23 May

Beer at Conner Prairie: Check out History on Tap

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U1W55R72QsT_aX5pSEp_x-khDL4fZtPw8xM34CdRQGI History on Tap is returning to Conner Prairie on May 31, 2013. The event is a celebration of craft brewing in Indiana: past, present, and future. This year, we expect well over 500 people to converge on the Conner Prairie grounds. The program  will feature over ten Indiana brewers, plus live brewing demonstrations, a panel discussion about beer in Indiana, music from North Carolina-based folk/country/bluegrass outfit Mandolin Orange, and more.

It’s hard to imagine asking the question “why another summer beer event” to beer enthusiasts, but this festival isn’t just about craft brewing. History on Tap is organized by the Conner Prairie Horizon Council, a group of young professionals associated with the park. Part of our mission is to bring people from our demographic to experience Conner Prairie as an adult. This experience is completely different than the one you likely had in the fourth grade.

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At History on Tap, part of the Conner Prairie grounds are open to attendees. The main attraction is Prairietown, a small village set in 1836. Conner Prairie staff—called interpreters—dress in period costume and interact with visitors as if Andrew Jackson is still President. But since History on Tap is a 21+ event, you may want to ask them questions that you might not normally offer if the kids were around.OK

If you are interested in history, science, learning, or just meeting other young professionals, the Horizon Council could be a great group for you. And at History on Tap, you’ll have the chance to not only meet the Horizon Council members, but even volunteer in exchange for a free VIP ticket. If you’re interested, contact Corrina Cohen (cm.cohen@att.net) to learn more.

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Doors for History on Tap open at 6:30PM on Friday, May 31. Register today athttp://www.connerprairie.org/historyontap. But hurry, because the event is already close to selling out and we’d love to see you there!

 

Robby Slaughter is the president of the Conner Prairie Horizon Council, and has never met an IPA he did not like.

 

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15 May

Contributions to a Fallen Soldier’s Family

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Please help our friends at Sun King  collect items for a fallen soldier’s family. They will be able to accept donations over the Memorial Day weekend. Find out more information on what they’re collecting/accepting below:

 

Staff Sergeant Wesley Williams

I am former Army Infantry Sergeant Rob Malad, and current Sun King employee. My former unit, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, is currently on a nine month tour in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. It has been a long and difficult deployment, and the life of a dear Brother was taken December 10th, 2012.

Staff Sergeant Wesley Williams, of New Carlisle, OH, was one of the finest leaders of men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, and an even better human being. He is survived by his wife, Krista, and their now 20 month old daughter, Faith. Krista is also currently pregnant with a second daughter, due July 21st.

 

Because of my dedication to my unit and my loyalty to my Brother, I am heading a collection of donations for the arrival of their second daughter. Accepted donations any, and all baby materials (non-parshable), to include, but not limited to: diapers, baby wipes, baby powder, gift cards (Walmart, Baby’s R Us, etc.), as well as cash donations. The cash donations will go directly to the Wesley Williams Scholarship Fund for the Junior ROTC Program in New Carlisle, OH. All donations will be collected at Sun King, Thursday, May 23 – Saturday, May 25.

 

A small gesture of compassion and kindness can go a long way, and together we can help ease the suffering of a family who lost their hero too soon.

Collection jars will be placed in the Tasting Room at Sun King Brewery and a donation box for baby items will be placed in the Front Office. Please stop by during open business hours, Thursday, May 23rd (10am-7pm), Friday, May 24th (10am-7pm), and Saturday, May 25th (1pm-5pm).

God bless,

SGT Rob Malad

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09 Aug

Volunteer Callout: Pourers needed at Dig IN 2012

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The 3rd Annual Dig IN is a festival celebrating the farm to fork movement in Indiana.  Dig IN 2012 will feature 30+ world-class chefs cooking up delicious food, drink from 10 breweries and 7 wineries all from Indiana.  The fun does not stop there with more local artisans and gourmet food trucks being added this year.

