How to Survive the CANvitational

Wednesday, September 06, 2017



How to Survive the CANvitational


Its that time of year again, the weather has started to cool, but you're warming up -thats right, its CANvitational. The Midwest’s largest canned beer festival is bringing 60 breweries across America to the heart of good ol’ Indy. The Sun King CANvitational will take place on Saturday, September 9th on West Georgia Street and Pan Am Plaza, near the IN Convention Center.


Whether you’re a beer festival pro or a newbie, we have some tips on surviving the best beer festival in the world (no, we’re not being biased).




First things, first, buy your ticket in advanced. We have limited tickets at the door and its first come, first serve.



Take a look at the breweries that will be in attendance. Make a list of your “Must Try” breweries and go from there. You want to go in with a plan and you don’t want your palate to be destroyed when you get around to your favorite brewery.

Pro Tip: When picking your beers to sample, try to go to light beers first, followed by darker beers, leave those sours and hoppier beers for last.




CANvitational doesn’t start until 1pm (Early Entry 12pm). Wake up at 10am, cook yourself a hearty breakfast and make your way to Georgia Street. We will have some awesome local food trucks (Black Metal BBQ, Brozzini’s Pizza, La Margarita, The Big Cheese, Which Wich) lined up for some grub, but always be sure to have something in your stomach before you begin sampling some beer, that's just a life rule.

Pro Tip: Don’t destroy your palate with spicy food, cleanse your palate with water, and be sure to eat things that have a good base.



We provide water for you, however, be sure to keep yourself hydrated before, during and after the festival. Here at Sun King we’re pro beer festival goers!

Pro Tip: A rule of thumb that we follow at SKB is drinking one water with every beer. Plus it helps keep your palate cleansed for the next beer sample.





If you’re an Indy native, you know to always check the weather day of, because it can be a blizzard one day and a heat wave the next. As CANvitational takes place outside, you want to be prepared for any weather that may come that day. Comfortable shoes are key to any festival, this is no different, you’re going to be doing a lot of walking. Be sure to keep in mind that you’re going to be drinking, duh, and you don’t want to be carrying round a giant purse. The less you can carry the better.

Pro Tip: Wear a fanny pack. They’re hip and attached to the hip. Now you have an extra to grab all the koozies!



It's 2017 and we have wonderful technology that keeps us safe. Be sure you coordinate with friends to have a DD for the day. (And thank your DD by buying them food or a case of beer for the post game at home.) If no one wants to DD, split an UBER, Lyft or taxi ride home. We want you to be safe and stay safe after CANviational.





Last but not least, enjoy your beer, have a great time and meet some new people!



The Sun King Crew





​Mark your calendars and grab your koozies because CANvitational is almost upon us!

Thursday, August 24, 2017



Saturday September 9th Sun King will host its 5th annual beer festival. The Sun King CANvitational will take place at Pan Am Plaza and on the 100 block of Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis. Georgia Street combines a pedestrian boardwalk, overhead lighting, integrated seating, and landscaping; providing the perfect location for 60+ to celebrate the art of can craft beer.


CANvitational is set to showcase breweries from all over America who CAN. The 5th Annual CANvitational will provide patrons with samples of craft beer from award winning breweries from across the US. Local eats will be provided by local food trucks, music that will be sure to get everyone dancing in the streets - all in an urban downtown atmosphere.


General admission and early entry tickets are available online, but the cost will increase the day of CANvitational so move fast and save money on the Midwest’s largest canned craft beer festival!


CANvitational has been made possible because of eight non-profits and community partners taking time and volunteering. Help us celebrate and thank our volunteers by swinging by our downtown Indy brewery and Fishers taproom throughout the rest of August to grab pints and growlers that ultimately give back to these wonderful Indy non-profits.


$1 from every pint sold at pint day happening on August 24th and $1 from every growler sold during growler fill Friday on August 25th goes back to eight of Sun King’s chosen community partners. Additionally, August 16th – 21st all tips received will be donated to the eight community partners:


  • Art with a Heart
  • Little Red Door
  • Joy’s House
  • Gleaners
  • Indy Hub
  • Second Helpings
  • Outreach Inc.
  • City Market


