Community Partner Spotlight: Pack Away Hunger

Monday, November 23, 2015




When was the last time you and your friends put on some hairnets and had some fun? Never you say? According to one local non-profit, donning a hairnet and gathering with friends and co-workers is a great way to have a good time, and most importantly, to help others. Tucked away on the south side of Indianapolis sits Pack Away Hunger, a non-profit organization dedicated to greatly improving the lives of children and others who suffer from hunger and malnutrition.


The lack of proper nutrition creates serious health and developmental consequences for individuals and has far reaching implications for communities. In the United States 15.8 million children do not have regular access to healthy meals (1). In developing countries one out of six children -- roughly 100 million -- is underweight, the result of acute or chronicmalnutrition (2).

In a world with such vast resources, Pack Away Hunger thinks this is unacceptable. To achieve their mission, Pack Away Hunger set out to develop a highly nutritious meal that could be safely distributed to local food banks as well as developing countries. Working in collaboration with The Mathile Institute for Human Nutrition they developed The Nutri-Plenty® Meal. The Nutri-Plenty® Meal contains rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and most importantly M+ Micronutrients, a scientifically-proven blend of 21 vitamins and minerals shown to help alleviate and also reverse the effects of micronutrient malnutrition in young children. In short, the meal does much more than just fill hungry stomachs. It provides critical nutrition that helps fend off life-threatening conditions like anemia and diarrhea. The meal is easy to prepare, requiring only a cooking vessel, boiling water and a spoon. It has a long shelf life, making it ideal for food banks, and for the long journey to developing countries.




Now back to those hairnets. Pack Away Hunger is not alone in their desire to help children and others suffering from hunger. Enter the army of donors and volunteers who make it possible to create and distribute Nutri-Plenty® Meals to those in need. Like-minded community organizations, businesses, churches and individuals make financial donations so Pack Away Hunger can purchase the raw materials needed for the meals. Then, the group comes together to create the meals at a “packing event”. The events are family friendly, powerful and fun. Participants feel a sense of purpose, knowing the meals they pack with their own hands will meet a significant need for someone in their neighborhood or in a community around the world.

Making an impact. Since opening its doors in 2008, Pack Away Hunger has held more than 200 packing events and engaged more than 46,000 volunteers. Those events have created 10 Millionmeals for people in need, both near and far. Regular distribution to partner agencies in Haiti and Guatemala creates stability for children by allowing them to concentrate in school and in some cases simply survive the effects of malnutrition. Locally, the meals help families in Central Indiana by providing healthy food when they may not be able to make ends meet.



Join the fun and feel good. Pack Away Hunger often holds packing events that are open to the public. This Thanksgiving, they held their 3rd Annual Pack Friday event, offering families an alternative to Black Friday shopping. Other events have included Pack to the Future and St. Packtrick’s Day. Visit to join an event today, and you will be on your way to providing Life.Changing.Nutrition.

For more information visit or contact Charles Miller at 317-429-9876.


(1) United States Department of Agriculture

(2) The World Food Programme  


Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Little Red Door

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Little Red Door is teaming up with Sun King Brewery and Movember to "change the face of cancer" by raising money for our organization at Growler Fill Friday, November 20th.


Fall is here and you know what that means! Not only is it the start of the Holiday Season but it also means that it’s finally time for Little Red Door to partner with Sun King Brewery and Movember to raise some much needed funds for our clients right here in Central Indiana. Throughout the month of November, every Friday Little Red Door will be at Sun King Brewery with Movember promoting our very own Little Red Door Growler Fill Friday!


If you are a craft beer drinker, then you know the value of a growler. You can invest in two or three, fill them up and keep a fridge stocked with brews. Sun King Brewery, one of the best known and loved local breweries, has a long standing special every Friday called Growler Fill Friday where you only spend $6 on house fills. Little Red Door is so excited to announce that we are the featured nonprofit for the November 20th Growler Fill Friday thanks to our partnership with Sun King and Movember.


On November 20th, go to any Sun King Brewery locations to participate in Growler Fill Friday. For every Sun King Growler fill sold on this Friday, $1 will be donated to Little Red Door to change the face of cancer. Every Friday leading up to our very own Little Red Door Growler Fill Friday, look for the Little Red Door and Movember team who will be handing out giveaways promoting our Little Red Door Growler Fill Friday and cancer prevention messaging.


