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Hidden Mother Brewery creates limited-quantity ‘Jcurrency IPA’ in honor of Jess Roskelley

UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019

Jess and Allison Roskelley pose for a selfie while ice climbing together in Ouray, Colorado, in January 2019. (Roskelley Family)
Jess and Allison Roskelley pose for a selfie while ice climbing together in Ouray, Colorado, in January 2019. (Roskelley Family)

The Hidden Mother Brewery (1301 N. Pines Road, Spokane Valley) has brewed a limited-quantity beer to honor the late Spokane mountain climber Jess Roskelley in conjunction with his family and friends, and the “Jcurrency IPA” will be released in a series of events starting June 27 at the Flying Goat (3318 W. Northwest Blvd.).

Per Hidden Mother’s Facebook post, the Flying Goat was Jess and Allison Roskelley’s favorite restaurant in Spokane, so it’s only appropriate that the Jcurrency IPA will pour first there. The parking lot will be closed off June 27 from 4 p.m. until closing (normally 10 p.m.) for a block party-style event with pizza, local music and brews.

Post-kickoff event, there will be a series of events to finish off the IPA, ending with a final parking lot party July 13 at Brown Derby Bar (808 W. Garland Ave.) – July 13 would have been Roskelley’s 37th birthday. The only opportunity to taste the Jcurrency IPA will be at one of the four scheduled events, as the beer is limited quantity.

Here’s the schedule of events:

Thursday, June 27: Opening release at the Flying Goat

Monday, July 1: Heritage Bar & Kitchen (122 S. Monroe St.)

Tuesday, July 9: Trivia at the Backyard Pubic House (1811 W. Broadway Ave.)

Saturday, July 13: Close-out event with a 13-tap takeover at the Brown Derby

On May 21, 2003, at age 21, Roskelley became the youngest American to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The Spokane native, along with two Austrian climbers, died in an avalanche while climbing Howse Peak in the Canadian Rockies in April.

Hidden Mother’s Facebook post includes the backstory from Steve Porter, one of Roskelley’s high school friends:

“When I heard about the absolute tragic passing of Jess Roskelley, I found myself helpless and trying to figure out a creative outlet to help the Roskelley family. I contacted Mike Detar at the Hidden Mother Brewery, and we decided to make a beer for Jess. Jess loved beer!

“We spent the day making the beer from scratch, and, with the help of Jess’s wife, Alli, we picked a blend of hops that fit the bill perfectly. Using an experimental hop with two other hops, we created the ‘Jcurrency IPA.’ The name Jcurrency comes from Jess’s former Instagram handle, @jcurrency, which he coined because, “A dollar is only accepted in the U.S. Currency is worldwide!”

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