Sun King Celebrates #GenCon50 with new Child Advocates Partnership

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Gen Con, the longest-running game convention in North America, has chosen Indianapolis-based charity Child Advocates as its Official Charity Partner for 2017. Adrian Swartout, CEO/Owner of Gen Con says that Child Advocates’ “work makes an immediate and important impact in the lives of children in the Indy community. Our team takes great pride in the kindness and compassion of our attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors. We hope for another great donation that really pays tribute to our 50th convention.” On Thursday, August 17, join us in downtown Indianapolis on Georgia Street for Game Night, sponsored by Sun King Brewery, in partnership with Child Advocates! D20 participants will have the chance to roll against each other in a single elimination round bracket. Winner takes home a 4-Day pass to Gen Con 2018, Sun King gift card, and other various prizes. Child Advocates Inc. will host a JENGA GIANT stacking contest! Donations will be collect to enter the contest and winner will take home their very one JENGA GIANT set, Sun King gift card, and other various prizes. No badge required to watch or play! Must be 21+ to enter to play. Located next to the Sun King Beer Garden on Georgia Street. See you there!

Oktober...Fest Fest Fest Fest Fest Fest Fest

Tuesday, August 01, 2017


Join us Thursday, August 3rd for the tapping of Sun King Oktoberfest at 6pm!  


Live music from Alpine Express.  


Food from Goose the Market and Der Pretzel Wagon.  


Meet Fritz the Wiener Dog and get your picture taken with him. 


Special beers will be on tap for your enjoyment.





Cooking with Sun King: Fistful of Ribs

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The heat is on!  Our summertime quarterly IPA brings back Fistful of Hops and Chef Steven Unrue is turning up the heat with today's Cooking with Sun King recipe: Fistful of Ribs



Fistful of Ribs


Servings: 12 / Active Prep Time: 45 min / Total Time: 3 days





For the Brine:

1 cup Kosher Salt

1/2 cup Sugar

2 Tbs Black Peppercorns

2 Tbs Coriander Seeds, whole

4 ea Bay Leaves, torn

12 Cloves Garlic, peeled

32 oz Water

32 oz Fistful of Hops

64 oz Ice

3 ea Racks Baby Back Ribs, peeled



For the Sauce:

2 cups Ketchup

8 oz Fistful of Hops

1 cup Agave Syrup

1/2 cup Cider Vinegar

2 Tbs Stone Ground Mustard

2 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce

1 Tbs Garlic Powder

1/2 tspn salt






For the Brine and Ribs:


In the pitcher of a blender, add salt, sugar, peppercorns, coriander, bay leaves and garlic. Add 2-3 cups of water and blend, until the garlic is pureed. In a large stock pot or dutch oven, add remaining water (5-6 cups) and Fistful of Hops along with the contains of the blender. Over medium high heat, bring mixture to a boil for 3-5 minutes; making sure the sugar and salt have completely dissolved. Remove from heat and add ice. Mix well and check temperature; should be about 36°F. Chill if the temp is warm. Once cool, add the ribs and use a plate to weigh them down, so that it is fully submerged. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 12 hrs; allowing the meat to cure in the brine.


Heat smoker with your favorite smoking wood to 225 degrees. Smoke ribs for 3 hours. Wrap ribs in peach butcher paper or foil, and place back on grill for 2 hrs. Pull ribs off and let rest covered on the counter for 1 hr. Remove ribs from paper/foil and brush with 1/3 of the sauce mixture. Broil in your oven (or place back on grill) for 2-3 min per side or until sauce has caramelized. Let rest for 10 min, cut into individual ribs and serve.



For the Sauce:

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan, and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes.





Sun King & Sugar Creek Malt Partner for Alrye'd Alrye'd Alrye'd

Wednesday, July 05, 2017


We love local partnerships like the one that Sun King and Sugar Creek Malt Co. have together! Sun King used rye from Sugar Creek in Alrye'd Alrye'd Alrye'd.  



Learn more about our partnership:






Know Before You Go: SKB 8 Party

Tuesday, June 20, 2017





Come celebrate 8 years of Fresh•Local•Beer with SKB this Saturday, June 24th night at Sun King VIII Party!  Not only will be be tapping Grapefruit Jungle but we will also be offering some Sun King King's Reserve rarities and speciality beers.  As we toast to good friends, we will also be dancing along to live music from country singer songwriter Parker Millsap, Americana star Nikki Lane, along with up and coming country music artist Tyler Childers and between sets DJ Helicon will keep us moving to the music.



We want all of you to have the best time while you are celebrating and there are a few things you should know before you head to Sun King’s 8th Anniversary Party!


Tickets: You can still purchase event tickets for $15 today – Friday, June 23rd online or at either of our brewery locations. Tickets will be available day of the show for $20 at the door.


