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

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!,

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

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.

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!

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.

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! 


 - Brad Cornelius



 - 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

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.