Mixologist Corey Polyoka of Woodberry Kitchen - Biography

Baltimore, MD

August 2011
Ontario native Corey Polyoka got an early start in the restaurant business, spending four years in the kitchens of Maryland’s Peerce’s Plantation and later Torino’s in Harford County before going behind the bar during college. Despite the fact that Harford County didn’t have a developed drinking scene, Polyoka’s style evolved. After impressing his classmates with craft cocktails at college parties, Polyoka developed the first cocktail menu, stocked with fresh juices and unique spirits, at a local neighborhood bar. In 2007, Polyoka finally left Harford County to help open Woodberry Kitchen, defining the bar program according to Chef Spike Gjerde’s local, seasonal ideals. In 2010, Polyoka used this approach to create a pre-Prohibition cocktail menu for Yellowstone Park Foundation’s celebration of its Old Faithful Visitor Center. And in 2011, he implemented a speakeasy for the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s, showcasing the best in local spirits alongside Baltimore’s farm-fresh ingredients.