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Late Night Fries and a Beer at the Anchor with Angela


Friday, November 07, 2014

“Late night fries and a beer at the Anchor with Angela.”

 


 

So recalls, fondly, one of the characters in “Lightning and Jellyfish,” my new play running at Theatre on the Square through Nov. 9. It’s about the life of a woman from her Jersey shore days onward, fueled by music (primarily Springsteen and Dylan) and a search for honesty.

On the surface, the “late night fries and a beer” line doesn’t say much. But underneath it, I hope, rests memories that anyone (over legal age) has of conversations spent with a friend, new or old, discussing matters, large or small, over cold ones. Such nights populate some of my fondest memories of growing up in Wildwood, New Jersey.

Grabbing a beer at one of the local drinkeries is something I hope people do after seeing the play, which I’m thrilled is being staged at Mass Ave’s most visible theater.

As a theater junkie, I’ve got a lot of opinions about the art and craft of playmaking. One of them is that theaters don’t do enough to engage patrons after they see a show. Sure, there’s the occasional post-show talkback or please-fill-this-out survey. But, in an ideal world, every theater lobby would be open after the show for beers and talk.

The fries are optional.

Cheers.
--Lou Harry

Lightning and Jellyfish runs at Theatre on the Square through November 9th. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.tots.org.

Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: New Year's Eve at the IMA


Wednesday, November 05, 2014

New Year’s Eve at the IMA presented by The Penrod Society

 

 

Trendy libations, exclusive performances and inventive new spaces are just a few of the perks that partygoers can experience at the third annual New Year’s Eve at the IMA presented by The Penrod Society.  With open bars featuring beer provided by Sun King Brewing Co. and liquor provided by Republic National Distributing Company, this is set to be the area’s prime destination to ring in the New Year.

 

In the party hub—the soaring Pulliam Family Great Hall—revelers can enjoy live music, interactive food stations, champagne and luxury cocktails. With this, guests are invited to experience more than 5,000 years of art history as they explore the museum galleries, including the special exhibition, Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life. This year’s theme, Reveal, will treat guests to a new space, performance or activity every hour, including a swanky outdoor lounge and contemporary gallery mixology bar.

 

 

Ticket packages include:

                                    

  • Champagne Package:
Start the party an hour early at 8 p.m. and receive special access to private bars and lounges throughout the evening. Tickets are $200 per guest ($155 of each reservation is fully tax-deductible.)

 

  • NYE Reveler:
Enjoy international cuisine, luxury cocktails and live entertainment from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.  Tickets are $125 for IMA members ($80 of each reservation is fully tax-deductible) and $150 for non-members ($105 of each reservation is fully tax-deductible.)

 

Tickets can be purchased by calling 317-923-1331 ext. 494 or online at www.imamuseum.org/NYE.

 

The IMA would like to thank its sponsors for NYE at the IMA presented by The Penrod Society, which include: The Penrod Society as the event’s title sponsor; J.P. Morgan Chase, Kahn’s Catering, and Macy’s as supporting sponsors; Eskenazi Health Foundation, Indianapolis Monthly, and Republic National Distributing Company as contributing sponsors; as well as IndyHub, Lumina Foundation, Parr Richey Obremskey Frandsen & Patterson LLP, Preppy Guide to Life, and Sun King Brewing Co. as basic sponsors.

 

 

 

 


Pints & Flights Now Available at Sun King Brewery


Monday, November 03, 2014

It’s the beginning of a whole new era…

 

The number one complaint we’ve had about the Tasting Room from the very beginning is that you can’t actually drink a beer while you’re there. We pride ourselves on our customer service and we strive to constantly make changes for the better, so starting today we’ll be serving full size glasses of beer in the Tasting Room.

 

Our new hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 10am-7pm and Saturday from 1-5pm. Growler Fill Fridays are too busy to make changes to and we will stick to the program of tickets for sampling and beer to go.

 

One of the reasons we’ve been unable to serve pints until now is because we didn’t have a kitchen area that would allow us to meet the state minimum food requirement. For those that are unaware of what that means, Indiana law requires that in order to serve beer by the glass, a brewery must have available hot sandwiches, hot soup, coffee and milk for at least 25 people. It’s a law that dates back to the late 1970’s, but it’s the law none-the-less, so we’ve built out a food preparation area that will allow us to be compliant and give the people what they want: Full size glasses of beer!

