Iron Sommelier & Brewmaster Raises Over $11K!
PRIEST RIVER – Newport Hospital and Health Services Foundation hosted the 4th Annual Iron Sommelier and Brewmaster Event on Saturday, February 18 at the Priest River Event Center. The event raised over $11,400 for the Newport Hospital and Health Services Foundation. Guests voted on wine or microbrew flights paired with six gourmet “small bite” courses prepared by veteran Iron Sommelier Chef, William Wayland. Newcomer Mack Deibel (assistant brewer) of MickDuff’s (Sandpoint, ID) took home the 2017 Brewmaster title with his creative pairings of MickDuff’s craft brews and the six courses served. The race for “brewmaster” was separated by only three votes. Deibel’s courageous pairing of MickDuff’s Red Tart Cherry with the Wayland’s Prime Tenderloin and White Truffle Balsamic Glaze cinched the title. Defending 2016 Brewmaster champion Matty Smith (co-owner) and Brian Udigard (head brewer) of Waddell’s Brewpub and Grille (Spokane, WA) look forward to a declared friendly rematch at the 2018 event.
Wyatt Langley with Vehrs, Inc. won the “2017 Iron Sommelier” title in a race that marks the second consecutive victory for Vehrs. Langley’s pairing of Teveri Sparkling Gewurztraminer with Wayland’s Wasabi Butter Crostini and Miso Smoked Salmon gave him the greatest lead and edged out competitor Jason Lysne of Click’s Distributing East for the coveted Iron Sommelier title.
Spokane musician, Kicho Forrest, provided spirited acoustic guitar with country and classic rock vocals. Forrest was accompanied on cajon and tubano drums by Bret Smith of Newport. Unique, hand-crafted metal plaques created by Newport High School’s metal shop were awarded to the evening’s champions and event chef. Newport High School HOSA students and Priest River Lamanna High School leadership students served each of the six food courses and graciously accepted the generous audience’s tips of over $600 towards their clubs’ fundraising efforts. The Iron Sommelier and Brewmaster Event is an annual event and partnership with Beadmore Bistro, Wine Bar and Tap House of Priest River.
NHHS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.