Save Your Tabs Collection Challenge - Summertime Edition 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015



With warmer weather finally here, that means we find ourselves outdoors more.  Whether you are at an Indy Indians baseball game, on a boat with friends, or grilling out in your backyard for patio hangouts, cans of Fresh•Local•Beer go hand in hand!

Sun King challenges you to help out with the Sun King Save Your Tabs Collection Challenge benefitting Ronald McDonald House of Indiana . We ask that you, our beloved fans, friends, and family, to help collect aluminum tabs. The tabs you collect can be of any aluminum tab variation, from a can of Fresh•Local•Beer, energy drink, soda, or canned water!  Unite your friends, family, and co-workers on collecting as many tabs as you can for the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana and you will receive various Sun King prizes as your reward.


What do you think of when you think of a can tab?

An can tab is not just a piece of aluminum that helps open up your delicious Fresh•Loca•Beer, to the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, one of Sun King’s Community Partners, it is a valuable resource. For over 15 years the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana has been collecting aluminum tabs to recycle them and generate much-needed funds to cover operating costs and support all of the families served.

Who is the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana and what do they do?

Every year approximately 1,500 families stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana while their children receive life-saving treatments at Indianapolis-area hospitals, primarily Riley Children’s Hospital.

The Ronald McDonald House focuses on those families with critically ill or injured child. The Ronald McDonald House is the only organization in Central Indiana that provides low-cost, short-to-long-term lodging to these families. Funds received from the recycling of the tabs adds up to around $30-$50K annually. These funds go towards the operating expenses of the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana and can cover the cost of operating 3 rooms in the House for an entire year.

The Save Your Tabs Collection Challenge kicks off on Thursday, April 16th at the Indianapolis Indians baseball game and Craft Beer Night!  The Ronald McDonald House of Indiana will be at the game sampling the latest Sun King brew, fun adult activities, and more!   Join Sun King and various community partners throughout the summer for Craft Beer Nights at the Indians games.  Learn more about these partners and help collect tabs.  A $1 per pint at these games will go towards that Craft Beer Night featured community partner.  

Craft Beer Night Schedule: 


• April 16: Bitter Druid ESB, proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House.

• May 14: Popcorn Pilsner, proceeds benefit Second Helpings.

• May 28: Barrel-Aged Specialty, proceeds benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

• June 11: Specialty Sour, proceeds benefit Gleaners Food Bank.

• July 23: Barrel-Aged Specialty, proceeds benefit Teacher's Treasures.

• Aug. 13: Specialty Sour, proceeds benefit Little Red Door.

• Sept. 3: Oktoberfest, proceeds benefit Indy Humane Society.


So start collecting your tabs now!  The Save Your Tabs Collection Challenge starts Thursday, April 16th and will run until Saturday, August 8th, 2015. 

On Saturday, August 8th, we ask that you stop by Sun King 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

• 10 to 49.9 lbs: $10 Gift Card PLUS one entry in a drawing for a $75 SKB Gift Bag

• 50 to 99.9 lbs: $10 Gift Card, one entry for $75 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 $75 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 Heather Hall. If you would like more information about the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, please visit:

Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Mutt Strut

Monday, April 13, 2015



Ladies and gentlemen, start your paws!

Spring in Indianapolis means it’s time for one of the furriest events of the year: IndyHumane’s Mutt Strut! Each year, more than 7,000 pet lovers and their four-legged friends come together at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for The Greatest Spectacle in Dog Walking.


If you’ve never been to Mutt Strut, you’ve been missing out on one of Indy’s signature events! More than 6,200 pets – including dogs, cats, at least one iguana and a tortoise – attended Mutt Strut last year, and thousands more supported the event through contributions to participants and teams.


So what is Mutt Strut? It’s the largest annual fundraising event for the Humane Society of Indianapolis – your local, nonprofit, independent animal shelter – and every dollar raised from participants directly supports animals in need right here in Indy. In 2014, nearly $350,000 was raised by individuals, teams, and corporate sponsors, and that support helped to provide care for more than 3,600 animals who found themselves at IndyHumane!


The main event is a walk around the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s the only time people and their pets are allowed on the world-famous home of the Indy 500 and the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, and a great way to experience the history and scale of an Indy icon! There’s also the Party on the Plaza, where participants can interact with sponsors and vendors, grab a bite from one of the food trucks, and learn about other great Central Indiana nonprofits. You’ll also find entertainers, performers, and kids’ activities; see demonstrations from IndyHumane canine and feline specialists; and learn about the different programs services offered by IndyHumane.


