In honor of Drink Up Week, we took some time to chat with Dave Colt + Clay Robinson, proud co-owners of one of Indy’s most ubiquitous breweries, Sun King Brewing.
We also got to sample the Caramel Corn Beer they’ve created for the Indiana State Fair, which had just the right amount of sweetness. The brewery has locations in Indy, Fishers, Carmel, Kokomo, Mishawaka, the airport, and… Sarasota, FL. More on that later.
Clay (left) + Dave (right) at their downtown location. | Photo by INDYtoday team
You have a lot of different flavor combinations that are intriguing. How do you come up with those ideas?
Dave: The ideas and thoughts come from all different angles. Sometimes out of the ether. Sometimes you have a conversation with your local state fair and they want you to make a beer.
Tell me more about that. Have you collaborated with them in the past? Clay: Yeah, they kind of hit us up and were like, “Hey, we’re thinking about the fact that the State Fair can sell beer. We really want to drive buzz around it and you guys clearly make a vast variety of things.” I remember the day Dave came to me and said, “Let’s make a beer with popcorn.” So we made a beer called Popcorn Pilsner. And then later he comes in and wants to make a beer that tastes like chocolate cake. And I’m like, “Are you crazy? You’re crazy.” So we’ve done a lot of fun things.
If Indy were a beer, which would it be and why?
Clay: It would be the Sunlight Cream Ale. It’s the official beer of Indianapolis. It’s our most medaled beer. […] We designed it for this time of year in July and August. It was our first summer seasonal and it sold so well and people loved it so much that we decided to make it all the time. Now we’ve converted it into an orange vanilla version, we’ve got strawberry lemonade, watermelon, tropical punch… we’re trying to give it a little more life with some lively new flavors.
42nd Street: The Broadway Musical | Fri., July 29-Mon., Aug. 1 | 7 p.m. | Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, 3 Carter Green, Carmel | $30+ | Listen to this local production of the Broadway musical 42nd Street, which celebrates show biz, NYC, and Times Square. 🎭
Dog Adoption Event | Sat., July 30 | 2-5 p.m. | Centerpoint Brewing, 1125 E. Brookside Ave. | Free | Sketchy Mutts and Underdogs Rescue will show off several perfect pups available for adoption + fostering. 🐶
Beer, Biscuits, and Botanicals | Sat., July 30 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Garfield Brewery, 2310 Shelby St. | Free | This one goes out to the biscuits + gravy fans — plus, don’t forget to snag a succulent while you’re there. 🌿
Mass Ave Mile Summer Festival | Sat., July 30 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Mass Ave. | Free | Stroll, shop, and find great summer treats from Bottleworks and local artists while enjoying pop-up performances by Indy Fringe and Indy District.
Wide Eyed Music Festival | Sat., July 30-Sun., July 31 | 12 p.m. | Black Circle, 2201 E. 46 St. | $15+ | 16 bands + multiple art vendors will be there for this summer arts festival. 🎨
Homeschool Fair | Sat., July 30 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Central Library | Free | This fair features hands-on activities, speakers, giveaways, and 25+ vendors and resource tables. 🍎
Pizza Run Indy | Sun., July 31 | 10 a.m. | Lou Malnati’s Pizza, 6320 Ferguson St. | $40 | Run the 5K then enjoy music, pizza-themed games + a free slice of Lou Malnati’s pizza at the finish line. 🍕
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
This weekend is your last chance to stop by Michael’s Soul Kitchen. The downtown soul food + jazz lounge is closing permanently at 115 E. Ohio St. Don’t worry, the business will reopen at a new location (7102 Woodland Dr.) in January, offering craft cocktails and live entertainment. 🎷 (IndyStar)
Ellison Brewing Co. is closing its doors for good. The downtown spot cites decreased activity in the area as one of the reasons for its decision. If you’re craving a tiramisu stout, you’ll have to travel up to one of its locations in Lansing, MI. (IBJ)
7 Brew is on its way to the south side. The Arkansas-based coffee shop chain plans to open two spots in late October or early November — one at Felbram Plaza North + one in the Costco parking lot. The business specializes in coffee, energy drinks + smoothies, and operates a double drive-thru format. ☕ (IBJ)
Gamers, get ready. Challonge, a popular esports company, is moving to Indy to become a permanent fixture in Butler University’s upcoming 7,500-sqft Esports Park on Sunset Ave. The space will feature gaming consoles, virtual reality capabilities, and 50+ gaming PCs. 🎮 (FOX59)
Do you have a delightful doggy? Is your pup the pick of the litter? On Sat., Aug. 27, you can prove that your dog is bark-tastic in the second annualEast-Minster Dog Show. Dogs will be divided by size + one dog will be crowned best in show for the finale event in the afternoon. Sign up. 🐶
T Street Eatzwill celebrate its soft opening inside City Market on Wed., Aug. 3 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. A limited menu featuring a variety of comfort food will be available to choose from — we’re looking forward to the cajun alfredo. 🍝
Drink Up Week
We’ll keep riding the AF train as long as you keep sending great suggestions, readers. Kelly P. tipped us off to a new alcohol-free boutique in Carmel. According to its website, Loren’s AF Beverages is the first alcohol-free bottle shop in Hamilton County. We’ll raise a glass to that.
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The Indiana Department of Public Works is pressing pause on road construction at 16th Street over Little Eagle Creek bridge to accommodate the excess traffic that’s expected for this weekend’s Verizon 200 race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
So what’s all this construction, anyway? The $2.15 million project will revitalize the original 1951 bridge in order to build wider sidewalks for pedestrians + bikers. Following the conclusion of Sunday’s race, the lanes will close again.
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Editor’s pick: Did you know The Wine Market and Table has wine slushies. That’s right, the Fountain Square spot is offering up flavors like Strawberry Rose + Watermelon Moscato for $8.75. They’re made in house “with a few secret ingredients.” You can head there tonight for a little Drink Up Week celebration or visit on a Tuesday, when it features half-priced glasses of wine.🍷
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