Cooking with Sun King: Cowbell S’more Tart

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Chef D (Dustin Boyer) is back at it in 2014 concocting different scrumptious eats that incorporate cooking with Sun King beers.  This month's Cooking with Sun King is all about the best course during dinner, dessert!  Recently canned Cowbell Milk Porter was used in this month's melt in your mouth Cowbell S'more Tart.  Just like your campfire favorite but even better!

Cowbell S’more Tart


1.5 sticks butter melted

1 cup finely ground pretzel crumbs

1 ½ cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs

Pinch of salt

Mix butter, pretzel crumbs, graham cracker crumbs & salt until well incorporated.  Press into a 9 inch tart pan or pie plate.  Blind bake the crust @ 325 degrees for 20 minutes.   Set aside to cool.

Chocolate Ganache

4 ounces semi sweet chocolate

4 ounces bitter sweet chocolate

4 ounces milk chocolate

¾ cup Cowbell Milk Porter

½ cup heavy cream

2 TBSP dry milk

1 TSP vanilla extract

1 TBSP butter

Pinch of salt

Combine everything in a double boiler.  Stir until chocolate is melted.  Set aside to cool. 

Marshmallow Topping

16 ounces marshmallows

¼ cup Cowbell Milk Porter

Combine marshmallows and Cowbell in a sauce pot.  Stir over medium heat until the marshmallow mixture is pourable. 

Once the crust has cooled, pour the cooled chocolate ganache into the crust.  Top with marshmallow topping.  Brown the top under the broiler in your over. 

The ganache will set up and become firmer the cooler it gets.   

We Are…How Did I Get Here: Trevor Wathen

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Did you know that Sun King has a rockstar working on the brew deck? Meet Trevor!


• Name:  Trevor Wathen


• Nickname:  Excalibur


• Job Tile/Duties:  Trevor is one of Sun King's Assistant Cellarman.  He spends his days at Sun King filtering all of the Fresh•Local•Beer you love so much.  So pretty much he's a "Beer Babysitter".


• How did you get here?  In 2012, Trevor's band, We Are Hex , went on hiatus crushing millions of hearts.  Trevor started working in construction and worked on several different projects at SKB including the South Building build out of the Sour Room before he found himself on the Brew Deck.


• What's your favorite thing about working at Sun King?  The people!  It's Trevor's home and away from home.


• Where are you from/where did you grow up?  Trevor's hometown is Tell City, IN located in southern Indiana.


• What is the most gratifying part of your job?  The quality of product that Sun King produces.


• What is the best thing that has happened to you while working at Sun King Brewing?  Getting married on October 5th, 2013.  (Insert:  Awww, what a sweet guy!)


• What might someone be surprised to know about you?  While out on tour with his band, people are pretty surprised that he works at a brewery.


• What do you do when you are not working?  "Band stuff"


• Who is your favorite musician/band?  Nick Cave


• What is your favorite film?  Big Trouble in Little China  (Which was screened at Sun King this winter with the Roving Cinema)


• What was the first album that you purchased?  Ace of Bands - Trevor would like for all of you reading this blog that he was a tween when he purchased this album.


• What musical instruments can you play?  Guitar, bass, keys, noise box, and theremin.  We know you are wondering what the heck is a theremin?  It is an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the "thereminst" or performer.  


• As one of the few vegetarians at SKB, what is your favorite dish to make/eat?  Trevor makes a mean garlic butter asparagus.  It's his signature go-to dish.


•So, as SKB's resident rockstar, what's new/going on with the band?  "Not at liberty to discuss" says Trevor, however, you can check out the new We Are Hex video:


We Are Hex - TONGUES from †HEXPORIUM† on Vimeo

Closing the books on 2013 and looking forward to 2014

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Closing the books on 2013 and looking forward to 2014

I am often convinced that time speeds up as I get older because with each passing year it seems that everything is going by faster and faster, and this year was no exception.