There’s a reason it’s called The Greatest Spectacle in Dog Walking, and we hope you’ll join us for the fun!



We’re inviting all friends of Sun King Brewing to join our SKB team and help us help the animals at IndyHumane. To get signed up, you can click here, or head to click “Join Team”, or create your own team and try to out-strut our staff! The first 200 folks to register with the case-sensitive discount code “SKBStrut” will receive a 10% discount off their registration, so act quickly!


Thinking about going BIG for Mutt Strut? The individual participant that raises the most for IndyHumane at Mutt Strut will be crowned TOP DOG 2016, and will have their pooch’s mug on the posters, T-shirts, and marketing pieces for Mutt Strut 2016! There are other great prizes for fundraising, too, including a Mutt Strut leash and collar set and a personalized basket of pet and human goodies! (There are prizes for the top fundraising team, too, so if you’re going to compete with us, make sure you mean business!)


The Humane Society of Indianapolis has served the Indy area since 1905, and is more than just a great place to find your new furry best friend! IndyHumane’s two low-cost vaccine clinics are a great resource for keeping your dog or cat healthy and happy with affordable vaccines, microchipping, flea/tick preventative, and more! You can also visit the IndyHumane Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic on the near west side to get your pet fixed before summer, and get him or her vaccinated while you’re there! Our Canine Training School and Dog Park at 79th and Michigan are great for Mutt Strut warm-ups, and for spending time building an even better relationship with your furry friend.



So bring your pet, your friends, your coworkers, or just yourself (no pet required!) for a walk around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and get your paws moving! Check it out at, and we’ll see you at the track!

Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Monday, April 06, 2015





Each year, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful supports an average of 600 community improvement projects with more than 25,000 volunteers. For nearly 40 years, we’ve partnered with neighborhoods, the public sector, and Indianapolis community groups and businesses to help them achieve our vision for a beautiful city. These awesome projects range from community tree plantings, litter cleanups, super cool murals and even pocket parks in Indy neighborhoods. As you can image, it takes a lot of planning, committed staff and awesome volunteers and supporters to keep Indy beautiful.


KIB relies upon the generous donations of people like you, and the amazing support of fantastic businesses like Sun King to enable our work to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public spaces, helping people and nature thrive!


Even though you may not know it, your donation causes a chain reaction of good throughout our Indianapolis community. So what a better way to help our city stay clean and green, than throwing one back for Indy!

That’s right; just buy filling up your growler on Friday, April 24—it’s Arbor Day, y’all—you can help KIB. Sun King will be donating a portion of growler sales that day, and many other Indy business will be supporting us this month too.

Wondering how you can get involved? It’s easy!

VOLUNTEER: We are always on the lookout for amazing folks who want to make an impact in our city. Have a special skill—Master Gardener, what? Want to learn a special skill—can I interest you in power tools?Maybe you just love spending time with truly awesome people—we work with 30,000 of them every year! If you said yes to any of these questions, get to our website stat. You can sign up for any one of our fantastic volunteer projects all over the city; including our super popular Happy Hour Weeding, supported by Sun King.

PARTNER: Leaving your mark in this city is easy; especially if it’s a lasting impact in the form of a community tree planting or revitalizinga vacant lot in your neighborhood that would be the perfect pocket park or community greenspace. Even something as small as organizing your neighbors to pick up litter can make a huge difference in everyone’s quality of life...and we want to assist you in ALL of the things! Get to know our staff, these great folks can help you make an impact in Indy and introduce you to some great folks at the same time!

DONATE: We’d love to help you turn your green into green!We are asking people to think KIB during the month of April, to raise awareness about our work and funds for our community greening in Indianapolis with our Leaf Winter Behind campaign. Everyone’s gotta eat, right? Head over to and mark your calendar to grab lunch, dinner, or a drink at one of our friendly local businesses, and support KIB. You can also go shopping for a good cause this month, and a portion of the proceeds will support Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Check out and get that holiday shopping out of the way early.




