Briana is a writer, creative director, and restauranteur with over a decade of advertising and PR experience. She writes about travel, cooking, food, drinks, motherhood and baseball. In PR and advertising she focuses on hospitality, travel, retail, food and beverage clients. She’s always available for hire.
Her first book, Northern Hospitality, released by Voyageur Press is available now. It was a 2019 IACP Cookbook Awards finalist in the “Beer, Wine & Spirits” category. And finalist in the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards for “Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book”.
With her husband Andrew, she owns the Portland Hunt + Alpine Club, a Scandinavian-influenced craft cocktail bar that is a two-time James Beard semi-finalist (2015 & 2017) for "Outstanding Bar Program" and Little Giant, a neighborhood restaurant, bar and market, named as one of “America’s Best New Bars” by GQ in 2018. Both are in Portland, Maine.
She enjoys a good Cosmo, she has a tattoo in Century Gothic, sometimes plays the banjo, and Debbie Harry once compared Briana to Joey Ramone. She can find a cool bar in any town she's in, without her iPhone.
Has two kids; Oona and Rockwell (we call him Rocky)
In 2015, named by Maine Magazine as one of Maine's "50 Most Influential Mainers"
Made her feature film debut in Kindergarten Cop
Worked as a writer at Wieden + Kennedy, The VIA Agency and more.
Founding Vice President (2014-2017) of the Maine Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild
Is the leading expert on päntsdrunk
Former music video director (Jamie Lidell, Tender Forever, The Dandy Warhols, etc)
Her death row meal would be a cheeseburger and fries
Hosted a weekly jazz radio show on 91.9 KMUN in Astoria, OR
Has seen every season of the The Bachelor/Bachelorette
Met Andrew, her husband, while he was behind the bar at Clyde Common