Contributions to a Fallen Soldier's Family

Thursday, May 16, 2013

I am former Army Infantry Sergeant Rob Malad, and current Sun King employee. My former unit, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, is currently on a nine month tour in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. It has been a long and difficult deployment, and the life of a dear Brother was taken December 10th, 2012.

Staff Sergeant Wesley Williams, of New Carlisle, OH, was one of the finest leaders of men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, and an even better human being. He is survived by his wife, Krista, and their now 20 month old daughter, Faith. Krista is also currently pregnant with a second daughter, due July 21st.

Staff Sergeant Wesley Williams

Because of my dedication to my unit and my loyalty to my Brother, I am heading a collection of donations for the arrival of their second daughter. Accepted donations any, and all baby materials (non-parshable), to include, but not limited to: diapers, baby wipes, baby powder, gift cards (Walmart, Baby’s R Us, etc.), as well as cash donations. The cash donations will go directly to the Wesley Williams Scholarship Fund for the Junior ROTC Program in New Carlisle, OH. All donations will be collected at Sun King, Thursday, May 23 – Saturday, May 25.

A small gesture of compassion and kindness can go a long way, and together we can help ease the suffering of a family who lost their hero too soon.

Collection jars will be placed in the Tasting Room at Sun King Brewery and a donation box for baby items will be placed in the Front Office. Please stop by during open business hours, Thursday, May 23rd (10am-7pm), Friday, May 24th (10am-7pm), and Saturday, May 25th (1pm-5pm).

God bless,

SGT Rob Malad

Save Your Tabs Collection Challenge Benefitting Ronald McDonald House

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Save Your Tab Collection Challenge

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

An can tab is not just a piece of aluminum that helps open up your delicious Fresh•Loca•Beer, to the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, one of Sun King’s Community Partners, it is a valuable resource. For over 10 years the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana has been collecting aluminum tabs to recycle them and generate much-needed funds to cover operating costs and support all of the families served.

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

Every year approximately 1,400 families stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana while their children receive life-saving treatments at Indianapolis-area hospitals, primarilyRiley Children’s Hospital.

The Ronald McDonald House focuses on those families with critically ill or injured child. The Ronald McDonald House is the only organization in Central Indiana that provides low-cost, short-to-long-term lodging to these families.

Tab Collection Challenge

How can you help?

Start collection your tabs! It doesn’t have to just be beer can tabs, it can be soda can tabs too… Challenge your co-workers, your neighbors and your friends or collaborate with them and collect as many tabs as you can over the summer. The Save Your Tab Collection Challenge started on May 1st and goes until Saturday, August 3rd when you bring your tabs to Sun King. We will weigh your tabs and reward you with prizes, and then we’ll deliver the bounty to the Ronald McDonald House where it will go to help those in need!

Prizes are detailed below:

1 to 4.9 lbs: $5 Gift Card

5 to 9.9 lbs: $5 Gift Card and a SKB Pint Glass

10 to 19.9 lbs: $10 Gift Card

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

50 to 99.9 lbs: $10 Gift Card, one entry for $75 SKB Gift Bag PLUS one entry in a drawing for a Private Brewery Tour/Tasting for up to 10 people

100+ lbs: $10 Gift Card, one entry for $75 SKB Gift Bag, one entry in a drawing for a Private Brewery Tour/Tasting for up to 10 people PLUS $25 Gift Card with access to the SKB Private Cellar (full of specialty cans not generally available).

If you want to feel even better about cracking open a can of Fresh•Local•Beer then please join in the fun and help Sun King and The Ronald McDonald House of Indiana help families in need.

For more information about the contest, please contact Heather Hall, If you would like more information about the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, please visit:

Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Camp Delafield

Friday, May 03, 2013

Camp Delafield, a summer day camp for children with dyslexia/specific learning disabilities, is heading into its 24th summer. In order to ensure that Camp Delafield has enough scholarship dollars for campers (well over 50% of campers receive scholarships each summer), Sun King Brewing is partnering with Camp Delafield for a Cheers to Camp! event on Wednesday, May 15th from 4:30-7pm.