 

Our food program will rival our friends down at New Albanian’s Bank Street Brew House, so be aware that we are not making the leap into the restaurant business and you will be underwhelmed by the options, but this is about drinking beer in a brewery not sparking a food revolution. We will have a rotation of food trucks on site every Wednesday and Thursday. In the event that one is unavailable we will offer menus from local restaurant partners that carry our beer and offer delivery. Carry in food and beverages will be prohibited.

 

With this awesome new feature come other changes of course. You will still be able to taste any beer that we have on tap, but tastes will be just that, 1oz tastes. We will be offering Sample Flights for $6 that will get you 3oz samples of each of our House Beers and three seasonal/specialty beers. Complimentary sampling will be limited to Growler Fill Friday.


We hope that you are as excited as we are about this and that we see you in the Tasting Room soon for a pint of Fresh•Local•Beer!


For more information, please visit our Tasting Room Pint Sales Information Page.


Save Your Tabs Collection Challenge Holiday 2014 Edition


Monday, November 03, 2014




It's that time of year again for holiday parties and family gatherings.  When people get together, that means people will be gathering for good times, and perhaps some Fresh•Local•Beer in cans!


Sun King challenges you to help out with the Sun King Save Your Tabs Collection Holiday 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!  Since the holiday season is almost underway, what better way than to unite with your friends, family, and co-workers on collecting as many tabs as you can for the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana.  


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 Holiday Collection Challenge started on November 3rd, 2014 and will run until January 10th, 2015. 
On Saturday, January 10th, 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 

• 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:  http://www.rmh-indiana.org



Sun King Brewery King's Reserve Bourbon Barrel-aged Batch 666: Sympathy for the Devil


Thursday, October 23, 2014

666: WTF?!?!

 

October 30th will see the release of our 666th batch of beer, aptly named Sympathy for the Devil (I think it’s an important point of reference that we recently brewed our 1814th batch). Batch 666 is a unique and complex beer that was recently honored with a Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Strong Ale category.

 


When we release Batch 666 next Thursday at noon, there will likely be a line and there will definitely be a limit on the number of cans each individual can buy. With a cost of $25 for a 2-pack, there will also be a number of people who are upset about the price! Therefore, we thought it would be good to share a little bit more information about the Sun King Brewery King’s Reserve series, this particular beer, and how supply and demand works for a constantly growing brewery like ours.

 


 


The Sun King Brewery King’s Reserve series takes advantage of a packaging technology called Alumi-Tek that was developed by Ball Corporation and is currently only utilized by four breweries in the United States. Two of those breweries are part of an international conglomerate, and the other two are Oskar Blues and Sun King. The project to create a filler/capper that would meet the needs of Craft Brewers was undertaken as a joint project by Ball, Cask Brewing Systems, Sun King and Oskar Blues in 2012, and took nearly six months of conversation, collaboration, and innovation to complete.

 

 

The end result is a very manual operation that is an adaptation of the original two head canner that Cask built and Oskar Blues implemented to kick off the craft canning revolution over 12 years ago. The entire operation takes six people to can a whopping six cans a minute! I like to say it’s putting the hand back in hand crafted, but all joking aside, it gives us a way to package our smallest batch, rarest beers from our Bourbon Barrel and Wild Fermentation Series.  Each of these beers are lovingly cared for in an adjacent building to our original brewery spacethat contains two separate 2,000 square foot, temperature controlled barrel aging room.


The Alumi-Tek project was amazing to be a part of, costly to implement, but ultimately beneficial to our beer and the conditions in which it can be served. Alumi-Tek can have to be purchased in very large quantities (68,000 at time - hence the universal design and hand stickered cans) and their cost is three times your typical aluminum can. Our Alumi-Tek filler (which is manufactured in Canada) and capper (which is manufactured in Japan) cost upwards of $75,000 dollars, so in packaging alone, we have incurred a significant and unusual cost to produce just six cans a minute. 

  

Batch 666: Sympathy for the Devil is a Belgian-style Black Ale, which isn’t currently considered its own style by the Brewers Association. It might be easier to think of the Batch 666 as an Imperial Porter or Stout that was fermented with a unique blend of 6 Belgian yeasts. Our Head Brewer Dave Colt selected these particular varieties of yeast based on the unique flavor profiles they would impart on the beer. We brewed Batch 666 in 2012 and when it finished fermenting it weighed in at 10.5% alcohol by volume.


