A spirited collaboration: Imbibe toasts Portland


Andrew Volk

Andrew Volk of Portland Hunt & Alpine Club

A good cocktail is a perfect blend of disparate parts. Likewise, Portland’s dynamic drink culture is based on different tastes, talents, decor and decorum.

So when drink digest Imbibe called out Portland this winter as one of 10 destinations to experience by glass or cup in 2014, the pioneering Portland Hunt & Alpine Club decided it was time to party.

To toast the liquid league mentioned in the Imbibe 75 issue, the swank antler club has a mash-up on tap Wednesday guaranteed to deliver the best buzz of the year.

Craft beer “powerhouse” Rising Tide, the “ultra cool” Bunker Brewing, the “excellent” and “most interesting” Tandem Coffee Roasters and Speckled Ax gather to stir up a storm at the Nordic ski club that has been “setting a new standard for Portland cocktails.”

“The goal for us is community building,” said owner Andrew Volk, who will whip up coffee and beer libations made with these scene stealers to toast the accolades.

“It’s beneficial for all of us to be doing well and get recognized,” says the mad mix man who tended bar in the other Portland, where Imbibe is published. “It gets everybody more excited.”

What to expect? Caffeine cocktails made with Tandem and Matt’s Wood-Roasted Organic coffees severed hot or cold and laced with bracing spirits. Yes please!

tandem iced

Bunker and Rising Tide on tap, an expanded bottle list of special brews, and a few beertails. Think group art show where the drinks are masterpieces suitable for Instagramming.

Baristas from Tandem and Speckled Ax pop up with pour-over bars in the sleek space creating a third-wave rave.
“People are in this industry because they really love learning. And no one knows everything,” said Volk, who brainstormed the bash with partner-in-cocktailing Briana Volk. “It’s fun to be in a place where there are a lot of people doing a lot of cool things.”
Speaking of cool, you could walk away with some serious swag to keep you buzzed and happy for the rest of the winter. See you there!
Imbibe 75 Celebration, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 4 to 8 p.m., Portland Hunt & Alpine Club, 75 Market St. No cover.


Kathleen Pierce

About Kathleen Pierce

A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.