Tonic Ball 11 benefitting Second Helpings

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Second Helping

Second Helping

Tonic Ball 11
Friday. November 16. 2012
Music begins at 7 p.m.

For over a decade, Tonic Ball has harnessed the creative forces of local music and art to fight hunger. This year, Tonic will turn it up to 11!

Tonic Ball 11 will feature more than 40 of central Indiana’s top rock, folk, jazz, funk, country and pop artists celebrating the songs of The Kinks, Stevie Wonder and U2 at three venues:Radio RadioFountain Square Theatre and White Rabbit Cabaret. The music begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 16th.

Tonic Gallery will feature works of art by more than 40 of the city’s most renowned visual artists, all for sale and available for as little as $100. Tonic Gallery is at New Day Meadery, Fountain Square, 1102 E. Prospect Street, from 5-8 p.m. on November 16th, as well as a gallery preview First Friday, November 2nd.

Tiny Tonic, an all-ages event featuring kids, crafts, food and music by Ruditoonz, will be at SECS Youth Center, Fountain Square, 924 Shelby Street. Bring the kids from 5:30-7 p.m. on November 16 and share in the Tonic tradition.

Tickets for Tonic Ball are $25 online or at Luna Music and the whole event is a benefit forSecond Helpings.

What is Second Helpings?

At Second Helpings, transforms lives through the power of food. They rescue prepared and perishable food, prepare it into nutritious meals and distribute those meals to more than 70 social services organizations that feed hungry people. The meals are delivered to shelters, community centers and afterschool programs to those who may not always have access to a warm, nutritious meal. We also use rescued food to train disadvantaged adults for careers in the culinary field, helping to eliminate hunger at its source. Graduates of the culinary job training program learn practical skills for meaningful jobs in food service, and they also receive training to help them be more successful, including resume writing, job interviewing and stress management.

In 2012, Second Helpings collected our 17 millionth pound of food and delivered their 6 millionth meal to their partner agencies. More than 500 adults have graduated from the Second Helpings culinary job training program.

For more information or for press contact: Betsy Whitmore – (317) 632-2664 Ext. 12 or

Cooking with Sun King: Spicy Roasted Pepitas & Homemade Vanilla Extract

Thursday, November 01, 2012

The seasons have changed and fall is upon us. It’s time to warm up our taste buds! Sun King’s resident chef, Dustin, shares his recipe for Spicy Roasted Pepitas. And for an added bonus: Homemade Vanilla Extract just in time for the holiday season and baking!

Spicy Roasted Pepitas

Seeds from 2-4 pumpkins
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Salt
1 Tablespoon Fresh Cracked Pepper
2 Teaspoons Cayenne Pepper (Optional)

Rinse the seeds and remove as much pulp as possible.
Move the seeds to a bowl and toss oil and seasonings.
Transfer to a sheet tray and roast in a 325* oven for 15-35 minutes.
Check and stir the seeds after 15 minutes to make sure they don’t burn.
Remove and cool.

Enjoy with a cold Osiris, or your favorite Pale Ale.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

7-11 ounce of Vodka, no need to waste money on expensive Vodka
5-10 Quality Vanilla Beans, split

Split the beans.
Place in a resealable jar.
Pour on Vodka.
Wait 4-6 weeks.
Shake the jar once a week.

The Trade School has made its way to Indy!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Sharpen your pencils, folks! School is now in session! After many successes in New York, London, and Manila, Trade School has made its way to the heartland. Trade School is a learning experience where teachers barter with students without money exchanging hands, and places equal value on big ideas, practical skills and experiential knowledge. These basic principles stem from the fact that everyone has something to offer and that life-long learners will actively seek out knowledge if there is an opportunity to do so.

Trade School Indianapolis kicked off at the Indy City Market in September with a total of 8 classes during the first semester. They had over 80 students attend classes ranging from Dehydrating the Garden to Nail Art 101 to Writing: Self-Editing Tips and Tricks and more. Each of our instructors was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and thrilled to go home with a bounty of bartered items.

