One of the simplest facts of life is that Canadians love their beer. With annual sales exceeding $9 billion, beer is Canada’s most popular alcoholic drink. One of the most popular beers is Propeller IPA. It has taken the gold in three World Beer Championships because of the strong, smooth, caramel flavor. The bitterness is toned down and it is a top choice among beer stores all over Canada and this is where Eli Gershkovitch got his idea from.
Pump House Blueberry Ale has become popular in Canada because although it contains a blueberry flavor the taste of the beer has not been sacrificed. The aroma is reminiscent of blueberry muffins and the beer is known for being hoppy and light. There are bars throughout Canada who serve this popular beer and it is a specialty of Moncton’s Pump House restaurant.
The St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout has become a staple beer in Canada. It comes from the McAuslan Brewery located in Montreal, Quebec and is known for being dark and sweet without being too heavy. It is considered a winter beer although it is consumed throughout the year. This tasty drink is available in pubs on tap all over Canada.
The Steamworks Brew Pub was opened in 1995 by Eli Gershkovitch at a time when this type of operation was considered to be novel. His location in Gastown began with 184 seats and currently seats 754 (CalgaryHerald). Eli Gershkovitch additionally opened a shop at the Waterfront station with the successful Transcontinental restaurant which was eventually renovated and became the Rogue Kitchen and Wetbar. With the addition of the local events, Eli Gershkovitch sponsored he was instrumental in the transformation of an area that started out as a doggy tourist and transformed into hipster cool.
In addition to his beer empire, Eli Gershkovitch is also passionate about his classic car collection and his two planes. His focus is absolute, he is passionate when something catches his interest, and he always wants to be in the pilot’s seat. Eli Gershkovitch obtained his pilot’s license in 1993 and made good on his fascination with flying that stemmed from his youth. In 2009 he earned his wings when he flew his single-engine Cessna 182 from Vancouver to Europe then back again.
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