How to Survive the CANvitational

Wednesday, September 06, 2017



How to Survive the CANvitational


Its that time of year again, the weather has started to cool, but you're warming up -thats right, its CANvitational. The Midwest’s largest canned beer festival is bringing 60 breweries across America to the heart of good ol’ Indy. The Sun King CANvitational will take place on Saturday, September 9th on West Georgia Street and Pan Am Plaza, near the IN Convention Center.


Whether you’re a beer festival pro or a newbie, we have some tips on surviving the best beer festival in the world (no, we’re not being biased).




First things, first, buy your ticket in advanced. We have limited tickets at the door and its first come, first serve.



Take a look at the breweries that will be in attendance. Make a list of your “Must Try” breweries and go from there. You want to go in with a plan and you don’t want your palate to be destroyed when you get around to your favorite brewery.

Pro Tip: When picking your beers to sample, try to go to light beers first, followed by darker beers, leave those sours and hoppier beers for last.




CANvitational doesn’t start until 1pm (Early Entry 12pm). Wake up at 10am, cook yourself a hearty breakfast and make your way to Georgia Street. We will have some awesome local food trucks (Black Metal BBQ, Brozzini’s Pizza, La Margarita, The Big Cheese, Which Wich) lined up for some grub, but always be sure to have something in your stomach before you begin sampling some beer, that's just a life rule.

Pro Tip: Don’t destroy your palate with spicy food, cleanse your palate with water, and be sure to eat things that have a good base.



We provide water for you, however, be sure to keep yourself hydrated before, during and after the festival. Here at Sun King we’re pro beer festival goers!

Pro Tip: A rule of thumb that we follow at SKB is drinking one water with every beer. Plus it helps keep your palate cleansed for the next beer sample.





If you’re an Indy native, you know to always check the weather day of, because it can be a blizzard one day and a heat wave the next. As CANvitational takes place outside, you want to be prepared for any weather that may come that day. Comfortable shoes are key to any festival, this is no different, you’re going to be doing a lot of walking. Be sure to keep in mind that you’re going to be drinking, duh, and you don’t want to be carrying round a giant purse. The less you can carry the better.

Pro Tip: Wear a fanny pack. They’re hip and attached to the hip. Now you have an extra to grab all the koozies!



It's 2017 and we have wonderful technology that keeps us safe. Be sure you coordinate with friends to have a DD for the day. (And thank your DD by buying them food or a case of beer for the post game at home.) If no one wants to DD, split an UBER, Lyft or taxi ride home. We want you to be safe and stay safe after CANviational.





Last but not least, enjoy your beer, have a great time and meet some new people!



The Sun King Crew





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