A lot of great stuff happened at Sun King in 2013! We added a lot of new tanks and made more beer this year than ever before and we added a lot of new people to the Sun King Crew in order to keep up with the ever-increasing amount of work. Because of all of this, we were able to expand the area where Sun King is available by partnering with three Indiana Beer Distributors. We still self distribute the greater Indianapolis area and our beer still isn’t available state wide, but we are working hard and hope to be able to change that in the coming year… Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just making more beer! Check out this piece by Indiana Senator Jim Banks that was published via Inside Indiana Business that give a little more insight into the red tap surrounding the growing Craft Beer movement in Indiana:

We did our first ever out of state distribution of beer in conjunction with the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington D.C. and the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. Essentially, we sent enough beer so that people who enjoy our beer at these events have an opportunity to get some at their favorite Craft Beer bar or package store and enjoy it fresh. When it’s gone, it’s gone. We plan to continue these one time distributions surrounding Craft Beer events that we participate in across the country in order to share what we do with more people and promote Indiana as an up and coming destination for Craft Beer travelers. We were fortunate to receive invites to a number of great festivals across the country, including the Firestone Walker Invitational and the Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop Festival, and the response to our beer was overwhelming. With all this in mind, we plan to stay true to our roots and our motto; Fresh•Local•Beer, because we truly believe that beer is best when fresh and therefore best enjoyed close to the source.

Not only did we make a lot of great beer this year, but we also used the power of beer to get people out to support community and cultural events throughout central Indiana and help make Indiana a better place to live, work, and play!

One of my personal favorites was our collaboration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Artists in Residence, Time for Three and Indiana Landmarks that brought us The Eternal Promise of Spring. Not only was this a delicious beer, it became an incredible piece of music composed and performed by Time for 3 and inspired by the brewing process. It was a true collaboration of two classical arts! It was also an opportunity to raise awareness about historic preservation in Indiana, with the tapping being held in the Catacombs of the historic Indianapolis City Market. Check out the full story in the video here.

Our Community Partner Program helped hundreds of community organizations and non-profits attract supporters and raise money to support their endeavors. When we tally it all up, our beer and gift bags helped our Community Partners raise over a half million dollars in 2013!

We continued our Indians Opening Day tradition with the 3rd annual Bike to the Ball Park with Mayor Greg Ballard and our friends at with IndyCOG in an ongoing effort to help promote bicycle awareness and safety in the Circle City!

We worked with ZIPP SPEED WEAPONRY to put together reCYCLE pARTS, a juried art exhibition at the Stutz Gallery that featured various works all created from discarded bicycle parts. Proceeds from this year’s show benefited Freewheelin’ Community BikesWorld Bike Relief, and IndyCOG. Mark your calendars for the second installment of reCycle pARTS debuting on May 2nd from 5-9pm at the Stutz Gallery.

The Sun King/MOKB Concert Series featured hundreds of great live music shows at venues around Indy! We also had some great artists stop by the brewery while they were in town and perform for us… Check out these videos of JJ Grey and Sturgill Simpson.

Our partnership with the Indianapolis Museum of Art culminated with a collaborative effort to support Matisse, Life in Color and created Biere de Fauve, a French/Belgian inspired farmhouse ale.

Our 4th Anniversary Party was a huge success and proceeds from the event allowed us to support the Indianapolis Public Schools Educational Foundation and completely outfit an entire IPS classroom with updated technology like wi-fi, a smart board and computers for the students.

The Inaugural CANvitational brought 30 Canning Craft Breweries from around the country to Indianapolis to showcase their beers, many of which don’t even distribute beer in our state. The event featured five community based arts organization and through our partnership with the Indianapolis Arts Council’s Power 2 Give initiative, we were able to grant $5,000 to VSA Indiana and $1,000 matching grants to the efforts of Dance Kaleidoscope, the Indiana Writers Center, New World Youth Orchestras, and Spotlight Players. Check out this video from the event about ‘Why We Can” and mark your calendars for September 20th, 2014 because we are bringing even more great American Canned Craft Beer this time around!

Movember this year brought the usual facial hair fun to the brewery, a delicious Dortmunder Lager and the first ever Men of Sun King Calendar! Between our tapping party and proceeds from the calendar, we raised over $5,000 that was donated to men’s health initiatives. Check out the hilarity caught on tap here!

