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.