When Sun King Brewery was founded in 2009, the idea was to bring small-scale brewing common before Prohibition back to Indiana.
Five years later, Sun King is a commanding force in the Hoosier and Midwest beer scene. Their Sunlight Cream Ale, Wee Mac Scottish-style Ale and Osiris Pale Ale are staples of local bars and restaurants, and can be found from Chicago to Louisville.
To celebrate, owner Dave Colt and his business partner, Greenwood native Clay Robinson, are hosting a get together for beer drinkers all over central Indiana.
The party is named SKB 5, and will be 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the brewery, 135 N. College Ave., Indianapolis. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 the day of.
To get people ready, Colt has shared five things to know on the fifth anniversary.
Welcome to the jungle
For beer lovers, the highlight of the celebration will be the release of Grapefruit Jungle IPA, a classic American IPA. that was devised by Colt. “Grapefruit Jungle is the first beer that we ever made that sold out in a matter of days,” Colt said.
Tennessee-based band The Wild Feathers will be the main entertainment at the party, bringing a rootsy Southern rock sound. The band’s first single, “The Ceiling,” has been getting national radio play, and the band was featured in an episode of ABC’s “Nashville.”
Roll out the barrel
When Sun King first started, it produced 425 barrels of beer, or more than 13,000 gallons, per year. Production has now grown to brewing close to 30,000 barrels, or 945,000 gallons each year.
Taste the summer
While special brew, double IPAs and Belgian recipes get a lot of attention, the original trinity of Sunlight, Wee Mac and Osiris, still drive the brewery’s sales, Colt said. Sunlight, a light ale with a golden color, is by far the best seller.
Sun King has always kept a close relationship with food trucks from throughout Indianapolis, Colt said. To help celebrate five years, some of the city’s best will be serving food, including Mac Genie, Duos Indy, Spice Box and Little Eataly.