We rounded out the year with our annual Sun King Saves Christmas program! This year we donated $1 from every growler purchase over the course of two weekends in December and were able to raise $3000 that we used to buy presents for the kids of IPS School # 67.

As the New Year begins and we turn the corner towards five years, I look at where we are today and I am truly amazed. We are operating at a level beyond Dave and my wildest dreams! When we finally made our way around to deciding that it was a production brewery we wanted to start, rather than the brew pub we had been working towards, our goal was to produce 5,000 barrels of beer in year five… I’m elated to say that we have brewed over 21,000 barrels of beer in 2013 and things show no sign of slowing down. Especially considering that I meet people on a regular basis that just had our beer for the first time last week and we are continually adding accounts to our roster that I never imagined would be interested in serving Fresh•Local•Beer. All of this is because of those of you reading this blog and the growing number of people who love our beer and continue to ask for it wherever you go. A sincere THANK YOU goes out to each and every one of you!

As we’ve grown, we’ve have solidified a seasonal line up of beers, while continuing to craft as many unique new offerings as the brew schedule will permit. (If you haven’t picked up a Men of Sun King Calendar, then you ought to do so before they’re all gone. It will keep you up to date on upcoming seasonal beers and give you a good laugh in the process.) We plan to continue to bring you three to four new beers every month and are excited to announce that, starting in January, we will have a new seasonal beer available in its very own can every four to six weeks!

Here’s a look at the schedule (which is subject to change, like all things):

January: Cowbell Milk Porter

February: Ring of Dingle Irish Stout

March: Indians Lager

May: Popcorn Pilsner

July: Grapefruit Jungle

September: Oktoberfest

November: Wee Muckle

December: Java Mac

In addition we’ll be releasing more of the Sun King King’s Reserve Series that showcases some of our Barrel Aged and Sour Beers, as well as some of our High Gravity Specialty beers, but those are less predictable and will be ready when they’re ready (because you can’t rush deliciousness).  We currently have over 250 Bourbon barrels filled with beer in various stages of aging and over 100 barrels plus a two 1,000 gallon Stainless Steel tanks in our wild fermentation program that brought you beers like Stupid Sexy Flanders and Pink Taco.

We promise to continue our commitment to making the best and freshest beer possible available to the good people of Indiana. We’ve even got a few collaborations starting to take shape for the 2014, so keep your eyes peeled for our newsletter, blog and social media posts in order to stay in the know…

Cheers to another New Year!


Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Indy Winter Farmers Market

Monday, December 30, 2013

How I fell in love with a farmers market:


I’m admittedly not much of a social butterfly. I prefer to help out, to be in the background somewhere.  So, why I would love coming to a 5,000 square foot room filled with 1,000 people I don’t know, is a bit of a mystery.  But, that’s what the Indy Winter Farmers Market is, and I do love it.  So, I thought I’d investigate this matter further.


I first visited the IWFM to volunteer with Growing Places Indy.   Standing behind the table, I stacked kale, bunched beets, bagged lettuces and gave change.  I had never had such an experience, and the people were SO nice.


That was what got me: the people.  Not only customers, but also all the vendors, all the volunteers, all the staff, all the community support. It was a really magical place.


But of course, what really hooked me was the food. Fresh vegetables, some I’d never heard of, here in the middle of winter. Magic carrotsGrass-fed meat, and dairy.   My first lebleb.  It’s amazing what the vendors can bring each week.  Always something new and delicious!


My work at IWFM has brought me into partnerships with some really great people, like our friends at Sun King.  And it’s great to fulfill a need in the community – to make great food accessible all year long.  It makes it worthwhile to stand in a crowded room full of people.


Come see what it’s all about now til the end of April. I’m sure you’ll find something to fall in love with too!

Molly Trueblood

IWFM Market Manager

Fistful of Hops: The Blog

Friday, December 27, 2013

It should be pretty obvious that we love hops at Sun King, especially since every chance we get we’re creating a new hoppy seasonal or specialty beer to work into our line up and now for the first time ever, we have a year round IPA.

