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Crenshaw Melon IPA blends Colorado traditions

Posted at 4:04 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-17 22:38:49-05

COLORADO – Rocky Ford is stepping into the business of flavored beer and you can get a taste of it here in Colorado Springs.

Rocky Ford’s Hirakata Farms grows a special row of Crenshaw melons just for the Banded Oak’s Hirakata Farms Crenshaw Melon IPA.

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Hirakata Farms grows a special row of Crenshaw melons just for the Banded Oak beer collaboration.

The Crenshaw is a cross between cantaloupe and casaba melons. Rocky Ford is known around the state for having cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew fields. Hirakata Farms teamed up with Denver’s Banded Oak brewery to create the Colorado beer.

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Rocky Ford’s Hirakata Farms celebrates the end of the 2018 season with the release of Banded Oak’s Hirakata Farms Crenshaw Melon IPA.

The beer is available in three locations across the state for a limited release. Those locations are Banded Oak Brewing in Denver, Tap Traders in Colorado Springs, and 10th Hole Bar and Grill in Rocky Ford.

  • Banded Oak Brewing Company: 470 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
  • Tap Traders: 3104 N Nevada Ave #100, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
  • 10th Hole Bar & Grill in Rocky Ford: 91 Play Park Hill, Rocky Ford, CO 81067

There are also a limited amount of bottles at Lobo’s Curve Liquor store in Rocky Ford.