Sun King Customer Appreciation Month 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018



For the entire month of February both Sun King locations will be celebrating YOU - lovers of canned craft beer, devoted customers, and our best beer buds!



We thank you for all that you do. Sun King will be hosting various promotions, events and contests to celebrate our annual February Customer Appreciation Month.





SKB IPA Party  


We will kick-off the month with a brand-new beer, SKB IPA! Join us on Thursday, February 1st at our downtown Indy brewery location as we officially tap SKB IPA. During the party, you will have chances to win Golden Tickets to our Private Sun King King’s Reserve Party, CANvitational 2018 tickets, tickets Sun King 9th Anniversary Party, and other SKB swag! We will also be celebrating with an assortment of fruit variation hoppy Sun King beers. Other fun activities are planned, click here for more info about the party.  (PS - Our Fishers Tap Room will be tapping SKB IPA if you can't make it to our downtown Indy location!)




BE OUR GUEST to a Private Sun King King's Reserve Party!  


How does one manage to score a Golden Ticket for you and a guest to this awesome private party filled with sampling from cellar full of sour beers, seasonal beers, barrel-aged beers, food, music, and more?


We will have 3 weeks of chances to win by playing one of our trivia contests or if you are a social media kind of person we will have 2 chances to enter to win through our Instagram contests.



Here's How:



Trivia Contests    


Trivia Week 1:

  • Follow us on Facebook…Wait a second, you aren’t already following us? - Answer the posted trivia question by leaving the right comment for a chance to win a Golden Ticket. One winner will be selected.
  • Trivia Week 2: 
    • A. Sign up for our weekly Newsletter and answer the week 2 trivia question. - All answers will be submitted through our newsletter for a chance to win a Golden Ticket. One winner will be selected.
    • B. Attend the “The Boy Who Lived” Trivia Night at our Sun King Fishers Tap Room on Feb. 6th. If you think you know everything about Harry, Ron, and Hermione's adventures in the book series then you have a chance to win! Grand Wizard, whoops, grand prize winner will win a golden ticket.
  • Trivia Week 3:
    • A. Twitter me this! Follow us on Twitter for a chance to solve our final social media trivia question. - We will tweet out a question and all correct tweets back will be entered to win a Golden Ticket. One winner will be selected.
    • B. Attend the “Indiana Sports Ball” Trivia Night at our Sun King Fishers Tap Room on Feb. 20th. It doesn’t matter if you are a Hoosier, Boilermaker, Bulldog, or Irish…show your school pride and grab your friends, and let’s play trivia! One grand prize winner.
  • Instagram Contests




    We want to know, How Do You Enjoy Sun King? Get creative, use the hashtag #IWANTMYSKB from Feb 1st until Feb. 22nd to be entered to win. Whether you are cooking with Sun King, enjoying a pint in our Tasting Room or Tap Room, exploring nature with a Sun King can - you can enter to win a Golden Ticket by using #IWANTMYSKB on Instagram. Be sure to also tag @SunKingBrewing in your picture. We will pick the best picture for the Golden Ticket, however, we will reward the 2nd place and 3rd place pics with Sun King prizes. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place pictures will be reposted on our Instagram account.





    Head to the Sun King Booth at the Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest 2018 (Feb. 3rd) and find Marty the Party Piñata! Take a photo, post on Instagram use hashtag #WheresMarty. All entries must be done on February 3rd during the Winterfest to be considered and you MUST use #WheresMarty for a chance to win. If Sun King reposts YOUR Marty pic on our Instagram account, then you will receive a Golden Ticket. One winner will be selected to win a Golden Ticket.



    The fun doesn't stop there! We've got some other treats and promotions up our sleeves.






    #IWANTMYSKB Merch Mondays


    Every Monday will be “Merch Mondays” at both Sun King locations. ALL merch will be 20% off on those Mondays! That’s right, 20% off sweatshirts, tees, glassware and more. The offer is only valid at both Sun King locations.





    $1-Off Tuesday



    Dollar-Off Pint deals every Tuesday for the month at both SKB locations! $1-off full pours and 50 cents off half pours.  Not too shabby of a deal.  








    We’re gonna party each Wednesday like it’s 2-0-0-9! Each February Wednesday, we are kicking it old school with $5 growler fills on Sunlight Cream Ale, Wee Mac Scottish Ale, Osiris Pale Ale….AND PACHANGA. That's right, you can get a 64oz growler filled up with your favorite Sun King flagship beers and Pachanga. 






    Join School on Wheels for the #SharetheLoveIndy event on Thursday Feb. 8th from 5-7:30pm at Sun King Brewery Downtown. As a part of our #GivebackThursday programing, $1 per pint will be donated to School on Wheels and to help fund their fight against homelessness. School on Wheels will have special create your own Valentines stations! Make your sweetheart something special and sip on a pint for a good cause.



    On Thursday, Feb. 22nd School on Wheels will be back with Half Full Nelson to bring you a Virtual Reality exhibit at the Sun King Brewery Downtown location. The exhibit lets you experience one homeless child’s after school routine. Callie, a first grader and School on Wheels student, will take you on a tour of what her routine looks like the moment she steps off the bus until lights out at her shelter. $1 per pint will be donated to School on Wheels on this event.





    You made it...It's the end of the blog. In case you skimmed over all of the contests and promotions, we will be posting all via social media throughout the month to remind you!  


    Community Fitness at Sun King | January - March

    Monday, January 15, 2018


    Looking to jumpstart your year, but not really looking to give up beer? New year, new you doesn't mean you always have to sacrifice pints for quinoa. Sun King is here to help you become the best version of yourself!


    Sun King is hosting community fitness classes at our downtown tasting room. These classes will last just around an hour, and will feature a rotating array of trainers and workouts! Tickets are $10 per session and can be found online or via the events tab on the Sun King Facebook page. The proceeds of your tickets will not only get you a quality workout class but will also be donated to local Indianapolis charities to provide opportunities to make sure everyone has a great 2018! Act fast because these events are capped at 50 attendees; tickets will be gone faster than winter sunlight. Can't get a ticket to a class?


    Don't fret! Sun King will be hosting community fitness events every Saturday from January through March. Each month a new trainer or studio will be joining Sun King for new classes. Rotating fitness classes like our beer selection will ensure no Saturday will be the same!


    January’s classes will feature two Sun King favorites, Studio 317 Fitness and Fire Eye Fitness! Doors open at 9 with classes starting at 9:30 and running until 10:15. All classes will take place at the Sun King downtown tasting room. Directions to our downtown tasting room can be found here.

    This Month:


    1/20/18 Community Fitness at Sun King -Studio317

    Join Studio317 for a Rise & Grind Bootcamp style class that will benefit Heaven After Hell Animal Rescue Center. Studio317 strives to help you maintain a healthy balance between your workout goals and your life. Their motto is to IMAGINE. INSPIRE. IGNITE. If you can imagine it, you can achieve it! Tickets can be found here, and be sure to save some change as dog treats will be available for sale all proceeds benefit Heaven After Hell Animal Rescue Center.


    1/27/18 Community Fitness at Sun King -Fire Eye Fitness

    Kickboxing with Fire Eye Fitness matches fun and intensity together for an AWESOME class. Attendees develop strong lean bodies while losing unwanted weight. Our interactive class is fresh and new while burning tons of calories. You don't want to miss out on this class! Tickets can be bought here! Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation.


    Look ahead:




    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



    MRKT BALL 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.