The Best Spirits and Cocktails for 2019.
“In 2019, I would like to drink more Cognac, both alone and in cocktails. I find myself drinking cocktails with fewer ingredients, so the base spirit can really shine. I want Cognac to shine this year, especially during meals cooked at home.”
What’s with the Pop-up Wine Bar Boom?
“We’re doing them to see if this sort of concept has some legs to become more permanent,” says Briana. But it’s also about taking the opportunity to share what they love in a relatively low-risk fashion and quite simply, she says, “Andrew and I just think it’s fun.”
The Most Beautifully Designed Bar in Each State in America
“With a husband-and-wife duo at the helm who just published their debut cookbook, Portland Hunt + Alpine Club blends in Scandinavian-design accents, from the modern wire animal heads and Nelson lights to communal tables.”
Weekend Trip Guide
“For a classic cocktail and a cool vibe, head over to Portland Hunt and Alpine Club. Cozy up to the bar and order the refreshing Lavender Collins made with lavender-caraway, lemon, and grenadine, followed by the ever-changing daily punch. When late-nite hunger strikes, choose something from the snacks menu—perhaps the house made soft pretzels and the popcorn sprinkled with green chile powder, butter, and parm?”
Fall Entertaining Tips From Maine’s Coolest Culinary Couple
“Because if anyone knows how to make cold weather living look good, it’s the husband-and-wife team behind Portland, Maine hotspots Portland Hunt + Alpine Club and newer sister restaurant Little Giant. Through their inspiring book, the Volks share secrets to getting hygge-with-it (sorry) Northern-style, blending inspiration from their Maine lifestyle and Briana’s Scandinavian heritage.”
Where to eat & drink in Portland, Maine.
"...head to the pretty Portland Hunt & Alpine Club after dinner for a drink perfectly tailored to your mood. The cocktail menu is split into four categories: refreshing, adventurous, classics (and riffs), and wildcard."
Portland Favorites Working on Cookbooks
“Even though it’s less than two hours away, we can never get enough of Portland, Maine. Later this year, a new book will bring some of what’s best about the Pine Tree State right into your kitchen, no matter where you are. Northern Hospitality with the Portland Hunt + Alpine Club: A Celebration of Cocktails, Cooking, and Coming Together is the first tome from Briana and Andrew Volk, the proprietors of the Old Port’s James Beard Award-nominated cocktail den, the Hunt + Alpine Club; and Little Giant restaurant and market.”
Favorite Coastal Cocktails
“At the heart of an Allen’s and Milk—Maine’s beloved highball—is Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy. At Portland Hunt + Alpine Club, owner Andrew Volk’s homage nixes the splash of milk and pairs the “Champagne of Maine” with white rum and a shot of local Tandem Coffee”
Jared’s 10 Best Buys of 2018
“I buy and receive books by the dozens and there were lots to choose from in 2018 but this celebration of cocktails, cooking and getting together with friends, from Maine by way of Scandinavia, tops the list.”
5 Ways To Make Your New Year's Eve Cocktail Party A Success: From Portland's Hottest Culinary Couple
“People can tell when they go to a party and the hosts aren’t having any fun because they’re in way over their heads,” says Briana Volk, who, along with her husband Andrew, has helped transform Portland, Maine into a culinary destination.”
The Drink Books That Need to be Written
"Looking at the stack of new drink books on my desk—okay, “stack” doesn’t quite convey how many of the damn things have crossed my threshold in the last month or two; I can’t call it a “double stack,” since Wendy’s owns that free and clear, and it’s still a book or two short of being a “tower”—and I can pick out at least four potential classics, each from a different bar: the Aviary Cocktail Book from the bars of that name in Chicago and now New York; Cocktail Codex and Mixology & Mayhem from Death & Co. and the Dead Rabbit, respectively, both also in New York; and Northern Hospitality, from the Portland Hunt + Alpine Club in Portland, Maine.”
Portland, Maine is the 2018 Restaurant City of the Year
"Swing by Little Giant, the sophomore effort from the team behind local favorite Portland Hunt + Alpine Club, which gets clever with dishes like lobster chips with serrano ranch and Moxie-braised pork belly. The sister market next door sells local beers and groceries and daily specials (don’t miss Friday and Saturday’s roast chicken and biscuits).”
Portland Hunt + Alpine Club owners share secrets of dishing out Northern comfort
"“Northern Hospitality” is like an invitation to a party that fights the raging blizzard outside with hot buttered rum, oven pancakes drizzled in warm maple syrup, and Swedish meatballs served over homemade spaetzle."
Portland Restaurateurs Big Fan of Sea Dogs
"Briana and Andrew Volk, owners of Hunt + Alpine and Little Giant, aren't above eating cheese fries from a souvenir helmet."
Six Simply Delicious One-Bottle Cocktails
“This effortless stirred drink from Andrew M. Volk of the Portland Hunt and Alpine Club in Maine, celebrates the rye barrel and the sherry cask."
Bars with Amazing Single Barrel Programs
“Almost two hours north of Boston, in Portland, Maine, Hunt + Alpine Club is making waves with its inventive cocktail program. Single barrels play a big part in the bar’s success. “We aim to bring between two and three full barrels of private stock in a year,” says co-owner Briana Volk.”
Exploring All Things Local in Portland, Maine
“Little Giant is a general store in the West End neighborhood from Briana and Andrew Volk, owners of popular cocktail bar Portland Hunt & Alpine Club. Here, you’ll find locally sourced dairy and eggs, bags of Tandem Coffee, fresh sandwiches and Old World-leaning wines.”