Eli Gershkovitch: Steamworks Brewing Company CEO

The Steamworks Brew Pub opened in 1995 as a craft brewery. A craft brewery or microbrewery is one that makes only small amounts of beer. These businesses are usually much smaller than corporate breweries, and they are typically independently owned. Emphasis is on flavor, quality, and brewing technique. Canadian Craft beer made up 10 percent of the beer market in Canada in 2015. The craft brewing industry has undergone rapid growth in the past decade. In 2006 only 88 craft breweries existed in Canada. By 2015 that number had increased to 520. Steamworks Brewing Company is located in the city of Burnaby, British Columbia, just east of Vancouver. Eli Gershkovitch is the CEO of Steamworks craft breweries.


Eli Gershkovitch is the CEO of the Steamworks Group. However, he didn’t always know that he was to lead a life as a premier brew-meister in British Columbia, Canada. He graduated from the university with a law degree but decided to take a break before embarking on a law career. He traveled to Grenoble, France to study art and explore the French Alps. Eli Gershkovitch first tried Belgian beer during this trip, and he was quite impressed. He visited Heidelberg, Germany where he toured a microbrewery. This was to lead to a career decision that would make him forget practicing law and embark on a career as an owner of a successful craft brewery.


In 1995, Eli Gershkovitch founded Steamworks in Vancouver (Calgary Herald). It was originally located in a historic Gastown brewpub. The building had a steam heat system which was rare and unique. Steam powered brewing could be read about in books, but an operational steam brewery had never been seen by the owners. However, after a few experiments, a steam generated brewery was finally opened, and it was the only one to be found in Canada. Architect Soren Rasmussen was Eli Gershkovitch’s initial Steamworks partner (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6457149/). Eli Gershkovitch bought him out in 1997.


The Steamworks Company continues to flourish under Eli Gershkovitch. By 2013, a new plant was established in Burnaby, British Columbia. This establishment has a dual purpose; it serves as both a taproom and as a multi-unit brewery. The company has many products including ordinary beer, pale ale, and keg beer. Some of its better-known craft beer products include Jasmine India, Summer Ale, and Tall Can Mash Up!