On Friday, March 1st, 2013, inaugural reCYCLE pARTS opening will take place at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery featuring 19 local artists. The event coincides with 1st Friday art events around the city and is the first of its kind in Indiana. Artists were given the creative license to construct art pieces out of recycled bike parts donated by our sponsor ZIPP and non-profit organization Freewheelin’ Community Bikes. Artists had 2 months to create and submit their pieces to a jury of sponsors and event partners for selection. The selected pieces will be displayed and for sale at the show opening with 30% of sales donated to charity.
“Our mission at Sun King is ‘Improving the lives of Hoosiers one pint at a time’ and this event exemplifies that goal. Helping put this one of a kind event together has allowed us to engage so many organizations and people in central Indiana and we’re excited to share it with everyone!” – Clay Robinson, Owner/Brewer
About Sun King Brewing Company
Sun King Brewing Company is the brainchild of Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. With the help of family and friends— Omar Robinson, Andy Fagg and Steve Koers—the first keg of Sun King beer rolled out the door for delivery in July 2009. Now available on tap and in cans at hundreds of locations around central 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. Visit www.sunkingbrewing.com for more information.
About Freewheelin’ Community Bikes
Freewheelin’ is a 501(c)3 youth development organization that uses bicycles in many ways to capture kids’ interest, engage them in activities that teach them life skills, good health habits and leadership. The heart of the program and most often the entry point is our Earn-a-Bike program in which youth who are between the ages of 10 and 18 come in and work with a teaching mentor to learn basic bike mechanic skills, along with life skills such as delayed gratification, perseverance, problem-solving, focus and accountability. When they finish the program, they have earned their own bike (which they have chosen from our collection of donated bikes and fixed up), a lock, a helmet and the right to progress into a leadership role. Visit www.freewheelinbikes.org for more information.
INDYCOG began as a blog in February 2009 with the goal of celebrating and promoting cycling in Indianapolis and providing a common ground for all types of cyclists to gather. In February of 2010, they began to position their organization as Indy’s only bicycle education and advocacy group. In November of that year, INDYCOG acquired a 501c3 non-profit status. â€¨â€¨Mission statement: “We believe that the stronger our community, the more apparent our message and our needs as cyclists become, the more likely our needs will be met by our city.” Visit www.theindycog.com for more information.
About World Bike Relief
World Bicycle Relief was founded in 2005 by F.K. Day and Leah Missbach Day in response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami. World Bicycle Relief partnered with aid organizations on the ground in Sri Lanka to distribute over 24,000 bicycles to aid the rebuilding of lives by providing access to education and healthcare and reconnecting workers to their livelihood.
Today, World Bicycle Relief is working across transforming individuals and their communities through The Power of Bicycles. World Bicycle Relief Buffalo Bicycles are granted through work-to-own or study-to-own programs or purchased by non government organiztions, corporations or individuals in need of reliable transportation in order to reach clean water, education, healthcare, markets and jobs. To date, World Bicycle Relief has provided over 120,000 bicycles and trained over 200 field mechanics. Visit www.worldbikerelief.org for more information.
Zipp Speed Weaponry serves a select group of elite companies and athletes, globally located and committed to bicycle and wheelchair competition. Zipp meets customer’s needs for the highest performance, superlative quality components through innovative design and manufacturing utilizing the best material and technology available. Zipp’s company is built on mutual respect, delivery on promise and fastidious attention to manufacturing details. They do this by providing exceptional customer service and aggressive marketing, supporting distribution through dedicated dealers, distributors, OE’s and direct sales. Market share growth is achieved through continuous product and process improvement, adding new products, additional categories and expanding the distribution channels. Visit www.zipp.com for more information.
About Stutz Arts Association
The Stutz Arts Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization of over 80 artists with studios in the historic Stutz Building in Indianapolis, IN. The organization sponsors 2 Resident Artist studios every year, supports the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, hosts the Annual Stutz Open House, and much more! In the Fall of 2012, the Raymond James Stutz Gallery expanded from 900 fee to 1,500, adding a room with natural light and nearly doubling in exhibition space. Visit http://stutzartists.com
Johan the Barleywine was the first batch of beer ever made at Sun King Brewery. In fact, this is part of that batch from July, 2009. The brewery laid some of Johan in bourbon barrels to age since then. That’s 3+ years this beer has been waiting to surface.
