Cooking With Sun King Recipe Contest

Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Cooking With Sun King Recipe Contest

Cooking With Sun King Recipe Contest

At Sun King we love beer, we love food, and we love contests – especially ones that involve the two things we love most. Sun King is hosting a recipe cook-off contest we’re calling – Cooking with Sun King – in order to highlight creating great food with our beloved beer.

Cooking with Sun King challenges you to create an original dish using any variety of Sun King beer; the sky is the limit! Whether your recipe is for a main course, dessert, or appetizer, we want you to get in the kitchen and whip up your favorite dish.

Do you think that you have what it takes to be crowned the “King’s Chef”? We will be kicking off the contest on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 via our Facebook contest page. Prizes will be awarded including Sun King swag, gift cards, as well as, gift cards to local restaurants. Please visit and like our Facebook page for entry and contest details. We cannot wait to see if you’ve got what it takes to be crowned the “King’s Chef”

If you have questions regarding the contest, please email

Polar Bear Pedal II

Saturday, December 29, 2012

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Last year, Mayor Ballard challenged Hoosiers to bundle up and join him on a bike ride in the dead of winter. His call was answered by 600-700 riders on what turned out to be the snowiest day of the year. The ride was a blast and afterwards the City Market served as a great host to a ski lodge-like gathering. People were already asking about a repeat before the first ride has completed. The time has come to give the people what they asked for.

This year on Saturday, January 5th 2013 Mayor Ballard will once again be leading riders around the City’s Southside, Fountain Square, and through Garfield Park before returning back to the City Market. Once again we have many great community partners (including Sunk King) that are helping to make the ride a fun, successful and annual event.

Indianapolis is making great strides to become a more bicycle-friendly community and these group rides provide opportunities for people to get out and enjoy the streets in a unique setting. We also want to make the event more than just a ride (even though that would be plenty), so folks are encouraged to come early to enjoy all that the City Market has to offer. Make sure to visit the Winter Farmers Market, the many vendors in the main hall and then stay afterwards to enjoy a complimentary tasty cup-o-Sun King upstairs at theTomlinson Taproom.

When: Saturday, January 5th, registration starts at 9am, ride leaves at 10am
Where: Indy Bike Hub at the City Market (
How Long: 10 miles
Register here:

So bundle up, and we hope to see you all there…even if we don’t recognize you under the layers!

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

Click here for photos from last year’s ride.

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

Friday, December 21, 2012

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

The holiday season can mean stress, lack of sleep, excess food and alcohol consumption and irregular sleep schedules; all the things that can break us down and make us sick, sluggish and feeling heavy. So why not try to enjoy the holiday season this year by reducing stress, practicing some yoga and learning how to take a few deep breaths.

Health Tips:
This month’s health tip addresses the irregular eating and drinking schedules that we tend to take up during this crazy season. After a day of eating and drinking more than felt good to your body, take the next day to detoxify.
• Drink warm water first thing in the morning. Eat a light, warm-hot breakfast. (Think about stewing some fruit with spices, making your own fruit sauce over some granola and yogurt!)
• Drink Digestive Cleansing Tea before OR for breakfast (recipe below)
• Go to the gym. Find a yoga class near by, or go for a 45-60 minute walk
• Drink plenty of warm water
• Try to eat mostly warm fruits, vegetables and/or broths for your meals
• Eat lightly
• Try to get some sleep, even a 20 minute nap can do wonders
Resetting your systems and allowing your body to process and filter the excessive food and drink fully, will give you that extra energy that you will need to actually enjoy time with friends and family. It will also make sure you don’t need to use up your sick days at the very beginning of 2013.

Yoga in the community:
Since schedules are unpredictable and you may be trying to save a little money this month, I suggest starting a home practice. I highly recommend checking or These sites allow you to have multiple yoga, meditation and Pilates videos at your fingertips, whenever you want them for very little money. You can search by difficulty and by length of practice and both sites offer a two-week free trial!