A lot of people don’t realize, but one of the biggest issues with hops is supply and in order to make a particular beer, you obviously have to have a consistent supply of the necessary raw ingredients. When Dave and I were conceptualizing Sun King back in 2007 there was a series of events (agricultural difficulties and a warehouse fire in the Northwest that destroyed a LOT of hops) that led to a serious shortage in the world’s hop supply. We were fortunate enough to have relationships in the industry that allowed us to secure hop contracts for our fledgling idea (which at the time was going to be a brew pub with hopes of producing 1,000 barrels of beer a year) and in turn allowed us to execute our business plan. In fact when we first sat down in 2009 to go over the business plan with our investors, the question was asked, “There is a hop shortage, so while your plans are great, how are you going to get any hops?”. Our ace in the hole was these hop contracts.

Our initial contracts were based on recipe concepts we had been formulating, one of which was a Pale Ale that would eventually become Osiris. Osiris’s recipe was formulated to take full advantage of the hops we had available and create a hop forward beer that was more session-able than your typical IPA. People often mistakenly call Osiris an IPA because of its aggressive hop profile while at the same time others remark that they wish we would kick it up a little and make it an IPA, but at the end of the day it is the beer that Dave and I designed and brew because it is what we want to drink.

Because of the growth in the craft beer industry, hops continue to be in short supply. It’s not that there aren’t hops out there, but the specific varieties of American hops that are essential to making a really tasty American Style IPA are still really hard to come by. People constantly tell us that we should make Grapefruit Jungle all year, but the truth is we simply can’t. We literally allocate every ounce of the hops we need to craft GFJ into making as much of it as we possibly can once a year. Every year we beg, borrow, or steal more of the specific varieties and make even more GFJ and every year it sells out just as fast every time!

In order to offer a year round IPA we came up with Fistful of Hops, which we’re calling a seasonal IPA. The grains used remain the same throughout the year, but the hop profile will change every three months, based on the availability of hops. The intent is to offer a consistently delicious and hoppy beer that keeps IPA lovers engaged while helping people discover what different hop varieties offer to a beer. In order to denote the change, the color of the can will change with each season… Our initial release for Fall was a red can and our Winter release, due out January 6th, 2014 will be package in a blue can, with the art staying constant just like the malt profile.

Fistful of Hops rings in at 7.5% ABV and 70 IBUs. 


Clay Robinson 

Owner/Founding Brewer/V.P. of PR and Marketing/Glorified Spokesmodel

Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Indianapolis School of Ballet's Nutcracker

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Behind the Ballet…

            Something magical happens when the curtain rises on more than 80 dancers performing in the 7th annual production of The Nutcracker at the historic Scottish Rite Cathedral Theater. Whether awed by the exquisite handmade costumes, or mesmerized by the Christmas tree that grows over 20 feet, audience members all feel transported into a fairyland once the curtain rises.

            Although the production appears beautifully effortless, it takes untold hours and meticulous work by many helping hands behind the scenes. Beautiful scenery by master scenic artist and designer C. David Higgins recreates the historic Morris-Butler House, an Indiana Landmarks museum house. Exquisite hand-made costumes by Loukia Finale, former seamstress in Oscar de la Renta’s Manhattan atelier and costumer for the Piraeus Theater in Greece, transport you to another time and place. Barrymore Award-winning designer James Leitner crafts the production’s lighting and design. Ballroom dancers from Indianapolis-based Riolo Dance portray the adult partygoers in the first scene as part of an ongoing professional collaboration between Lyras and Marie Riolo Roach. And of course you can’t forget the choreography!

            Artistic Director Victoria Lyras and more than 80 dancers rehearse over several hours a week starting in September each year. Every step is perfected, including preparing Balanchine’s famous Act Two Grand Pas de Deux ©, a piece of choreography Ms. Lyras has been honored with staging on behalf of the George Balanchine Trust. ISB is the only pre-professional school in Indiana to receive permission from the Balanchine Trust to perform this Pas de Deux. It is the same Pas de Deux performed by New York City Ballet in their Nutcracker production.

