How Did I Get Here: Kelly "the Keg Washer" B.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sun King Brewery now has around 75 full-time employees that make up our island of misfit toys that we call the Sun King Crew.  Each person has their own unique story on how they started working at Sun King.  


Over the past seven years we have interviewed Sun King employees for our "How Did I Get Here" blog.  It's been way too long since our last story, so we are bringing it back!  And from time to time, we will revisit those previously interviewed employees to see what they are up today.  Everyone is encouraged to find their place at the brewery and sometimes paths change while working here.  We will also throw into the kettle some newbies with a dash of some SKB veterans never to have been interviewed about their story.  


Last week, we let Kelly from "Team Cold Deck" aka Keg Washing, take over our Sun King Brewing Instagram account for three days.  Did you see the Pac Man keg attack?  WAKA-WAKA!  Kelly started at Sun King a mere 90 days ago.  She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN with a degree in Environmental Management and a minor in Biology.  Here's a little ditty on Kelly and how she got to Sun King.  






How Did I Get Here?



Kelly B.



Keg Washer aka Key Monkey


Where are you from/Hometown?

Evansville, IN - located in the southeastern part of the state for you non-Hoosier folks.


What did you do before you worked at Sun King?

Manager at the Bloomington Bagel Company.


What’s it like being a Keg Washer?

There is always something to do being a keg washer! I’m never bored!


Why did you want to work for a brewery?

Breweries are cool places to work for and I like beer, obviously.


Why beer, not environmental management?

It's a hard field to get in to and I'm not sure if I am ready to get in to it just yet.  I look at this as my "gap year", taking a year off to something else she likes, before joining the big leagues.


What are your hobbies outside of work?

I enjoy hiking, camping, ceramics, building stuff, and traveling.


What is your favorite thing about Sun King Brewery?

Everyone is so friendly and genuine. It’s like a big family. Working together, doing what we love, and bringing good beer to good people.


What might someone be surprised to know about you?

My oldest sister named me after Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell.


What is the day in the life of Kelly like?

Coffee, coffee, work, food, work, beer, food


What is your favorite style of beer?

IPA all the way!


What is your favorite Sun King beer?

Norwegian Blue? It’s too hard to pick just one.


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

Being able to contribute to an industry that I love and believe in. I’ve learned so much so far and I can’t wait to learn more.


What should people know about brewery life?

If you take pride in your work, it will show in the product.


What was your first job?

Lifeguard during the summer months for 3-4 years in high school.  


Anything else we should know?

If an alligator lays an egg in hot sand it will be a male.


Cooking with Sun King Oktoberfest Beer Cheese Soup and Beer Bread

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Signs of fall have started sprouting up all around us. The leaves have begun to fall, there is a crispness to the air, and outdoor gatherings around the fire pit - all things that make us start to crave warm hardy meals to warm up our insides.


This month's Cooking with Sun King recipe is another twofer.  Chef Steven Unrue has prepared for you recipes for Oktoberfest Beer Cheese Soup and also serves up Beer Bread - that's perfect for dipping in your bowl of soup!



Oktoberfest Beer Cheese Soup


Servings: 6 / Active Pre Time: 1 hr / Total Time: 1 day (Bread Rise Time)



Ingredients for Soup:


1/2 pound piece of Smoking Goose jowl bacon, sliced 1/3 inch think and cut into 1/3 inch dice

1 celery rib, finely chopped

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 large jalapeño, seeded and chopped

2 large garlic cloves, minced

1 Tablespoon chopped thyme

1 16 ounce can of Sun King Oktoberfest

About 2 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese coarsely shredded

4 ounces Velveeta, cubed small

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

Salt and freshly ground pepper


Directions for Soup:


In a large saucepan, cook the jowl bacon over moderate heat until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp, 7 minutes.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a bowl.  Add the celery, onion, jalapeño, garlic and thyme to the saucepan and cook over moderate heat, stirring util softened, 8 minutes.  Add half of the Oktoberfest and cook until reduced by half, 5 minutes.  Add 2 1/4 cups of chicken broth and bring to a simmer.


In a small skillet, melt the butter.  Add the flour and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes.  Whisk this roux into the soup until incorporated and bring to a simmer.  Cook until thickened, about 8 minutes.  Toss the cheeses with the cornstarch.  (This helps the soup from breaking.)  Add the heavy cream, cheeses and the remaining Oktoberfest and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and creamy, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the bacon and season with salt and pepper.  Add a few tablespoons of broth if the soup is too thick.