The beer was delicious, but the heat from the alcohol was so overwhelming that it needed to be cellared for a while in order for its full flavors to develop. Unlike the process used in creating our usual assortment of house, seasonal, and specialty beers, cellaring a beer takes space and a vessel or vessels to do so. We were fortunate enough to purchase a used bright beer tank from Caldera Brewing in Oregon, which we had shipped in in order to hold the beer and others like it in the future.  

 

After cellaring 666 for nearly a year, we moved it into a variety of spent Bourbon Barrels. We are fortunate that our proximity to Kentucky gives us access to lots of bourbon barrels, but since distilleries can only use virgin oak barrels to age bourbon, they like to recoup a portion of their investment. Each barrel holds 50 gallons and costs somewhere between $100 and $200 per barrel, depending on what was in it and for how long. 

Our Barrel Aging Program has over 300 barrels in process and we store these barrels at cool temperatures in order to maintain the integrity of the beer and ensure that it is optimally delicious at the end of the process. Our average beer in a bourbon barrel ages for nine to twelve months and each barrel ages at its own pace. When we feel the balance of beer and spirit has reached its peak, we extract the beer into kegs and wait for the other barrels until they have attained the desired flavor and character. It’s amazing that two barrels that housed the same spirit in the same ricking house for the same amount of time will develop at a completely different rate and often create different flavor profiles. Once we are sure that each and every barrel has reached its peak, we release the beer to the public.


 

 


The price of these beers is directly the results of all these efforts, the cost to produce the base beer, the wages of the people who make the brewery work, the cost of the barrels, the time it takes to mature, the space aging takes up, the costs of packaging,and, lastly, how much of the beer is available. Just like any other business, we use the basic law of supply and demand to help us determine the fair price of our products. 


Given that each packaging run from the Sun King Brewery King’s Reserve series yields an average of 50 cases of beer and that these beers are packaged in two packs, we end up with 400 units of available beer. In addition to that limited supply, we realize that there is a strong demand for a beer that was recently judged at the Great American Beer Festival® as one of the best Barrel Aged Strong Beers in the country.  For every person that thinks $25 per 2-pack is absurd, there are a good number of people that would be happy to have the opportunity to buy two. 

 

I think it’s important to note that 2 x Alumi-Tek cans has the same volume of beer as a liter bottle. Unlike other similarly priced large bottle barrel aged beers, these two packs provide you with the opportunity to drink them in more than one sitting. You can drink one and save the other, or you can drink half of one can, reseal it like a growler and then enjoy the other half the next day.

 

We have quickly learned that as a brewery, we cannot please everyone. Our first rare beer release was Johan the Barleywine, and we did an online reservation that sold out in minutes. Only a handful of people got the opportunity to make a reservation and sadly, half of the people never came to pick up their beer. The leftover cans were eventually released on a first come, first served basis, and the whole process was a big mess and a pain in the ass for everyone involved, so we moved on to new options.


We tried releasing on a Friday, but Fridays are crazy busy at the brewery already. We tried it on Thursdays at 4pm, but found that most people are still at work. Our current approach is to release the beer at noon on Thursday so that people can hopefully stop by out on their lunch breaks, but of course that doesn’t work for everyone either.

We have typically had a limit of 2 x 2-packs per person, so we are talking about limiting it to 1 x 2-pack per person in order to ensure that more people have the opportunity to enjoy these beers. We’re still not sure what the best method is, but we’ll continue to discuss, debate and do our best to make it better.

To summarize, I would like to apologize in advance for anyone who is upset about the cost and/or availability of Barrel Aged Batch 666 and any of our past or future Sun King Brewery King’s Reserve releases. We are doing the best to continue to operate, grow, hire more people and make the best beer possible, all while sharing it with as many craft beer lovers as we can.


Sincerely,

Clay Robinson

Co-Founder

Sun King Brewing Company

 

 

 

 


Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Indy Redefined


Monday, October 20, 2014







Beer lovers: Indy Redefined wants you

 

There will be beer.

 

Indy Redefined is a half-day conference Oct. 30 centering on some of the biggest and most exciting changes that are redefining industries across our city, the country and the world.

 

How is this relevant to you, the beer lover?

· Sun King Brewing's Clay Robinson is speaking.

· Sun King is sponsoring the happy hour between the conference and IndyHub’s 5x5.

· True to its name, there will be beer at happy hour.

