Stephen Demczuk, Ph.D., is from Baltimore, and graduated from the University of Maryland. He then received a MS in Cellular Biology at Long Island University and PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from University of Oklahoma. During his post-doctorate work at University of Geneva, Switzerland, and as visiting scientist at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, he became interested in beer.
But it was in Luxembourg where Stephen left the world of science to settle in Belgium, and then build a brewery in that nation and establish the first beer-of-the-month beer club in Europe, Beer Around the World. It was there that he met Wolfgang Stark of Haus der 131 Biere and partnered up to form RavenBeer and brew the American literary themed “The Raven Special Lager in Germany.”
Stephen returned to Baltimore to build a brewery and to establish the Edgar Allan Poe brands. From that base, he is currently working on brewing and exporting his beers in other countries overseas while working on a German beer garden 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.