Johan the Barleywine was the first batch of beer produced at Sun King on July 1, 2009. We filled two bourbon barrels from the initial batch and let it age. This process imparts even more depth of character to this award winning beer, which is featured here in the first release of our King’s Reserve Series.
Only 250 cans will be made available of this barrel aged barleywine in a can. Retail $25. One per human. Half of the allotment will be available for online reservations beginning January 21st at 12:00 PM (EST) and the other half will be available in the Tasting Room on January 28th.
Sun King recently did something you have seen a small brewery do. Put their beer in the Alumi-tek Resealable Can (Read: Sun King/Oskar Blues). You’ve seen Coors Light do it. Sun King also uses the same can design for all their seasonal offerings, but adds a sticker to designate which seasonal it is.
Sun King seems like a “next level” kind of brewery. So enter this little nugget of beer nerd/beer cool. Sun King is starting a barrel-aged program, and a sour beer program. Cool right? Wait. I’m starting a new paragraph for this.
Sun King is looking to package these beers in the Alumi-tek cans. Yeah, we’ve always joked about this. KBS in cans. Black Tuesday in cans. Hell, someone even asked me on Saturday if Sierra Nevada will can Bigfoot. Sun King is starting with Johan Barleywine apparently.
The sour program launches by the end of the year. Side Note: A reader astutely pointed out that Great Crescent Brewery has canned Bourbon’s Barrel Stout. Good catch. [DraftMag]
Indianapolis, Ind. (May 4, 2012) —Craft brewing, like gaming, requires an active imagination. That’s why it feels so natural for Sun King Brewing Co. to partner with Gen Con.
Launched in 1968 by “Dungeons & Dragons” co-founder Gary Gygax, Gen Con Indy is the country’s largest gaming convention, attracting the biggest names in game design and manufacturing and more than 35,000 attendees in 2011. This summer’s exhibition will mark its 10th year in Indianapolis and its first ever to boast an Official Beer.
“When you work downtown it’s hard to miss the impact that Gen Con has on Indianapolis. It’s a really fun week and we’re excited to make a beer with that crowd in mind,” said Sun King brewer/owner Dave Colt. In 2010, Sun King made Fat Dragon in honor of Gen Con but this year the brewery will level up and make the Official Beer of Gen Con.
Gen Con will host a naming contest from June 1st — June 8th on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/#!/
About Sun King Brewing Company
Sun King Brewing Company is the brainchild of Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. With the help of family and friends— Omar Robinson, Andy Fagg and Steve Koers—the first keg of Sun King beer rolled out the door for delivery in July 2009. Now available on tap and in cans at hundreds of locations around central Indiana, Sun King has grown into the third-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.Visitwww.sunkingbrewing.comfor more information.
Gen Con, LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, sci-fi and adventure game convention in North America. It was acquired in 2002 by former CEO and Founder of Wizards of the Coast Peter Adkison, who owns the company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Gen Con is a consumer and trade experience dedicated to gaming culture and community. For more information visit the website at www.gencon.com. For up-to-the minute details, find us at www.facebook.com/genconindyand atwww.twitter.com/gen_con.
Indianapolis, Ind. (May 1, 2012) — Indiana-based Sun King Brewery and Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery have been working together for months and are excited to bring you Chaka, a limited-release Belgian-style ale — the first craft beer to be packaged in the Alumi-Tek® re-sealable pint bottle from Ball Corporation. Chaka will be released in limited quantities at the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego on May 2, 2012 and then in each brewery’s home markets the following week.
“Until we undertook this project, only large breweries and beverage companies had access to this type of packaging,” said Clay Robinson, Sun King co-founder. “Sun King and Oskar Blues worked closely with Ball Corporation and Cask Brewing Systems to design and build a simple, functional small scale system that will allow craft brewers to take advantage of this unique packaging option.”
