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:

Sun King Brewing CANvitational

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

300x250Do you remember how much fun it was as a kid to have a bunch of friends over and spend the day hanging out without a care in the world?

So do we, which is why we invited some of our friends to Indianapolis on Saturday, September 28. The difference is our friends happen to be craft breweries from around the country and they are bringing some of their finest beers to town.

From Noon to 5 p.m., more than 30 craft breweries will descend on Georgia Street for the Midwest’s first-ever canned craft beer festival, which we have aptly named the CANvitational.

The festival will focus on breweries like us that see the value in canning their beers. We know that for decades the beer industry convinced everyone that bottles are the vessel of choice for beer, but we politely disagree and so do our friends. Cans offer a variety of quality and sustainability benefits, and they are often allowed where no glass bottle can go.

We will be taking over the western portion of Georgia Street and Pan Am Plaza where many breweries that are not even distributed in the Midwest, like Maui Brewing all the way from Lahaina, Hawaii, or Cigar City Brewing from Tampa will dole out samples. And, we will be spreading the local beer love by inviting breweries from the city and state to come join us.

Party favors include an event-branded tasting glass, as well as t-shirts for the 1,000 early bird ticketholders. We have also lined up some of the best food trucks the city has to offer to provide grub for purchase and the Omni will have a food tent on Pan Am Plaza. Music will be provided by DJ Helicon and DJ Action Jackson.

So come join us and our friends as we spend the afternoon celebrating quality craft beer without a care in the world. Learn more and buy tickets at

How Did I Get Here: Terence

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Terence Shackleford aka T-Dog

Terence Shackleford aka T-Dog

Meet 2006 TIME magazine person of the year and Sun King’s resident cutie pie, Terence!

Terence Shackleford aka T-Dog

Job Title:
Canning Line Manager

Job duties:
Run and maintain all of the machines that bring the thirsty masses their canned beers

Born and bred Hoosier

How did you get here?
Starting as a successful commercial/industrial property manager, Terence wanted to pursue another direction. Beer and Sun King were at the top of his list of passions so he thought he’d give it a whirl. After a short time in the tasting room, he moved over to the canning line where he is now.

Was there a skill or experience that helped you arrive at Sun King?

Terence had a mechanical background from his time in property management so the canning line was a good fit for him. His aptitude for machinery helped the canning line advance to what it is today.

What is your favorite part about working at Sun King?

“Um, Beer” After a long pause, he decided that the people weren’t bad either. On a serious side, he truly loves working in and around beer and with the people he is surrounded by while doing so. He said that a bad day at Sun King is better than a good day in almost any other profession, in his opinion at least.

Where would you like to be in five years?

Terence wants to be laid up from a workers comp related accident. Set your sights high my friend.

What is something not everyone knows about you?

Terence’s wife is a puppeteer, not only in their marriage, but also as a profession! She runs Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio in downtown Indy.

He also has access to over a million square feet of real estate in Indianapolis and surrounding areas (don’t ask).

What do you like to do when not working?

When not working Terence is in Mother Nature’s home, trail running or cycling.

Shining Bright on Health at Sun King – A Blog about Healthy Living

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Relaxation at different points in the day allows us to integrate and assimilate all that we take in. When we are relaxed and distressed we can absorb things in a healthy way, when we are strung out and anxious, our bodies can not digest properly.

Health Tips:
Ayurveda medicine looks at diet, lifestyle and seasons to help heal the body mind and spirit. One main way of healing ourselves in this day and age is to de-stress, reduce anxiety, and use the hours of the day to your advantage.

Looking at the day and dividing it into 3 sections, can help support the body in what it naturally is programmed to do.

• 6am – 10am this is the best time for working out to overcome the heaviness of sleep and to re-set the metabolism. Your brain power is strong.
• 10am – 2pm your digestive fire is the strongest, between 11 and 1pm so this is the best time to eat your largest meal of the day, lunch! A 15 -20 minute rest after lunch helps the body focus on digestion and assimilation.
• 2pm – 6pm, this is second wind time, where your brain power is able to sustain before winding down for the evening.
• 6pm – 10pm your start to get heavy and your body starts to slow down. It is time for a light dinner (between 5-7pm) and then you should start tapering off your activity. Bed time between 9-10pm.
• 10pm – 2am your body is in deep sleep and is detoxifying and resetting for the next day.
• 2am – 6am – movement starts to happen and between 4am – 6am you should wake in order to make the most of your brain stimulation. It is the “magical” time of the day, great for meditation and yoga.

Yoga in the community:
By donation yoga classes, Thursday’s from 4-4:50pm at The Chase Legacy Center downtown (by Arsenal Tech High School) brought to you by Growing Places Indy. There is also a farm stand with produce from Growing Places Indy, for sale so that you can go home with fresh groceries!

Food as medicine:
Eat cooling foods like cucumbers, fennel, kohlrabi, watermelon, peaches, nectarines and fresh greens. These light, watery foods will compliment the heat of the summer.

Additional tip: 
Warmer weather and earlier sunrise allows us longer days in the sunlight. Use this to your advantage and work on projects, your garden or just lay out in the sun for 30 minutes. Vitamin D deficiency is high among us and spending some quality time outdoors can help our bodies get what it is craving.

