Eli built his store in the year 1995 when such businesses were hard to operate, he organically built out floor space at his Gas town location boosting the number of chairs from an initial 184 to an up to date 754 count. He has also complemented Steamwork’s flagship operation by setting up a shop at neighboring waterfront station with a transcontinental restaurant.
Eli first tasted Belgian beer in the year 1987 during his European tour after his graduation from The University of Toronto law school. The taste ignited a driving desire to invent something tangible and of value (http://weeklyopinion.com/2017/09/eli-gershkovitch/). He was drawn to the idea of “tank to tap.” Eli launched a successful law practice back in Vancouver where he started researching about the craft brewery business. He found a perfect location for a brewpub in Gastown, a historic section of the city. His work on liquor licenses for his client equipped him with knowledge and gave him familiarity with the licensing rules and the best way to work for him. He found a perfect location for a brewpub in Gastown a historic section of the city. Eli decided to use it as a source of energy for his steam-powered brewing and also as the name of his business.
By the year 1995, Eli was reaping the rewards of his efforts in the opening the Steamworks brewpub. As a highly successful brewery, he produced 15 to 17 beers annually. Up to 85% of his pilsner and pale ale are stocked both by the government, many private retailers agreed that he lived by his words, “You grow to meet demand or demand shrinks to meet you.”
Eli worked for 14 months to resolve a problem with liquor license moratorium in Gas town which worked in his favor since he had legal skills. Known for his persistence, after a lot of good planning, organizing and executing, Eli achieved his dreams in the year 2013 when he opened his full –scale brewery. Which had the capacity to produce as much as 20 times at full capacity?