Cooking with Sun King Contest 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015



It's back...after a bit of a hiatus, Sun King is bringing back our Cooking with Sun King Contest!

Sun King loves food, loves beer, and we love contests – especially ones that involve the two things we love most. Sun King is hosting a recipe cook-off contest, Cooking with Sun King, highlighting cooking food with beer.



In the Cooking with Sun King Contest, we challenge you to create an original dish using any variety of Sun King beer; the sky is the limit! Whether your recipe is a main course, dessert, or appetizer, we challenge you to get in the kitchen and whip up your favorite dish.



Do you think that you have what it takes to be crowned the “King’s Chef”? We will be kicking off the contest on November 1st, 2015 via our contest page. Prizes will be awarded including Sun King swag, gift cards, as well as, gift cards to local restaurants. For more contest details, click here.  For contest rules please visit our contest rule page. We cannot wait to see if you’ve got what it takes to be crowned the “King’s Chef”



To get you in the Cooking with Sun King spirit - resident Sun King Chef D (Dustin Boyer) has whipped up a Biscuits Recipe:


Sunlight Cream Ale Biscuits

These biscuits are perfect for splitting and turning into a game day sandwich. Top with City Ham from the Smoking Goose and your favorite cheese and you are ready for tailgating. The key to a great biscuit, is to not over work the mixture & keep everything as cold as possible.


Makes 6-8 biscuits

2 Cups All Purpose Flour, plus ½ cup for dusting

8 TBSP Butter, chilled & diced or grated

4 TBSP Buttermilk Powder

1 TBSP Baking Powder

½ TSP Baking Soda

1 TSP Kosher Salt

1 Jalapeno, seeded & finely minced (optional)

5 oz Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese, grated

6 oz Sunlight Cream Ale


In a large bowl combine flour, butter, buttermilk powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, jalapeno & cheese. Mix together by hand, until the butter & cheese are just incorporated into the flour mixture. Chill in the freezer for an hour. Preheat oven to 450* F. Remove flour mixture from the freezer. Slowly add 4 ounces of Sunlight Cream Ale to the mix. Gently mix by hand. You are looking for a fairly dry mixture. If the mixture is too dry, add remaining Sunlight Cream Ale. Turn out onto a clean, floured countertop. Pat the dough lightly by hand to about 1/2” thick. Cut biscuits with a 2” cutter, place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 14-18 minutes.






If you have questions regarding the contest, please email

Teachers' Treasures Growler Fill Friday at Sun King Sept. 25th

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

September--the month when summer officially slips into fall and teachers and students across the city are settling into the new school year.

Teachers bring their heart and dedication to the classroom every day--and a lot of times that includes emptying their pockets to have classrooms stocked with basic school supplies many Indy families can’t afford to provide.

In fact, teachers on average spend anywhere from $500-$1200 each school year for classroom supplies.

And it doesn’t just stop at notebooks and pencils. A large number spend their own money to make sure their students have access to hygiene basics like shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

We’re always amazed at the generosity teachers extend in their classrooms, but we also want to help ease that burden. That’s why Teachers’ Treasures has supported thousands of Marion County teachers for the past 15 years through our Store for Teachers, where educators from the area’s high-need schools can access much-needed supplies through free monthly shopping trips.

This August alone we were able to funnel over $1 million of supplies into Indy’s classrooms.

But we can’t stop there!

This year there are more than 250 shopping-eligible schools in Marion County and the immediate surrounding areas (the main distinction of eligibility being a 60% or more free or reduced lunch rate).

That means we need to keep our shelves stocked for more than 100,000 students and 2400 educators from now through May.

This is why we hope to see you at Growler Fill Friday on September 25, where Sun King is generously giving $1 of every 64 oz. growler and $.50 of every 32 oz. growler to Teachers’ Treasures.


With $1 of every donation equaling $15 of supplies in the classroom, this one event alone can help us make a BIG impact in classrooms across Indy!