Digestive Cleansing Tea
Bring to a boil: 5 cups pure water
1 Tbsp. Fresh grated ginger root
1 Tbsp. tumeric
1 Tbsp. Dried licorice root
Cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook 10-15 minutes. Strain and drink. If you are experiencing inflammation without a sluggish digestive system, omit the ginger and add the juice of half a lemon instead. Drink throughout the day. Reheat if needed.
Recipe from Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners

Need a quick dessert option? You can pour this over any fluffy cake, chocolate tort, ice cream, yogurt or serve with a dollop of whipping cream!

Died Fruit Compote in Spiced Zinfandel Syrup
Serves 8

3 C. dry red wine
½ C. sugar
1 cinnamon stick
½ vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
16 whole, pitted prunes or dried plums
16 whole dried black mission figs
16 whole dried pitted apricots
¼ C. dried pitted cherries

Bring wine, 1 C water, sugar, cinnamon stick, and vanilla bean to a boil in a large saucepan. Add prunes, figs, apricots and cherries and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 1 hour. Cool. Remove cinnamon stick and vanilla bean. Chill 3 hours. Serve warm or cold.
Recipe from Vegetarian Times Nov. 2012

Fruit Sauce
½ C. water
½ banana
½ organic apple chopped
1-2 dates, pitted
2-3 dried prunes
½ tsp. vanilla
½ tsp cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
sprinkle of coconut (optional)
1 Tbls. Flax seed

Pour all ingredients into a small to medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat, transfer mix to a blender and blend until desired consistency. (Be careful when blending hot ingredients) If you want to make it more into a soup like substance, add almond, coconut, cows milk or more water.

Additional Recipe for a warm soup:

Don’t forget that the Indy Winter Farmers Market takes place on Saturday’s from 9am-12:30pm at City Market, Downtown, Indianapolis. The market has over 40 different vendors to stock your fridge and pantry high. The best thing is that mostly all the goodies are fresh, organic and local!

Workout tips
Think about working out, as a gift to yourself. We all know the physical benefits but do you also pay attention the mental ones? If you don’t have time to make it to the gym or the yoga studio, pack a bag with extra warm clothes and tennis shoes and throw it in your car. If you have anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes to spare, you can take a walk, jog, or a bike ride. This way you can have some time away from the chaos to clear your head, start envisioning what you want the New Year to bring and give all your sense organs a break from the hustle and bustle. Nature can be a great tool to get you back into balance. And why not utilize all the wonderful trails that our city has to offer, without paying a dime! Check out Indiana trails here:

Additional tip:
Pranayama is translated to “life-force enhancement” and uses the breath to calm, enliven, clear and/or cleanse the body and mind. Taking a few minutes in the morning, or whenever possible, can make a huge difference on the nervous system and will help you to calm any anxiety that may arise at this time of year.
Check out a few videos at
A great all around breath is nadi shodna (there are plenty of videos on youtube). So take a breath, relax and enjoy a wonderful, healthy holiday!

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), which was not fully 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 a lot of perks; eating fresh vegetables from the garden, fish and seafood out of the bay, and a freshly hunted 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) just 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 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.

Sun King Saves Christmas!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

SKB Santa

One of the core ideas behind the creation of Sun King was enriching our community. We work with more than a hundred locally based, community minded organizations throughout the year to raise awareness and funds to help enrich the lives of people throughout central Indiana. The holidays are a particularly important time because while many of us are blessed with family, friends and so much to be thankful for… there are so many people out there who are less fortunate and can benefit from the kindness of others.

This year at Sun King we decided to help make Christmas better for 100 families by raising money in the Tasting Room to buy gifts for children that are less fortunate. On December 1st, we started collecting donations in the Tasting Room and as of now we have collected nearly $1,200! In the spirit of things, Sun King will match every dollar donated between now and December 25th, so next time your visit the Brewery think about donating the change from your purchase or a few dollars from your wallet/purse to help make the Holiday better for a local family.

All of the money raised goes directly to the purchase of gifts for kids and the best part is that the SKB Crew is going to go shopping together and personally purchase the presents! We will be utilizing a variety of local, charitable organizations to distribute the gifts, so together with your help Sun King can help save Christmas!

Cooking with Sun King: Cockadoodledodates

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

If you are looking for a unique appetizer to wow your guests at your holiday party this season, then you are going to love Chef D’s Cockadoodledodates!