Ingredients for Bread:


3 cups bread flour

1/4 teaspoon dry yeast

3 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup water

1 cup Sun King Oktoberfest

1 Tablespoon white vinegar

1 Tablespoon molasses 


Directions for Bread: 


Mix all of the dry ingredients, then add in the Sun King Oktoberfest, vinegar, molasses, and water.  Stir until just combined.  Place in greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Let rise for 11-18 hours at room temperature.  The amount of time here is flexible; you can let the dough rise as long as 24 hours and the bread will be fine.


Remove onto a lightly floured surface and knead for approximately 15 strokes.  Shape into a ball, proof at room temperature for 2 hours, covered with oiled plastic wrap.  We recommend that after shaping you place the ball on a piece of parchment paper for the proofing.


Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.  Heat dutch oven for 30 minutes.


Lower oven temperature to 425 degrees.  Score and lightly flour surface of brea, then pick up while still on parchment (this makes the process easier) and place in the hot dutch oven (still on parchment paper).  Bake for 30 minutes with cover on and additional 20-30 minutes uncovered.  Remove from oven and let cool.  



Community Partner Spotlight: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana’s Day of Change

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


On October 15, the entire Ronald McDonald House Charities global system commemorates the opening of the very first Ronald McDonald House. To celebrate, they rally around their Donation Boxes — their largest ongoing fundraiser — to ensure they can continue to keep families close to the care and resources they need to thrive.


Donations to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) can help give children a place to play after a long day at the hospital at low to no cost. The House gives parents a home for a good night’s sleep and a warm meal, near the hospital. It also gives families relief from the financial and emotional burdens of traveling for their child’s medical care.



Coin Donation Boxes are a vehicle to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities in more than 33,000 McDonald’s restaurants around the world, including 184 of them in Central Indiana. That means more than 69 million McDonald’s customers are reminded of RMHC every single day.


The RMHC Day of Change is an opportunity to remind Hoosiers that by dropping spare change into a Donation Box at one of the 184 local McDonald’s restaurants, they are helping keep Indiana families close when they have a sick child. When Hoosiers drop their spare change in a donation box on October 15, they are directly helping families stay close together.


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana provides a supportive home-away-from-home for families of children receiving medical care at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and other area hospitals. RMHCCIN also champions programs that improve the health, education and well-being of children through community grants and scholarships.


You can find more information on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana and the impact they make in the community, visit


Community Partner Spotlight: Little Red Door

Thursday, October 06, 2016


What is your favorite thing about the fall? Here at Little Red Door, we love the crisp beautiful weather, the changing leaves and getting to partner with Sun King Brewery for Growler Fill Friday! Working together with Sun King to help raise some much needed funds for the medically underserved residents of central Indiana means so much to us.


If you are a craft beer drinker, then you know the value of a growler. You can invest in two or three, fill them up and keep your refrigerator stocked with brews. Sun King Brewery, one of the best known and loved local breweries, has a long standing special every Friday called Growler Fill Friday where you only spend $6 on house fills. Little Red Door is so excited to announce that we are the featured nonprofit for both the October 14th and the November 18th Growler Fill Friday thanks to our partnership with Sun King.


On both October 14th and November 18th, go to any Sun King Brewery location to participate in Growler Fill Friday. For every Sun King Growler fill sold on these particular Fridays, $1 will be donated to Little Red Door to help us make the most of life and the least of cancer.



Friday is the only day of the week that Sun King offers $6 Growler Fills of their house beers. For every Sun King Growler fill sold on these two particular Fridays, $1 will be donated to Little Red Door.


Little Red Door Growler Fill Fridays are October 14th and November 18th from 10am-8pm


You can fill up your growler at both Sun King locations (135 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202 & 7840 E 96th St, Fishers, IN 46037)


$1 from every Growler Fill will be donated to Little Red Door Cancer Agency


Little Red Door provides a variety of services for those dealing with cancer, including transportation to and from treatment, our breast cancer assistance program, nutritional supplements, medical supplies, complementary therapies, client navigation, and a camp for children with cancer. Throughout the months of October and November Sun King will be collecting money for Little Red Door to help raise money for our many programs.


In 2016, a focus area for Little Red Door has been our Transportation Program. This program helps to remove barriers for those people in active cancer treatment. In 2015, Little Red Door provided 12,230 trips to cancer treatment for our clients. There are approximately 3,968 new cases of cancer diagnosed each year in Marion County, and Little Red Door is continually identifying new cancer patients in need of transportation services. The demand for our transportation program remains very high. In 2015 our transportation program increased the number of trips by more than 20% over 2014. Our transportation program not only includes rides from cab drivers to and from cancer treatment, but also gas cards and bus passes. This allows us to serve individuals in ways that best fit their need.


