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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

Intro:
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 outwww.myyogaonline.com or www.yogaglo.com. 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!

Recipes:

Digestive Cleansing Tea
Bring to a boil: 5 cups pure water
Add:
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: www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chefs_recipes/11451

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: http://www.indygreenways.org/trails.html http://www.indyculturaltrail.org/map.html

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 http://www.youtube.com/user/santoshaschool
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!

Namaste,
Staraya McKinstry

If you have additional questions, please email Staraya at staraya@sunkingbrewing.com.

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!

Cockadoodledodates

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
Salt
Pepper

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

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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, www.tacolassi.com, 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. (http://thefinalcountdownatsunking.eventbrite.com)
• 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 (www.distinctimages.net) 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 (http://us.movember.com/mospace/708992) 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 www.BeIndypendent.org. 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.

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


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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

Intro:
Sun King Brewery strives to provide a culture that cultivates healthy practices and ultimately happier & healthier employees. Being a great company is more than just about the outer successes and achievements, it is also about taking care of those who contribute to the successes. Neither person nor company can give much more than the opportunity to create great health, so Sun King has decided to start a wellness program that will be addressing all sides of health for the body, mind, and spirit. That is where I, Staraya, come in. Healthy living is my passion, it is how I live and what I love to learn about, teach and share. So I will be taking part in this journey with all of you, to help create an environment at Sun King that is sure to shine bright!

Part of this program will include writing a monthly blog post where I will include healthy tips, recipes, and workouts. This will be a little something that can help you take care of yourself whether you work at Sun King or just love Fresh•Local•Beer and would like to learn more about healthy living. And, with the holiday season around the corner, I am sure we could all use a little more health and a lot more calmness in our lives, so here it goes:

Health Tips:
This month’s health tip addresses the colder days and the chill in the air. Lets talk food: In the winter our bodies are cooler and our digestion can tend to slow down. The best thing you can do in the fall and winter to keep your digestion working and your metabolism up is:
- Drink 1-2 glasses of warm to hot water upon waking up. It stimulates your digestive system and kick starts your metabolism.
- Drink room temp or (preferably) hot water through out the day. Cold or ice water slows digestion and can lead to buildup in the intestines.
- Eat warm foods like homemade stir-fry, soups, stews and roasted vegetable medleys. These things are easier for your body to digest.
- When eating meals don’t guzzle water, instead try taking occasional sips and allow your belly to rest for a half hour before you drink more.

Yoga in the community:
I visit yoga studios all over the city and we have a vibrant community focused on healthy mind, body and spirit. When you have time, check out these places and go try a class… Yoga is a really great way to strengthen and tone your body, as well as help focus and sharpen your mind! There are classes for all skill levels and it’s great to have a whole community who supports your yoga practice, plus it is a great way to meet new people and connect with a teacher or two.

Tip: Look for Groupon and or Living Social deal, they are perfect for trying out a studio for the first time. Also ask the studio if they have ayn deals to offer a first time student, chances are they will! www.santosha-school.comwww.invokestudio.comwww.cityoga.biz,www.flourishyoga.biz

Recipes:
Here are some great recipe ideas for the holiday season! If you are not sure where to shop for fresh goods for the holidays, 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. The best thing is that most of the goodies are fresh, organic and local!

Chai Tea 
yields 1 cup

½ c water
2 crushed cardamom pods (1/4 tsp powder)
1 whole clove crushed (1/8 tsp powder)
½ tsp freshly grated ginger
1 tsp fennel seeds
¼ cinnamon stick
1 anis star (optional)
1 tsp raw sugar or maple syrup at the end
½ c. whole milk (NOT homogenized)

Boil the spices for 5 minutes in the water. Optional: after boiling the water for 5 minutes, add 1 black or green tea bag and let steep for 2-4 minutes while heat is still on. Then add the milk and sugar, bring to a boil, strain and drink!