Bacon Wrapped Dates
1 8 oz package room temperature Cream Cheese
28 oz Dates Pitted
24 oz Thick Cut Bacon
1/3 cup Sriracha
1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
1 TBSP Worchestire

Sweet & Spicy Drizzle
Mix equal parts Maple Syrup & Sriracha.
Use more Sriracha if you’d like an extra kick.

Mix cream cheese, Sriracha, Maple Syrup, Worchestire, salt & pepper in a bowl. Stuff each date with the mixture, you can use a piping bag or just spoon the mixture in.

Cut the bacon slices in half. Wrap each date with a half slice of bacon and move to a cooling rack over a sheet tray seem side down.

Bake in a 400* oven for 10-15 min or until the bacon is crispy.
Put dates on a platter and drizzle with the drizzle!

These tasty bites pair well with an Obtuse Juice IPA or your favorite IPA.

Yelp's Totally Bazaar!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday season a time of stress? Not for moi. You’ll find me stress-free frolicking from booth to booth Dec.13 at Yelp’s Totally Bazaar knocking off the naughty and nice on my Christmas list with one-of-a-kind gifts. Over 65 local businesses will fill City Market for a pop-up present bazaar, complete with a traditional old world market outside on the southwest plaza and a holiday fashion party with Pattern in the west wing. Enter the holiday bazaar of yesteryear on the plaza to find mulled wine by Easley Winery, warm hard cider from New Day Meadery, roasted nuts, international-themed businesses like Global Gifts, twinkling lights by The Brickman Group and international holiday music by Kyle Long of Cultural Cannibals. Is it Munich? Whoville? Who cares, it’s dreamy.

Join me for a cup o’ cheer courtesy of Sun King Brewery and Flat 12 Bierwerks. Bring your hunger with your thirst! City Market fixtures like Papa RouxNatural Born JuicersThree Days In ParisCircle City SweetsU Relish and many more will be open with extended hours for the evening. We’ll put your complimentary Yelp shopping bag to great use with businesses like People for Urban Progress240SweetHayes and TaylorFrittle and Homespun dishing out the goods!

Need to catch your breath from the mad fun in the Market Mezzanine? Mosy on over to The Platform (newly renovated west wing of City Market) for Pattern’s holiday fashion lounge with black and white films screening, make up booth to prep for the festive photo booth, cocktails, coat and bag checking by CoatChex (featured on Shark Tank) and more great vendors!

Yelp’s present to you? Some of the Circle City’s best drinks and entertainment – all for free. It’ll make anyone feel festive.

-Brittany Smith
-Yelp Community Manager

BIO:   As the Yelp Community Manager for Indy, Brittany uncovers fun and unique ways for locals to connect with the Circle City’s cream of the crop businesses and events. The best part of her job? Meeting Hoosiers who are bubbling over with pride for their community and passionate about supporting local businesses.

Graphite at the IMA

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Graphite is a material that we use every day, but have you ever actually thought about the material found in our pencils. The latest Forefront exhibition at the IMA, Graphite, explores the substance and its many innovative uses beyond sketches and doodles.

The material graphite is a form of crystallized carbon which is a naturally occurring mineral. It can be machined or carved, used as a powder or liquid, or handled as a lump, stick, or pencil.

The exhibition Graphite is the first to explore the mineral as a medium in works beyond drawings and will include sculpture, drawing and installation works created over the past decade by emerging and established contemporary artists such as Carl Andre, Karl Haendel, Kim Jones, Robert Longo and Geof Oppenheimer.

The exhibition will open with a launch party on Thursday, December 6 from 7-9 pm featuring freestyle interpretations of works in the exhibition from hip-hop MCs Mr. Kinetik, Tony Styxx and aLLEN iMAGERY and music by A Squared Industries. Most importantly, there will be free light snacks and a cash bar featuring Sun King’s beer. Beer, freestyle hip-hop, and graphite- you should probably stop by and check this out!