If you are interested in supporting our Transportation Program, or any of our other programs, please join us at Sun King Brewery on both October 14th and November 18th! If you have any questions leading up to the two events, please contact Katie Spungen at


Community Partner Spotlight: Hoops & Heroes Pits Indianapolis Police vs. Firefighters

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Hey Indy: Do you bleed red or blue?

Hoops & Heroes Pits Indianapolis Police vs. Firefighters



The rivalry between Purdue and Indiana University pales in comparison. Cats vs. dogs doesn’t even come close to the intensity you’ll feel at this year’s Hoops & Heroes basketball showdown between the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Indianapolis Fire Department.

Come cheer on both teams Saturday, Oct. 1 at Marian University!


All proceeds from this classic Hoosier event, which also kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, will support the safety, stability, and self-sufficiency programs at The Julian Center, a nonprofit that provides shelter and gives hope to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families.



“Dr. Dunk” Youth Basketball Clinic & Other Fun

Before tip-off, Darnell “Dr. Dunk” Hillman will host a Jr. Pacers/Jr. Fever basketball clinic for kids age 12 and under. Kids can also climb through and explore a police car and fire engine, take the free-throw challenge, and enjoy the special halftime show, balloon animals, face painting, and giveaways. And because it’s no fun to watch basketball without popcorn, concession stands will be open.


Don’t miss these fan favorites at the game:

Indiana Pacers Fan Van | Boomer | Freddy Fever | Crispus Attucks Cheerleaders | Marian University Women’s Basketball Team

Big Goals


IMPD won the game last year in an exciting 65 to 60 finish in front of 700 fans, and leads the series 2 to 1. The event raised a whopping $82,000 last year for The Julian Center. Can you help us fill 1,000 seats and raise $100,000 this year? Sure you can!


“While it’s all for a good cause, the officers and firefighters take this game very seriously,” says Catherine O’Connor, president and CEO, The Julian Center. “Bragging rights are on the line—and the competition is intense. We are forever grateful to these brave men and women who work so tirelessly to keep us safe from abuse and other harm.”


So put on your favorite blue and red gear and join us for the Hoops & Heroes fun this year!


WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 1 | Doors open at 4 p.m. | Tip-off is at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Marian University Physical Education Center3200 Cold Springs Rd. | Indianapolis, IN 46222
TICKETS: $5 adults; Age 12 and under are FREEPurchase on The Julian Center Facebook event page,, and at the door.


Community Support

We couldn’t host the event without help from the community. Hoops & Heroes is made possible by generous support from these partners: Kroger; Hoosiers Work for Health; CNO Financial; Katz, Sapper & Miller; Spectrum Technology; State Auto Insurance; Marion County Public Health Department; and The Glick Family Foundation. Please contact Faren Jones at 317.941.2206 for more information.



If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation, call The Julian Center Helpline at (317) 920-9320 or 911 if in immediate danger.


Community Partner Spotlight: Policy Circle and Center for the Study of Liberty 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016



The Policy Circle and Center for the Study of Liberty will be co-hosting “Women’s Influence & Liberty Conference”, a half-day conference for women on September 17, 2016, in Indianapolis at the Ivy Tech Community College Conference Center. Many Policy Circle members have already registered. This is an open event but space is limited to 200 participants!


The Women’s Influence & Liberty Conference will begin with lunch and a keynote speaker, Nina Easton, Chair of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women International and Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The presentation will be followed by a series of roundtable discussions moderated by women experts and policy scholarson free enterprise, healthcare, foreign trade, education reform, anti-poverty efforts, regulation and entrepreneurship, government spending and taxation. A cocktail reception will conclude the event.


This conference is unique because you will get to speak! Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an expert or have deep knowledge or experience on a specific issue. As you complete your registration, you will select two roundtable discussions. Our moderators have chosen readings that will help you prepare for the discussion. At the conference, you will get to share your views.


Don’t wait: register now in order to choose your policy issue breakout sessions, and spread the word to women who are interested in deepening their understanding of the policy issues that impact the direction of our country, especially during this election year.


Space is limited and session selections will be first come, first serve – so be sure to register right now! Help us spread the word, and if you are interested in being a sponsor please visit our sponsorship information pageor contact Jennifer Thompson at


To register,and for more details on the agenda and sponsorship opportunitiesplease visit .

