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Sun King Brewing Company

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Based on:
95 Beers
3,733 Hads
Place Score: 88
Reviews: 15
Visits: 89
Avg: 3.88
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @sunkingbrewing

Place added by: indyGold on 07-29-2009

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Reviews: 15 | Visits: 89
Reviews by ZombiesAteMyDog:
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3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I visited Sun King for the first time while on my trip to pick up my Upland Gilgamesh.

I could not believe how many free samples they gave out. They give you four tickets which are good towards any of their year-round brews and two pop tops which act as vouchers for their specialties. This is great! This place is generous and the staff encouraged me to try their brews; however, I think they get stuck in talking to everyone like they are new to the craft beer world. I felt slightly babied in this way, but they were nice and sincere, so I cannot hold that against them.

I was excited about the free beer, but I was most excited about trying their Malus Pi. It's too bad my excitement would not last for long.

How disappointing... I was dumbfounded by how unexceptional their beers were. Their Osiris IPA was okay, but nowhere near my top 10 IPAs. I could not even finish their Zauis Oatmeal Stout, and I am a stout-loving guy. For me, it seemed like all of their flavor profiles were off. To be fair, I came there a few hours after they opened, and the samples are given out in plastic pitchers. So, maybe my samples were not as fresh as they would have been if I would have gotten a four-pack/growler.

I lost track of how many shirts and whatnot they were selling, which is too bad because the people calling the shots know how to make money; they just need to focus on fewer brews in order to maximize quality. I want IN brewers to make great beer, so it's disappointing when they don't.

Also, while there, I could not get past the smell of the place. There was a strong odor of bleach/cleaning fluid, which is understandable due to the facility, but it negatively affected my desire to try and brews.

This place is a cool facility to check out, especially to try their samples, but it just did not do it for me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JustinSparks
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Photo of fredmugs
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of mgavin
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of jjwisenheimer
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Samwasnthere
3.18/5  rDev -18%
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 +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of gcrfire3
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of RossiDaMan
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Photo of tapperm
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Doublechar0517
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3

Photo of Benjhilmer
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
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 -0.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of psweendogg
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JeffSK
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of jbizzle0v0
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Solid indy brewery. Helped create a foundation for quality beer in indy.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of CO-Bloom
4.86/5  rDev +25.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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