Founded in 1990, Camp Delafield was the first program conducted by the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana (DII). Camp Delafield is a day camp for youth ages 7-12 with dyslexia – 60 campers attend over two four-week sessions each summer. The camp is located at Jenn Park, in Lawrence, and includes a pond, nature trail, and a building with a full kitchen and plenty of room for academic and recreational activities.

Camp Delafield is a unique experience, as it has an academic focus, as well as a recreational focus. Every morning, campers rotate through four one-hour academic sessions: one-on-one Orton-Gillingham tutoring, written expression, applied mathematics, and art. Two times each week, Theater of Inclusion joins Camp Delafield in place of art to work with the campers on goal setting, time management, team building, social skills, and motivation. The afternoons provide a nice balance to the academic mornings. Campers participate in field trips, swimming, sports, activity groups, mystery guests, ropes course work, and much more! Camp Delafield’s goal is to affect the whole child – not only are academics gains made – campers leave camp with an improved self-confidence and attitude.

So what is dyslexia? The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as a “specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and reading abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” To simplify the definition, dyslexia is difficultly with language, and no two individuals with dyslexia experience the same difficulties. It is estimated that 15%-20% of the population has dyslexia, although the severity varies.

The statistics tell a scary story when it comes to learning disabilities. The dropout rates of children with learning disabilities is incredibly high – 44% of females and 57% of males (National Adult Literacy Survey). 50% of juvenile delinquents tested were found to have undetected learning disabilities (National Center for State Courts and the Educational Testing Service). Early intervention is crucial and that is what makes Camp Delafield such an important step in the road to success of a child with dyslexia. In just four weeks, campers can see improvements in reading and spelling of one grade level!

The Dyslexia Institute of Indiana (DII), the parent nonprofit of Camp Delafield, is the number one provider of dyslexia services and information in the state of Indiana. DII’s services include one-on-one Orton-Gillingham tutoring, educational testing, school support services, training, information nights, parent support group, and kids’ group.

For more information on DII’s services and resources or to make a donation, or call 317-222-6635.

Community Partner Spotlight Event: 2nd Annual Spring Fever Bike Ride

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Here are a few updates as bike month approaches and the weather warms…

Mayor Ballard will lead his 2nd annual Spring Fever Bike Ride on Saturday, April 27th. People can start showing up at the Big Car Community Service Center at 3:00pm to check-in, get your free t-shirt if you are one of the first 200 to register on-line (please note: they go fast!) and to just mingle with fellow riders while checking out the great facility Big Car has put together. All of these important details can be found here:

Spring Fever Ride

The ride will be about 12 miles long through some of the great neighborhoods around the Service Center, winding along the White River and ending back at the Center. There are two small hills….but the majority of the route is actually downhill. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants in the area to grab a bite pre or post ride, so please keep that in mind as you consider a late lunch before or dinner afterwards. You can start planning here.

As always, I want to say a special thank you to our community partners who really help make these rides happen.

The wonderful Georgetown Market and Big Car (despite the name, I promise they love bikes).

Also, the word on the street is that Sun King Brewery will have a special presence as well.

A few other upcoming events that might interest you:

• The Cultural Trail Ribbon Cutting on May 10th and 11th-you won’t want to miss the ribbon-cutting on the 10th and then all the activities on Saturday the 11th, including 2 Wheels 1 City

• Bike to Work Day – While for some this is a title that could be applied to any day of the week, we will be celebrating it with the rest of the country on Friday, May 17th.

• The Mayor’s Bike Ride – the perennial activity for June’s first Saturday (June 1st this year)…stay tuned for more details, but mark your calendars!!

Apologies for the long note, but we have a lot going on…which is a great thing!

Oh….one last thing. If you want to see some of the great press that is getting out on the national level, take a look at a few of these videos:

**The Streetfilms crew will be here during the Cultural Trail ribbon-cutting, so make sure you are around for your chance to be on the video!

Ride safe!

Jamison Hutchins
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator/ Office of Sustainability
Office of Mayor Greg Ballard – City of Indianapolis

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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

Springtime means spring-cleaning. Not just your home, but your body too. Here in the United States we tend to go over board with cleanses, but if you want to jump on the wagon, now is the time.

