Canadian breweries made an impressive show in the 2017 US Open Beer Championship with a total of 24 awards, ten of which were gold medals. The top spot categories featured during the event included Vegetable Beer, Berlin-Style Weisse, and American-Style Fruit Beer where the Ontario Brewery appeared among the top ten breweries of the year. Canada’s influence in the global beer industry is growing steadily with experienced brew-masters gradually putting the country on the map by reshaping beer-production processes and developing exciting and unique lagers, ales, and pilsners.
Among the pioneers putting Canadian beer on the global map include Eli Gershkovitch; the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Steamworks Breweries. He was recognized as a leading contender at the 2017 Open Beer Championship where he put Canadian craft beer at the top. Since 1995, Eli has been brewing original beer in the historic Gas-town neighborhood when craft beer was still unheard of by most local drinkers.
Before starting his breweries, Eli traveled throughout Europe and observed the transformative drinking landscape. One of the visits was to a microbrewery in Heidelberg, Germany where he sampled concoctions that were far better than the familiar flavors found on Canadian craft. Although Eli did not abandon his passion as a lawyer immediately, he kept thinking about his Europe experiences. This eventually influenced his emergence as one of Canada’s pioneering and most influential brew-masters (MontrealGazette).
Eli Gershkovitch started his first brewpub in 1995 based in Gastown. This became Canada’s revolutionary establishment that involved steam-powered brewing. As a lawyer, Eli was able to get through the legal complexities and also registered his original brews. Once the public discovered, the Streamworks Brew Pub became a major Vancouver hotspot for visitors and locals. The pub enabled Eli expand his business to include many other local businesses offering Streamworks beer. Eli Gershkovitch spends his time trying to perfect and improve each brew before delivering it to the public (http://beermebc.com/2017/05/29/fifth-episode-of-flights-season-two-steamworks-brewing-company/).