Dig IN is currently looking for beer-minded, enthusiastic, food lovin’ volunteers to assist with pouring beer on Sunday, August 26th from 11 AM – 5 PM.  All volunteers receive free admission to the event and a free t-shirt.  Volunteers duties include taking turns working the different beer tables and moving around the food sampling tables/tents. If you (or a friend with a valid liquor license or temporary event pouring license) would be interested in participating, please reach out to Heather Hall at heather@sunkingbrewing.com. 

Cheers!

Beth

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29 Jun

Beer Bloggers Tour and Tasting at Sun King Brewery

Sun King Brewing Co. is extending a welcome to the 2012 Beer Bloggers Conference attendees.  Those interested attendees are invited to Sun King on Sunday, July 15th at 1:15 PM for a private tour and tasting, including lunch by Goose the Market

 

Here’s your chance be one of the first groups to take a glance of the brewery while the final stages of renovations are completed.  You will also have the opportunity to meet some of the faces behind Sun King.  In addition to the tour and lunch, we will provide a tasting through our current lineup of beer. 

 

Doors will open at 12:30 PM and tours will start at 1:15 PM, 45 minutes after the conclusion of the conference. 

 

Please be sure to reserve your spot today by signing up for your exclusive tour and tasting:

http://beerbloggers2012skblunch.eventbrite.com/

 

Cheers!

Beth

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31 Jan

Maine Beer Co Dinner at Sel de la Terre

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Sometimes I drag Brittany to events because I know she’ll blog for me. I’m a terrible person. ;) Also terrible? The only pictures are of beer in low light in a wine glass soooooo head on over to visit the Facebook page of our friends, Drink Craft Beer’s photos of the night. They’re better than us, they even brought a fancy camera! In reality, I was too busy telling everyone Lunch was on its way out – and boy was it ever. Thanks to Lauren and Seth from SDLT for their hospitality, and Dave from Maine Beer Co for making incredible, incredible beer. Beer dinners are offered every Tuesday at the Back Bay location, 4 course for $44.

 

It was a packed house at Sel de la Terre Back Bay for the Maine Beer Company beer dinner last week. It wasn’t my first beer dinner at SDLT, but it was still a new experience – last time there were only about a dozen of us at the upstairs bar, and this time the upstairs dining area was filled to the gills with about 70 people. Seventy! Congrats, MBC, you have some devoted fans.
Rebecca and I had been particularly looking forward to this dinner, Rebecca having an affinity for MBC, and I having an affinity for… beer. And SDLT beer dinners. So it was a foolproof plan, and we were really looking forward to drinking the night in. Too bad we we found ourselves drinking the night in from the partially recessed corner. Sitting in a cranny in a 70-seat space was a bit of a damper on the budding evening, but we didn’t let it ruin the parade, and instead focused on the awesomeness of having half of the MBC founding fathers sharing the brewery’s story.

The first course was definitely my favorite: Horse Blanket Farmhouse Ale paired with a leek and potato soup with smoked mussels. Can I get a “Nom”?! I love me some saisons,and Horse Blanket’s crispness cut perfectly through the soup. Neither was too heavy – in the words of Goldilocks’ omniscient narrator, they were just right.

Course two was a Maine crab cake with wilted spinach and Béarnaise sauce with red radish slaw accompanied by Peeper Ale. The pale ale has a touch of hop, but nothing this picky little palate couldn’t handle. Crab cakes are tough to botch, and Chef Franco was no exception. Everything on the plate alone was a perfect pairing, but I do admit the Peeper was a nice addition.

For dinner we had Lunch [I.P.A.] and a spice rubbed roasted pork loin with citrus braised farro and winter root vegetables. I don’t know what farro is (okay, I’ve since looked it up and know what it is now), but it sure is tasty. The pork loin appeared to have been fraternizing with some kind of maple product before it made its way to my plate, and I had no complaints. Lunch certainly wasn’t as harsh as your average I.P.A., but I’ve never been crazy about the India pale ales, and I don’t think I ever will be. Sorry, kids. (Editor’s note: Lunch is the best IPA to ever happen to me, a girl who used to loathe IPAs. Skip over Brittany’s opinion, although it is allowed around these parts.)