Health Tips:
Lets look at how we can clean the system. There are many cleanses out there but not all are safe and not every cleanse works for every body. When cleansing you need to make sure that you are fully able to dedicate the time and attention that is needed to do it right and effectively. If you need to go to work, just make sure you are able to carve out time to eat slowly and mindfully and try not to over tax your system. Follow the suggestions below for a successful spring-cleaning by sticking to a mono diet of Kichari.

• Decide if you are going to do a one-day, three-day or 5-day cleanse
• Make sure you purchase everything for a few rounds of kichari (recipe below)
• Upon waking to your first day of your cleanse, drink hot water with lemon.
• Make and then eat breakfast (kichari) around 8am. Eat mindfully.
• Throughout the day reserve your energy. Take it easy. Read, do gentle yoga, meditate or take a walk.
• Eat lunch and dinner (kichari) at regular times. Pay attention to eating.
• No snacking
• Drink plenty of water (warm)
• Take a bath or sauna
• Go to bed early
• Be gentle

Make sure that if you are doing more than a one-day cleanse, that you make fresh kichari daily or every other day. Food looses its vitality and nutrition after 24 hours of being prepared.

Eating kichari allows the body to focus on more of a mono diet, which is less taxing to the system. Plus there are great reasons that kichari is detoxifying (see recipe below).

Yoga in the community:
Check out Lululemon for their Saturday yoga schedule. The classes are free!

IWFM + Yoga classes are offered by-donation to raise funds to support the IWFM and Growing Places Indy in the ongoing work to cultivate wellness through urban agriculture, food awareness & access, and practices for empowered living. Suggested donation for Yoga is $10.

Kichari Cleansing Recipe:

This recipe makes enough to last you for 3 or 4 meals. You can play with the mixture of spices. Many people prefer this recipe when the spices are doubled (or even tripled).
1 cup Split Yellow Mung (Moong) Beans* (see for ‘weak digestion’ below)
¼ – ½ cup White Basmati Rice
1 Tbsp. Fresh Ginger Root
1 tsp. each Black Mustard Seeds, and Cumin and Turmeric powder
½ tsp. each Coriander powder, and fennel and fenugreek seeds
3 Cloves
3 Bay Leaves
7-10 cup Water
½ tsp. Salt (rock salt is best) or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.
1 small handful Fresh Chopped Cilantro Leaves
You can add any fresh vegetables to this recipe to switch it up. Stay away from starchy ones like sweet and regular potatoes.

It’s important to get SPLIT MOONG DAL beans because they are easy to digest and due to their cleansing qualities, they pull toxins from the body. They are available at Asian or Indian grocery stores or through LifeSpa. Different spellings include “mung” and/or “dahl.” Please note that you do not want the whole moong dal beans, which are green, or yellow split peas.
Wash split yellow mung beans (dal) and rice together until water runs clear. Heat a large pot on medium heat and then add all the spices (except the bay leaves) and dry roast for a few minutes. This dry-roasting will enhance the flavor.

Add dal and rice and stir again.
Add water and bay leaves and bring to a boil.
Boil for 10 minutes.

Turn heat to low, cover pot and continue to cook until dal and rice become soft (about 30-40 minutes).
The cilantro leaves can be added just before serving.

Add salt or Bragg’s to taste.

* For weak digestion, gas or bloating: Before starting to prepare the kichari, first par boil the split moong dal (cover with water and bring to boil), drain, and rinse. Repeat 2-3 times. OR, soak beans overnight and then drain. Cook as directed.

Food as medicine:
Spices like turmeric help cleanse the blood and are also anti-inflammatory. Black mustard seeds and ginger are heating to the digestive fire, therefore amping up your metabolism. Cilantro is a great detoxifier and works at the cell level.

Workout tips: 
When you are on a cleanse your workouts should be gentle. Think about taking walks or go to a gentle yoga class. Look for the words yin, restorative, relaxing etc when looking at near by yoga classes. Workout your mind by engaging in meditation daily. This is a great way to clean emotions and thoughts from the mind, giving your entire body, mind and spirit a spring-cleaning! You can go to for many guided meditations.

Additional tip:
If you get really hungry on your cleanse, have a glass of fresh pressed vegetable juice with a little bit of lemon or lime. If you feel like you need to take a nap, take one. Give your body the time it needs to detox. And then when your cleanse is over, don’t reach for all the starchy, sugary foods in the house. Instead choose to introduce different foods slowly back into your diet. And mindfully notice if a food makes you feel great, or not so great. Use this time to realize what foods work well with your body, so that you can make smart decisions in the future.