  • Party Times: Doors open at 5pm, Last Call is 10:00pm, Party wraps at 10:30pm!
  • Music Lineup:
  • 5:00 PM DJ Helicon

    5:30 PM Tyler Childers

    6:15 PM DJ Helicon

    6:45 PM Nikki Lane

    8:00 PM DJ Helicon

    8:30 PM Parker Millsap

    9:45 PM DJ Helicon

  • Food Truck Food Court:
  • Gomez BBQ | Citizen Hash | Chef Dan’s | Groovy Guys Fries | King David’s Dogs


  • Pints and Cans will be available during the party. We will have one draft truck dedicated to Sun King King’s Reserve Series beers and one draft truck with Sun King Seasonal and Specialty beers.  Unfortunately, this does not mean that we can fill up your growlers.  Sorry!  

    Draft beers to look forward to while supplies last:

    Grapefruit Jungle #GFJ

    8 – Sun King’s 8th Anniversary Party Beer

    Amber Has Two Moms

    Dubble Vision – Sun King & Chilly Water Collaboration Beer

    Pacer Pale Ale

    Velvet Fog



    Velour Soccer Mom

    Mango College Ave



  • Carry-out Beer!!: Event attendees will have the opportunity to purchase carry out 4-packs of Grapefruit Jungle and Sun King King’s Reserve Velour Soccer Mom.
  • Pricing and Availability:

    GFJ: $16 4-pack // 2 case limit on GFJ

    Velour Soccer Mom: $20 2-pack // No limit

    Also available for carry-out:

    Pachanga 6-packs

    Sunlight Cream Ale 4-packs

    Wee Mac Scottish Style Ale 4-packs

    Osiris Pale Ale 4-packs


  • You can buy Sun King Merch: Limited edition SKB 8 GFJ t-shirts and Women’s SKB 8 tank tops, SKB Koozies to keep your cans cold, SKB polarized Sunglasses, SKB hats and other items will be available for purchase during the event.

  • Switch it change it, rearrange it! We are swapping where the stage will be located so that more of our friends can attend, there’s more room to move around, and you can hear the music from the food court!

  • Be sure to stop by our event partner booths and WIN FREE stuff:
  • Mikesell’s | Yelp Indy | WTTS| MOKB/Do317 | Brewers of Indiana Guild AND The first 100 people through the front gate will receive a FREE bag of Just Pop In popcorn!

  • Lawn Chairs: We encourage you to bring lawn chairs or tailgate chairs if you are interested in seating during the event. There will be a designated seating area for all chairs.
  • Water: Patrons can bring in one sealed 20oz bottle of water. Or you can bring in an empty water bottle. It must be empty just like you can bring in an empty water bottle through the airport security! If it’s full of anything, we will ask you to dump it before you enter. We will have water refill stations available during the event.
  • You MUST be 21+ and you MUST have a valid ID with you.
  • Our Downtown Indy brewery will be CLOSED on June 24th. We will have normal business hours on Sunday, June 25th, however, please make note that you will not be able to purchase kegs on Sunday due to Indiana laws. Our Fishers Tap Room will be open normal business hours on Saturday, June 24th, 11am – 10pm, however, no GFJ will be available to purchase until Sunday, June 25th.  (Grapefruit Jungle will be making it's way out into the market on June 26th in cans and kegs around Indiana.  No, we don't have a list of places just yet, but we will soon!)
  • No furry four-legged friends are permitted at the event. We love them but it’s better if you leave them at home.
  • All purses and bags will be searched for your safety.
  • The event will be held outside. Event is rain or shine. We will keep you updated if there is any type of severe weather.
  • Parking: We encourage all our attendees to plan ahead with UBER, Lyft, or Taxi. If you do plan on having a DD drive, please carpool as much as possible. The Sun King Brewery parking lot will not be open for parking due to the event. Parking is limited. (Please see map for suggested parking.)


    Fresh • Local • Beer pairs with Mikesell's Chips for Summer Fun

    Friday, May 26, 2017

    As summer is quickly approaching and with the holiday weekend just ahead, we've got cookouts, picnics, and family gatherings on our minds! To get you ready for summer the Sun King Crew sat down for a fun Mikesell's chip and beer pairing. We had a blast trying all of the delicious chips and these pairings will make you want to grab one more handful a chips and along with your favorite Fresh•Local•Beer.



    Groovy Potato Chips - This classic grooved chip pairs with Sun King's latest seasonal beer Pachanga Mexican-Style Lagar. The dryness of the beer compliments the boldness of the peanut oil bringing out the richness of the potato chip. We bet you can't stop at just eating one chip!


