POEtic Evening: A Spirited Discussion & Tasting of RavenBeer

Talk on the history of RavenBeer and its marketing development & what the future holds for RavenBeer and the craft beer & brewing industry
Led by Stephen Demczuk, Ph.D., Founder & President, Raven Beer
Quoth the Raven Maven: “Never Bore”

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The evening at the University Club 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 such as water play a key role in taste.
  • Hear specifically about water differences in Sweden, Luxembourg-Belgium (Ardennes), Germany and Baltimore and how they determine beer styles in those regions.
  • The general topic of beer will also be covered as we delve into the expansion and growth of an award-winning local craft brewery, RavenBeer.
  • Interactive components of the event include beer sampling and a chance to pick Stephen Demczuk’s brain.
  • There will also be a drawing for prizes.
    • You will also have an opportunity to take a tour and learn about a special opportunity to become a member of the prestigious University Club.
  • REGISTER: Complimentary for Wharton Club Members (You may also bring a guest, if you like.)
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This is designed to be a fun, informative, “spirited” 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 and the creative marketing spark behind the company.
About Stephen Demczuk and Inception of RavenBeer:  

  • Stephen Demczuk, Ph.D., founder and president of RavenBeer, grew up in Dundalk, MD, 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 the 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 goal of building a brewery/brew pub, but instead started the first beer-of the-month club in Europe (Beer Around the World). Through the beer club, he met future partner Wolfgang Stark. 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. With two partners, he built Peabody Heights Brewery in Charles Village and launched the Edgar Allan Poe series of beer in 2012. Stephen is currently working on brewing and exporting his beers to other countries, developing a National Theatre dedicated to Poe, and creating a merchandise company based on the cartoon caricature of Poe— Poe Creations.
  • In 2015, one of his styles of beer named The Cask, a double-bock, won Gold in the 10th Annual Maryland Craft Beer Competition of all the beers produced in Maryland and took Silver Medal in the International lager contest at the Beverage Institute in Chicago, and other varieties have also won coveted awards.

REGISTER: Wharton Club Members & Guests - Complimentary for you and a guest. First come, first served.

Non-Members- Must join first.


Wednesday, 10/18/17 at 6:00pm - 8:30pm | iCal


The University Club - Keefer Memorial Library
1135 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036 USA

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Look Who's Coming:

Karen Simons
Guest of Karen Simons
Rodney Azama
Alan Schlaifer
  Wharton Club
Laura Coker
Jeremy Skog
Arlene Marie Lorica, MD
Guest of Arlene Marie Lorica,
Steve Lebischak
David He
  Ankura Consulting Group
Mehreen Hasan
David Gilson
Darnley Howard
Charles Sills
Marvin Petry
  Stites and Hrbison
James Hayne
  Stites and Harbison
Ruwan Salgado
Jean-Francois Orsini
Walter Juraszek
Guadalupe Juraszek
  The World bank
Katherine Thomas
  Ankura Consulting
James Gregg
  Ankura Consulting
Sue Hamilton
Guest of Sue Hamilton
... a total of 28 guests.
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Complimentary Event!!!