We look forward to this first conference.


The Women’s Influence & Liberty Conference Chair Committee

Angela Braly, Kathy Hubbard, Sylvie Légère, Jennifer Thompson, Charlotte Lippert, Deborah Pickett


Community Partner Spotlight: Teachers' Treasures Gr8 Paper Push

Wednesday, July 13, 2016



It’s no secret teachers juggle full plates. Not only are they tasked with educating future generations, but they face daily piles of paperwork, grading, high-stakes tests--and for many, making sure their students have the basic supplies they need for academic success.


Every year teachers reach into their own pockets to stock their classrooms and aid students facing hardship.


It’s not uncommon for a teacher to spend up to $1000--sometimes more--each year so their students have pencils, paper, and other commonly needed supplies. But these out-of-pocket expenses are a strain on already tight budgets.


That’s why Teachers’ Treasures has spent the past 16 years helping teachers help kids. As part of the Kids in Need Foundation network, our Near Eastside store gives teachers from eligible schools (those in Marion County with a 60% or higher free or reduced lunch rate) access to FREE monthly shopping trips for their classroom.


Throughout the school year teachers fill their carts with hundreds of dollars of supplies each month, easing their personal cost and giving their classroom a major boost. Last year alone over $3 million of school supplies left our shelves.


Supporting Indy’s teachers is always a team effort. We rely on great community partners like Sun King (especially VP of Community Relations Heather Hall, our 2016 Caring Spirit Award Recipient) to help us further our mission.


Sun King is currently holding a supply drive leading up to WISH-TV’s Gr8 Paper Push event on August 10. You can drop off supplies that help stock our shelves at Sun King’s downtown location. Those that donate items valued at $20 or more will receive a $5 Sun King Brewing gift card. Some of our greatest needs include paper (copy, loose leaf and construction), notebooks, glue sticks, pencils, 24 count crayons, Kleenex and hand sanitizer. You can view a full wish list here.


Can’t make it to drop-off location? Consider joining us in our #16for16 campaign by donating $16 dollars to celebrate 16 years in 2016. With $1 of every donation helping us get $15 of supplies onto our shelves, that small donation can mean $240 for Indy classrooms. Click here to make an impact.

With your help--and the continued support of our friends at Sun King--we can help Indy’s teachers give their students the tools and confidence they need to succeed.



Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Center for Victim and Human Rights

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Most people are familiar with the criminal court system and know that when a case is brought to trial, the defendant has the right to an attorney (and is provided one by the government even if they cannot afford one), and the prosecutor represents the state in pursuing a conviction for the case. But what happens when a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking or other violent crimes needs to go through the civil court system to access a legal remedy that is not provided by the criminal courts? The sad reality is that if a victim chooses to pursue a civil case, they have two choices: stand alone in the courtroom against their abuser and attempt to represent themselves, or try to find the money to hire an attorney. This pressure comes on top of the fact that they are, trying to summon the courage to take a stand against a person who has victimized them and, in many cases, exerted immense control over them for years. As a result, many individuals, particularly victims of crime, get left behind due to both the system’s complexity and lack of legal support.


That is where the Center for Victim and Human Rights (CVHR) steps in.




The CVHR is a nonprofit legal services organization working to empower and advance the safety of victims through legal representation and educational outreach. The two programs under which we assist our clients are the Crime Victim Rights Program and the Human Rights Program. It is through both of these that we help victims of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, human rights violations and other violent crimes get justice. This is done by representing them in cases that involve civil legal remedies for victims including, but not limited to, protection orders, paternity, U visas, T visas, and asylum cases. Through these and other civil legal remedies, victims are provided an attorney not only to help explain the complicated legal system but also to represent them in the courts.


The victims seeking justice in the civil court system can be anyone from a domestic violence victim escaping an abusive husband, to a foreigner fleeing their homeland because of religious, political, or other persecution, to a human trafficking victim brought here to serve as a sex slave or indentured “employee.” The thread that ties each of these types of crime victims together is that remedies exist in the realm of the civil court and immigration systems. However, due to the cost of acquiring an attorney and/or the complexity of the case, many victims either never pursue the remedies to which they are entitled or drop their cases before they are finished.


The reality is that finding affordable attorneys is a difficult task for any person, and especially for victims. In Indiana alone, the Center for Victim and Human Rights is one of only 4% of victim programs that provide direct legal assistance to a victim. Nationally, only 1 legal aid attorney is available per 6,415 low-income individuals. However, victimization knows no boundaries or income restrictions.