The final course, or “Cheese Course,” as it read on the menu, consisted of Mean Old Tom, a stout aged on vanilla beans, and – you guessed it – cheese. But if you want to get into the specifics, it was a New England clothbound cheddar. And yes, it was delightful. Oh, and the stout was solid, too. Along with the sweetness of vanilla (how could Tom possibly be so mean?), there was also a hint of… cedar? It was beautiful. They say wine is bottled poetry. While I don’t disagree, I think they also have to make an exception for MBC’s Mean Old Tom.

Questions? What are you waiting for? Go book your next delectable night out!

(Did you see what they did there?)

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28 Dec

Oh, What a (Beer) Night!

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The post below is from Kelli, the writer of the blog Boho in the Burbs… She’s a great writer and my beer-drinkin’ buddy! This is a great way to spend a night in with your boyfriend or husband… Save the money and the crowds and have a beer tasting night at home!

December, 2010: Oh, What a (Beer) Night!

 

There is something magical a-brewing in liquor stores dotting the city, something promotionally wonderful and marketably fantastic. You can now “design” your own six-pack of beer. Okay, okay, I get it. This is probably not news to most the beer-drinkers out there. However, for this beer-drinker and her boyfriend, it made us feel like maybe there was more to this bleak, gray world in which all adults inevitably walk.

So it came to pass one Saturday evening that we passed a liquor store and decided to try some new brew. Lo and behold, I discovered two full cases of assorted bottles, each one sweating, hoping I would choose it. I stood in front of the cold freezer for a long time, contemplating all the choices. Then I grabbed six different bottles:

Great Divide – Hades, Belgium-style ale
As the night began, we put a lot of thought into each beer, discussing the scent, the taste, the mouthfeel. (As in, “The mouthfeel gooooooood.”) My boyfriend said, “It’s challenging right off the bat, but finishes with almost a cider taste.” He also remarked that it was a lot like champagne, with its style of dry carbonation. Its fruity, light taste made it something you could drink like water, easily and quickly before the guilt really sets in. Almost like Coors, but without feeling like you are being punched in the crotch for making all the wrong choices in life.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company – Brrrr
If Hades hinted at fruitiness, Brrrr damn near pelts you with rotting grapefruits, like a food-fight gone awry. It’s overwhelming scent and flavor is of grapefruit and orange peels. While it is initially tasty at the front of the tongue, it soon hits the back of the tongue, making you feel like you have somehow wronged God and are now being punished. While I picked up this bottle because of the name, thinking, “Ooh, ‘Brrrr,’ this sounds like a good holiday brew!” However, as it turns out, the “Brrrr” isn’t referencing snowy evenings or crisp December mornings; it’s giving props to the chills you get while viciously puking up last night’s festivities.

Tommyknockers – Maple Nut Brown Ale
Count on Colorado to get it exactly right. The locally-brewed ale is as close to perfection as a beer can get without also being a drinkable hair growth or boob-enhancing concoction. My boyfriend excitedly said, “I could drink nine of these!” but unfortunately, for us, there was only the one bottle. The smooth, thick taste is remniscent of Guiness, but with no hint of a bitter aftertaste.

New Belgium – Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale
Say you had an occasionally girly boyfriend who likes his beer on the, uh, fruity side. What might you do? You might take the aforementioned Maple Nut beer and add Framboise to it. And if you did that, you’d get pretty close to the taste of Frambozen. It is a dark, heavy brew with a very strong taste of raspberry. Yet unlike Framboise, which tends toward being too sweet, Frambozen finds a decent balance. And how did that occasionally girly boyfriend like it? “Taste-T!”

Widmer Brothers – Drop Top Amber Ale
You know, by the time you get through analytically tasting and tastefully analyzing five beers, you might find yourself losing momentum (or gravity, one of them). My first and lingering impression of light, hoppy, Drop Top went something like this: “Huh. It smells like marijuana. Or B.O. It tastes like it too. No, the marijuana, not the B.O. Don’t you think?”

