The beautifully balanced India Pale Ale leans toward a West Coast-style IPA with copious amounts of CTZ and Chinook hops, while staying true to Colorado with an infusion of Hirakata Farms Rocky Ford Crenshaw melon that adds sweetness with an appreciable spice to mellow the hoppiness.
The collaboration with Banded Oak Brewing Company increases the amount of Hirakata Farms' Rocky Ford melon beer available this year, giving everyone the chance to taste a pint on draught and take home a few ounces.
"We are so excited to work with Banded Oak Brewing to increase the scope of the project this year," said Michael Hirakata, co-owner of Hirakata Farms. "The Crenshaw melon is kind of the ugly ducking of the varieties we grow, but it's also one of the sweetest."
Banded Oak creates both classic and unique styles of beer aimed at being accessible to both hardcore beer geeks and patio drinkers alike. The head brewer combines the best quality traditional and non-traditional ingredients to create their in-house brews.
"We couldn't wait to get involved in this project," said Banded Oak Brewing owner Will Curtin. "Working with a local, family-owned farm like Hirakata Farms to get the best seasonal Colorado ingredients is exciting as brewers and beer drinkers."
The IPA is available on tap for a short time at:
- Banded Oak Brewing Company, 470 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
- The Preservery restaurant, 3040 Blake St #101, Denver, CO 80205
- Park Burger RINO, 2615 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
- Bistro Colorado, 1552 Bergen Parkway #305, Evergreen, Colorado, 80439
A very limited number of 750ml bottles will be available for purchase through Banded Oak Brewing's taproom during the end-of season bottle release event September 30th at 6pm. Enjoy a last sip of summer quickly, before it's gone!