About Indianapolis School of Ballet…

            ISB’s faculty includes teacher and chorographer Victoria Lyras, who at age 17 was selected first hand by Barbara Weisberger for the Pennsylvania Ballet where she rose through the ranks to soloist and principal dancer. Ms. Lyras founded the School in 2006 with 9 students, since the school has grown to over 200 students annually. Over 20 performances are produced each year, including two main stage productions.

For the 2013/2014 season ISB will also present the world premiere Carnival of the Animals. Hometown hero Travis DiNicola will provide animated narration to Camille Saint-Saens’ 1886 orchestral masterpiece, Carnival of the Animals. The animals take over the Scottish Rite Cathedral Theater May 17-18. Visit for tickets and more information. The Indianapolis School of Ballet advances professional ballet and dance education in our community through world-class training and dynamic performances. Enrollment is ongoing!  

How Did I Get Here: Channa

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Meet Channa, (pronounced like Shawna not Cha-nah), one of Sun King’s lovely lady Brewery Reps!

• Name: Channa LaVine aka “Channa Montana” aka “Chananana” aka “Channa Banana” aka “Girl”

• JobTitle/Duties:

Sun King Brewery Rep, managing accounts in a specific territory in central Indiana, on and off premise accounts. Basically, Channa represents the awesome beer you love at your favorite Indy bars, restaurants, and smaller liquor stores.

• How did you get here?

Channa worked in the Omni Hotel’s Severin Bar and decided that she wanted to be a part of the craft beer scene. So, just like anyone else would do, she quit her job, sold her car moved to Ouray, Colorado. Once there, she worked at brewery for about 6 months. When she came back to Indy she found herself right at home in the Sun King Tasting Room. After pouring growlers and sampling tasters for some time, she was given the chance to work on the brew deck. After putting in her time as a keg washing monkey, she was promoted to Assistant Cellarman before moving to Sales/Marketing in 2012.

• Was there a skill or experience that led to doing the work that you do here?

Pervious experience working at a brewery. Also, enjoying working at a brewery gave her the drive and passion to ask for a job at Sun King starting in October 2011.

• What’s your favorite thing about working at Sun King?

Channa enjoys being a part of the Indiana craft brewing community.

• What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

Channa plans on traveling the world and seeing all of the sites. How might she fund this trip you may ask. “With all of the money I’ll find in a duffel bag laying on the sidewalk.”

• Where are you from/where did you grow up?

“Soufside!” – Channa grew up in the Center Grove area.

• What is the most gratifying part of your job?

Helping the businesses around town do what they do best, help them promote craft beer, and enjoy great local beer!

• What is the best thing that has happened to you while working at Sun King Brewing?

“No comment.” Channa prefers to let the absence of a comment speak for itself.

• What might someone be surprised to know about you?

Channa is slightly fascinated with some of our furry four-legged farm friends – goats! She intends on buying her own mother to help with mowing the law. Here’s why Channa loves these bearded, noisy, grass eaters:

• What do you do when you are not working?

She is devoted to her volleyball team, Team Sideout, and can be found most nights winning games on the sand volleyball court. When she’s not there you might see her out at favorite neighborhood bar Dorman Street or involved in one of the local trivia nights at various locations around town.

• Who is your favorite musician?

She doesn’t limit herself to just one music maker. She enjoys all forms of melody.

• What is your favorite film?

“Bennie and Joon”

• Channa on her work with the “Men of Sun King Calendar” – A Tribute to Movember:

Many of the SKB Crew threw around the idea of doing a Men of Sun King Calendar resembling a bikini calendar (scary!). A few months ago the Crew agreed it would be a great idea to help raise awareness and funding for the Movember Indy movement. So the planning begin and we rounded everyone up, dressed them in ‘appropriate attire’, and took photos of those who were willing to participate in the light-hearted silliness that makes us the SKB Crew. “It’s been a lot of fun, everyone has been good sports about it.”

