Goonies Never Say Die

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
We're hosting a screening of The Goonies on Wednesday, April 11. You can purchase tickets here or at the door and don't forget to bring a lawn chair! Food will be available from Seoul Grill.

Takeover Chatham Tap with Sun King!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It’s time for Sun King’s annualChatham Tap Takeover! Eighteen different beers will be on throughout the day and we will release Maibock as well. See you there!

The full list of beers is as follows:

Sunlight Cream Ale
Osiris Pale Ale
Nitro Ring of Dingle
Isis Imperial Pale Ale
Java Mac
Velvet Fog
Zauis Oatmeal Stout
Sour Princess
Dominator Dopplebock
Barrel Aged Dominator
Grapefruit Jungle
Nitro Cowbell
Timmie Russian Imperial Stout
Barrel Aged Timmie
Sink the Clipper
Jungle Room

Cooking with Sun King: Brussel Sprouts

Friday, April 06, 2012

I love Brussels sprouts. I usually keep it simple by roasting them with a big pinch of salt, few grinds of black pepper, and a squeeze of lemon. The other night a sprout craving was so huge that I made a meal out of it.

2 pounds Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, out leaves discarded, and halved
2-4 strips of bacon diced
½ onion finely diced
1 jalapeno finely diced
2 cloves garlic minced
1 lemon juiced
1 tablespoon Sriracha
½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
½ tablespoon honey
Heavy pinch of salt
5-8 grinds of black pepper
½ cup freshly grated parmesan *optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Sauté bacon until desired crispness. Add sprouts and onion and sauté for 5-7 minutes. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl, add to the sprouts, stir to combine and place into preheated oven for 7-10 minutes. The last 3 minutes of cooking sprinkle cheese across the top and bake until golden, brown and delicious.

This pairs well with anything from a light lager to a big ol’ IPA.

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.

Sun King, Easley & Papa Roux Support Scecina's Scholarship Fund

Friday, April 06, 2012

Sun King, Easley & Papa Roux Support Scecina’s Scholarship Fund

The east side is very supportive of Sun King, so when Papa Roux asked us to bring our beer truck to Scecina High School’s annual fundraising dinner we said, “of course.” Learn more about the event and purchase tickets online here!

UPDATE: Scecina High School was robbed and vandalized over Easter weekend so this year’s fundraiser is of particular importance. We hope to see you there!

How Did I Get Here: Chris Hansen

Wednesday, April 04, 2012
He's super friendly. Really.

Sun King’s policy from the start was to hire from its volunteer pool. But some jobs need to be filled by a specific person with a specific skill set. When it came time to start building Sun King’s delivery fleet, Chris Hansen was that person.

Chris grew up in the beer business, working for his parents’ distributorship, Bon Vivant Libations, from the age of 12. He went on to work in logistics for craft beer distributor Cavalier and got to know Clay and Dave when he would run kegs from the downtown Ram to the Noblesville location.

In July 2010 he was working for a mobility company (think Jazzy Carts) when Clay sent him a Facebook message asking him if he’d be interested in coming to work for Sun King. He said yes and immediately took the position of Logistics Manager, managing drivers and line cleaners, scheduling and routing deliveries, and preparing and receiving invoices. He also handles payroll for the brewery and is usually behind the wheel of a fork truck when new tanks arrive.

“Besides the beer,” Chris says that his favorite part of working at Sun King is, “getting to work with the people and in a great family atmosphere where everyone gets along well.”

Manic Mondays: Sun King Expands Tasting Room Hours

Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Monday is a dark day for many. Not just because it’s the start of the traditional work week but because it was one of the two days that Sun King’s Tasting Room stayed dark. ‘Was’ being the operative word because as of today, Sun King’s Tasting Room is now open six days a week! The Tasting Room will now be open between 10 AM and 6 PM Monday through Thursday, 10 AM to 7 PM Friday, and 1 to 5 PM Saturday. Those of you who are really paying attention noticed that we are also extending Saturday hours to 5 PM to better accommodate you. Thanks for squeezing us into your busy schedule, just don’t expect us to start opening on Sundays!

How Did I Get Here: Cupcake

Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Courtney Hughes/C-Style Photography.

There are rumors to the contrary but we’re pretty sure the birth certificate of Sun King’s funk-loving draft technician reads, “Cupcake.”

Cupcake says that his time at Sun King, “started as a dream, and I haven’t woken up.” That dream started in March 2010 after Cupcake had spent the previous 16 years working in local restaurants and brewpubs. He showed up to volunteer and quickly moved over to the canning line as a part-timer and on to making deliveries as a full-time employee.

He now travels central Indiana cleaning and maintaining draft lines to ensure that the funk stays in your speakers and out of your pint glass.

How Did I Get Here: Jon Clampitt

Friday, March 30, 2012

Jon Clampitt AKA Clamp, Clamps, Clampsquatch

Jon Clampitt doesn’t waste time. The one-time IUPUI student knocked back his first Osiris Pale Ale at J Clyde’s pub on a Tuesday night in July 2010, visited the brewery for the first time two days later and the next day he was volunteering in the Tasting Room.

Clamps had never worked in a brewery before but Sun King’s owners loved his hustle so they hired him to work part-time in September 2010. He was still going to school part-time and working another part-time job but his willingness to do whatever, whenever, without complaint translated into a full-time position in January 2011.

Clamps worked his way up from the Tasting Room to keg monkey (the affectionate term for the person who cleans kegs) to assistant cellarman to assistant brewer. Or, more accurately, assistant brewer’s assistant, as assistant brewer Adrian Ball shows him the ropes on the brew deck.

Bike To the Ballpark!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

On Friday, April 13 Sun King Brewing Co. and the local bicycle advocacy group, INDYCOG, are teaming up to host the second annual Bike to the Ballpark to kick off Indianapolis Indian’s baseball season.

Cyclists of all ages will meet in the Sun King Parking lot at 5 p.m. for a special appearance from the city’s biking-fanatic-in-chief, Mayor Greg Ballard, and then depart for Victory Field at approximately 5:30 p.m. Another local bike enthusiast group, Pedal and Park, will be providing temporary bike parking on site. Tickets for the game can be purchased at the gate.

This year’s Bike to the Ballpark is special because it marks the beginning of Sun King’s new relationship with the Indianapolis Indians. Starting with opening day of the 2012 season, Sun King Brewing Co. is the Official Craft Beer of the Indianapolis Indians. Brewer/owner Dave Colt crafted a specialty beer in honor of this new partnership, Indians Victory Lager, which will be tapped at Captain’s Cove inside Victory Field at 6:30 p.m. and will be available at the ballpark for the duration of the season.

Riders have several options: BYOB (bring your own bike) or hitch a more relaxed ride with the Circle City Pedicabs. For eager cyclists without bikes, check out the Indy Bike Hub for rentals ranging from $15 to $55.

All participants will receive a coupon from the Indy Cycloplex for a free track session or free helmet.

Constructive Criticism: Beer Bloggers Review Isis

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Periodically, Dustin will box up cans of refrigerated “yeast samples” and ship them to journalists, bloggers, and breweries we’re friends with. A number of beer magazines and blogs received a sample can of Isis last month and here’s what they have to say about it.

All About Beer is familiar with our work but they were excited to try Isis. Greg Barbera said that the, “Mouthfeel isn’t as overly resinous as most DIPAs but still is high enough in alpha acids to make the enamel on your teeth chirp.” Read the full review here.

Brewed for Thought enjoyed the beer, saying that, “With Isis, I can only confirm that Sun King is one of the top brewers in the country.” We’re blushing. Check out the full review here.

Fermentedly Challenged is one of several blogs that received Sun King beers for review for the first time. “I’d have no problem downing a few of these on a hot day,” is what they had to say in their review of Sunlight Cream AleThey thought that Wee Mac Scottish Ale “tasted better than a typical Brown ale, it had a better malty character than typical brown ales.” Osiris Pale Ale held up well under the microscope, too. “It’s too bad Sun King doesn’t (yet) distribute out here to Colorado as they could probably take up a good amount of shelf space based on taste alone.” Go here to read the full review.

The star of the show was Isis, though. “My Bronco hat gets tipped to Sun King Brewing Company for coming up with a solid double IPA in their Batch 555 Isis.” The full review is here.

Prof Sudz also got his first sample pack for review a few weeks back. According to his blog, “Sun King Sunlight Cream Ale would be a great option to introduce to your dedicated macro lager drinking friends. The appearance of the beer is familiar enough to them so they won’t be scared away, and the flavor profile isn’t too complex for the uninitiated beer drinker to understand and enjoy.” Read the full review here.

He also had very nice things to say about Wee Mac and Osiris but he really took a shine to Isis. “Some Double IPAs seek to punish your tongue with an overwhelming bitterness, but Sun King Isis features a juicy mixture of hops which is quite delicious.” The full review is here.