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Sun King Brewing Company

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Based on:
93 Beers
3,799 Hads
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 15
Visits: 92
Avg: 3.89
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

135 N. College Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46202
United States
phone: (317) 602-3702 | map

Place added by: indyGold on 07-29-2009

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Reviews: 15 | Visits: 92
Reviews by Yetiman420:
Photo of Yetiman420
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stop #333 on my world brewery tour.

This place has been around for a while, I can't believe it's me who is doing the first review.

Located in an industrial-meets-residential area a couple blocks east of downtown and slightly southeast of the Mass Ave neighborhood/retail area. Not much to look at from the outside and one could miss it if not carefully paying attention as it sits past the parking lot.

This was my second attempt at Saturday tasting hours. The first time they did not let this 39-year-old in without an ID. State law that everyone gets carded or no entry. My bad.

This time I was a bit pressed for time and I promised the wife I would be in and out in less than 20 minutes (did it in 15).

The taproom hours are mostly to buy beer and growler fills. While they have tables, I think all of them were the standing variety so it's not really a place to hang out as much as it is to sample, purchase, and move on.

You get (free) tokens to sample the beers. I think I got two for specialty beer and three for regular beer. I went with the milk porter specialty and sink the clipper which was an imperial ESB. The beer I enjoyed most was a scottish ale and I picked up a four pack of that. A fine malty brew.

They had lots of people pouring the beers and being one to make judgements, based on brewery workers I've seen, this was mostly not people who worked in the brewery so I didn't make much of an effort to ask pesky pretentious beer snob questions. Plus, I had to get in and get out as quickly as possible. It is nice that the tasting room is surrounded by the brewery so one could easily look around for a self guided tour.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Meekah84
5/5  rDev +28.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of pettetk
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Seems like they are more interested in being the next Sam Adams than making high quality craft beer.

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Photo of Nomis
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of JustinSparks
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
3.15/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Photo of fredmugs
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of mgavin
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of jjwisenheimer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Samwasnthere
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 2.25

Its a big warehouse that has the entrance through a gift shop. They certainly aren't shy about merchandising, especially for a brewery I hadn't heard of. It was a large warehouse with a bar wrapped around two walls. It was an interesting design however I had to wave down a bartender to get my drink order in and, at the time which I went on a Tuesday afternoon, they only had six beers on tap. In comparison Tow Yard Brewing, just a few blocks away, had their six beers and another six on tap. Triton brewing had fourteen total (if memory serves, they did have ten of their own without a doubt) so the selection was not befitting of the vibe they were giving off in my opinion. I will have to go back on a weekend to redetermine when the bar is at its best.

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Photo of santa216
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of gcrfire3
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Stopped by for the first time last week. Great gift shop. Tasting/Tap room is fairly large with nice open view of batch tanks that were clean looking. The bottling line was not running during my visit, although you could see it through a window from the counter. Only 8 beers on tap, kind of dissapointing really. I bought a flight/sampler. Liked half, half were decent, just not my style. Sun King makes some great brew, just seem to be in a lull right now besides their Osiris and Grape Fruit Jungle (only brewed in June for their anniversary-- some good stuff man!). Worth stopping by if you are in Indy for sure.

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Photo of kdg119
4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of RossiDaMan
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

My first stop here was a quick one while passing through-- and at 11:00 AM on a Friday. I was there for a total of 10 mins so please take my limited time into account with my review. First thing, upon entering there is a small gift area (t-shirts, etc) and a receptionist. I didn't see any beer so I asked the receptionist where the carry out items were. She wasn't overly friendly but pointed me through a door that led me into a "warehouse" which is where the carry out cans and growlers were filled and is what I was looking for. There were about 5-6 varieties of carry out cans available-- I picked up a 4-pack of Osiris. Checking out was a breeze and I was on my way. Again, 10 minutes in and out and once I found the carry out area, it was fine. To another reviewer's point-- it looked kinda touristy but could be a cool place to hang on a summer night.

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Photo of mayorQuimby
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Photo of tapperm
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Doublechar0517
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3

Photo of Benjhilmer
3.23/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3

I like what Sun King has done for the beer drinkers of central Indiana. I just don't love everything they make...

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Photo of puftdank
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of psweendogg
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JeffSK
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

So I figure I will be the lone guy who shows up just after 10 on a Friday to try some beer, because, you know, I'm a freak and all. Apparently not.

I pull up and as I try to park, I see maybe a dozen people with growlers walking out to their cars. It's 10:15! I almost ran over a guy. Not kidding. I get inside and this spot is way made up. There are at least 8 employees working the taps. This place is built for maximized profits, and I can only assume they are raking it in.

I personally found the selection rather thin, to be honest. 3 year-round beers and 4 seasonals? That's it? And the seasonal I tried was very unimpressive. A staff member told me that no single beers were available in stores because of archaic liquor laws. Apparently this wasn't the case because I did find singles available at spots I hit up later on. I think she was just trying to get me to purchase beer there. (They have 4-packs available in the coolers.)

It's a really nice looking spot, maxed out with all the merch you could ever want to buy and the view of all the tanks is certainly impressive. I just wish the substance matched the style here a bit more.

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Sun King Brewing Company in Indianapolis, IN
89 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.