Trade School operates like this: Teachers propose classes and ask for barter items from students. For example, if you teach a class about making butter, you might ask students to bring heavy cream, jars, or bread and also include music tips, craft beer, costume jewelry, vegetables or help with something like finding an apartment. Students sign up for classes online by agreeing to bring a barter item for the teacher. Our rules are simple: Teach. Learn. Barter. Repeat. Trade School is about learning. Trade School is about sharing knowledge with others and placing value on the knowledge you offer with requested items. They emphasize that it’s not about material things, but about mutual respect for the person teaching and working with your own resources.

The Trade School has some pretty cool sponsors on their team. The AMAZING force that isNUVOYelp, Sun King Brewing Co. and of course their permanent home, the Indianapolis City Market. These incredible sponsors have advertised for Trade School and have been a huge factor to the success so far. Semester 1 was fantastic, planning to have a few new features in the next semester. The Trade School is working on sourcing a modest projector and P/A system to improve class experiences and make the learning space accessible for all. If you would like to donate to Trade School Indianapolis, please visit the GoFundMe page.

The Trade School is now accepting class submissions! A survey was sent out last week (please feel free to take it here) asking what students want to see in the next semester. The responses have been awesome so far, with Recreational fun as the forerunner and Foodie classes right behind. From what has been learned, students would also love to take a craft class of some sort and they are also curious about cultures, such as traditions, religion and languages. Any photographers up to teach? Many students are interested in taking a class on how to take the perfect picture. If you or someone you know are interested in teaching a class on ANYTHING, please sign up here!

The Trade School is excited about Semester 2! The second semester will run from November 1 to December 15 and all classes will be held at the Indianapolis City Market or off-site depending on the nature of the class (beer brewing classes, recreational activities). The Semester 2 launch party is Thursday, November 1st from 6-8PM at the City Market. There will be mini-classes, an intro to bartering and a complimentary beer for the first 50 guests from Sun King. Sign up to teach or take a class and/or RSVP for the party here. Hope to see your smiling, eager to learn faces there!

If you would like more information on Trade School or have any questions, please contact Blaire Huntley at 919-619-0321 or, or visit

21st Annual Heartland Film Festival October 18-27

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures presents the 21st Annual Heartland Film Festival October 18-27, will be showcasing 118 inspiring independent films from around the world. There were a record-breaking number of film submissions received this year, so you can expect an exceptional selection of films. You can also expect the best in Fresh•Local•Beer at a few of the Festival’s special events: Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is proud to have Sun King Brewing Company as the Official Beer of the 2012 Heartland Film Festival!

Based in Indianapolis, Heartland’s mission is to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Sun King Brewing Co. works to strengthen the community through nonprofit partnership and support. It’s within that spirit that Heartland and Sun King will work together to inspire the Indianapolis community and beyond.

Sun King will be at Heartland’s Opening Night Event on October 18th at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), where for the first time in Festival history a documentary film will kick off the Festival’s events. High Ground, produced by Academy Award®-nominated producer Don Hahn (Walt Disney’s The Lion KingBeauty and the Beast) tells the stories of American Veterans as they face the trek and climb Mount Lobuche in the Himalayan Mountains. Don Hahn and a few of the film’s featured Veterans will be attending the screening and will take part in a Q&A session after the film. Many local Veterans’ groups will also be in attendance and honored at the event. Learn more about the Opening Night Event and buy tickets today.

Sun King will once again join Heartland at the end of the Festival, providing moviegoers with Fresh•Local•Beer at the Closing Night Event at the IMA. In the documentary Under African Skies director Joe Berlinger (Crude, Paradise Lost) travels back to South Africa with Paul Simon—his first trip back in 25 years, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the historic Graceland album and play a reunion concert. Despite its huge success and despite it being the first popular/successful example of fusing American and African musical styles, Graceland was initially met with tremendous political crossfire as Paul was accused of breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the apartheid regime. Paul Simon revisits these ghosts as the musical journey is explored. The film features interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Harry Belafonte, David Byrne, Philip Glass, Lorne Michaels, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones and Steve Van Zandt. The music and good vibes will continue on to the Closing Night After Party, where fans and filmmakers will close the Festival with a celebration at the Jazz Kitchen. Learn more about the Closing Night Events and buy tickets.