    Zesty Barbecue Potato Chips - The light spice in the Sugar Creak Malt rye used in Alrye'd Alrye'd Alrye'd brings out the hickory smoke and red pepper tanginess of the chip. If you like a little zippy in your BBQ chips, this one is for you!



    Old Fashioned Salt & Pepper Potato Chips - We couldn't resist pairing these chips with something from our Sun King King's Reserve Series - Razzleblaster Busey! The tartness of the beer and wood characteristics of the barrel are highlighted along with the fruitiness of the peppercorn of the chip bringing out the oaky-ness of the beer. We know what you are thinking. A sour beer with a salt and pepper chip? That's crazy, we promise you, your mouth will be very happy. Alternate Beer Pairing: Sunlight Cream Ale



    Green Onion Potato Chips - Hands down this chip pairs well with Sunlight Cream Ale. The creamy crisp taste of the beer helps to refresh your palate so that you can grab for another chip.


    Honey Barbecue Potato Chips - We paired these sweet BBQ chips with Wee Mac. The tomato and BBQ spice of the chip brings out the brown sugar notes of the beer. Pair these up with some baked beans and you've got half of your picnic! Alternate Beer Pairing: Pachanga



    Cheddar & Sour Cream Groovy Chips - A chip favorite amongst the SKB Crew! The caramel sweetness of our Scottish-Style Ale, Wee Mac, goes well with the tanginess of the sour cream and cheddar taste of the chip. Alternate Beer Pairing: Sunlight Cream Ale



    Sweet Chili Groovy Chips - Quench your thirst by pairing this chip with Osiris Pale Ale. The citrus flavors of the hops pair well with the light spice of the chip. They compliment each other without taking over the best things about the chip or the beer.


    How Did I Get Here: Emily Tschuor

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017



    Sun King works with hundreds of non-profit and community minded organizations in central Indiana that help achieve our mission of enriching the lives of Hoosiers one pint at a time. This cannot be done on its own. Sun King employs a team of people who work with our community partners daily. No matter how big or small the organization is, our team takes the time to learn about each one, what their needs are, what impact they have on the community, and how we, as Sun King, can be a part of the bigger cause.


    Meet Emily Tschuor! Emily has been an instrumental part of developing the community outreach at Sun King since the early days. Read more about Emily's journey from an internship at Sun King to becoming Sun King's Community Partnership Manager in today's How Did I Get Here Blog. And be sure to follow Emily's daily grind over the next three days as she takes over the Sun King Instagram account!





    How Did I Get Here?



    Emily Tschuor (like the sea SHORE)



    Em and Little Sis - Emily was given the nickname Little Sis by Sun King's Production Manager, Dustin Boyer. We we asked Dustin why, he said "She just always seemed like a little sis, so I dubbed her that."


    Duties/Job Title:

    Community Partnership Manager. Emily's daily routine consists of partnership management for Sun King's 400+ community partners, emails! emails! emails!, donation approvals, event support for partners, a lot of problem solving, wrangling the internship program, and she also sits on several committees for different organizations that Sun King supports.


    How long have you been working at Sun King?

    It's been a total of five years including her internship at Sun King in 2012 which started around the time that Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl.


    Where is your Hometown?

    Muncie, IN - Those of you may know Muncie because of it's ties to the Ball Corporation (Ball Mason Jars) who once had their headquarters in Muncie, IN. Bonus fact, the Ball Corporation is who makes Sun King's beer cans!


    How did you end up at Sun King?
    Emily's craft beer loving older brother mentioned that Sun King was hiring interns for the semester. At the time, Emily did not know much about Sun King, it was still new to the Indiana craft beer scene. Emily came in for the interview and was offered the internship on the spot.


    Was there a skill or experience that lead you to doing the work that you do here?

    Her Hospitality Management major from Ball State University lead her to her position and her love for the community.


    What are your hobbies outside of work?

    Emily is very involved in our community. You can find her coaching a team of 12-year-old girls’ volleyball, exploring new restaurants with her fiancé (they are huge foodies), hanging out with her fur babies (see below), volunteering, spending time with family and friends, and reading.


    What is your favorite thing about Sun King Brewery?

    Working with so many Indy organizations, being involved at the ground level, and seeing the impact/change. Emily has always been interested in the not-for-profit work and her position allows her to work with multiple organizations that she's cares about not limiting her to just one.


    What might someone be surprised to know about you?

    Emily and her fiancé own two English bulldogs that are spoiled rotten and are treated like humans.


    What is the day in the life of Emily like?