· Other speakers you'll see either personally drink beer or most likely are good friends with someone who does — such as Julie Keefe, Creative Laureate of Portland (this year's Bustle.com #1 Best City for Beer Lovers) and Aman Brar, who may be able to tell you how many times ChaCha gets a beer question (though he's at Apparatus now).

· Your fellow conference attendees (at least a handful) will undoubtedly like beer.

 

Consider yourself officially invited to join us. It’s happening on Oct. 30 starting at 1 p.m. in the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway, Ind.

 

The event isn’t entirely about beer. The point is, we think that if you’re the kind of savvy, fun-loving person who likes Sun King, you’ll probably find something you like at Indy Redefined, too. 

 

There’s certainly more to know about Indy Redefined — and if you’re feeling ambitious, read up on Achieve and IndyHub, the conference organizers!

 

And yes, we think you should grab a ticket and join us for the day, and RSVP for 5x5 to party with us in the evening.

 

- Jenny Walton, Communications - IndyHub


Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: FIDO


Monday, October 13, 2014

FIDO, Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside, is an all-volunteer group, that focuses on helping dog owners to improve the quality of life for their outside dogs.
 
FIDO will be hosting a food drive at Sun King on Friday, October 17 from 3 to 7 p.m..  While you are visiting Sun King for Growler Fill Friday bring along a bag of dry dog or cat food (greatest need of cat food).


 
FIDO’s pet food pantry is in immediate need of food for our more than 350 pet food pantry clients, those of which include families in financial need who own pets, and community cat care-takers who manage cat colonies in neighborhoods throughout Marion County.
 
FIDO’s pet food pantry is open every first and third Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., and they distribute more than 10,000 pounds of food each month. (Clients can visit the pet food pantry once a month.) Since they are a fully volunteer-staffed, non-profit organization, we obtain the vast majority of our supplies from donations from pet food retailers, large grocery stores and warehouse stores. However, donation frequency and volume is unpredictable, so we also purchase supplies to ensure a continuous supply.



 
They have never had to close their doors since they launched the FIDO Pet Food Pantry in February 2010. There have been a few times when they have run out of food, but they worked extremely hard to proactively manage their resources and avoid stock-outs. So they need your help to ensure this track record is maintained to support our fellow residents who are in financial need.
 
In addition to feeding needy Indianapolis dogs and cats, the pet food pantry operation also allows us to help reduce the number of pets that wind up in the wrong hands (like dog fighters and backyard breeders), are surrendered into shelters, or left to roam the streets, and they also increase community awareness of the benefits of proper care and treatment of pets (like spaying and neutering!) and overall responsible pet ownership.
 
The FIDO Pet Food Pantry is located at 456 N Holmes Avenue, on the near-west side of downtown. We are co-located in the Indy Humane Animal Welfare Center.



Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Heartland Film Festival 2014


Thursday, October 09, 2014





As the Exclusive Beer of the Heartland Film Festival, Sun King Brewing is pumped for the 23rd annual Heartland Film Festival (Oct. 16-25)!
 
Every October, the Heartland Film Festival gives moviegoers access to more than 100 visiting independent filmmakers from all over the world, right in the heart of the Midwest. Heartland showcases more than 130 entertaining movies that do more than just entertain over 10 days of red carpet premieres and events, parties and hundreds of film screenings across Indianapolis.

Check out this video:

 

   
You might not know this, but the Heartland Film Festival has earned the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® within the Short Films category. This means that the winner of the Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short Film will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. This means you could meet future Oscar® winners and nominees right here in Indy!
 
See “Light Fly, Fly High” – Sponsored by Sun King Brewing
 
As a proud Heartland sponsor, Sun King is the key supporter of the documentary film “Light Fly, Fly High.” The film is about Thulasi, a young Indian woman in her 20s, who is willing to literally box her way out of poverty and into a better life. A Dalit or “untouchable” born outside of caste, she rejected her place on society’s lowest rung at an early age and was forced to leave her parents’ home when only 14. Ten years later, despite her impressive record in the ring, ranking third in India’s Light Fly category, Thulasi remains stuck at the bottom, deprived of opportunities she rightly deserves.

Check out this clip:
 
http://vimeo.com/79682485
 
Despite an uphill battle against sexual harassment, poverty and the pressure to marry, Thulasi refuses to compromise herself and her goals and takes her destiny into her own hands. Filmed over three eventful years, the movie is a gripping and inspirational story of a courageous young woman who refuses to be anyone’s victim and ends up a hero of her own making against all odds.
 