Sun King and Heartland Truly Moving Pictures will not stop there. Expect to hear more about special events and Fresh•Local•Beer at events throughout the year.

In the meantime, watch for Sun King contest emails for a chance to win Heartland Film Festival tickets to.

This year’s Festival screenings will take place at AMC Castleton Square 14 and AMC Showplace Traders Point 12 theaters. Learn more about Heartland Film Festival events, tickets, films and more at

Cooking with Sun King: Chimichurri

Friday, September 28, 2012

It’s the perfect time of the year to prep your grill for a backyard BBQ or for your next tailgate party. Here’s a new take on Argentina’s “BBQ” sauce. This green Chimichurri is great as a marinade and grilling sauce.

2 Bunches Cilantro
2 Bunches Parsley
2 Jalapeños(you can take the stem and seeds out if you’d like a milder sauce)
2 Limes Juiced
1/2 tbs Honey
1/2 tbs Champagne Vinegar
1/2 tbs Ground Cumin

Place everything in your blender and take for a spin. Allow flavors to meld for at least an hour.

Once marinade is ready you can put it on grilled steak, fish, chicken, or even pasta! Don’t forget to pair it with a nice cold Osiris.

Dustin Boyer has worked as a bartender, brewer, and restaurant manager. He is the go-to guy for Sun King’s many bar and restaurant accounts and is responsible for booking the food and music for the brewery’s tappings. When he’s not doing that he can be found on a fork lift or making magic with meat on the Big Green Egg. Don’t ask him when he’s opening a restaurant because he only cooks for fun.

1st Annual Indianapolis Sister Cities International (ISCI)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Today, more than any time in the past, we are part of a global society where cultural influences can be found all around us. Our community is no exception, and the Indianapolis Sister Cities International (ISCI) program works hard to ensure that.

The ISCI, which strives to make Indianapolis a more globally recognized and welcoming city, has eight sister cities, including Taipei, Taiwan; Cologne, Germany; Monza, Italy; Piran, Slovenia; Hangzhou, China; Campinas, Brazil; Northamptonshire County, UK; and Hyderabad, India.

On Saturday, September 15th, it put on the Indianapolis Sister Cities International Festival. The event was split up into four zones at the City Market, including the Sister Cities Plaza where the eight sister cities were represented, Global Crossroads, Global Explorer and the World Sports Park.

Sun King served as a Diplomat Sponsor for the event and the Sun King van was on hand to provide attendees with refreshments in the form of Fresh•Local•Beer. All around the City Market courtyard and on Market Street exhibitors from set up tents to show off their local culture. Among them were the Indiana German heritage Society, the Italian Heritage Society of Indiana, and the Mexican Consulate/Consular Corps of Indianapolis.

There were also merchants selling a variety of handmade cultural crafts, and food was available from Tacos without BordersPassage to India, 8 China Buffet and more. And for those interested in international sports, the World Sports Park area offered a look into athletics such as Cricket, Bocce, Rugby and Hurling.

Thanks to the Mayor’s office for getting us involved in this wonderful event and don’t forget to look for us at many more events his fall by staying tuned to our events page.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful & Sun King partner for Draught for Drought

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

There’s a lot of things we’re passionate about here at Sun King.

At the top of the list, as you might have guessed, is making quality craft beer for you to enjoy. But the list certainly doesn’t end there. We’re also passionate about good food, good music, our city, being good stewards to the community, helping others, and more. It’s why you see us sponsor so many events, like the “Draught for Drought” event at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) on September 14.

We all know what a rough summer it was for the crops of Indiana. Whole fields of corn had to be plowed under and our lawns felt more like brillo pads than grass. Not many people think about the trees, though, which bear the stress of an extreme drought the same as crops or lawns. KIB has been watering more than 10,000 trees all over the city of Indianapolis to keep them healthy, and we felt that was a cause worth supporting.

So, with the assistance of our good friends at Spice Box and Groovy Guys Fries brought some good food along with some Fresh•Local•Beer to the parking lot of KIB and held a fundraiser. For just $5, guests received admission, a commemorative pint glass, other takeaways and had the chance to learn about how to properly take care of trees during a severe drought. Guests also took tours of the KIB headquarters — the first LEED Gold-certified nonprofit in Indiana — learned from experts at education stations and enjoyed live music.

