Goodbye 2017! Say hello to 2018!

Monday, January 08, 2018


We did it!


We made it to 2018 and we could not have done it without your support and love for independent craft beer.
A lot happened in 2017 and we wanted to highlight a few accomplishments and give you some insight into what is in store for 2018!



You asked for more beer and we released more styles, in both package and draft than ever before, complete with more Sun King King’s Reserve Series beers. We even won some medals throughout the year at the Commonwealth Cup, the Indiana Brewers Cup, and the Great American Beer Festival.

We kicked 2017 off with Lupulin Astronaut IPA in 16oz cans designed by in-house artist William Denton Ray. This citrusy IPA made a return to our 2018 seasonal IPA lineup and can be found in cans and draft at both Sun King locations and cans at retail locations. Our 2018 seasonal IPA lineup will feature Alrye’d Alrye’d Alrye’d, Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ) IPA, and Foxy Jam Pants.

This past spring was the introduction of our pal Marty the party Piñata with Pachanga Mexican Lager. Easily a favorite of the Sun King Crew because of its sessionable taste and because of the high demand of our patrons, we’ve decided to make Pachanga available year-round That’s right, you are the first to know, Pachanga will be available year-round and you will find 12 packs alongside the 6 packs of 12oz cans this spring. Don’t forget to share your #WheresMarty pics on social media and we may just share your pic!

See into the future… Check out our 2018 production calendar.





In the spring, we placed the last of our four, 420 barrel tanks that can be seen peering out of the top our downtown Indy brewery location, allowing us to brew more Sunlight, Wee Mac, and Osiris. We also upgraded our kegging line to a new state of the art machine in order to increase our efficiency and ensure that the kegs our beer goes into are the cleanest and therefore our beer tastes fresher and better for longer, plus it makes washing and filling kegs much easier on the production crew.

That’s not all that happened inside the brewery. We undertook a full refresh of our downtown Tasting Room, complete with upgraded bathrooms, a new bar with stools for kicking back on and enjoying a beer at the source, and a lot of other great upgrades that you have to stop in and see with your own eyes to believe. We partnered with long-time friends, Goose the Market/Smoking Goose, on opening a new concept, Oca , inside of our downtown Indy tasting room. You can now grub on sausage sandwiches, pizza, cheese plates, and pretzels with beer cheese while sipping on something from one of our 15+ available beers on tap every day, plus our Sun King King’s Reserve Cellar List. We update our draft lists daily for our Sun King Fishers Tap Room and our Sun King downtown Indy Tasting Room locations.



The summer of 2017 was quite busy! We celebrated our 8th Anniversary with 3,000 of our closest friends, GFJ IPA, and live music from Tyler Childers, Nikki Lane, and Parker Millsap.

Save the Date for our 9th Anniversary Party: June 23rd, 2018 


We decided to grow our distribution. Hoosiers living in Louisville and Chicago are now able to get Sun King at their local retailer, bars, and restaurants around town. Sun King co-founder, Clay Robinson, spent some time with Good Beer Hunting talking about our “never say never attitude” and about why Sun King looked into grocery chains and conventional distribution. Check out his down to earth interview while launching the Chicagoland market.

The SKB Crew traveled to Denver in October for the Great American Beer Festival where we were awarded two medals! Magpie Muckle took home a silver medal in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer category and a bronze medal in the Belgian-Style Fruit Beer category for Cherry Busey. Three-peat medal winner Cherry Busey will be making an appearance in cans this summer!




In the middle of all of the ruckus of a beautiful Indiana summer, Sun King made the announcement that we will be opening a distillery in Carmel, IN. We are excited about opening our doors to the distillery in the late spring of 2018. Sun King plans on making artisanal gins, moonshine, and other spirits. We will continue to update you along the way and be sure to follow us on Facebook.







Working with our community partners was a huge part of our year. In 2017, we had an economic impact of $932,600 from in-kind and monetary donations via the CANvitational profits, our Growler Give Back program, and tip jar donations.





The SKB crew was also busy logging 471 volunteer hours and serving on 17 central Indiana committees and boards. We feel so fortunate to work with over 500 organizations, including the 8 nonprofits (IndyHub, Art With A Heart, Indy City Market, Gleaners Food Bank, Little Red Door, Joy's House, Second Helpings, Outreach Inc) that made up our 100 CANvitational volunteers. These 8 organizations each received a check for $2K from the event proceeds. We could not have done this without our sponsors, patrons, and the 60 participating breweries that CAN!

CANvitational 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, September 8th, 2018. Invitations will be reaching breweries mailboxes soon! Stay connected for updates on those participating in the festival. In closing, we want to thank each and every one of you for your support in 2017. We have so much to look forward to in 2018 and we hope you will join us for some our adventures in 2018.







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