Want to learn more about how you can help Indy’s teachers and students? Visit our website for more information about our mission, upcoming events, and volunteer and donation opportunities.

Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Buckingham Foundation’s Tailgate

Monday, September 21, 2015

It’s a terrific time to cheer on the home team and Tailgate For A Cause. The tailgate will take place, Sunday, Oct. 18th from 3 – 7 pm on the Outdoor Plaza at The Alexander. This FREE tailgate event will have music, lawn games, $5.00 food items and your favorite Sun King brew! Nearby parking at CityWay is convenient and you can walk to the game. Don’t have tickets? That’s okay. Join us in Plat 99 after the tailgate to toast the team! Details here



The event supports Buckingham Foundation’s fight against childhood hunger with proceeds benefiting Buckingham Food Pantry and Shepherd Community Center. Bring canned food items and $20 to buy your very own <3INDY shirt! Plan 2020’s “Love Indy” movement is sweeping the city and we encourage you to do your part. Learn more at



Wear your blue, invite your friends and come tailgate for a cause!






Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Midtown Education Summit

Monday, September 21, 2015

Join Midtown Inc. for the third annual Midtown Education Summit on Monday, September 28th from 4:30- 7pm at The Children's Museum! (3000 N. Meridian St) Designed for parents navigating the many education options in our neighborhoods, the Summit provides an open house format for local schools to showcase the wonderful programs, faculty, and vision that they have for their school and the community.

Midtown Inc. has consecutively secured over 50 schools for this event each year, from preschools to high schools. It will be a great night to learn more about schools and their programs through individual conversations between school leaders and parents, and a celebration of the many great schools that educate our children in Midtown.

This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Children's Museum garage. To learn more and register for the event, click here.

Midtown Indianapolis, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on the quality of life and sustainability of Midtown, Indianapolis. Our mission is to enhance the sense of place, attract community and business development, to celebrate our many local businesses and cultural institutions and encourage public/private investment in the district. Visit us online at

Sun King invades Denver for GABF!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

It's but once a year (some times twice, if you are lucky!) that Sun King Brewery invades Denver, CO with Fresh•Local•Beer!


Here is a list of venues around Denver where you can sip on Sun King during the Great American Beer Festival or GABF (September 21st-25th).


Beer lineups vary but here is a sneak peek of what you might find: GFJP-FunkRainbow BlindnessVelour Soccer Mom (formerly known as Pink Taco) • Afternoon DelightIndy WeissVelvet FogBatch 666: Sympathy for the Devil • and more!!! 




Monday, August 31, 2015

At the end of 2014, Sun King made the headlines when we decided to cut ties with our distribution partners because we were producing beer at Indiana’s maximum legal rate of production for a Small Brewer and without changes to Indiana’s archaic laws governing breweries, Sun King would not be able to sustain the business in our home market throughout 2015. Producing more than 30,000 barrels— a limit set forth by state law – would have had dire consequences to our business. Exceeding the limit would eliminate Sun King's ability to operate our Tasting Room and distribute our beer close to home. Both of these things are part of our DNA and paramount to our success as a small, independent, homegrown brewery.


At the begining of 2015, Sun King joined forces with Three Floyds to create the Support Indiana Brewers public action campaign, which allowed thousands of Hoosier Craft Beer Enthusiasts to voice their support for updating Indiana’s laws governing breweries. Thanks to the support of so many citizens and the help of our allies in Indiana’s House and Senate, we were successful protecting Indiana’s Small Brewer’s right to operate Tasting Rooms, while raising the production cap to 90,000 barrels and protecting the right to self-distribute up to 30,000 barrels.


Following our wins at the State House, our expansion efforts have allowed us to produce more beer and beginning today, Sun King is making our first step back into wider distribution!


We have re-engaged Monarch Beverage to cover 18 counties in North-Central Indiana and they will once again be distributing Sun King to Blackford, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Delaware, Fountain, Henry, Howard, Jay, Madison, Miami, Montgomery, Randolph, Tipton, Tippecanoe, Warren, Wayne, and White counties.