See “Light Fly, Fly High” at the Heartland Film Festival:
 
-              Friday, Oct. 17 – 10:15 a.m., AMC Castleton Square 14
-              Friday, Oct. 17 – 4:15 p.m., AMC Castleton Square 14
-              Sunday, Oct. 19 – 3:15 p.m., AMC Castleton Square 14
-              Monday, Oct. 20 – 12:15 p.m., AMC Castleton Square 14
-              Tuesday, Oct. 21 – 5:00 p.m., AMC Traders Point Showplace 12
-              Wednesday, Oct. 22 – 7:30 p.m., AMC Castleton Square 14
-              Thursday, Oct. 23 – 5:00 p.m., AMC Traders Point Showplace 12
-              Saturday, Oct. 26 – 10:30 a.m., AMC Traders Point Showplace 12
 
Directors/Producers Beathe Hofseth and Susann Ostigaard scheduled to attend screenings on Friday, Oct. 17 at AMC Castleton Square 14.
 
Screening Venues & Tickets
 
With over 270 film screenings, moviegoers can check out movies at three different locations:
-              AMC Castleton Square 14
-              AMC Traders Point Showplace 12
-              Wheeler Arts Community in Fountain Square
 
View the full film lineup and purchase tickets at www.heartlandfilmfestival.org or by calling 1-866-HFF-1010. Advance screening tickets are $2 cheaper than at the box office price, so buy now and save.
 
We hear filmmakers love to meet up for drinks after a long day of screenings – buy your favorite filmmaker a Sun King and welcome them to Indianapolis!

Four Nuggets of Knowledge: CANvitational 2014 Tips


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This weekend marks the second annual CANvitational and I for one am really excited to see what the gang over at Sun King has brewed up (pun intended) for us this year.


 You might be asking yourself, “Who is this dude blogging about a craft beer festival?” “Does he even work at a brewery?” No, I don’t work in the “industry,” but I do love craft beer, have a pretty sweet beard, and festivals are kind of my bag. That makes me an expert, right?!?


 Anyway, I’ve been in the event/festival world for almost 15 years now and I was so impressed with what I saw at last year’s inaugural CANvitational that I pretty much begged Sun King to let me help in some way this year. After much pestering and repeated e-mails, they caved and said I can contribute by writing this guest blog post about the event itself and what you can expect.


So here are some things I experienced last year that convinced me that CANvitational was and will be a uniquely amazing festival you will not want to miss.

 


1) Safety – It’s a mindset, kids!


 Have you ever been to an event where there was little to no structure? One where volunteers were uninformed, food and beer lines snake around vendor tables and eventually joined into one big hot mess. One where you didn’t know if you were in the line for a taco, a margarita or the restroom. Now imagine that chaos if something bad were to happen and people started to scatter. Actually, let’s not think about that because you are not going to have to worry about it this Saturday.

I’ve been to plenty of festivals over the years and this is one of the best executed events I’ve ever attended. Yes, the atmosphere is amazing and the beer...oh the beer…is a thing to behold. But after having worked with the cats at Sun King for years now, I know they know how to deliver on the wow-factor. It’s the infrastructure of the thing that blew my mind! At no point in my can-beer-sampling-day did I ever feel unsafe or not cared for. From the helpful and smiling volunteers to the police officers keeping a watchful eye on things, I never felt rushed or watched. I knew if there were even the potential for a problem, someone would be on it. With that feeling, I could just enjoy my surroundings and the company I was with.

Let me put it this way: Well staffed, well informed and well organized. Go on, relax and enjoy yourself! In moderation, that is.



2) Adult Swim Time

This one is simple. I’ve been to plenty of gatherings fueled by booze and its inevitable that some, if not a large chunk, of the crowd is there for one thing and one thing only…to catch a buzz and tell their friends later that they got “sooooo wasted”. There’s nothing wrong with that. We’ve all done it. But sometimes it’s nice to see people get excited about the breweries at the event, the kind of thing that makes this craft beer lover’s heart skip a beat. Breweries like Revolution and Half Acre out of Chicago, Cigar City, Surley and one of my personal faves Vander Mills Ciders out of Michigan. Check out the complete list of breweries here. With a list of breweries like that, it’s a pretty sure bet the crowd going Saturday are there for quality not quantity.