Whatever fills your growler, will be helping us and our partners, Sun King Brewery and Movember, change the face of cancer!




Every Friday we will be at Sun King Brewery with Movember promoting our very own Little Red Door Growler Fill Friday

We will also be handing out info on Little Red Door and giveaways


What is Growler Fill Friday? It is the only day Sun King offers $6 Growler Fills of their house beers


Little Red Door Growler Fill Friday is November 20th from 10am-8pm


You can fill up your growler at both Sun King locations (Downtown Indy - 135 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202 & Fishers Tap Room - 7840 E 96th St, Fishers, IN 46037)


$1 from every Growler Fill will be donated to Little Red Door Cancer Agency


You could help Little Red Door serve the under insured and uninsured residents of central Indiana make the most of life and the least of cancer

Save Your Tabs Collection Challenge

Friday, October 30, 2015





Fall is here...bringing us tailgating, bonfires, announcing the start to many of our holiday gatherings.  As we come together to celebrate with friends, family, and loved ones, Sun King challenges you to collect your tabs!


Our fourth installment of the Sun King Collect Your Tabs Challenge, benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, encourages fans of Fresh•Local•Beer to collect aluminum tabs, of all types.  We challenge you, your co-workers, family, and friends to collect as many aluminum tabs (beer, soda, energy drinks, canned water) as you can from October 30th, 2015 - January 9th, 2016.  All tabs will be turned in at Sun King Brewery on January 9th and those who have participated will be awarded various Sun King prizes.  All collected tabs will be dropped off to the Ronald McDonald House to be recycled.


Why Should You Collect Can Tabs? 


Not only is the can tab important for the purpose of opening your favorite "Pint in Every Can", it is also a valuable resource that generates much-needed funds to cover the operating costs to run the Ronald McDonald House to support families in need.  Don't forget to recycle your cans too - that is important for our environment!


Fun Facts about Tabs: 

• 1 lbs = 1,000 Tabs

• 1,000 lbs = 1 Million Tabs 


What does the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana do?


Nearly 1,500 families are served at the House each year while their children receive life-saving treatments at Indianapolis-area hospitals, including Riley Children's Hosiptal.  Over one billion tabs have been donated in 15 years since the program began, generating about $500,000 in revenue.  The Ronald McDonald House focuses on those families with a critically ill or injured child.  The House is the only organization in Central Indiana that provides low-cost, short-term-to-long-term lodging for these families.  


Fund received from the recycled tabs adds up to $30-$50K annually.  These funds go towards the operating costs of the Ronald McDonald House and will cover the costs of operating 3 rooms in the House for an entire year.



How Can You Help?


Help Sun King collect tabs by participating in the Save Your Tabs Challenge from October 30th, 2015 - January 9th, 2016.  Sun King will continue to collect tabs at various community events around town and on Saturday, January 9th, we ask that you stop by the brewery to drop off your collected tabs. We will weigh your tabs and reward you with prizes, and then we’ll deliver the collective bounty of tabs to the Ronald McDonald House where it will go to help those in need!



Prizes are detailed below:


  • • 1 to 4.9 lbs: $5 Gift Card
  • • 5 to 9.9 lbs: $5 Gift Card and a SKB Pint Glass
  • • 10 to 19.9 lbs: $10 Gift Card
  • • 20 to 49.9 lbs: $10 Gift Card PLUS one entry in a drawing for a $100 SKB Gift Bag
  • • 50 to 99.9 lbs: $10 Gift Card, one entry for $100 SKB Gift Bag PLUS one entry in a drawing for a Private Brewery Tour/Tasting for up to 10 people
  • • 100+ lbs: $10 Gift Card, one entry for $100 SKB Gift Bag, one entry in a drawing for a Private Brewery Tour/Tasting for up to 10 people PLUS $25 Gift Card with access to the SKB Private Cellar (full of specialty cans not generally available).
  • If you want to feel even better about cracking open a can of Fresh•Local•Beer then please join in the fun and help Sun King and The Ronald McDonald House of Indiana help families in need.

    For more information about the contest, please contact If you would like more information about the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, please visit:


    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.