Rising Star Mixologist Andrew Volk of The Hunt & Alpine Club - Biography
Andrew Volk ended up in that other Portland (Oregon), right on the cusp of its cocktail boom. He managed the bar program at farm-to-table forebearer Clarklewis before moving on to Clyde Common to work with Rising Star Bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler. There Volk was recognized by Tanqueray for his gin and tonic variation, and the cocktail program received award nominations from Tales of the Cocktail and the James Beard Foundation.
Volk also developed a bar program for a James Beard-nominated chef in Alabama before landing in the Portland, Maine, intent on building and opening his own craft cocktail bar. If that weren’t enough of an undertaking, Volk works closely with distillers and distributors to expand the selection of spirits in the state-controlled market that is Maine. He’s shaping cocktail culture outside the bar, while also remaining behind the bar at his game-changing Portland Hunt & Alpine Club, where he earned a 2014 StarChefs.com Coastal New England Rising Star Bartender Award.