Needless to say, without organizations such as the CVHR, many victims would not be able to access the justice that is available to them via the civil court system. While there are no guarantees when it comes to the courts, the least we can do is provide victims an attorney that can adequately and effectively represent them in the process. We will stand by their side.



Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: CarmelFest 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

The More You Know...About SKB 7

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Here are some things that you should know about the Sun King 7th Anniversary Party and the Monumental Weekend in Indy!



Indy is gearing up to host more than 200,000 visitors and residents for another Monumental Weekend June 24-26. With the number of special events planned and influx of people anticipated in Indy’s downtown, we encourage you to plan ahead, allow for extra travel time to and from work/the event, and allow more time to find parking. Please be aware of the potential for street closures, limited parking availability, and increased travel times. For those utilizing IndyGo, please be aware of route changes that go into effect June 26.



Here's a link to list of Monumental Weekend events:




Now back to things about SKB 7.


The Event Layout is Bigger!  


Things that are new:


• Food Truck Food Court including tent for dining.  Food Trucks include:

King David Dogs | Big Ron's Bistro | Scratchtruck | Pi Pizzeria| La Margarita Restaurant & Tequila Bar



• We are moving the stage into the front parking lot at the brewery.  That means more of our friends can attend and more room for you to dance!  (See map below)


• You can buy Merch - Limited edition Grapefruit Jungle t-shirts, GFJ koozies, and other items will be available for purchase during the event.


Carry-out Beer!!  We will get to that later in this post.


• More Interactive Booths.  WIN FREE stuff from our event partners: 

   WTTS | Klipsch | Yelp Indy | Brewers of Indiana Guild



• More Can and Draft Locations - means smaller lines and more Fresh•Local•Beer


• 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.  We have limited seating in the food court area.


• Water - Patrons are allowed to bring in one sealed 20oz bottle of water.  We will have water for sale and the proceeds of water sales will go towards the IPS Education Foundation.

• !Traffic!  -  Please make note of the following closures as you make your way to Sun King Brewery this Saturday:

I-65 & I-70 north split -

Milestone Contractors will close the southbound I-65 Exit 111 and westbound I-70 Exit 83A collector ramp to Michigan St., Ohio St. and Fletcher Ave. on Thursday, June 23 at 9 p.m. until Friday, June 24 at 6 a.m. The collector ramp will close again on Friday at 9 p.m. for concrete patching that will last through the weekend until Monday, June 27 at 6 a.m.

At the same times,

• one right lane of southbound I-65 will be closed approaching Exit 111,
• two left lanes of westbound I-70 will be closed approaching Exit 83A, and
• the Washington Street entrance ramp to southbound I-65 and westbound I-70 be closed.


Interstate lane and ramp closures should be expected in the I-65 & I-70 north split area for patching and paving during weekends for the next several weekends.







As we mentioned above, there's a lot going on in Indy on June 25th!  We strongly advise that you utilize Lyft or UBER, IndyGo, however, if you have a sober driver and they need to know where to park, here's a helpful map with suggest parking nearby.  We also have plenty of event fencing for you to lock your bikes to if you are planning on pedaling in.  



CANvitational Tickets Go on Sale.


We are excited to announce that SKB 7 patrons will have access to an exclusive deal on our upcoming CANvitational on Saturday, September 10th on Georgia Street and Pan Am Plaza (Downtown Indy).  65+ of our friends in the craft beer industry that CAN will be participating in the 2016 CANvitational.  You will be able to purchase TWO general admission tickets for $60 (GA tickets day-of event are $60 each).


Carry-Out 4-Packs of GFJ.


For the first time ever, ticket-holding patrons will have the opportunity to take home 4-packs of GFJ from the festival.  Those who have bought tickets to the event can purchase up to 2 cases of GFJ for carry-out!  All carry-out beer must be taken to your vehicle and cannot be consumed in the festival premise.  Festival patrons who have purchased GFJ to take home,will receive one pass-out to put purchases in their vehicle.  


One last thing!


The downtown brewery will be CLOSED on June 25th.  We will have normal business hours on Sunday, June 26th, however, please make note that you will not be able to purchase kegs on Sunday due to Indiana laws.  So plan ahead!  Lastly, we will not have community yoga at the brewery.  It will resume the following weekend back to normal.




We hope you will help us celebrate 7 years of Fresh•Local•Beer with The Turnpike Troubadours, Nikki Lane, and HONEYHONEY on Saturday, June 25th from 4-10pm.