are clamoring for Canadian craft beer. Many of the former Canadian micro-breweries that produce craft beer have now become macro-brewers with millions of fans of their products all over the world (About.me).
One example of the growth of the Canadian craft beer industry is Eli Gershkovitch and his Steamworks Brewery. Over the past 20 years, Eli Gershkovitch has grown Steamworks Brewery from a Canadian micro-brewery into an international craft beer empire with customers all over Canada, Europe, and the United States. And the former practicing attorney has seen his small brewpub grow to over 5 times its original size. He now owns a string of restaurants and bars where Steamworks craft beers are sold.
For Eli Gershkovitch Steamworks Brewery represents freedom. He gets to make the types of beer he lovers. He even bought out his former partner so he gets to decide how much and how fast his company grows. For Eli Gershkovitch that means growing slowly to meet the demands of his customers. But over the course of 20 years, his Steamworks Brewery has become an integral part of the local Vancouver culture that’s embraced by locals and tourists alike.
Eli Gershkovitch opened his Steamworks micro-brewery in Gastown, Vancouver in 1995. Initially, Steamworks Brewery only produced enough craft beer to supply his 184 seat beer pub. But as the pub grew to over 750 seats and more and more people throughout Canada and the United State began asking for his craft beers, he gradually expanded Steamworks Brewery and increased the types and amount of beer is produced. Today, Eli Gershkovitch is a craft beer industry veteran overseeing a burgeoning beer empire. And Eli Gershkovitch has the freedom he wanted.