Staraya McKinstry

If you have additional questions, please email Staraya at

About Staraya McKinstry:
I grew up in Homer, Alaska and was raised holistically by my parents. My upbringing has lead to a lifelong interest in health and wellness. I left home and went to college in Reno, NV on a dance scholarship, where ware and tare on my body created a passion inside of me to seek something better and healthier for my body, mind and spirit. I came to Indianapolis for graduate school and got my masters in Public Health Policy from I.U. School of Medicine. A few years back I discovered a more in depth yoga practice, which lead me to Ayurveda. I am now a yoga instructor and Ayurveda practitioner and I love bringing these sister sciences together when I teaches. Yoga and Ayurveda takes in consideration, the body, mind and spirit, giving balance, health and happiness to the entire being…… Something I strongly believe is worth spreading!

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this blog are based upon the opinion of Staraya McKinstry. They are not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, and they are not intended as medical advice.

Grilling with Sun King Contest Winner

Thursday, July 18, 2013

First and foremost, we would like to thank everyone that participated in the Grilling with Sun King Contest. The recipes submitted were innovative, unique, and not to mention delicious!

We had a blast with all of the contestants in the two night grilling excursion. After much deliberation, the Sun King Crew made their decision on who would be crowned the King Chef of the Grilling with Sun King Contest.

Drum role please…

Congratulations to Ross Katz for his killer Wee Mac Tacos Al Pastor with Habanero and Wee Mac and Pineapple Salsa!

Runner-up was Mary Grealish with her Osiris Shrimp Tease. Big cheers for our other finalists Bill Brumbach, Matt Meehan, and Sue Uhl.

Stay tuned for our fall version of Cooking with Sun King and think sweet! Our mouths are already watering.

Grilling with SK Crew

Grilling with SK Crew

Wee Mac Tacos Al Pastor with Habanero, Wee Mac and Pineapple Salsa

Wee Mac Tacos Al Pastor

Wee Mac Tacos Al Pastor

Tacos Al Pastor

2 Lbs. Boneless pork chops
8 oz. Wee Mac Scottish Ale
½ cup Pineapple Juice – (from canned Pineapple – See Salsa)
4 oz. Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp. Chopped Garlic
¼ cup Chopped Cilantro
1 Tbsp. Ancho Chili powder
1 Tbsp. Paprika
1 Tbsp. Achiote
1 tsp. Cumin
20 – 30 Grinds Fresh Ground Black Pepper
½ tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Adobo Seasoning
1 Lime Zested and Juiced

In a large bowl combine your Wee Mac Scottish Ale, Pineapple Juice, Vinegar, and Lime Juice with all of the seasonings and spices. Whisk together until the Achiote past is dissolved, and your spices begin to bloom.

Add your pork chops, cover and let marinate for at least 2 hours. (Overnight would be best, but flavors can be achieved after just a few hours.)

To cook your pork heat your grill or grill pan to its highest temperature.
Remove the pork from the marinade and let any excess drain off. Place on the grill and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side. Do not move the pork during cooking. This will allow for char and grill marks.
After your pork is fully cooked remove from the grill and let it rest for 5 minutes under aluminum foil.

While your pork is resting take the remaining pineapple slice you have left from your salsa and grill for 1-2 minutes per side. Slice in half and reserve for service.

After your pork is rested chop into bite sized pieces and serve on warm corn tortillas, with your Wee Mac Pineapple salsa, and your grilled Pineapples. Garnish with some fresh cilantro and a squirt of lime for a fresh touch.

Wee Mac, Pineapple, and Habanero Salsa
*This salsa can be made ahead of time, or started well before you are ready to cook your pork.

1 18oz Can of Pineapple Rings in natural juice – Reserve Juice
1 large sweet onion – Chopped coarsely
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
½ tsp Salt
10 – 15 Grinds fresh ground black pepper
¼ tsp Nutmeg
4-5 Whole Cloves – Will be removed before serving
2 -3 Bay Leaves – Will be removed before serving
8 oz Wee Mac Scottish Ale
2 Habanero Peppers Seeded, deveined, and chopped fine

In a large sauté pan on medium heat begin to sauté your onions in your olive oil. Add your salt and pepper and let sauté for about 20 minutes, or until you notice them begin to caramelize. Stir occasionally to ensure they do not stick or burn.

While the onions are cooking seed, devein, and chop your habanero peppers very fine. Wear gloves and avoid contact with your face or eyes. (THEY WILL BURN!)

When your onions begin to show a light brown add your peppers, nutmeg, cloves, and bay leaves. Let this simmer for another 10 minutes, or until the peppers are completely soft.

While those are cooking take ½ of the pineapple rings, or about 4 or 5 rings from the can. (Make sure to keep the liquid). Chop them roughly the same size as your onions and add those to your pan. Stir those in and cook for a couple minutes. When the pineapple is heated through and the temperature returns to the pan add your Wee Mac Scottish Ale and ½ of the juice from the can. Turn the heat up to Med/Low and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the liquid has reduced and the mixture is the consistency of a loose jam.

Remove the bay leaves, cloves, and serve!

Grapefruit Jungle 2013 Release Info

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

In Grapefruit Jungle News:

Grapefruit Jungle

Grapefruit Jungle

Grapefruit Jungle will be tapped this Saturday, July 6th at 4pm in the South Parking Lot at Sun King in celebration of our 4th Anniversary Party (purchase your tickets at

4-pack cans of Grapefruit Jungle will be available for purchase at the brewery on July 6th starting at 1pm. Limited to one case of cans per person ($17.50 per 4-pack). *Please note that you will not be able to bring these cans into the 4th Anniversary Party.

Growler fills of Grapefruit Jungle will be available on July 8th. Limited to 2 growler fills per person. Growlers fills are $15 each.

4-pack cans of Grapefruit Jungle will be distributed to local Indiana liquor stores on or around July 8th.