You can pick up your own Men of Sun King Calendar at the brewery in the Tasting Room! Calendars will hit our shelves Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at the Movember Costume and Tapping Party. 100% of the calendar proceeds go to Movember. They are $5 each.

That's a wrap! CANvitational 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

At Sun King, we are fortunate enough to get invited to a number of festivals around the country. We get to travel, visit breweries and talk shop with our contemporaries. Each visit brings new perspective to what we do at SKB and we generally pick up a new trick or two, discover a new equipment option and learn something new.

We wanted to throw the CANvitational for a number of reasons, but mostly we wanted our friends from breweries around the country to visit Sun King. Over the course of our careers, we’ve have had the opportunity to work with and otherwise come to know some great folks in the “Craft Beer World”. So, as unofficial ambassadors of the City of Indianapolis, we decided to create an event and show our friends what Indy is all about.

Dave and I have been imagining the CANvitational for a couple of years now, but it didn’t really take shape until earlier this year at the Craft Brewers Conference when we started asking our friends if they would consider making the trip… Then we attended the Firestone Walker Invitational and we were blown away by their incredible hospitality! There are more and more craft beer events every weekend, therefore getting brewers and/or brewery owners to events can be pretty difficult. After all, we are all running thriving breweries that demand a lot of our time, heart and soul. So it helps to show them a good time and treat them right. Things like paying for their beer, putting them up in a nice hotel, setting them up with an UBER promo code to cover their transportation, having their beer delivered to their booth and providing volunteer pourers so they get a chance to enjoy the festivities all go a long way in that department.

We were honored that brewers from 16 states chose make the trek to Indianapolis on the last weekend of September to showcase their hard work and dedication, not just their craft, but the belief that cans are a great (if not the best ;) small package for craft beer). What’s even more amazing is that twenty of the breweries don’t even sell beer in Indiana, let alone the Midwest. Hell, many of them only sell their beer in their home state, just like Sun King.


It was a beautiful, warm sunny day and things went off really well. DJs Helicon and Action Jackson laid down a soundtrack that set the tone for the event and even got people dancing as the day went on! Breweries lined Georgia Street and Pan Am Plaza and some of Indy’s best food trucks interspersed with our Community Partners, most notably five local, non-profit groups showcasing their mission and competing for a $10,000 in grant money from Sun King via the Indianapolis Arts Council’s Power2Give programVSA Indiana garnered the most votes and took home the $5,000 grand prize and the others are still working to win a matching grant up to $1,000 dollars each. There is still time to show your support and help these worthy causes here:

• New World Youth Orchestra
• Spotlight Players
• Dance Kaleidoscope
• Indiana Writers Center

Thanks our dedicated staff, nearly 100 volunteers, plus a slew of our community partners and of course the brewers themselves, we were able to create a great event that we can host annually and continue to improve.

Special thanks are due to @HoosierBeerGut from Hoosier Beer Geek@SunKingBeth,@SunKingDustin for literally pulling it all together! Thanks to our diverse and diligent planning committee for lending their skills and helping create an amazing event out of thin air in under three months. Thank you to our Community Partnership Director, Heather, who create an interactive charitable component to the day thus furthering our mission of “Enriching the Lives of Hoosiers, One Pint at a Time”.

Thanks to our partners/sponsors at VisitIndyWorld Class BeerDRAFT MagazineDistinct ImagesThe Omni Downtown Indianapolis Inc.Klipsch AudioDo317.comAlcoaUBER IndyYelp IndyBSGGreen BEAN DeliveryJust Pop In!Hoosier MommaMac GenieKing David DogsGroovy Guys FriesTaco LassiBee CoffeeEdwards Dashboard Diner,Byrne’s Pizza, and DuosGoose the Market, you all deserve a high five for your part in helping plan and execute a successful event!