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03 Dec

Beers and Breakups Vol II: That Self Righteous, Arrogant Bastard

Our second installation in our Relationships with Beer section is submitted by Lauren Polinsky!  You might also like to read Hops, Hangovers and Heartbreaks by Carla Jo!

Often times, even the good relationships don’t work out. It doesn’t seem to matter if you are the best chick around. Men will walk away from the best thing they’ve ever had, for no particular reason! Some are just complete bastards without even trying. But with the immediate onslaught of some shitty days in your near future, you’re going to need help picking up the pieces that fell when he left. While many people will tell you to start exercising more, find a hobby, get under someone new – I’m telling you to drink beer. And, well, you may not have the luxury of getting dumped while you’re at a conference with a bunch of beer drinkers, so you may need some help finding the right kinds of beer that go with a breakup. Having been through it, I’m here to help.

Note: I am not advocating that you use beer to solve your issues or to cope with loss. If you are having serious issues, please, go talk to someone. But if you just want some help with not texting, calling, or contacting the asshole that dumped you, craft beer is a temporary solution. This article is for entertainment purposes.

First, let’s start with Hell Hath No Fury by Bell’s. You’re angry and you probably have every right to be. He’s an asshole. He’s a dirtbag. You probably want revenge and to know more about why he walked away and you can’t and that’s killing you. So, take a sip. Bell’s does a good job of calming with its caramels and malts, but let’s face it, while you’re probably pumping Alanis Morrisette at the 11 on your stereo; you need a beer that reflects your pissed off attitude.

But remember this breakup isn’t your fault. Once you’re decidedly mad, move on to something that reflects his issues. Avery’s White Rascal could be that beer. I mean, doesn’t the nasty, wryly looking devil on the label kind of remind you of him? A light and crisp beer, White Rascal’s lack of strong flavor probably reminds you of his lack of passion, dedication and overall character. But are you still constantly stalking his Facebook and Twitter accounts? Stop. Face it, he was a rascal that got too good too soon so drink up!

Those were two lightweight beers and now we move on to the more aptly name beverages. You’ve moved on from Alanis to Pink on the playlist and you need something to keep the energy up! Located in California, Stone Brewery has some very asshole-like brews. Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, Lukcy Basartd, Sublimely Self Righteous Ale…just to name a few. Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard is first on this list of strong American ales. This is a stronger beer (7.2% ABV) and the intense flavors should get you riled up all over again. And while you might still be fuming about his stupidity, you’re remembering that it’s his loss. He’s the one who walked away from the best thing he’s ever had. The Arrogant Bastard is full of hops and a smoky flavor that goes perfectly with some coffee ice cream or dark chocolate. Grab two pints – ice cream & beer – and enjoy.

Finally, if you’re still drinking, finish up with Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous Ale. It’s a super hoppy beer that packs quite a bite when you’re done with each mouthful. Does that remind you of anyone you know?  Feel the hatred for the jerk that left you go away with each intensely flavored sip. After a glass or two of this beer, you’ll forget about that stupid putz that left you for some floozy.
While the phrase “idle hands are the devil’s playground” rings true no matter if it’s a break up or an every day event, until you’ve expunged his detestable memory from yours, you won’t be able to move on. So I suggest in the meantime, grab some of your favorite brews and toast to yourself & your friends!  Once you’ve conquered the immediate hatred, then move on to making your life as awesome as it’s supposed to be. The best revenge for any breakup is living a happy life without that rat bastard.

However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.”
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French writer, Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Want some more detailed information about the beers listed above and many others? Check out Bitchin’ Brews for more reviews, recipes and rants about beer & life!

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12 Feb

Meg Talks Beer and Sun King

We’ve had the pleasure of meeting some great people through our Girls Pint Out path and Meg Saur is one of them! She’s a craft beer loving gal and an investor in Sun King Brewing Company. Here’s her story and the skinny on Sun King. Thank you to Meg for sharing your story!

