How Eli Gershkovitch Established A Popular Pub In Vancouver, BC

The beer market in Canada adds up to over $9 billion a year in sales. While mass-market beers like Molson and Labatt use to be by far the most commonly drank beer, nowadays it’s craft brewers that Canadians turn to. There are many small brewers scattered across Canada and some of their beers are showing up in the United States as well. Popular craft beers in Canada include those by Propeller Brewing Company, Pump House Brewery, McAusland, and Unibroue among many others (Westender).

One of the earliest and most successful craft beers was established by El Gershkovitch of Vancouver, British Columbia. He founded Steamworks Brewery and Companies in 1995. His business started out in Gastown, Vancouver as a small pub. He added onto his pub over the years and a place that in its early days could only seat less than 200 people can now accommodate 754. Both locals and tourists know about this diamond of a pub where great craft beer is served to customers.

In addition to being the chief executive officer of Steamworks Brewery, Eli Gershkovitch is also a lawyer with his own practice. While practicing as a lawyer Eli Gershkovitch learned all about liquor licenses from helping his clients get them properly filed. When deciding to start his own brewery he picked one of the landmark buildings in Gastown, one that had been there for 100 years.

The thing that drew Eli Gershkovitch to the building his pub was in is that it uses steam power as its source of energy. The steam power is used to craft his beer which is a unique way of brewing beer nowadays. In his first year in business, Eli Gershkovitch released six craft beers ( He now produces between 15 to 17 craft beers each year.

Expanding upon his business, Eli Gershkovitch opened a restaurant right next door to the pub, Rogue Kitchen, and Wetbar. This part of Gastown is now a popular neighborhood in the city that draws in trendy people that want to relax and enjoy some good food and craft beer.


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