How Did I Get Here: "D"

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Many people know the rough outline of Sun King’s creation and are familiar with the core ownership group, but Sun King’s success is the product of its entire staff bringing a lot of experience and expertise to the challenges we face. 


Sun King's employees consists of people seasoned in the field of brewing to those that are new to brewery life.  No matter who you are at the brewery, your job is important, and instrumental to what we do.  As we continue to grow, our story continues, and we cannot do that without the people behind the scenes.  How Did I Get Here will shed some light on the people who make Sun King what it is.

We would like to introduce you to Dustin Boyer aka "D".  Dustin has been with Sun King for more than 6 years, one of Sun King's first full-time employees.  Dustin has worn many hats at Sun King including brewer, chef, managing brewery reps and accounts...the list goes on!  


You can follow Dustin's daily routine for the next three days - by heading to the Sun King Brewing Instagram. (SunKingBrewing)




How Did I Get Here?




Dustin "D" Boyer



Operations/Production Manager



Running every day brewery operations, including packaging, ordering raw materials, cellaring, future planning, and wearing cat themed t-shirts.


Where are you from?

Dustin calls Indy his hometown.


How did you end up at Sun King?

Dustin was running Spencer's Stadium Tavern, the first bar to carry Sun King.  Clay Robinson, co-founder/owner, approached Dustin about working/volunteering at the brewery to help get the brewery started.  Dustin would open the bar, work the lunch shift, head over to Sun King to help with whatever task was at hand, then would head back to the bar and close.  Clay said when ever D was ready for a change of pace, to come work for Sun King.  Dustin worked both jobs for a couple of months before getting hired by Sun King in July 1st, 2010.  


Was there a skill or experience that lead you to doing the work that you do here?

Dustin's brewing career started as Clay Robinson's brewing assistant at Rock Bottom Brewery in 2001.  Dustin continued his brewing career at Rock Bottom Brewery in Denver, Colorado before heading back to Indianapolis.  


What are your hobbies outside of work?

When not at Sun King you can find Dustin attending live music/concerts around town.  He enjoys taking rides on his motorcycle, drinking with friends, and cooking with fire (Check out Dustin's Cooking with Sun King Recipe: Cowbell S'more Tart).  You can also find him tending to fires, spinning records, and snuggling with his kitty, Merle.


What is your favorite thing about Sun King Brewery?

"The people that I work with."


What might someone be surprised to know about you?

D secretly loves Katy Perry and pop music.


What is the day in the life of Dustin like?

Dustin is in the door at 5am no matter what the weather is like outside! (Check out this video of Dustin riding his Ural Motorcycle in a blizzard!)  SAP for 2 hours.  Then on to Sensory and Quality Control/Quality Assurance of Sun King products.  The day isn't complete without some operational meetings along with future brewery planning meetings.  


What is your favorite style of beer?

Currently coffee infused beers (think Java Mac or When the Lights Go Out).


What is your favorite Sun King beer?

Winter time favorite: Timmie Imperial Stout  
To be released in summer 2017 (in 12 oz cans) - Pachanga Mexican Lager


What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working for Sun King?

We are very fortunate that people enjoy our beer.


What should people know about brewery life?

You are pretty much a glorified janitor.


What was your first job?

Working at a fast food restaurant.  


Who is your favorite musician or album that you can play on repeat?

Anything Honky Tonk, especially Merle Haggard.


What is your favorite food or favorite thing to cook?



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