 


3) Economic Development We Can All Toast To

It dawned on me early on in my love of Sun King that it wasn’t just a great product they were producing and I was consuming. There was more to it than that. There was a master plan that’s probably been in motion since the first batch of Johan was brewed years ago. A plan to take this city’s love of craft beer and turn it into a booming industry so much so other cities and states would sit up and take notice.

You have to agree that the booming industry part of that plan is progressing quickly. It seems like overnight, Downtown Indianapolis went from having two chain breweries to having almost a dozen craft breweries in a couple mile radius of the city center. Whatever side of town you live on there are small breweries popping up almost monthly and the beer they are cranking out is AMAZING.

 

That’s step one. The next step is to get this town on the map nationally when it comes to the craft beer industry. How do you do that, other than make great beer? You establish a one of a kind annual beer event where some of the nation’s best craft breweries canning their products all come together and share their wares with thirsty beer lovers.  Buying a ticket to CANvitational and drinking craft beer will, in both the short and long term, help our local economy. It’s that simple.

 


4) Use the Buddy System

What I’ve always respected most about the craft beer world is all the different partnerships and collaborations between the different breweries. The funny thing is, breweries like to keep their partnerships interestings - it’s kind of like the swinging 60s, but with beer.

At last year’s CANvitational, Sun King offered up Royal Brat, a collaboration with the heavy metal rock gods up at 3 Floyds Brewing. This ESB knocked my socks off and kept me coming back to the brewery for more.

 

This year’s collaboration, 30 Minute Coma, excites me beyond all belief as it’s a B.S.I.P.A. (Belgain Session IPA!) Brewed in collaboration with Solemn Oath Brewery out of Naperville, IL this beer is going to be one of the highlights of the day for sure. 

Those are my four nuggets of knowledge that I bestow upon you. Your now either really excited about the awesomeness you are about to experience this Saturday because you already have tickets, or you’re going to go out and buy a ticket to the CANvitational now! Get your tickets here in advance for $50. If you wait to get them at the door the price goes up to $60.

For all those hop heads I’m going to see Saturday, as always, make sure there is plenty of sun screen, water, food and a designated driver on your packing checklist. If the last one is an issue, do consider our friends at Uber for a inexpensive and safe ride home.

 

If you’re at the CANvitational Saturday come find me and say hi. I’ll be the nerdy guy with the sweet beard, in the Indy Film Fest t-shirt with a big smile on my face because I know I’m safe, surrounded by fellow beer geeks and helping the local economy all while drinking a brand new beer called 30 Minute Coma!

 

-Craig Mince, Board President - Indy Film Fest

 

 

 

 

 


Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: We're Camptown


Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Every child, regardless of the path in which life has led them, should experience the life changing power of true adventure in a wild place.  Unfortunately, nature doesn’t always seem to be accessible to many of us in the heartland.  This cannot be a truer statement than it is for lower income children, especially those from urban areas. This is why we do what we do.


We’re Camptown.  We are an Indianapolis-based nonprofit staffed by passionate individuals who believe that nature provides us with the perfect platform for building leadership, teamwork, and character. We primarily serve the youth of Central Indiana. We’ve watched as children who’ve lost hope find it again in nature and we empower them to continue growing by overcoming challenges that they never thought they would encounter.  We’ve taught them about ecosystems and saw the light in their eyes as they watched a hawk grab a fish from a river.


We are not a residential camp, the youth we serve don’t usually come to us. Rather, we work with youth serving organizations to provide them with backpacking, hiking, whitewater rafting, orienteering, and environmental stewardship programs that they may not have the ability to provide for themselves. Regardless of the child’s individual ability to afford our programs, it’s our pleasure to ensure that they have the opportunity to experience nature as they never have before.


In 1991, our first year, we served less than 50 children.  In the last 23 years we’ve continued to grow, and in 2014 we served more than 3,000 youth.  91% of the youth we serve live in poverty, and we provide financial assistance to 99% of the programs that we run.



You’re Camptown, too.  We believe that what we are doing is important and we couldn’t have experienced such success without the help of a supportive and equally passionate community.  If you’d like to learn more about us, visit us online at www.camptown.net, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @CamptownIndy.  If you’d like to volunteer, make a donation, or explore other ways you can get involved in the adventure of a child’s lifetime, give us a call at (317) 471-8277.