Outside the Sun King Brewery in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana

Outside the Sun King Brewery in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana

Sun King Brewery

Sun King Brewery is an Indianapolis-based craft brewery with a focus on continually creating traditional seasonal and unique specialty beer. Sun King rolled our first keg of beer out of the door in July 2009 and since that time has grown into one of Indiana’s largest and most award-winning breweries, with multiple medals at the Great American Beer Festival® and the World Beer Cup®.

Sun King remains dedicated to independent Indiana beer and continued growth with a commitment to community development where ever our beer is sold.

Sun King beer can be enjoyed at over 1,000 fine bars/restaurants and liquor stores throughout Indiana, Louisville, and Chicago. Visit us at our downtown brewery, our Small Batch Brewery and Tasting Room, our Broad Ripple Tasting Room, or at the Sun King Spirits Distillery and Tap Room in Carmel, Indiana.

History

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 Brewery 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.

Indianapolis Taproom

The original downtown Indianapolis location opened as a small twelve tap tasting room and fifteen barrel brewhouse in half of an unused warehouse space. Today our all-ages downtown brewery campus occupies three buildings as our offerings and capacity continue to expand.

Broad Ripple

Sun King Broad Ripple is a full service and family-friendly tasting room and restaurant, featuring a full selection of Sun King beer and spirits, as well as a full menu from our restaurant partner, Offshore by Pier 48.

Fishers Small Batch

The all-ages Sun King Tap Room and Small-Batch Brewery is our first venture into Fishers, Indiana. The 6,000 square-foot small-batch brewery is home to a three-barrel brewing system and a tap room featuring event space for community and private events.

Carmel Distillery

The Sun King Brewery in Carmel, Indiana offers our handmade spirits, beer, and food from our partners: Oca, La Margarita, The Den by Foxgardin, and Pi. Sun King Spirits is an all-ages space, but you must be 21+ years of age to enjoy our beer or spirits.

Sun King Brewery is an independent craft brewer.

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Inside the Sun King Brewery taproom in Fishers, Indiana

Inside the Sun King Brewery taproom in Fishers, Indiana

This brewery has multiple locations.

Outside the Sun King Brewery in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana

Outside the Sun King Brewery in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana

Downtown Indianapolis

  • 135 N College Ave
  • Indianapolis, IN 46202
  • United States
  • (317) 602-3702

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11 AM - 8 PM
  • Monday: 10 AM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 10 AM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 10 AM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 10 AM - 10 PM
  • Friday: 10 AM - 10 PM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 10 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

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This brewery has multiple locations.

Outside The Broad Ripple taproom in Indianapolis, Indiana

Outside The Broad Ripple taproom in Indianapolis, Indiana

Broad Ripple

  • 1021 Broad Ripple Ave
  • Indianapolis, IN 46220
  • United States
  • (317) 602-5893

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Monday: 3 PM - 10 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 10 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 10 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 10 PM
  • Friday: 11 AM - 12 AM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 12 AM

No Brewery Tour Info

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Inside the Fishers Small Batch taproom of Sun King Brewery in Fishers, Indiana

Inside the Fishers Small Batch taproom of Sun King Brewery in Fishers, Indiana

Fishers Small Batch

  • 7848 E 96th St
  • Fishers, IN 46037-9629
  • United States
  • (317) 436-1926

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Monday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 10 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

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Inside the taproom at the Carmel Distillery of Sun King Brewery in Carmel, Indiana

Inside the taproom at the Carmel Distillery of Sun King Brewery in Carmel, Indiana

Carmel Distillery

  • 351 Monon Blvd
  • Carmel, IN 46032
  • United States
  • (317) 843-6250

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Monday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 11 AM - 12 AM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 12 AM

No Brewery Tour Info

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Outside the Sun King Brewery taproom in Concourse B at the Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis, Indiana

Outside the Sun King Brewery taproom in Concourse B at the Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis International Airport

  • 7800 Col H Weir Cook Memorial Dr
  • Indianapolis, IN 46241
  • United States

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Beers

A selection of beers from Sun King Brewery

Beer NameStyleABVIBUsCal.Rating
666: sympathy for the devil Review Belgian Strong Dark Ale11.0330
76 Trombones Review American Double IPA6.1183
8 Review Berliner Weisse3.399
Afternoon Delight Review Doppelbock10.1303
Alrye’d Alrye’d Alrye’d Review Rye Beer6.1183
Amber Has Two Moms Review American Amber Ale5.3159
B&B Manhattan Mac Review English Brown Ale5.2156
Batch 777: Touched By An Angel Review Tripel10.0300
Bavarian breakfast Review Märzen5.7171
Big H Hefeweizen Review Hefeweizen5.0150

News

Sun King Brewery in the News

Sun King Generates $1.5M in Indianapolis Economic Impact in 2019

Sun King Brewery has generated more than $1.5 million in total economic impact to more than 450 Central Indiana-area nonprofit organizations in 2019. Read More

Sun King Brewery Opens Specialty Production Brewery in Fishers

Sun King Brewery is excited to celebrate the opening of its new Sun King Fishers Tap Room & Brewery at Fishers District in Fishers, Indiana. Read More

Sun King Brewery Celebrates Grand Opening of Broad Ripple Tap Room

Sun King Brewery is excited to officially celebrate the opening of its Broad Ripple Tap Room at 11 AM on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Read More

Sun King Brewery Takes Over Former Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Location

Sun King Brewery, a leader in the independent craft beer movement in Indiana, is taking over a space that formerly housed Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company. Read More