Eli Gershkovitch Is Driving Steamworks Brewing Company

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September 20, 2017

It was the U.S. Open Beer Championship that proved to the world that the best beers could come from anywhere in the world. The judges belonged to the U.S., Canada, as well as Great Britain. Besides, the craft beers entries were from various countries all over the world.

 

Eli Gershkovitch was noticed as Canadian breweries had made their mark at the event by winning 24 awards in total. This included 10 gold medals. The Canadian breweries were just behind the U.S. breweries in winning the number of awards at the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship.

 

Till now, many people did not think of Canada when they were thinking of craft beer (http://vancouverfoodster.com/tag/eli-gershkovitch/). It is people like Eli Gershkovitch who are changing this thinking by having a growing influence on the international beer scene.

 

Eli Gershkovitch is a talented brewmaster who is gradually putting his country on the map. He has managed this by innovation and inventing exciting new ales, besides pilsners, as well as lagers which are not available anywhere else.

 

He is the founder as well as CEO of Steamworks Group of Companies. Since 1995 he has been discovering original brews in the Gastown neighborhood. It was not easy in 1995 as craft beer was not on anyone’s mind back then. Today the taverns are full of young millennials who are searching for a new independent brew all the time. But the mid-’90s were dominated by mega-breweries.

 

Still, Eli Gershkovitch was aware that craft beer was gradually creating its own niche in other places in the world. He has already traveled through Europe where he observed how the drinking landscape was shifting. Eli Gershkovitch visited Heidelberg in Germany and saw a microbrewery for the first time (Crunchbase). He sampled concoctions which were very different from the typical flavors which are found in the draft in Canada. At that time, Eli Gershkovitch was practicing law. He did not move away from his legal aspirations immediately, but he could not forget his drinking experiences in Europe. This led him to become one of the most influential as well as pioneering brewmasters of Canada later on.

 

Nathaniel Ru – Article recap

Nathaniel Ru From Georgetown to a 40 Location Restaurant Chain

 

Most legacy restaurant companies if given the chance to start over they would like to be the kind of business Sweetgreen has become. Sweetgreen’s high-end chain serves healthy organic fresh salads that are attractive today for people dining out. The chain’s investors include Daniel Boulud, Steve Case and Danny Meyer for the 40 location chain restaurant. The co-CEO of the chain Nathaniel Ru says their goal is to feed people good foods.

 

Nathaniel Ru attended Georgetown University where he met his partners in the salad chain and after deciding to open the business they wanted to do something different. Mr. Ru’s partners and Georgetown friends include Nicolas Jammet and Jonathan Neman. The three are first generation immigrants who took and entrepreneurship class together and decided upon remaining at the university the first winter break they would create a phenomenal business. They were right about their idea and the three have set up the business where they close five times a year. They do this so everyone works in the restaurants to experience customer interaction. They have also enlisted the use of technology with a mobile app and website that garners about 30 percent of customer orders. Learn more: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ekeg45fe/nicolas-jammet-nathaniel-ru-jonathan-neman-co-founders-sweetgreen-262627/

 

Co-CEO and partner Nathaniel Ru as one of the founders is a director of Sweetgreens and said after starting the restaurant in Washington DC in 2007 they expanded in California, New York, and nearly 40 other locations. Mr. Ru says they do not want the salad chain to become just another corporate giant and they intend to hold on to the core values that they created the company. These core values were decided by the three partners Mr. Ru says during the school break that brought them together. They encompass the company, customers, and community having a part in the business, winning and making decisions for the long term. The other of these five core values include the employees being all about customer service and one of the reasons they close the corporate offices five times a year to get the customer experience to keep them humble. This Mr. Ru and partner believe has made their business a success with customers telling friends and family about the restaurant. Their last core value is to do it together, meaning working with the partners to make decisions and working with the employees to keep the chain running smoothly. The core values are posted in the kitchen of all 40 of their restaurants. Learn more: http://www.thehoya.com/nathaniel-ru-jonathan-neman-and-nicolas-jammet/