    Her day goes something like this: emails, meetings with partners, at least one committee meeting, attending charity events, and coaching volleyball.


    What is your favorite style of beer?

    IPA or India Pale Ale


    What is your favorite Sun King beer?

    Alrye'd Alrye'd Alrye'd, which is out now in 4-packs!


    What has been one of the most rewarding experiences working for Sun King?

    Being a part of the community outreach program and seeing the community grow at an accelerated pace and being part of a company that continues to encourage the power of partnerships.


    What should people know about brewery life?
    We definitely don't sit around and drink all day! There's a lot of hard work that is put into the brewery.


    Who is your favorite musician?

    Emily is a big country music fan but you will also find her listening to the oldies.


    What is your favorite film?
    Home Alone


    What is your favorite food?

    Cheeseburgers - all different styles!



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    Cooking with Sun King: Three Times the Pachanga!

    Monday, April 17, 2017


    Cooking with Sun King: Three Times the Pachanga!


    Warmer weather is finally here, taking you outside to enjoy spring.  Our latest seasonal release, Pachanga, is perfect for patio drinking alone but we can't stop at just that!  Today's Cooking with Sun King blog will feature two tasty Pachanga drink recipes and a Pachanga spicy taco recipe that will be sure to know your socks off.


    First, let's get the party started with a drink that packs a little heat, Mamachelada.  





    Servings: 4 / Active Prep Time: 5 min / Total Time: 5 min



    24 oz. Hoosier Mama Bloody Mary Mix (Regular or Spicy)

    2 12oz Cans Pachanga

    1/3 cup Fresh Lime Juice

    2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

    1 tsp. Hot Sauce (such as Tabasco)

    1 tsp. Maggi Seasoning

    2 Tbsp. Kosher Salt

    1/2 tsp. Chili Powder

    Lime Wedges (for serving)




    Mix Bloody Mary mix, Pachanga, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and Maggi Seasoning in a large pitcher.


    Mix salt and chili powder on a small plate. Rub rims of pint glasses with lime wedges and dip in salt mixture. Fill glasses with ice, add Michelada mixture, and garnish with lime wedges.



    To cool things down, here's a recipe that will quench your thirst, Pachangrita.





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





    3 oz Silver Tequila

    1 oz Cointreau



    12 oz Pachanga



    ⅓ Cup Lime Juice

    ⅓ Cup Simple Syrup

    2 Slices Jalapeño

    Salt Rim






    Salt the rim of a pilsner glass and set aside.

    Lightly muddle one jalapeño slice in a shaker.

    Add ice and combine remainder of ingredients except Pachanga.

    Shake vigorously and strain into a pilsner glass with a salted rim over fresh ice.

    Top with Pachanga and serve.



    And for your next Taco Tuesday, Carnitas tacos with Pineapple Hot Sauce!  




    Carnitas tacos with Pineapple Hot Sauce

    Servings: 8 / Active Prep Time: 30 min / Total Time: 3 hours





    For Pork:


    4 pounds skinless, boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), cut into 2" pieces

    24 oz Pachanga

    4 teaspoons kosher salt

    Tortillas for serving

    Cilantro and chopped sweet onion for garnish

    Cotija cheese for garnish




    For the Pineapple Hot Sauce:



    1 pineapple, skin and core removed

    4 habaneros, leave the seeds in or out depending on how spicy you like things

    ½ medium onion

    4 cloves garlic

    1 lime, zested and juiced

    1 teaspoon sea salt

    ½ cup apple cider vinegar

    ½ cup Pachanga

    1 tablespoon pure raw honey or sweetener of choice





    For Pork:


    Bring pork, beer, garlic, salt, and 1 cup water to a boil in large pot. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pork is fork-tender, 60-80 minutes.

    Uncover pork; simmer until liquid evaporates and pork begins to brown, 20-25 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring frequently and scraping bottom of pot, until pork is shredded and browned, 10-15 minutes.

    Add 1 cup water to pork; cook, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pot, for about 1 minute. DO AHEAD: Carnitas can be made 3 days ahead. Let cool. Cover and chill. Reheat with 1/2 cup water in a covered pot, adding more water if needed to keep pork moist. Serve on warmed tortillas with peach hot sauce, cilantro, onions and cotija cheese.



    For the Pineapple Hot Sauce:

    Combine all the ingredients together in a high powered blender or food processor and process until the sauce is completely smooth.

    Once smooth, place the mixture in a pot on the stove over medium heat.

    Bring to a simmer and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Remove from heat, let cool and then store in the fridge.