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.
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?
2. What is your least favorite word?
3. What turns you on?
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?
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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