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Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Jameson Camp


Tuesday, March 25, 2014




Help Us Change the Lives of Our Youth!


Thanks to the support of individuals, foundations, and the community, Jameson Camp is expanding our year-round Youth Leadership program. In 2014, we are launching Youth Leadership Mentoring, a formal, one-on-one mentoring program.


Youth Leadership Mentoring will provide 1:1 mentoring, Leadership Development planning, and support on a year-round basis to our teen Youth Leaders. A national study indicates that youth involved in formal, high-quality relationships with adult mentors skip half as many days of school as their peers. They are also: 46% less likely to initiate drug use; 27% less likely to initiate alcohol use; 32% less likely to hit someone.


We are now recruiting mentors to be positive role models in the lives of our Youth Leaders, ages 13-18. Youth Leadership Mentoring uses adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and spending time with a Jameson Camp Youth Leader for a period of at least two years.  The mentor will help empower the Youth Leader to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. Make a difference in the life of a child by volunteering just 2 hours every other week.


What does the role of a mentor look like?


  • • As a mentor, you will take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-on-one relationship and build the relationship by planning and participating in activities with mentee.

  • • Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them with the Youth Leader’s Leadership Development Plan.

  • • Make a two-year commitment and spend a minimum of 2 hours every two weeks with your mentee.

  • • Personal fulfillment through contribution to the community and individuals and satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals.


• For more information visit our website or contact Ali Danforth at ali@jamesoncamp.org / (317) 241-2661.

 

Can’t be a mentor, but want to get involved with Jameson Camp? There are a variety of ways to contribute to our mission and youth programs.


  • Donate! Help support our programs with a gift. We welcome donations of any size, but please note a donation of $500 (monthly gift of $42) will sponsor one child from a low-income family to attend a week of residential summer camp.

  • • Clean out your house or garage! Jameson Camp is in need of a variety of in-kind donations ranging from children’s books, sunscreen, ice melt, copier paper, gas cards, and more. Click here for a full list.

  • Volunteer! We have one-time volunteer projects available for groups and long-term volunteer opportunities available for individuals by serving on a committee, become a member of Unplugged (Jameson Camp Young Professionals), or become a member of our Women’s Auxiliary.

  • Rent our facilities for your own event! Outside groups have held wedding receptions, church retreats, birthday parties, conferences, staff retreats, and more. Revenue from rentals helps support our youth programs.    

Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Cultural Cannibals present Carnaval 2014


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cultural Cannibals present Carnaval 2014 at the Jazz Kitchen - The Biggest Carnaval Celebration in Indiana.


Premiere Brazilian Carnaval party in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 1st from 10pm to 3am at the Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46220.

One of the most celebrated parties in the world, Brazil’s Carnaval is known for its grand scale, intense samba beat and the visual feast of colors, costumes, floats and dancers. This event will offer Indianapolis an opportunity to taste this Brazilian tradition. Carnaval 2014 arrives at a time when the eyes of the world are focused on Brazil. This Summer Brazil will host the FIFA World Cup and in 2016 the Rio de Janeiro will host the Summer Olympic Games. 

Cultural Cannibals' Brazilian Carnaval has developed a reputation as the largest Carnaval celebration in Indiana. The 2014 Carnaval celebration will feature:

* Brazilian Samba band- The IU Brazilian Ensemble - Featuring 25+ drummers (led by renowned percussionist Michael Spiro of the Carlos Santana band)

* Samba dancers

* DJ Kyle Long playing a mix of Carnaval music from Brazil

* Carnaval visuals by Artur Silva

* Special menu with Brazilian food - Feijoada and appetizers

* Brazilian beers, juices and soft drinks

* Caipirinha (the national drink of Brazil) $5

* Big screens displaying the Carnaval parade in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia

$12 advance discount tickets available at www.CulturalCannibals.com

$15 at the door

For more information please contact Artur Silva at 

317-332-5612 • culturalcannibals@gmail.com   www.CulturalCannibals.com

Who are Cultural Cannibals?

