Science on Tap: RavenBeer
The Maryland Science Center’s popular science of adult beverages series focuses on beer in March with Stephen Demczuk, founder and president of RavenBeer.
The evening will explore the ways in which science can be applied to the brewing process and will speak to the effects geographic location can have on the brewing process and flavor combinations. Learn about the defining characteristics of different brews and how variables like water play a key role in taste. Hear specifically about water differences in Sweden, Luxembourg-Belgium (Ardennes), Germany and Baltimore and how that determines beer styles in those regions. The general topic of beer will also be covered as we delve into the expansion and growth of a local craft brewery, RavenBeer. Interactive components of the event include beer sampling and a chance to pick Stephen Demczuk’s brain.
Science On Tap is designed to be a fun, informative and social evening that is as appealing to novice beer aficionados as it is for experienced connoisseurs. The evening includes sampling of various RavenBeer specialties. Tickets are $40 per person ($35 for members) and are all inclusive for the presentation, food, beer, and a chance to mingle with the presenter.
About Stephen Demczuk and the inception of Raven Beer
Stephen Demczuk, founder and president of RavenBeer, grew up in Dundalk and is a graduate of Patapsco High. He played lacrosse and football at the University of Maryland where he graduated in Zoology and Chemistry. He went on to receive a master’s degree in Cell Biology at Long Island University, then attended Stony Brook University and received a master’s degree and PhD at University of Oklahoma in biochemistry and molecular biology. He completed his post-doctorate studies in Geneva, Switzerland, was an assistant professor of research at Wake Forest Medical School and then was a visiting scientist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
By then, Stephen got the beer bug and moved to Luxembourg with the purpose to build a brewery/brew pub but started the first beer-of the-month club in Europe (Beer Around the World). Through the beer club he met future partner Wolfgang Stark and together they brewed Raven Special Lager in Germany, named in honor of Baltimore’s master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. While in Luxembourg, Stephen had his own radio show, beer and jazz, on Radio Luxembourg.
Stephen moved back to the US to brew Raven Lager in Baltimore and with two partners, built Peabody Heights Brewery in Charles Village and launched the Edgar Allan Poe series of beer in 2012.