Craft beer became popular quickly in the beer industry resulting in craft beer clubs and festivals. The festivals happen from coast to coast like the one in Calgary named the International Beerfest that has more than 500 beers from 43 countries and along with food, entertainment, and other fun gives a people’s choice award to one of the Alberta, Canada craft beer distillers. Then there is Vancouver Craft Beer Week, another festival with 100 breweries and cideries with over 400 craft beers and ciders. In Moncton, there is the Atlantic Beer Festival, Toronto’s Festival of Beer, and Quebec’s Festibiere de Quebec.


Industry experts are unable to single out the factor in the increased demand for craft beer, but regardless of the reasons, they see the decline in domestic beer customers who are turning to craft breweries.


The top contender at the Open Beer Championship Steamworks Group of Companies founder and CEO Eli Gershkovitch is a pioneer in craft beer (Manta). He has brought Canadian craft beer to the forefront. Mr. Gershkovitch began his research into microbreweries traveling through Europe and a visit to a Heidelberg, Germany microbrewery he sampled flavors that were much different than beers found in Canada. At the time he continued pursuing the law but did not forget the flavors of the beers he tasted.


In 1995 Eli Gershkovitch opened his first brewpub in Gastown. This was the first and only brewpub that used steam-powered brewing. One reason for this is due to the legal complexities involved with this type of business in Canada. Mr. Gershkovitch using his legal background was able to handle any complications in the laws and then patent his original beers. The Steamworks Brew Pub quickly became a popular location for locals and visitors. This success resulted in Eli Gershkovitch expanding the business to several other local businesses and expanding his brewpub from 184 seats to 754 seats by 2013.


Eli Gershkovitch a resident of Vancouver, did not start out with the goal to become a microbrewery owner, he is a formally trained lawyer. This knowledge of the law has helped him to achieve success in the craft beer industry.

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