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

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

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

If you had a Hirakata Farms melon this summer, you know this was one of the juiciest, sweetest and most delicious crops we've had in years. Now you can enjoy the incredible taste of Colorado summer in award-winning brewery Banded Oak's Crenshaw Melon IPA starting Friday, November 16.

Hirakata Farms in Rocky Ford teamed with Banded Oak in Denver to brew an IPA made with juice from the Rocky Ford Cantaloupe's cousin: the Crenshaw melon. The Crenshaw IPA goes on tap Friday, and there's a very limited amount, so don't wait!

Hirakata Farms plants acres of Rocky Ford Cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon each year, but only one sweet row of Crenshaw melon. It's these specialty melons that give Banded Oak's Hirakata Farms Crenshaw Melon IPA its slightly sweet note with a noticeable spice, characteristics that perfectly compliment the flavors in the West Coast-style American IPA.

The beer will be available on tap starting Friday in just a few select locations: Banded Oak Brewing in Denver, Tap Traders in Colorado Springs, and 10th Hole Bar and Grill in Rocky Ford.


What: Banded Oak's Hirakata Farms Crenshaw Melon IPA Tapping Event


  • 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
  • SOLD OUT! Bottles available at Lobo's Curve Liquor: 1504 Elm Ave, Rocky Ford, CO 81067

When: November 16th - until the kegs dry up!


Two cases of beautifully-labeled bottles of the Crenshaw IPA will also be available at Lobo's Curve Liquor store in Rocky Ford.


Sarah Beatty PR Contact, M&C Communications


Hirakata Farms



About Hirakata Farms

Hirakata Farms is committed to bringing our customers safe and quality produce. Our family farm covers more than 1200 acres around Rocky Ford Colorado’s Arkansas Valley. We consider ourselves stewards of this land that we’ve been so very fortunate to farm for more than 100 years. We’re dedicated to using our water and other natural resources wisely to ensure that future generations benefit from our legacy.

We are, and always have been committed to the safety and integrity of our produce. Hirakata Farms is a member of the Rocky Ford Growers Association and the lead packer for Rocky Ford Cantaloupe, a melon which has had a perfect safety record since 1887. When you see the Hirakata Farms/Rocky Ford Growers Association sticker you will know our cantaloupes, watermelons, and honeydews have been grown and packaged following stringent national safety procedures.

Hirakata Farms
Rocky Ford, Colorado