We will be talking with various distributors throughout the state and our goal is to have Fresh•Local•Beer available statewide by Spring of 2016… It is important to note that we will only add new distribution territories when we are comfortable that we can consistently supply them with the quality and consistency that our customers have grown to expect and enjoy.


We are grateful for the continued support of Craft Beer drinkers throughout Indiana and look forward to the opportunity to continue our mission of Enriching the Lives of Hoosiers, One Pint at a Time.

Community Partner Spotlight: IndyHub and Your Love of #Indy

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Loving Indy with Checkboxes and Radio Buttons

As part of a Plan 2020 fellowship awarded earlier in 2015, IndyHub’s conducting a study to better understand—well—you, actually.


Specifically, we want to know about your views on Indianapolis, your experience living and working in the city and how you’ve gotten involved in making Indy a city worth living in. And we use easy things like checkboxes and radio buttons to keep it as painless as possible.

In the survey, we ask questions such as how do you feel about your neighborhood? Indy’s social scene? What about public policy? Education? All those things that contribute to your satisfaction with Indy.


We want your sense of what Indy’s doing right—and maybe not so right, and we also want to know how you give back to your community.

How do you volunteer your time? Does your employer encourage that volunteer work? These are really easy questions to answer, but they’re incredibly important to the work we do here at IndyHub.


With the invaluable feedback gathered through this research, we’re looking for statistically significant data to inform and drive IndyHub programs, initiatives and advocacy efforts we'll pursue in the coming years.


We strive to maintain a strong connection to our audience of 20-/30-somethings here in Indy, and we really want to do right by you. We want to help fill the gaps that need to be filled and to elevate the voices and issues that need to be heard.



But we can’t do it without you. Seriously.



We’d be honored and thrilled beyond measure if you’d take our ten minute survey—and if you’re feeling extra generous, perhaps you’ll share it with your Indy friends and colleagues.



Sun King Gen Con 2015 Happenings

Monday, July 27, 2015

For four years, Sun King and Gen Con have partnered for the Best Four Days in Gaming.  This year Sun King has canned The Official Beer of Gen Con, Drink On and Prosper.  Here are the ends and outs of what Sun King will be doing on Georgia Street for Gen Con 2015:

  • Wednesday, July 29th 6pm – 10:00pm - The “Unofficial” Kick-off Party to the “Best Four Days in Gaming” – join Sun King for a very special, never before, CAN release and tapping party of Drink On and Prosper, the Official Beer of Gen Con 2015. A very limited tapping of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Froth of Kahn (2014 Official Beer of Gen Con) will be released during the party. Live music begins at 5 pm with bands The Doubleclicks and Hero Jr.
  • Live Music • Food Trucks • Craft Beer • Free Admission • Must be 21+ to enter Sun King Beer Garden

  • Thursday, July 30th 6pm - 10pm – NEW! Sun King Game Night. Join Sun King Brewing for a “Game Night” in the Sun King Beer Garden.

  • D20 Rolling Contest - Back by popular demand, the “D20” Dice Rolling Contest. Sign up to participate during the Drink On and Prosper Tapping Party on 7/29. 64 contestants will battle it out to win prizes from Gen Con, Sun King, and more!

    Jenga Giant – Challenge your friends to a friendly game of Jenga Giant, stacking over 3 ft. tall! Teams of two to play, a suggested donation will be collected to participate will be donated to the Julian Center. Prizes awarded to winners.

    Trouble with Tribbles – Don’t be a Borg Drone, come out on top just like Kirk, in a strategic game of Trouble with Tribbles (BPONG). “Cups” made with repurposed Sun King kegs, teams of two can combat it out on the Trouble with Tribbles “court”. Sink It and Prosper On…

    Collectable Terrestrial Artifacts – Purchase a Drink On and Prosper poster for a suggested donation of $1 will be collected and donated to the Julian Center.

