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ABOUT US

SUN KING BREWERY STRIVES FOR EXCELLENCE FROM OUR BEER AND OUR PEOPLE. THE SUN KING MEDIA KIT HIGHLIGHTS SOME OF THE ATTENTION OUR BREWERY HAS RECEIVED

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AWARDS

2017 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL®

Silver Medal – Mapgie Muckle, Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer

Bronze Medal: Cherry Busey, Belgian-Style Fruit Beer

2016 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL®

Silver Medal – Cherry Busey, Belgian-Style Fruit Beer

2015 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL®

Gold Medal - Sunlight Cream Ale, Golden or Blonde Ale

Silver Medal - Barrel Aged Batch 666: Sympathy for the Devil, Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer

Bronze Medal: Cherry Busey, Belgian-Style Fruit Beer

2014 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL®

Gold Medal - Lonesome Dove, Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer

Silver Medal - Barrel Aged Batch 666: Sympathy for the Devil, Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer

2014 WORLD BEER CUP®

Bronze Medal - Johan the Barleywine, Barley Wine-Style Ale

2013 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL®

Gold Medal - Afternoon Delight, Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer

2012 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL®

Gold Medal - Johan the Barleywine, Barley Wine-Style Ale

Silver Medal - Pappy Van Muckle, Strong/Imperial Dark Beer

2012 WORLD BEER CUP®

Gold Medal - Batch 333: The Velvet Fog, Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale

Silver Medal - Ring of Dingle, Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout

Bronze Medal - Dominator Dopplebock, German-Style Dopplebock or Eisbock

2011 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL®

Gold Medal - Java Mac, Coffee Beer

Gold Medal - Ring of Dingle, Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout

Gold Medal - Buffalo Slumber, Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale

Gold Medal - Wee Muckle, Scotch Ale

Silver Medal - Wee Pogue, Wood and Barrel Aged Beer

Silver Medal - Bourbon Barrel Johan, Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer

Silver Medal - Popcorn Pilsner, American-Style or International Style Pilsener

Bronze Medal - Johan the Barleywine, Barley Wine-Style Ale

2010 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL®

Silver Medal - Batch 111: The Golden Slumber, Belgian-Style Abbey Ale

Bronze Medal - Dominator Dopplebock, German-Style Dopplebock or Eisbock

2010 WORLD BEER CUP®

Silver Medal - Sunlight Cream Ale, Golden or Blonde Ale

Bronze Medal - Dominator Dopplebock, German-Style Dopplebock or Eisbock

OUR STORY

OUR CIRCUITOUS JOURNEY TO BECOME INDIANAPOLIS' BREWERY CONTINUES

Sun King Brewing Company is the brain child of Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. Dave and Clay first met when Dave was the bar manager and assistant brewer at the now-defunct Circle V Brewing Co. on the north side of Indianapolis and Clay was a student at Wabash College. They became friends a few years later when they both found themselves in brewing jobs in downtown Indianapolis – Dave at The Ram, and Clay at Rock Bottom. Dave and Clay often got together at the end of the week to enjoy beers and talk about life and the art of brewing.

 

In 2002, Clay left Rock Bottom and began what would become a three-year sabbatical from professional brewing. Clay filled that time with travel, odd jobs, and the production of BeerJuggs, a home brewing instructional video.

 

 

The sabbatical came to an end when Dave called Clay looking for the phone number of a mutual friend and fellow brewer. Dave told Clay he needed the help of someone who could operate a brewery; a few days later Clay was hired on as the assistant brewer at The Ram.

 

Over the next three years, Dave and Clay worked tirelessly in a cramped brewery cranking out as many seasonal beers as possible while keeping up with the extensive lineup of house beers. During this time, the duo earned three Great American Beer Festival medals, two Festival of Barrel Aged Beer medals, dozens of Indiana Brewer's Cup medals, and were awarded the 2007 Indiana Brewery of the Year title.

 

Sun King Brewing Company began to take shape during this time. Dave and Clay spent long hours brewing, scrubbing, and polishing the copper brewery equipment while discussing what they would do if they had the opportunity to open their own brewery. Clay left The Ram in July of 2008, cashed in his savings, and holed up to write the business plan of Sun King. He enlisted the help and consultation of his father, Omar, who had more than 40 years of experience in food distribution, manufacturing and sales. The two of them got to work revising the business plan and poring over budgets while consulting with attorney Steve Koers, a longtime fan of Dave and Clay's beers.

 

When the plan was finished, Omar and Clay approached one of Dave's old friends, Andy Fagg, who was a frequent Circle V customer all those years ago. Andy had already discussed the idea with Dave, and once he saw the finished plan he signed on as a partner and started organizing a group of investors. Sun King purchased equipment from a now-defunct brewery in Maine and relocated it all to Indianapolis. In July 2009, the first kegs of beer rolled out the door for delivery, making Sun King the first full scale production brewery in Indy since Indianapolis Brewing Company closed its doors in 1948.

 

Now available on tap and in cans at over 1000 locations throughout Indiana, Sun King has grown into the second-largest beer brewer in the state of Indiana. The company's commitment to handcrafted seasonal and specialty beers has been rewarded with multiple medals at the Indiana Brewers Cup, Great American Beer Festival®, and World Beer Cup® competitions.

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