It All Started With Guinness

My love for craft beer started in 1999 because of a trip to Ireland.   My drink of choice back then was Miller Lite, and I didn’t want to be THAT American tourist when we visited the Emerald Isle.  To start broadening my taste in beer my husband took me to the Circle V and introduced me to Dave Colt, who was working behind the bar at the time.  I sampled their Porter, Strong, Blond, and whatever else was on tap…and thus, a craft beer lover was born!  After months of serious beer study, I drank Guinness with the best of them in Ireland (and I really missed craft beer during the trip!).

We were thrilled when Dave Colt and Clay Robinson finally acted upon their lifelong dream of opening a brewery.   With the market crashing daily, beer seemed like a pretty safe bet, so we jumped at the chance to join the group of investors financing the start-up.  Dave and Clay are two of the most talented, consistent brewers in the business and being a part of their world has been an exciting ride.

Many people have asked about the name, Sun King.  They tossed around quite a few options, all centered on the Sun because of its important role producing the all-natural ingredients in our beer.  Branding was also a critical factor.  They wanted to be able to operate from anywhere and let the business grow and evolve without being confined by a name too closely tied to a particular part of the country.   Clay’s sister, Ramonna, is from Colorado (land of sunshine and beer) and she enthusiastically approved of the Sun King concept…from that point on, no other name quite had the right feel and Sun King took on a life of its own.

The Talent

As I mentioned earlier Dave began his brewing career at the Circle V, then started offering his beer stylings at The Ram Brewery in downtown Indianapolis.  Clay was brewing tasty concoctions at the Rock Bottom, then also moved to The Ram and began working with Dave.   They started scheming and dreaming about opening their own place, and several years later the stars lined up correctly and Sun King was born in 2009.

We offer four “house” beers that are available all year long; Sunlight Cream Ale, Wee Mac Scottish Ale, Bitter Druid ESB, and Osiris Pale Ale.   One of the many reasons Clay and Dave branched out on their own was to have some fun creating seasonal beers.  At least once a month we have a new seasonal brew on tap in the tasting room.   Some recent offerings include; Home Grown Harvest Ale, El Gallo Negro Black IPA, Cream Dream IIPA, and Clementine Porter.

You can visit our tasting room at 135 North College Avenue where samples are enjoyed in an impeccably decorated space overlooking the working brewery.   For more information on hours, etc. please visit us at www.sunkingbrewing.com, or get up-to-the-moment information on new beers and new tappings on our facebook page.   Our knowledgeable and good looking beer servers can walk you through our beer selections, explain the different styles, and set you up with a growler of fresh, tasty brew to take home with you.  In addition to being on tap at over 40 local restaurants and pubs, we are expecting delivery of our new canning line this month.  Soon enough you’ll be able to enjoy our beer from a can as well as a growler.  The brewers are very passionate about the beer they create and about keeping our brewing process as green as possible; our spent grain goes to a local farmer for animal feed and we maintain a public recycling bin behind the brewery.   Stop by to experience the only full production brewery in Indianapolis and perhaps pick up a growler or two.

I leave you with a rare glimpse into the minds of Clay and Dave.  Instead of asking them the same old questions about beer and brewing we had some fun with the infamous 10-questions from Inside the Actors Studio:

1. What is your favorite word?
Clay: F**k
Dave: F**k

2. What is your least favorite word?
Clay:  Vacuum
Dave: No

3. What turns you on?
Clay:  Staraya
Dave:  Sunshine and puppy dogs

4. What turns you off?
Clay:  Stupid people
Dave:  Last call

 

5. What sound do you love?
Clay:  A beer can being cracked open
Dave:  A satisfied and content sound his wife makes when she is happy

6. What sound do you hate?
Clay:  Anything to do with a chalkboard
Dave:  Crying babies

 

7. What is your favorite curse word?
Clay:  Shitballs
Dave:  F**k

8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Clay:  George Costanza style architect
Dave:  Hostage negotiator

9. What profession would you not like to do?
Clay:  Male stripper
Dave:   Hostage negotiator

10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
Clay:  You’re just in time – we tapped a keg of IPA!
Dave:  Did you bring a pint with you?


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