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Eli Gershkovitch’s Steamworks

Steamworks is a Canadian craft beer establishment that features both a brewery and a brewpub. There are a number of locations, with the brewpub’s being the most popular aspect in the eyes of the public. However, guests to the brewpub’s are always delighted to be able to tour the brewery and tasting room. There are a variety of different kinds of craft beer produced by Steamworks. Some of the house favorites and specialties: Summer ale, salted chocolate porter, pilsner, heroica red ale, pale ale, and Kolsch.

Steamwork’s participated in the 15th annual Canadian Brewing Awards and Canadian Craft Brewers Conference in May of this year. This ceremony recognizes and awards a Canadian Brewery of the Year and a Canadian Beer of the Year. Steamworks is run by CEO Eli Gershkovitch ( He is a craft beer veteran who has been a mover and shaker in the industry for more than 21 years. Gershkovitch first got the idea to start a craft beer chain in 1987. Up to that point, his career had been in the legal world. He and his business partner, Soren Rasmussen, first founded Steamworks in 1995.


Eli Gershkovitch bought out Rasmussen’s share in the company in 1997. For years his joints were just brewpubs. This changed dramatically and for the better in 2013 when he began adding breweries to the mix. The change was very positive and has driven up revenue by 50%. Steamworks has today expanded to not only include operations throughout Canada, but also in 14 U.S. states, Hong Kong, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. Eli Gershkovitch holds a pilot’s license so he is able to fly himself to Steamworks locations all over the world. He has had this license since 1993. Steamworks pioneered the way for brewpubs and breweries that controlled the product from its formations to its sale.

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