Canada’s Craft Beer Pioneer, Eli Gershkovitz

Canada’s craft beer revenue growth is in the double digits. Leading the way in Canada’s renewed craft beer interest is none other than Eli Gershkovitz. Graduating in 1987 from the University of Toronto with a law degree, Eli Gershkovitz picked up his determination to produce craft beer while touring France, where he tasted a Belgian.

Working as an attorney Eli Gershkovitz accumulated experience in the craft beer business representing clients in legal affairs. This experience would prove to be invaluable when opening his first pub, where he ran into licensing troubles.


Eli Gershkovitz opened Steamworks Brew Pub in 1995 with 184 seats ( The pub now has expanded to a 754 seat count. The brewpub with only a 2000 hectoliter capacity was not enough to satisfy Eli Gershkovitz. He also owns other bars and restaurants all over Vancouver which also bring the people out in flocks.


In 2013 Eli Gershkovitz opened a full-scale brewery with a 40,000 hectoliter capacity. Innovative in the operations of his business Eli Gershkovitz has his own business motto, ” you grow to meet demand or demand will shrink to meet you.”


Steamworks sells products in 14 U.S. states, Hong Kong, German, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and all over Canada. Eli Gershkovitz is the sole owner of Steamworks buying out his only partner in 1997.


Eli Gershkovitz is not only a lawyer and craft beer genius, he also is quite the accomplished pilot, receiving his pilot license in 1993. In 2009 Eli would fly from Vancouver to Europe and back in a Cessna.


Eli Gershkovitz did not win any big rewards in the recent Canadian Craft Beer Tournament bet he definitely caught the judges eye. After 21 years experience in producing craft beer and his beer being sold all over the world, it is safe to say Eli Gershkovitz is a pioneer of craft beer (GazetteDay).