Staraya McKinstry

Staraya McKinstry

If you have additional questions, please email Staraya at

About Staraya McKinstry:
Born and raised in Homer, Alaska, the western most tip of the United States, was not appreciated by my siblings or myself until we all went out into the world, and found that we grew up in a pretty amazing place. Alaska is a rugged frontier but it has its perks. Eating fresh vegetables from the garden, fish and seafood out of the bay, and a freshly hunted down moose/elk/deer was and still is the way of feeding family there. Fitness is a way of life; hiking, mountain biking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and sledding (yes, it can be a great work out when you walk up the mountain) to name a few. The connection with nature seems to be a common understanding when you live in such a beautiful, ever changing environment as Alaska. With that background, I have come to love yoga and the connection it has seamlessly brought me in regards to myself, my family and friends, nature, and healthy living. I have a Masters in Public Health, but the everyday healthy lifestyle I have learned from my mom and dad and those like them back home. I am also currently going to school to train in Ayurveda Medicine (one of the oldest forms of medicine known to mankind), which focuses on healing the body, mind and spirit and maintaining health through food, herbs and exercise. My studies in yoga and Ayurveda are allowing me to bring practical, resourceful and sustainable practices to anyone who wants to learn how to get/stay healthy in mind, body and spirit.

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.

Indiana Landmarks Rescue Party April 27th

Thursday, April 18, 2013


The 2nd Annual Rescue Party, benefitting Indiana Landmarks’ Endangered Places program, is a night full of fun including an iron chef-style mixology competition, live auction, art show, dancing to the Impalas, and delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Indiana Landmarks Center’s house caterers. The event takes place on April 27th from 6 to 11 pm at the Indiana Landmarks Center.

Sun King’s The Eternal Promise of Spring beer will debut at the event. Sun King and Time for Three, the Indianapolis Symphony’s resident artists and a string trio, collaborated to create music that inspired the brewing of this one of a kind beer.

The evening includes the announcement of the 10 Most Endangered for 2013, presentation of the annual Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration and during the Rescue Party, artist Brock Cagann will be working on a painting in the center’s 1201 Gallery, where his show Coloring Historic Indiana will be on display.

The live auction will feature getaways in historic places, with special “can’t be bought” additions including tours of private sites not open to the public. One unusual auction item is chance to sing with The Impalas at the event.

Tickets are $75 each ($125 for patrons). Dress is festive casual.

For information visit the website, You can register

Cooking with Sun King Recipe Finalist: Wee Mac N' Cheese(cake)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

If you love cheesecake, then this is one recipe that you want to add to cheesecake recipe collection. Round One: Cooking with Sun King Recipe Finalist, Holly Martin made a Wee Mac N’ Cheese(cake). This is a nice twist to a classic cheesecake recipe – tangy and sweet, with a velvety smooth and rich texture, topped with chocolate.

Stay tuned…we will be announcing our next Grilling with Sun King Cooking Contest soon!

Wee Mac N' Cheese(cake)

Wee Mac N’ Cheese(cake)


3/4 cup Graham Crackers, finely crushed
1 cup Pretzels, finely crushed
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted


3 8 ounces packages of Cream Cheese
1 1/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup Wee Mac Scottish Ale
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons flour


7 ounces Chocolate Chips
1 cup Wee Mac Scottish Ale

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

In mixing bowl, combine crust ingredients with a fork until evenly moistened. Light coat the bottom and side of an 8-inch springform pan with butter.

Pour the crumbs into the pan and using the bottom of a measuring cup or the smooth bottom of a pint glass, press the crumbs down into the base.

For the Filling:
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar on low speed for 1 minute until smooth and free of any lumps and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and continue to beat slowly until combine. Add sour cream, Wee Mac, and vanilla. Periodically scrape down the sides of the bowl and the beaters. Add flour, the batter should be well-mixed but not overeaten. Transfer to the oven, and add a casserole dish of water in the oven a rack below the cheesecake. Bake for 40-50 minutes. The cheesecake should still jiggle, so be careful not to overcook.

