Co-Owners, Portland Hunt + Alpine Club, Portland, ME
Wine, cocktails and advocacy
After they lived for years in Portland, Oregon, the Volks moved back to Andrew’s native New England to be closer to his family and establish roots. In 2013, the duo opened Portland Hunt + Alpine Club in the other Portland. With Andrew overseeing day-to-day operations and Briana focusing on public relations, events, creative direction and marketing, the establishment has earned two James Beard Award nominations for Outstanding Cocktail Program. The Volks also helped to cofound Heart of Hospitality, a program that trains Maine bars and restaurants on sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention, and are working on the opening of Verna’s All Day, a small market and restaurant that will offer a wine program focused on women winemakers. Briana also runs monthly pop-up series “Hush, Hush,” and is working on a cocktail book that features recipes and essays from underrepresented beverage professionals around the country. Andrew, meanwhile, lends his efforts to raise the minimum wage, advocate against repeal of the Affordable Care Act and champion safe work environments in the industry.