In total, the event raised more than $3,000 for KIB’s tree-watering efforts, and, equally important, raised awareness of preserving our city’s trees in the face of a harsh summer.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the event and supported the cause.

How Did I Get Here: Monique

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monique Solomon aka Mo

Monique Solomon aka Mo

Have you ever wanted to get to know the little spitfire that sits at the Sun King’s front desk and answers the phones? Meet Monique!

Monique Solomon


Job Title/Duties:
- Front Office Receptionist
- Customer Service

How did you get here?
- Before Monique began her work her at Sun King, she worked at a video store before being let go.

Was there a skill or experience that led to doing the work that you do here?
- Monique worked in customer service at the video store.

When did you start at Sun King?
- Monique started at Sun King at the end of August 2011.
- Monique thanks Omar from saving her from housework hell!

What’s your favorite thing about working at Sun King?
- Monique enjoys the family atmosphere around the brewery. It’s almost like working in a fraternity house!
- Monique enjoys working with the customers both retail and commercial.

What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
- Monique envisions herself at Sun King in 5 years, taking over Chris Hansen’s job in logistics.

Sun King Community Talks - Dog Days of Summer

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Do you remember the Super Bowl earlier this year in Indy? Do you remember the thousands of volunteers that worked to get the city prepared for the event? Sun King remembers, and we want to bring that volunteer spirit back to Indianapolis!

We know that Indy is full of people that want to make their city great, and there are still plenty of opportunities for volunteers to do just that throughout the community.

Sun King Community Talks, SKCT, is a new program through which the people of Indianapolis can be introduced to and become involved with various not-for-profits throughout Indianapolis. Through this new initiative, SKB will be bringing together like-minded organizations, who are looking for people to get involved. This event gives various organizations the opportunity to introduce their mission and for individuals to ask questions in a comfortable environment.

The theme behind the inaugural Sun King Community Talks is “The Dog Days of Summer”. We are highlighting four organizations with opportunities involving animals. The four organizations are: The Indy Humane SocietyICANEvery Dog Counts, and Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue. The Dashboard Diner food truck will also be on site and pints will be available for purchase.

So please come join us on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Sun King Brewery (135 N. College Ave.) and let’s bring the volunteer spirit back to Indianapolis!

Life moves pretty fast, especially during the summertime at Sun King!

Friday, August 17, 2012

The summer has absolutely flown by and it seems as though June has turned into August a little to quickly this year! I have no doubt that is mainly do to the exciting and busy summer I have spent here at Sun King Brewery. From days running around the brewery to nights spent at events, I have filled my time this summer talking beer, and there are definitely worse ways to spend a summer.

Through the course of the summer I feel like I have gained a lot of experience and knowledge from working with all the great people here at Sun King. Everything from coming up with and implementing new marketing ideas to community relations, our group of interns has had the opportunity to do a lot of cool things this summer. With the rapid growth at Sun King, we have been all over the city spreading the word about Fresh•Local•Beer. As I look back at my time around the brewery, I can wholeheartedly say that Sun King is great company and Indianapolis should be proud to call them their own. Sun King is actively involved in the community at large, sponsoring and supporting all sorts of events across Indianapolis, like The Indianapolis International Film Festival and Indy Criterium.

Sun King is just like the guy everyone knows and loves, because not only is Sun King active in the community but they make a good product. With the three house beers and countless seasonal and specialty beers you would be hard pressed to find a beer at Sun King you don’t like. They even give you the chance to try a lot of these beers in the tasting room, which I’m sure most of you have seen when you’ve come to fill your growlers on Growler Fill Friday.

So as the summer comes to close, so does my time here. I would like to thank everyone here at Sun King, from the crew on the brew deck to the marketing department and beyond. They have been nothing but kind to me and my fellow interns all summer long. My fellow interns and I have had some really valuable experience to take away with us, so with that I would like to say thanks to Sun King and to everyone out there; keep drinking Fresh•Local•Beer!