  • Friday, July 31st 11:30 am – 10:00 pm – Sun King Beer Garden - serving those 21+ pints and cans of Fresh•Local•Beer.
  • Saturday, August 1st 11:30 am – 10:00 pm - Sun King Beer Garden – serving those 21+ pints and cans of Fresh•Local•Beer
  • Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Hearts & Hands of Indiana

    Monday, July 20, 2015






    Hearts & Hands of Indiana is a local nonprofit that helps families and individuals attain affordable, long-term homeownership in the Near West neighborhood of Indianapolis by providing education, mentoring, and quality rehabilitated homes. Since 2009, we’ve rehabbed five previously abandoned houses and sold them to five low-income families who now call themselves homeowners. Not only does this rehabilitation program benefit the families, but it also helps revitalize the Hawthorne and Haughville neighborhoods.

    For the past two years, Sun King Brewing Company has generously donated silent auction items for our Houses to Homes Annual Event, and we’re looking forward to featuring donated Sun King craft beers at our event this year!


    All of the money raised at Houses to Homes directly funds our home rehabilitation projects in the Near West community. This year’s event will be Saturday, August 1, at Primo Banquet & Conference Center in Indianapolis. Tickets are $100 and include entry for two, a buffet dinner with complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks, and a chance at the $5,000 grand prize drawing. The event also features door prizes, a silent auction, a wine pull, and plenty of audience games. To purchase tickets, please visit or contact Vickie Bogner at or 317-353-3606.


    If you can’t make it to the event but are interested in becoming involved with Hearts & Hands, please visit our website at

    We’re only able to carry out our mission thanks to the dedicated efforts of our volunteers. While we do have a need for basic volunteer efforts when rehabbing our houses, we also have many skilled volunteer opportunities for those who have specific skills that relate to our mission. We look forward to hearing from you!


    With the help of you and generous organizations like Sun King Brewing Company, we are turning Near West houses into homeownership opportunities, one abandoned property at a time. Check out the houses we’ve rehabbed so far, and see what we’re currently working on.

    Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Race Away from Domestic Violence

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    5K Race Away from Domestic Violence on Saturday, June 6 in downtown Indianapolis

    Looking for a good excuse to get outside for a nice walk or run? How about joining your friends for a 3.1 mile course throughout downtown Indianapolis, beginning and ending at Victory Field. Walk it, run it or wheelchair roll it with hundreds of other people who support the work to end domestic violence in Indiana.


    Now in its 12th year, the Race Away from Domestic Violence supports the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and its work throughout the state. “It’s a great way to spend a nice morning with friends,” said ICADV Executive Director Laura Berry. “We see teams of coworkers, families, neighborhood groups and individuals gathering to remember victims and raise funds for the efforts to end domestic violence.”


    Last year 67 people died by an act of domestic violence in Indiana. More than 10,500 men, women and children stayed in a domestic violence shelter. They were rich and poor, from the city and farms, they were of all races and ethnicities. Domestic violence does not discriminate. Unfortunately the need always outweighs the available resources. Shelters struggled to find other options for 1,743 people when there were no more beds. And the abuse continues.


    We know we need to continue the critical work to help women in crisis and we will continue to help them one by one. But we believe it’s time to get to the root of the problem. Gloria Steinem said it best: “We are still standing on the bank of the river, rescuing people who are drowning. We have not gone to the head of the river to help them from falling in. That is the 21st century task.”


    The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence has been charged with implementing an expanded prevention plan for our state. We will work with organizations and individuals around Indiana to help people understand that prevention needs to address the root cause of the problem, and show them how to do it.


    Change will not happen quickly. But it will begin when we change our thinking. It will begin when we raise boys to become men who respect their partners, when we treat our intimate partners as equals, when we tell someone when we see abuse and when we believe peaceful resolution rather than violence is the proper response.



    Let’s all say “No More” to domestic violence. To learn more about domestic violence, discover how you can help and to find resources for victims, visit