Wheat Berry Salad
Serves 6-8

1c. wheat berry grain
1 stick of cinnamon
3 c. filtered water
1/4 c. slivered almonds
1/4 c. diced dried apricots (figs, cherries, raisins or dates would all work too)
2 -3 carrots, diced
Cilantro

Dressing
2 TBL Olive Oil
2 TBL apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 TBL fresh lemon juice
1tsp maple syrup
1 heaping tsp Dijon mustard

Soak the wheat berries over night with the cinnamon stick. Pour the soaking water and wheat berries, with cinnamon stick, into a pot and cook for 45 – 60 min, until grain is soft yet still chewy. Remove the cinnamon stick.
In another pan sauté the carrots and apricots until desired consistency. Remove from heat. Roast the almonds. Pour into the carrot mixture. Pour all ingredients together, including fresh chopped cilantro. Mix.

Dressing
Pour all ingredients in a jar and shake, pour over the salad. Serve warm in the winter and cold in the summer.

Roasted Root Vegetables
Serves 4- 8
Try to use as many organic Vegetables as possible.

2 carrots – peeled
½ butternut squash – peeled
2 medium sized potatoes -washed
1 medium to large sweet potato or yam – washed
1-2 parsnips – peeled
1 -2 tbls olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Wash and cut up the vegetables into bite sized chunks. Mix them all in a bowl and then add the oil, salt, pepper and rosemary. Toss everything together until there is an equal coating on the vegetables. Take out a large baking pan, oil it or line it with foil, spread out your veggie mix and then place the pan in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Half way through the cooking time turn the vegetables so that they do not stick to the pan. Cook until vegetables are tender and they start to brown slightly. Toss everything back into your bowl, drizzle more olive oil and add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve right away.

Workout tips:
In order to be truly healthy, everyone should be doing some sort of physical activity 3-5 times per week. But some of us can’t make time for the gym, or want to for that matter. But taking a brisk walk outside for at least 30 minutes can start to help kick up your metabolism while allowing you to breath clean air that can awaken the senses and the brain while fully oxygenating the blood.

If you can, go out for a walk/jog, jogging for 5 minutes and then walking 5 minutes and repeating for 30-40 minutes. Fluctuating your heart rate is more effective for your heart and body than an easy going paced 30-minute jog. The best part is that alternating your heart rate can allow you to work out for a shorter period of time. So next time you are on the trail or the treadmill, just try alternating your speed for 30 minutes and enjoy the benefits of feeling great, faster!

Additional tip:
Thanksgiving Day is all about the food, Sun King beer (wink, wink) and getting together with friends and family. So if you happen to overindulge, drink some fennel tea (steep 1 tsp fennel seeds in hot water for 5 minutes) and then lay on your left side for 5-10 minutes, this will let your stomach focus on digesting your food and will help to empty it a little faster. Dig in!

Namaste,
Staraya McKinstry

If you have additional questions, please email Staraya at staraya@sunkingbrewing.com.

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.

How Did I Get Here: Brad


Friday, November 16, 2012

Brad Cornelius aka Boog


With a nickname like Boog, why wouldn't you want to get to know Sun King's Chief Financial Officer! 


Name:

 - Brad Cornelius

 

Nickname:

 - Boog - Brad once shot a toy bullet up his nose with a toy gun. 


Job Title/Duties:

- Chief Financial Officer 


How did you get here?

 - Brad finished getting his MBA at Butler University. - He sent out an email to Omar (Owner/President) on a whim. - Brad was hired and took over the accounting duties from Andy (Owner/Vice President).

 

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

- Brad has been a licensed CPA since 2006. 


When did you start at Sun King?

- August 15th, 2011 


What is your favorite thing about working at Sun King?

- Great industry. - Great environment.

 

What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

- Brad hopes to continue doing what he does now at Sun King. 


 Where are you from/where did you grow up?

- Lawrenceburg, IN 


What is the most gratifying part of your job?

- Brad is directly involved with the decision making process of the company.

 

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

- Winning a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival. 


What might someone be surprised to know about you?

- Brad enjoys all types of music. 

- He plays a lot of sports. 

- Brad also claims to be the "king" of useless information. 


What do you do when you are not working?

- Brad spends time with his wife and kids.

- He also enjoys watching sports when he can. 


Who is your favorite musician? 

- Flo Rida 


Where did you attend college? 

- Butler University 


What is your favorite film? 

Dumb and Dumber