Graphite, which is open through March 10, 2013, has more than 50 works including Carl Andre’s Graphite Cube Sum of Numbers (2006), composed of 164 units of machined graphite arranged in a geometric progression on the gallery floor, stretching nearly 20 feet. Other highlights include a wall drawing by artist Judith Braun (see photo) as part of her series Fingerings, in which Braun will dip her fingers in powdered graphite and use her hands to make symmetrical movements at the extent of her arms’ reach.

Additional commissions within the exhibition include a site-specific installation by Dan Shaw-Town and a selection of drawings by Karl Haendel, which will incorporate new drawings along with key works from his 2009 series How to Have a Socially Responsible Orgasm and Other Life Lessons. Also featured in Graphite will be a selection of works from Robert Longo’s Heritage series—intimately-scaled graphite on paper drawings in which Longo has reproduced iconic artworks that have inspired or informed his practice.

This unique, contemporary exhibition is an exciting addition to the Indianapolis art scene and we hope you’ll join us in learning a little bit more about the ways that seemingly simple element can be transformed and used to create diverse works of art.

Cheers to great art and beer!

IIFF Roving Cinema presents: Shaun of the Dead at Sun King

Friday, November 30, 2012

Whether you put any stock in it or not, the countdown to the end of the Mayan calendar is quickly approaching, and I for one want to make sure all my bases are covered for the “End of Days.”

So, as the end draws near I find myself saying, “What should I do with myself?” Should I take that Airstream vacation with the family to the Grand Canyon I’ve always dreamed about? Or, should I invest in MREs and shotgun shells? Better yet what movie — or movies — should I watch before we all float into space?

I just don’t know.

(These are the types of things that keep me awake at night. Well, that and the occasional episode of HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO.)

After much thought, and a few beers, I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to start the beginning of the end with my friends, drinking a couple of pints of Sun King, munching on some tacos and watching that post-apocalyptic cult classic SHAUN OF THE DEAD.

With that thought in mind, the Indy Film Fest is presenting our (and potentially last if the Mayans knew what they were talking about) Roving Cinema at Sun King Brewery on Wednesday, December 12 at 7pm — 10 days before the end of the Mayan calendar. Tickets are just $8. Bring your “end of the world buddy,” a camping chair or blanket and a healthy appetite for all things post-apocalyptic.

If the movie isn’t enough to get you out of your doomsday bunker, how about a special beer, brewed by Sun King? Yep. They’ve got you covered with a special Armageddon brew that will be tapped that night. Rumor has it, this beer has been inspired by the Mayans themselves and will set you on the path to meet your maker. Our buddies at Sun King are also going to be tapping 9 other classic beers that night — 10 beers for your 10 final days, get it? And no one will go home thirsty. Sun King will be filling up growlers after the film.

Man can’t survive on beer alone you might say. Well Taco Lassi,, is going to be on hand dishing up some of the finest food this side of the Rio Grande, and our good friends at Just Pop In! are going to be making sure your popcorn fix is curbed. I hear they have a new bacon flavored snack that will blow your hair back.

As if all of this isn’t enough, we’re going to be announcing the 2013 Indy Film Fest event calendar that night!

So here is your doomsday checklist:
• Buy your advanced tickets are just 8 bucks. (
• Be at Sun King at 6:30pm on the 12th when the doors open.
• Bring something to sit on.
• Bring extra cash for the beers and food.
• Enjoy what maybe the last film you’ll ever see!
Portions of the beer and door proceeds will go towards the Salvation Army Indiana Divisionto help buy children toys for the holidays!

Let’s have a great send off to the world as we know it. Oh, and it’s probably not a bad idea to go ahead stock up on MREs and shotgun shells, just to be safe.

See you all at Sun King!

Craig Mince
President, Indy Film Fest

MOVEMBER is coming to an end…

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Clay Robinson, Supporter of Movember

If you’ve been wondering, “What’s with the excess of creepy moustaches?”, then you are probably not alone. Every year, men around the globe unite during the month formerly known as November to help raise awareness and funds for men’s health by growing and grooming the hair on their upper lip. But Movember isn’t just for men, women everywhere have joined the cause by becoming ‘Mo Sistas’ and helping spread the word. If you’re still wondering what it’s all about? Here’s some more info about Movember, straight from their website:

“Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.9 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men’s health cause across the globe, from Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Antarctica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai, and everywhere in between. No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment. In 2011, over 854,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world got on board, raising $126.3 million USD.