Oskar Blues is a pioneer in the craft canning movement as the first American craft brewery to can their beer with the release of Dale’s Pale Ale in 2002. They have grown to become the largest American craft brewery to package beer exclusively in cans, producing 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011.
Sun King began crafting beer in the summer of 2009 and has grown to become one of Indiana’s largest breweries, producing nearly 10,000 barrels of beer in 2011. Sun King was the first Indiana craft brewery to can their beer and the first brewery ever to create a customizable can for their seasonal and specialty beer releases.
The connection between these two breweries is deeper than the fact that they both can their beer. Oskar Blues head brewer, Dave Chichura, began his professional brewing career in Indianapolis fifteen years ago where he became friends with Dave Colt and Clay Robinson, the two brewers who created Sun King. The three friends have been talking for years about working together on a collaborative beer, so when the opportunity came to assist in the introduction of a new packaging option for craft beer, it was an easy yes.
The end result is a delicious Belgian-style ale crafted with a blend of ingredients from each brewery’s home state: Shagbark Hickory syrup from Hickoryworks in Trafalgar, Ind.; grain from Colorado Malting Company; and a special yeast blend from Brewing Science Institute, also in Colorado. Brewers from both breweries worked together to formulate the recipe and traveled between Colorado and Indiana to brew at both locations.
“Unique packaging like the Alumi-Tek bottle provides both Oskar Blues and Sun King the differentiation we need to make our limited-release beers distinct from our core lines. Plus, the sleek, bottle shape is appealing to our customers,” said Chad Melis, marketing director of Oskar Blues Brewery. “Craft beer in aluminum bottles is another step forward in the evolution of beer.”
About Sun King Brewing Company
Sun King Brewing Company is the brainchild of Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. With the help of family and friends — Omar Robinson, Andy Fagg and Steve Koers — the first keg of Sun King beer rolled out the door for delivery in July 2009. Sun King is the first full-scale production brewery in Indianapolis since Indianapolis Brewing Company closed its doors in 1948. Now available on tap and in cans at hundreds of locations around central Indiana, Sun King has grown into the third-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. Visit www.sunkingbrewing.com for more information.
About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 as a brewpub and grill, Oskar Blues Brewery launched their craft-brewed beer canning operations in 2002 in Lyons, Colo. They were the first American craft brewery to can their beer. Today more than 173 craft breweries are canning their beers. The original crew used a hand-canning line on a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont packaged 41,000 barrels in 2010 and grew to 59,000 in 2011. Visit www.oskarblues.com/ for more information.
About Ball Corporation
Ball Corporation is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2011 sales of more than $8.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit http://www.ball.com
About Cask Brewing Systems
Cask Brewing Systems launched the canned craft beer revolution when it introduced affordable, small footprint, high-performance canning systems. Cask Brewing puts cans in the hands of craft brewers and their customers worldwide. Visit www.cask.com for more information.
Oskar Blues & Sun King Brewing are currently collaborating on Chaka, a Belgian ale. The beer will be distributed in each of the breweries home states – Indiana and Colorado. Two sets of artwork were created for the release aas you can see above. Chaka is brewed with Shagbark hickory syrup (from Indiana) and Belgian pale malt (from Colorado).
Sun King announced this week that the collaboration will arrive on May 8th, 2012.
Some of you have been asking and yes, it’s true — Bitter Druid ESB is no longer going to be a part of Sun King’s house beer lineup. As we have grown, the demand for all of our beers — house, seasonal and specialty — has grown as well, with the exception of Bitter Druid ESB. We know that there is a die-hard group of people who love the Bitter Druid and this doesn’t mean that we don’t still believe that it’s a great beer or that we’re going to stop making it. However, in order to devote the necessary time, energy and tank space to crafting everything else, we have removed Bitter Druid from the house beer lineup and it will become a semi-annual specialty beer. Fans of Bitter Druid ESB will still be able to purchase it in growlers and bars/restaurants will be able to purchase kegs when it becomes available. We hope you understand the need for this change and we thank you for your continued support!