Raven Special Lager a permanent home, something it has not had since being launched in
And that home is none other than the legendary Haussner's Restaurant building, a long-loved Highlandtown landmark with a legendary art collection at Eastern Avenue and Clinton Street that has been closed for nearly a dozen years now. Demczuk was, last we spoke with him, close to finalizing a financing deal that would allow him to set up a production brewery in the building, with a brewpub and German-styled restaurant in addition.
Demczuk is currently shopping around for brewing equipment to install in the pub, although as he just now said to me, "It's hard to keep a secret, as you have to speak to so many people for their info, blessings and permits. I'm meeting with the architect and builder next week. We are moving forward, but it's never a done deal until the cash is in hand!" Demczuk also passed on a conceptual sketch:
More on the late, lamented, eccentric Haussner's here, from the City Paper in 2001.
The Raven has of late been contract-brewed at Clipper City Brewery in Arbutus.
UPDATE: More here (from BBJ) and here (from Baltimore Sun).