The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer and testicular cancer initiatives. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG Foundation. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.”

For the third year in a row, Sun King has been working with Movember Indy, a group of community conscious men and women who volunteer their time to help champion the cause in Indianapolis. This year we brewed a beer, Stiff Upper Lip, in honor of the cause and a portion of the proceeds from every keg and growler sold will be donated to Movember. We also created some limited edition t-shirts and koozies with our friends from Distinct Images ( that you can pick up in our Tasting Room and demonstrate your support throughout the year. To top it all off, we created giant moustaches, named Harry the Mo and Felix the Mo, that people been making donations in order to place them in their friend’s yards! Perhaps you’ve seen a giant Mo on the loose near you…

Now that Movember is coming to an end, we’d like to ask one last time for you to consider visiting our Movember page ( and making a donation. Any amount helps as 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, so if you or someone you love has a prostate, your donation could make a huge difference in their lives!

Be Indypendent - “Create. Buy. Be. Local.”

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In 2007 a group of staunch arts supporters and locavors thought the city was headed in the right direction, but needed a little encouragement to support what’s interesting and unique about our city. And what is one of the key ingredients to having a unique and interesting city? Artists and original artwork, of course. And so, the Be Indypendent: Buy Indy Art movement began on July 4th, 2007 – forever to be known as our Indypendence Day!

Since the humble beginnings of bumper stickers on artist’s cars, they have grown into a city-wide, full-blown Buy Local movement. The NEW Be Indypendent now boasts the tag line “Create. Buy. Be. Local.” The goal is to support and advocate for everything Indypendent – restaurants, cafés, farms, retail shops, book stores, micro-brews, and of course, artists. With their newly expanded scope they have partnered with the Indy Chamber (formerly Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce), Visit Indy (formerly Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association) and Yelp! to reach a broader audience and have a much greater impact on our community.

So, why Be Indypendent? Why now? The need for Be Indypendent is threefold, has everything to do with our quality of life, our reputation as an energetic and creative destination and it just makes good sense (cents) for the local economy.

Recent studies show that young people are moving to cities that interest and excite them and then finding jobs in those locations where they want to live, work, and play. The days of staying in one place all your life are virtually over and we all have options for where we want to live. That coupled with Indiana’s brain drain of young post-grads means that we need to seriously consider our reputation and how we “market” ourselves – Naptown won’t cut it with the next generation. Today, people are gravitating to unique and one-of-a-kind experiences. Calling attention to, and thus supporting, unique and creative Indypendently-owned businesses and artists is a great way to improve the quality of life for all of us and puts us on the next-generation map. Like with any audience, we need to meet the people where they are and where they are is longing for the inside scoop- what is uniquely Indianapolis? What makes “Indy” a great stomping ground for a diverse and cultured community? Economic development guru, Richard Florida, has said that attracting educated people to a city and keeping them engaged is absolutely a possibility and it doesn’t just require good schools to do it. Today’s “city hunter” wants bike/foot trails, local restaurants, unique shops that are off the beaten path. People want creative and cultural assets and we want to let them know how to find that environment.

Finally, the buy-local mentality just makes good sense for our local economy. According to private research firm Civic Economics, for every $100 in consumer spending at a national chain retailer, the total economic impact $13. The same amount spent with a local merchant yields more than three times the local economic impact. That being said, if every consumer made a conscious effort to spend more (not all) but more at local, Indypendently owned establishments, the impact to our greater Indianapolis economy would be substantial.

BeIndypendent’s goal – to share the facts that modest changes in consumer spending habits can generate substantial local economic impact that can then be used to support a more thriving local arts and culture scene that encourages young, bright citizens to make Indy their home; encourages large corporations to see Indy as a viable location for their employees; which creates a sustainable working environment for Indy artists. It’s a win, win!

You can be a part of the movement by visiting Look for their new holiday gift giving guide available on Black Friday and their BIG relaunch party at Gallery 924 on Friday, December 7 from 6pm- 10pm.