For the Topping:
Add chocolate chips to a double boiler (or a metal mixing bowl on top of a sauce pan with simmering water), once the chocolate begins to melt, add Wee Mac and mix until all chocolate is melted and sauce is smooth. Top the cheesecake with the Wee Mac Topping and back for an additional 8 minutes. Let cool in pan for 30 minutes. Chill in the refrigerator, loosely covered, for at least 4 hours. Loosen the cheesecake from the sides of the pan by running a thin metal spatula around the inside rim. Unmold and transfer to a cake plate.

American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure Practice Ride at Sun King

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

2013 Tour Logo

On Saturday, April 13, the Indiana Tour de Cure and Sun King Brewing Company will host a ride leaving from the Sun King Brewery parking lot at 11 AM. This group is for cyclists of all levels who want to train for the annual Tour de Cure charity ride. This event will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on June 8, 2013 with 4 routes: 50K; 75K; 100 mile ride; or a family/recreational ride. Tour de Cure raises money for the American Diabetes Association and funds diabetes research, education and advocacy.

This group is open to everyone, including people who are just learning how to ride a bike. A cyclist does not have to be registered for Tour de Cure to participate in this meet-up. After riding, participants 21 years of age and older may sample Sun King’s beers and take a tour of their production facility.

The ride 100% free, however we would like to have an accurate count of riders prior to the event. Email Rob Nagel ( if you plan on attending. The route map isattached. To register for the Tour de Cure, please go to:

Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Indy Winter Farmers Market Part 2

Friday, April 05, 2013

The Indy Winter Farmers Market has a few weeks left in its season. So we thought that we would have them write a blog and highlight one of the many vegtables that you can buy at the farmers market. This week’s Sun King Community Partner Spotlight blog covers ramps!


A ramp, or perhaps you’ve heard it called a wild leek, is a wild onion that is native to North America. The beautiful broad and colorful leaves set this delicious treat apart from the rest. These little beauties are a wonderful addition to egg dishes, soups, casseroles, rice and potato dishes.

It’s robust flavor of onions and garlic will spice up any recipe to a burst of flavors on your taste buds. Preparing ramps is pretty easy. Just cut off the roots, rinse thoroughly, and scrub off any excess dirt. We’ve been luckily and had an appearance at the market this past week. A Couple Cooks blog has a couple recipes that involve ramps, chimichurri (or ramp classic) and a cheese omelette with ramp chimichurri!

For recipes visit and we hope to see you this Saturday, April 6th at the City Market to pick up some ramps and your free chipotle token! (limited to the first 250 visitors)


Jacquelyn Halpern
Indy Winter Farmers Market

Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Corks and Forks benefitting Second Helpings

Friday, March 29, 2013

Corks & Forks 15th Anniversary Celebration

Second Helpings is celebrating 15 years of food rescue, hunger relief and culinary job training in central Indiana. Join us for the Second Helpings Corks and Forks gala on April 18th at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for an evening of great food from some of the city’s top chefs, a live auction of things you can’t buy anywhere else and fun entertainment. Learn how Second Helpings is transforming lives through the power of food and get your tickets for the Corks and Forks gala at 100-percent of your ticket purchase will directly benefit Second Helpings and its fight against hunger and poverty in our community.

Second Helpings began in 1998 as the dream of three Indianapolis chefs. They began rescuing food and using that food to feed our hungry neighbors in and around the city. On its first day of operation, Second Helpings volunteers and staff prepared 66 meals for Holy Family Shelter.

In its earliest days, Second Helpings operated out of a small cafeteria kitchen and dining room at the former RCA plant on Sherman Drive. Long-time Hunger Relief Kitchen volunteer, Cheryl Holland, also recalls the need to fill-in when necessary and make use of what was on hand. “We would wait for a food donor to drop off sandwiches so that we could use the meat from those sandwiches to prepare meals,” said Cheryl.

15 years later, the staff, volunteers and students who have walked through the doors of Second Helpings now number in the thousands. Today 70 partner agencies serve more than 3000 Second Helpings meals each day and Second Helpings serves more people in the community than ever before. But it all started with an idea, with passion, with commitment, and with the engagement of an entire community. Fortunately, some things never change.

Betsy Whitmore
Communications Manager
Second Helpings, Inc.