If you missed out on the inaugural CANvitational, here are some highlights:
CANvitational Photos


Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 20th, 2014 when the Canned Beer Mafia takes over Georgia Street and assaults your taste buds with deliciousness from far and wide. We’re lining up more breweries for you and we’ve got a year to plan, so watch out…


Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Roving Cinema "Clash of the Cult Classics"

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Santa Smackdown: Clash of the Cult Classics

For almost a year now I’ve been talking up our year-end Roving Cinema screening, or “Santa Smackdown” as we lovingly refer to it. For months, we’ve been working with our buddies at Sun King to create the ultimate wish list for our audience-choice holiday she-bang.

You might say to yourself, “Self, I hope they picked my favorite holiday classic: DIE HARD (or DIE HARD 2 for that matter).” Don’t worry your pretty little self. We’ve got “bigger” plans for beloved cult classics like DH and DH2.

For this year’s ballot, we dug deep and plumbed the depths of the holiday film genre to find the perfect mix of films with just enough cheer to kick off the holiday season, and set us all up for a Happy New Year. Films that explore the true meaning of the holiday spirit. Films that are best experienced with 124 of your soon-to-be best friends and a pint of Sun King’s finest in your hand? This year, we’re talking NAUGHTY VS NICE. You’re welcome.

Introducing the 2013 Roving Cinema SANTA SMACKDOWN: Naughty vs. Nice:

But that’s not all:
• A portion of the night’s ticket sales will go to the HELP SUN KING SAVE CHRISTMAS campaign.
• A VERY special (and film-inspired) Sun King brew will be unveiled at the Santa Smackdown.
• Santa himself will be on hand to listen to all of your Holiday rants and demands.
• Food will be available for purchase from a tasty food truck.
• The Indy Film Fest will announce its 2014 programming calendar, including next year’s Roving Cinemas (trust me, you’re going to want to snatch up a few of these tickets in advance as the line-up is INSANE).

Visit between October 9th and the 22nd and select the film you’d most like to see on December 11th. We’ll announce the winning film on Wednesday, October 24th.

Once you’ve voted, jump over to to purchase your tickets to the (THIS IS GOING TO SELL OUT) screening.

And because we like you, if you buy your tickets during the voting dates you will save $2 off admission.

Hug and Kisses,

Craig Mince
Board President
Indy Film Fest

Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: FIDO Tons for Tails

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside Takes On World Record Pet Food Drive

FIDO Tons for Tails

Tons for Tails, FIDO’s World Record Pet Food Drive aims to raise 10 tons of cat and dog food in just one week.

Members of FIDO, or Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside, an all-volunteer animal welfare organization, will attempt to break a world record by raising more than 20,000 pounds—or 10 tons—of cat and dog food in one week.

The Tons for Tails World Record Pet Food Drive will take place September 22nd through September 29th, and all proceeds raised and pet food donated will go directly to needy Indianapolis cats and dogs.

Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside is a 501(c)3 animal welfare organization that focuses on helping low-income dog owners improve the quality of life for their outside dogs. The Tons For Tails pet food drive directly supports FIDO’s mission by helping cat and dog owners improve the quality of life for their pets.

FIDO operates a pet food pantry on the west side of Indianapolis, providing dog and cat food two Saturdays a month.

Together with the support of Pet Supplies Plus, Paws Stop, Sun King Brewing, Deering Cleaners and Indianapolis City-County Councilman At-Large Zach Adamson, FIDO will kick off the Tons For Tails Pet Food Drive Sunday, September 22 at 2 p.m. at the Pet Food Pantry facility located at 456 N. Holmes Avenue, 46222. Members of the public are also invited to drop off donations to the Food Pantry Saturday, September 28 from noon to 4 p.m. and attend our final weigh-in celebration Sunday, September 22.

About FIDO
Since 2005, FIDO has made significant strides in Indianapolis to reduce the number of chained dogs and has helped hundreds of families provide humane containment for their outside dogs by providing fencing and shelters. FIDO’s food pantry opened in 2010 and distributes nearly 100,000 pounds of cat and dog food a year to Indianapolis families that qualify.

How can you get involved?
Visit FIDO at Sun King on Friday, September 20th and Friday, September 27th from 4-7 to make a pet food contribution or a financial donation.

To learn more about our organization, our world record attempt, or to make a financial donation to the record drive, visit: If you would like to volunteer, please email: