Goodbye 2017! Say hello to 2018!

Monday, January 08, 2018


We did it!


We made it to 2018 and we could not have done it without your support and love for independent craft beer.
A lot happened in 2017 and we wanted to highlight a few accomplishments and give you some insight into what is in store for 2018!



You asked for more beer and we released more styles, in both package and draft than ever before, complete with more Sun King King’s Reserve Series beers. We even won some medals throughout the year at the Commonwealth Cup, the Indiana Brewers Cup, and the Great American Beer Festival.

We kicked 2017 off with Lupulin Astronaut IPA in 16oz cans designed by in-house artist William Denton Ray. This citrusy IPA made a return to our 2018 seasonal IPA lineup and can be found in cans and draft at both Sun King locations and cans at retail locations. Our 2018 seasonal IPA lineup will feature Alrye’d Alrye’d Alrye’d, Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ) IPA, and Foxy Jam Pants.

This past spring was the introduction of our pal Marty the party Piñata with Pachanga Mexican Lager. Easily a favorite of the Sun King Crew because of its sessionable taste and because of the high demand of our patrons, we’ve decided to make Pachanga available year-round That’s right, you are the first to know, Pachanga will be available year-round and you will find 12 packs alongside the 6 packs of 12oz cans this spring. Don’t forget to share your #WheresMarty pics on social media and we may just share your pic!

See into the future… Check out our 2018 production calendar.





In the spring, we placed the last of our four, 420 barrel tanks that can be seen peering out of the top our downtown Indy brewery location, allowing us to brew more Sunlight, Wee Mac, and Osiris. We also upgraded our kegging line to a new state of the art machine in order to increase our efficiency and ensure that the kegs our beer goes into are the cleanest and therefore our beer tastes fresher and better for longer, plus it makes washing and filling kegs much easier on the production crew.

That’s not all that happened inside the brewery. We undertook a full refresh of our downtown Tasting Room, complete with upgraded bathrooms, a new bar with stools for kicking back on and enjoying a beer at the source, and a lot of other great upgrades that you have to stop in and see with your own eyes to believe. We partnered with long-time friends, Goose the Market/Smoking Goose, on opening a new concept, Oca , inside of our downtown Indy tasting room. You can now grub on sausage sandwiches, pizza, cheese plates, and pretzels with beer cheese while sipping on something from one of our 15+ available beers on tap every day, plus our Sun King King’s Reserve Cellar List. We update our draft lists daily for our Sun King Fishers Tap Room and our Sun King downtown Indy Tasting Room locations.



The summer of 2017 was quite busy! We celebrated our 8th Anniversary with 3,000 of our closest friends, GFJ IPA, and live music from Tyler Childers, Nikki Lane, and Parker Millsap.

Save the Date for our 9th Anniversary Party: June 23rd, 2018 


We decided to grow our distribution. Hoosiers living in Louisville and Chicago are now able to get Sun King at their local retailer, bars, and restaurants around town. Sun King co-founder, Clay Robinson, spent some time with Good Beer Hunting talking about our “never say never attitude” and about why Sun King looked into grocery chains and conventional distribution. Check out his down to earth interview while launching the Chicagoland market.

The SKB Crew traveled to Denver in October for the Great American Beer Festival where we were awarded two medals! Magpie Muckle took home a silver medal in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer category and a bronze medal in the Belgian-Style Fruit Beer category for Cherry Busey. Three-peat medal winner Cherry Busey will be making an appearance in cans this summer!




In the middle of all of the ruckus of a beautiful Indiana summer, Sun King made the announcement that we will be opening a distillery in Carmel, IN. We are excited about opening our doors to the distillery in the late spring of 2018. Sun King plans on making artisanal gins, moonshine, and other spirits. We will continue to update you along the way and be sure to follow us on Facebook.







Working with our community partners was a huge part of our year. In 2017, we had an economic impact of $932,600 from in-kind and monetary donations via the CANvitational profits, our Growler Give Back program, and tip jar donations.





The SKB crew was also busy logging 471 volunteer hours and serving on 17 central Indiana committees and boards. We feel so fortunate to work with over 500 organizations, including the 8 nonprofits (IndyHub, Art With A Heart, Indy City Market, Gleaners Food Bank, Little Red Door, Joy's House, Second Helpings, Outreach Inc) that made up our 100 CANvitational volunteers. These 8 organizations each received a check for $2K from the event proceeds. We could not have done this without our sponsors, patrons, and the 60 participating breweries that CAN!

CANvitational 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, September 8th, 2018. Invitations will be reaching breweries mailboxes soon! Stay connected for updates on those participating in the festival. In closing, we want to thank each and every one of you for your support in 2017. We have so much to look forward to in 2018 and we hope you will join us for some our adventures in 2018.







Cooking with Sun King: Holiday Beer Cocktail - Chernobyl Nights

Friday, December 22, 2017

The lights will sparkle a bit brighter with this beer cocktail recipe!  Sun King Culinary Director, Steven Unrue, stirred things up with Chernobyl Nights featuring When the Lights Go Out (coffee porter).  Cheers to the holidays!




Chernobyl Nights Featuring When the Lights Go Out

Servings: 2 / Active Prep Time: 5 min / Total Time: 5 min



12oz When the Lights Go Out

2 oz Vodka

2 oz Coffee Liquor

2 oz Heavy Cream

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract



Combine heavy cream and vanilla in a small mixing bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. Set aside.

In a Boston style shaker with ice, combine vodka and coffee liquor, stir to combine and chill.

Strain into 2 glasses and top each with 6 oz of When the Lights Go Out.

Gently spoon whip cream on top. 


Holiday Gift Ideas 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Out of ideas for the Sun King fan on your holiday gift list?  We've got you covered!


Click on the links to purchase or stop by either Sun King location and pick up today.  In order to receive your package by Christmas, please order online by no later than 12/18/17


Ladies love swag!  Spoil her with a bucket full of merch including: 


• Ladies T-Shirt (pick one)

• Modifiable Headware

• 2 Pint Glasses

• Sticker

• Magnet

• Lip Balm

• 2 Koozies



SKB Starter Kit - $55


Get started with the basics!  Kit includes:


• Indiana Line Art T-Shirt

• Hat (pick one)

• 2 Pint Glasses

• Keychain

• Magnet

• Stickers

• Lip Balm

• 2 Koozies



Man Cave - $65


Man cave need man cave things? This kit is exactly what is needed to decorate.  Kit includes:


• Tin Tacker

• 2 Pint Glasses

• 2 Stone Coasters

• Can Tap Handle (You pick between Sunlight • Wee Mac • Osiris) 

• Sticker




Next Level Fan - $80


The mother load of holiday gift buckets!  This bucket includes:


• 32 oz Hydro Flask

• Sun King Flag

• Scarf

• Sticker

• Sun King Patch

• 2 Koozies





64oz Hydroflask or 32oz Hydroflask Growlers 

These bad boys keep your beer cold up to 24 hours and hot drinks (hopefully not your beer!) up to 6 hours. 





Still stumped...How about a gift card


Community Partner Spotlight: Think and Drink Trivia Night with IndyHub

Monday, December 11, 2017


Calling all Indianapolis trivia lovers!



On Monday, December 11, IndyHub, in conjunction with the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Sports Corp., and Sun King Brewery will be hosting a trivia night based on Indianapolis sports history. We couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Monday night!


As most Hoosiers already know, Indianapolis has had a very entertaining sports scene for many years. This is your chance to relive those entertaining moments and also learn a thing or two from the people inside these great sports entities. Topics covered range from Pacers and Fever history, to general Indianapolis sports facts. Fans of all generations (21 and over) will not want to miss this great event.


Admission is of course free, and Sun King will have cold beer on tap, as well as a fresh selection of food from their newly added space, Oca.


Bring your friends and family, form a team, and come ready to compete with fellow Indianapolis sports fans. Only the top 3 teams will win prizes, but no one will leave without having a blast! Please be sure to RSVP here, and come ready to show your knowledge of Indianapolis sports history!


Community Partner Spotlight: ​MRKT BALL 2017

Tuesday, December 05, 2017





The Indianapolis City Market has been around about just as long as Indy has been a city; as a planned city, a public market space was always part of the design. However City Market had humble beginnings as an open air market, covered by a simple roof, where local farmers could gather to sell their wares. The Historic Market House we know and love today didn’t come around for some 40 years. The Market House was completed in 1886, and at the time included more market space stretching east toward Alabama Street, and the massive Tomlinson Hall to the west along Delaware Street.


Tomlinson Hall was one of the original convention center style buildings; it saw presidential speeches, massive concerts, some of the first basketball games, and large gatherings such as the National Prohibition Convention of 1892 (times sure have changed)! The final show held in Tomlinson Hall, before it burned down in January 1958, took place just over 60 years ago, “The Fantabulous Rock N Roll Show of ‘57” showcased some 50 performers including Ray Charles and Bo Diddley. It is in honor of that show that City Market’s annual gala fundraiser, MRKT BALL, is themed after rock ‘n roll of the 1950’s this year!


MRKT BALL is our current form of the old To Market To Market Ball, an event conceived decades past with the mission of saving the City Market from new “development” in downtown. Thanks to then-Mayor Richard Lugar and a dedicated community, City Market was saved and is now historically protected. Now, 131 years after the construction of the Historic Market House, our MRKT BALL party continues to serve as City Market’s primary fundraiser supporting building maintenance, operations, programming, and some creative placemaking projects.


Our mission for 2018 is to expand upon and create projects that help make City Market a public place for human interaction, connection, recreation, and yes – eating! You can help make these projects a reality by rocking out with us at MRKT BALL! Come enjoy live music from local group Chamber Music as they perform 1950’s hits from big names such as Little Richard, Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson, Little Willie John, Sam & Dave, and Staple Singers! You’ll be able to enjoy drinks from Tomlinson Tap Room, free samples from a variety of City Market merchants (on top of some special menus!), a photo booth, a silent auction, and other awesome activities.


Read more about MRKT BALL 2017, and find ticket information, at MRKTBALLINDY.COM!


Sun King Annual Community Giving 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

After Sun King first opened in 2009, owners and employees wanted to stay true to a variety of causes, including good beer and active community involvement. Here we are in 2017, arguably recognized as Indiana’s beer, having supported over 500 nonprofits throughout Indianapolis. Our core philanthropies throughout the years have focused on community improvement, the arts, youth development programs and affordable housing and shelter. In supporting these philanthropies, Sun King has made close to a million dollars in in-kind and monetary donations. Sun King loves nothing more than to give back to the community that encourages and develops the passions of Hoosiers. Join us in raising a glass to the organizations that make our communities a better place to live.





Oca + Sun King Food and Beer Pairing

Friday, November 24, 2017

Over the years, Sun King and Goose the Market have partnered on various projects and events and now the latest concept from Smoking Goose/Goose the Market, Oca (Italian and Spanish for goose), is open inside of Sun King Brewery's Downtown Indy location.  Guests can order gourmet sausage sandwiches, meat and cheese boards, and other snacks to enjoy along side a pint of craft beer.


To further enhancement the delectable eats, we decided that each sandwich must be paired with a Sun King beer!  Click here for the full Oca Menu


PHEASANT CASSOULET: Pheasant and onion sausage with duck confit, white beans, and pancetta on hoagie bun.  

BEER PAIRING: Osiris Pale Ale | Pachanga Mexican Lager


PINK LINK: Salmon belly, fennel, blood orange sausage, burgundy snails, parsley, tarragon, and porcini mushrooms on a New England roll

BEER PAIRING: Pachanga Mexican Lager | SKB IPA



WURST ONE: Currywurst, beet-potato hash, escarole, and crab cocktail, and New England roll

BEER PAIRING: Osiris Pale Ale | Wee Mac Scottish Ale



WHITE DOG: Weisswurst, Sauerkraut, and Bavarian mustard on a pretzel bun.

BEER PAIRING: Wee Mac Scottish Ale | Osiris Pale Ale



OCTO: Berkshire pork and octopus sausage with rapini and pine nuts, fresh mozzarella, arrabbiata sauce, and orecchiette pasta salad on a hoagie bun.

BEER PAIRING: Wee Mac Scottish Ale | Sunlight Cream Ale



Other Bites and Beer Pairings:


PRETZELS AND PIMENTO BEER CHEESE: Sun King Wee Mac, Sharp Cheddar, Pimento Cheese paired with Bavarian Pretzels (Splurge and add 'NDUJA - you'll thank us later!)
BEER PAIRING: Osiris Pale Ale | Pachanga Mexican Lager 


Or explore one of four Oca tour boards  and pair with a Sun King Sampling Flight (You Pick 6 Beer Samples) to find your favorite pairing!


Catering is available for large parties or for carry-out.  Order Sandwiches, Sausage Platters, Cheese + Cured Meat Tours + More: 


Broadway Indy + WFYI Bar to Star Contest

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Tired of only dreaming about performing in front of large audiences?


Submit a video of you or your band performing two original songs by Monday, December 4.  You could be performing in the Clowes Memorial Hall lobby on the opening night of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” on Tuesday, January 30th.  


In partnership with Broadway in Indianapolis and Sun King Brewery, WFYI is launching a contest for singers/songwriters called Bar To Star, to perform in the musical and to record their very own Small Studio Session. WFYI will choose finalists to perform two original songs and a Carole King cover at a tapping event at the Sun King Fishers Tap Room, where Sun King will debut a specially brewed beer in honor of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”


Submit your videos to WFYI’s entry form. Before you submit your entry, please be sure to read the official eligibility rules.


IndyHub Think & Drink: Indy Arts

Friday, November 10, 2017




Trivia: A large collection of Q & A’s. Yikes, this simply sounds scary to me, almost like a scantron test that made you feel clammy in high school - (hands up if you remember those).



However, a large collection of Q & A’s + Sun King Beer + Friends … I’m all in and you should be too.


Both Sun King and IndyHub know that trivia is a productive way to learn about a new topic while hanging out with your friends - heck and even meeting new friends. So join us, each month November 2017 - January 2018, on the second Monday as we host the Think & Drink trivia series. Each month we will dive into a new theme, and are you ready for this? The November theme is Indy Arts and we’ve teamed up with three amazing arts organization: Indianapolis Repertory Theatre, The Indianapolis Arts Council and The Cabaret.


We know that the dynamic arts scene in Indy is a huge asset, and in order to elevate the growth, it’s important to learn the history and future plans of these long-standing arts organization. The Think & Drink trivia on Monday, November 13 will sure to inspire you and your love of a familiar or new art form - dance, singing, acting - the list goes on and on. Don’t miss out, RSVP today.


And to add to trivia, beer and friends the prizes just might be tickets to The Cabaret.

Community Fitness at Sun King: Invoke Studio to host HIIT class 11/18

Thursday, November 09, 2017


On Saturday November 18th Sun King will host a community fitness session along with beer tasting combo in the Downtown Indy tasting room.   Invoke Studio’s, Bailey Croke, will lead the 9am-10am HIIT class.   HIIT focuses on strengthening and lengthening muscles, increasing stamina, and reinforcing the mind-body connection through quick transitions.   All adults, 21+, are welcome and encouraged to join this open level fitness class inside of the brewery in a no judgment, carefree and fun atmosphere.   And hey, all you have to do is make it through the hour to reward yourself with a complimentary beer tasting!

Tickets and registration are located online at Invoke’s website for $15 and includes the awesome workout, a chance to win either an Invoke or Sun King swag bag, and samples of Sun King core beers post workout! To learn more about Invoke’s offerings and class schedule, feel free to visit their website.