Sun King brews special beer for NUVO's 25th Anniversary

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


NUVO’s turning 25, and Sun King’s concocted a specialty brew for Indy’s Alternative Voice. The beer, an Imperial American Lager, is brewed with Indiana from Indiana’s Academy Malt Co. and Cousin Willie’s popcorn from Just Pop In (also an Indiana product). The beer’s malty, a little sweet and very smooth — an alternative beer for an alternative paper.

The name?
Social Justice!

Drink it in, peeps — Social Justice is available now in the Sun King Tasting Room and throughout all of Central Indiana.  NUVO’s 25th Anniversary issue hits stands on March 25, a 96-page double-edition that’ll be available FREE at 1000 locations in Indy and Bloomington and online at

March 28 is the date for NUVO’s big anniversary bash at Deluxe at Old National Centre, and yes, Social Justice will be available at the venue that night.

5th Annual Bike to the Ballpark

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bike to the Ballpark

Join Sun King and IndyCog for the 5th Annual Bike to the Ballpark with the Indianapolis Indians on Thursday, April 9th, 2015!

Bike enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to attend the Bike to the Ballpark pre-party celebration from 4-6pm before we take a ride through downtown Indy to Victory Field for the Indians home opener at 7pm.

Mayor Greg Ballard will lead the ride through downtown Indy at 6pm.

Pedal and Park will be provided for free to cyclists making the ride to Victory Field. 

Want to volunteer? Click here:        

Please pre-register here:

Purchase your tickets to Opening Day by using promo code BIKE to purchase two for the price of one:

Bike to the Ballpark Partners:

Yelp Indy | The Handle Bar | Tour de Cure -Indiana | ActiveIndy Tours


Food Trucks:

Groovy Guys Fries | Pi Pizza

Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Red Cross of Indiana

Tuesday, March 10, 2015



March is Red Cross Month:

A Time to Recognize Everyday Heroes


During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes our country’s everyday heroes – heroes who reach out to help people in need. These are the people who -

  • • Help tornado victims locate their lost family members.
  • • Wrap a warm blanket around a child whose family home has burned down.
  • • Give blood to help a stranger.
  • • Brighten the day of an injured service member who is in a hospital far from home.
  • • Take one of our lifesaving classes and step forward to assist someone having a heart attack or to save a drowning child.

President Barack Obama has proclaimed March as Red Cross Month across the country, a tradition upheld by each of our nation’s leaders since President Franklin D. Roosevelt first recognized Red Cross Month in 1943.


“For more than 130 years, the devoted women and men of the American Red Cross have responded to challenges at home and abroad with compassion and generosity. In times of conflict and great tragedy, they deliver humanitarian relief, save lives, and offer hope for a brighter tomorrow,” the proclamation reads. “Their service has meant so much to so many, and it reflects a fundamental American truth: we look out for one another and we do not leave anyone behind. This month, we renew our sense of common purpose and honor all those whose sacrifices have made our society more prepared, resilient, and united.”

The Red Cross has a long-standing relationship with the White House dating back to 1913 and President Woodrow Wilson. In 1906 a largely ceremonial office of president was added to the Red Cross leadership. In 1913, President Wilson agreed to serve in this role. This began a tradition that continues today whereby the president of the United States serves as honorary chairman of the American Red Cross. The Red Cross is not a government agency and does not receive a regular appropriation from Congress.


The American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters every year. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.


Red Cross Month is a great time to become part of the Red Cross. You can work on a preparedness plan with members of your household so you are ready for emergencies. You can become a Red Cross volunteer. Or you can give blood or a financial donation.


redcross facts

More information is available on how you can help through your local Red Cross chapter, or by visiting


Please #BeAHero by supporting the @INRedCross this March

$6 Growler Fill Friday PLUS Pints and Sampling Flights

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

You spoke, we listened and now you can enjoy a pint of Fresh•Local•Beer everyday we’re open!


Starting this Friday, February 6th, Sun King will offer pints and sampling flights for you to enjoy.


Here is how it works: Sun King will offer all patrons three (3) complimentary sampling tickets for you to try any combination of our available beers. You can sample from our seasonal and specialty lineup or revisit an old favorite, Sunlight Cream Ale • Wee Mac Scottish Ale • Osiris Pale Ale.


Don't worry… Friday Growler Fills are still only $6 for House Beers so you can stock up on beer for the weekend. Full size beers will be $5 each (size varies based on alcohol content) or you can choose a full sample flight of six (6) 3 oz samples featuring a mix of House and Seasonal/Specialty Beers for only $6. 



