According to Beer & Brewing Magazine, microbreweries account for about four percent of the beer market in Canada. They recommend Philip and Granville Island in BC, the breweries concentrated around Toronto, Propeller Brewing Company and Garrison Bewing Company in Nova Scotia, and Pumphouse in New Brunswick. If you want your craft beer ice-cold and covered in wolverine fur you can try the beer from the Yukon Brewing Company up in Whitehorse. Pumphouse and Propeller are both rated most highly by “The Craft Beer Guide to Canada”.
Among this multitude of quality craft beers in Canada is the Steamworks Brewery of Gastown, Vancouver, founded by Eli Gershkovitch in 1995. Gershkovitch had taken a your of Europe in 1987 after graduating law school and judged the brews better than what was available on a wide scale in 1990s Canada; he came back to Canada and took careful time setting up a brewery in the Gastown district of Vancouver. Follow Eli Gershkovitch on Twitter.
“Steamworks” is not simply a cute name or a pun on being located in Gastown; Eli Gershkovitch’s brewery is the first in Canada to use steam in the brewing process. The 100-year-old building that Eli Gershkovitch chose as the location of his new brewery incportad a steam heating system, which Gershkovitch chose to incorporate use as his source of heat for brewing.
Eli Gershkovitch had to put his law degree to good use when it came to establishing the business, because there were issues regarding zoning and liquor licenses, but after 14 months of legal challenges the Steamworks Brewery was established. Since 1995 the business has expanded locally to include restaurants, and internationally to let Steamworks distribute its brews in 14 US states. Visit ottawacitizen.com to know more about Eli Gershkovitch.
As Eli Gershkovitch says, “you have to expand to meet demand, or demand will shrink to meet you.” The Steamworks brewery, ahead of the pack as ever, is leading in the movement of Candian microbrewery lables to become world-known. On a local level, the Steamworks business is bringing prosperity and tourism to downtown Vancouver. Either way, Eli Gershkovitch does not look like he is slowing down any time soon.