Brazilian-born visual artist Artur Silva and Indy native DJ Kyle Long are a force for cultural cross-pollination in the Circle City. They formed cultural Cannibals in 2011 to share the music, art and culture they love with fellow Hoosiers. Cultural Cannibals are best known for their internationally themed music events, bringing artists like Indian music superstar Panjabi MC and Brazilian psychedelic rock legends Os Mutantes to Indy. Silva and Long also pay tribute to local heroes through their limited edition prints and t-shirt designs featuring Naptown cultural icons like world champion cyclist Major Taylor. 

A native of Indiana, Kyle Long has always been interested in building bridges between his home state and ideas, people, and music from around the world. In 2010 Kyle Long formed Cultural Cannibals, a partnership with visual artist Artur Silva. Cultural Cannibals regularly host events and working with music from across Africa, Latin America and Asia. Kyle Long currently serves as guest musical curator at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and music director for the Mayor's Office of International Affairs' Sister Cities Festival.

A Brazil native, Artur Silva studied at the Escola Guignard. His work has been featured in The Netherlands, Chicago and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He has been highlighted in the New York Times, Art in America, Forbes and other publications. Silva is a Creative Renewal Arts Fellow and has received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures and the Efroymson Contemporary Art

- Kyle Long


Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Indiana Writer. Indiana Beer. World Class. Made in Indiana.


Monday, January 27, 2014





Kurt Vonnegut makes me proud to be a Hoosier. I’ve been reading him since I was 16 (when I was still merely a Land of Lincolner). I was visiting my older sister at the University of Illinois (where she lived in an honest-to-goodness co-ed dorm!), and someone handed me a copy of Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle. A book they were reading in college—it was like literary contraband! So I long associated Vonnegut with the intellectual freedoms and social experimentation of college in the 1970s. Only later, when I myself became a transplanted Hoosier, did I learn that Vonnegut was a native Hoosier, and that was a lovely discovery. It made so many other things about his writing deeper.


We’ve been looking for an opportunity to put some Vonnegut onstage for a long time. His piquant drawing of character, his wry sense of humor, his affinity for dialogue, the warmth of his satire, the way in which his Indiana upbringing infuses his work with a sense of well-being and common sense—all these make his writing delightful for any audience, but a particular gift for Hoosiers. Now, thankfully, here we are, staging three of his early short stories, in a lovely, easy-going adaptation by Aaron Posner. These stories were written in the early sixties and originally published in the Ladies Home Journal and the Saturday Evening Post. In 1968, they were included in a collection titled Welcome to the Monkey House, which was, for many decades, my (and surely many in my generation’s) favorite collection of short stories.


These three early love stories may strike Vonnegut enthusiasts as rather on the tame side of Vonnegut, and that is true. “Long Walk to Forever” (which Vonnegut claimed he wanted to title “Hell to Get Along With”) is at least in part autobiographical. “Who Am I This Time?” springboards from Vonnegut’s fascination with the theatre—you might recall he wrote some plays. “Go Back to Your Precious Wife and Son” debunks the glamor of fame and wistfully looks at the cost of a broken marriage and its impact on children, something Vonnegut also knew about first hand. Vonnegut’s prodigious storytelling abilities and his mastery for weaving human story and character in winsome, humor-filled detail create a veritable smorgasbord for actors!






In hopes of inspiring a Vonnegut reading renaissance, I’d like to recommend my favorite recent collections: God Bless You, Doctor Kevorkian (1999), featuring radio shows Vonnegut wrote for NPR, makes me laugh so hard, it’s dangerous. A Man without a Country (2005) shares Vonnegut’s thoughts on the condition of the American soul; and the posthumously published If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Advice for the Young (2013) focuses on speeches Vonnegut gave at various graduations and awards ceremonies. These books, as with all of his collections, inspire raucous laughter; they are easy to dip into and hard to put down. You should run out and buy them at the Vonnegut Memorial Library or Indy Reads, two partners in our current enterprise. Thanks to them both!


We hope to see you at the IRT for Kurt Vonnegut’s Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love), which starts performances next week (January 28) and runs through February 23. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to our web site, www.irtive.com 


Janet Allen

Executive Artistic Director


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


Crust

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: http://t.co/jdqEOeI78z


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!


-Clay



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. 


Cheers!


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 www.indyballet.org 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpccpglnNf0

• 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.