Cooking with Sun King: Barrel-Aged Timmie Beef Jerky

Monday, January 26, 2015

There are two things that we love most at Sun King - craft beer and tasty food!

Sun King's Barrel-Aged Guru, Andrew Hood, shared with us a recipe for homemade beef jerky.  This simple snack is perfect to impress your friends during the Big Game this weekend.  Andrew used Sun King King's Reserve Barrel-Aged Timmie in this Beef Jerky recipe that will leave your mouth watering for more.





Cooking with Sun King: Barrel-Aged Timmie Beef Jerky


Beef Jerky Marinade:

4 lbs of Round Steak

4 Tablespoons Onion Powder

1 ½ teaspoons Cracked Pepper “Black”

1 ¼ teaspoons Garlic Powders

1 pinch Italian Seasoning

1 teaspoon Cracked Sea Salt

1 cup Soy Sauce

½ cup Worcestershire Sauce

1 Tablespoon Sriracha

1 can of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Timmie (Imperial Stout)


Other Ingredients:

4 lbs of Round Steak


Other Items Needed:

Wooden skewers

Aluminum foil


Mix all marinade ingredients in large bowl and set aside. Cut Round Steak into ¼ inch strips place into large bowl. Pour marinade over beef. Make sure all pieces of beef are covered in marinade. Cover bowl. Place in Marinade over night (18-24 hours).

Take top wire rank out of oven and turn it around in the oven. Place aluminum foil on bottom rack to catch juices.

After marinating the beef, take wooden skewers, and press into the top end of the larger end of the slice. Place skewered meat on top rack rails to “hang” meat.


Turn oven on to 170F. Leave oven door open a crack. By not having the door closed all of the way, you are letting the moisture escape and drying out the meat faster than normal. Once everything is set in place, let the slow dehydration begin.


Allow meat to continue to dehydrate for 4 to 4 ½ hours. Let meat cool in oven, remove meat skewers from racks, place on plate. Once meat has cooled enough to touch, remove skewers. 

Happy New Year from Sun King!

Monday, January 05, 2015

Happy New Year from Sun King!


It's been another exciting and fun-filled year around the brewery and water to take a minute to express our sincere gratitude to all of you who continue to support our efforts, enjoy our beer, and share it with friends and family!


It is likely that you have seen or heard something recently about some challenging issues that Sun King is facing.  We recently made the difficult decision to cut ties with our distribution partners because at our current, maximum legal rate of production, we will be unable to sustain the business in our home market throughout 2015.  Producing more than 30,000 barrels (Each barrel is approximately 2 kegs. 30,000 barrels is equal to 60,000 kegs) - a limit set forth by state law - would have 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 are part of our DNA and paramount to our success as a small, homegrown brewery.




Our goal is to continue to grow as demand dictates, create more Indiana jobs and make the best beer possible, while selling it in Indiana.  We hope that you will support our efforts by contacting your state representatives in the Indiana House and Senate so that we can work together to update Indiana's brewing laws and again partner with distributors and share our Fresh•Local•Beer throughout Indiana.  


We are hopeful that Indiana laws will be updated to increase the current limit and allow us to produce and distribute more beer in Indiana.  The Brewers of Indiana Guild will be lobbying for this increase at the next legislative session and this change will help not only Sun King, but 3 Floyds, Upland, and eventually many other Indiana breweries as local craft beer sales continue to grow throughout Indiana.  If we are successful then we can increase our production capacity and once again provide beer to consumers throughout Indiana.  Until then, we'll continue to deal with the challenges created by the 30,000-barrel limit.  


If you are curious about our progress on our Fishers location, we are still in the planning phases and have found that building something of this scale from the ground up is arduous, time consuming, and costly.  We continue to revise and refine our plans in hopes of getting our additional location up and running in 2015.  We will continue to keep you posted as things develop and we look forward to sharing our vision and a beer with you.




News on Bourbon Barrel-Aged Timmie

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Sun King King's Reserve Bourbon Barrel-Aged Timmie was released just a few short weeks ago. There has been some concern from a few customers regarding the coagulated proteins found in their can.

The proteins are flavorless and completely safe but a little weird to be sure. This can occur in bigger bold beers like Russian Imperial Stouts. Many other breweries have experienced the same thing happening with some of other brews.


Here's more information on our findings, as well as, others findings:


Timmie Protein