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Sun King Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.86/5
Very Good
4,047 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

135 N. College Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46202
United States

(317) 602-3702 | map
sunkingbrewing.com

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Added by indyGold on 07-29-2009

BEER STATS
Beers:
91
Reviews:
869
Ratings:
4,047
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.06/5
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
114
pDev:
13.05%
 
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Photo of cstasek
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Brob245
4.14/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of camiconnell
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mkyer
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of rossracing
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of SomewhereInTheMiddle
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of turtmcgirt
4.14/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Danmullens1
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of irishpride
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of nwhittin
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of nickfl
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

I was told there wasn't really a lot worth while in Indianapolis, brewery wise, but I was looking forward to Sun King, unfortunately it was a big letdown. The vibe of the taproom is similar to what I have seen at bigger breweries in states where they can't sell pints to the public, more of a hospitality room in the brewery than a real taproom. This is fine, except they can and do sell pints, but the taproom is still clearly an afterthought. The most off putting part is that they sell cans, but only as 2, 4, or 6 packs, so if you wan't to take some variety home, forget it. The service was fine, and the selection is decent, at least in terms of the number of beers on tap, but the actual beers were very mediocre and uninspired. They had things like a Wit, two "experimental" hefeweizens, and a watery wee heavy. I was floored by the selection, which I couldn't help but see as really hacky and out of touch. I know these guys won a bunch of GABF medals a few years ago, but it just goes to show how little those competitions can mean. The beer wasn't bad really, just dissapointing. If I had it to do again I would have skipped these guys in favor of one of the other, no name breweries in town because with them at least you never know, you may get a pleasant surprise, while Sun King was quite the opposite.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited on a Wednesday just before dinner time.

V - Tap room sits in the middle of the brewery. Lots of operations to see. Clean and bright. Smells like malt. Concrete, lots of stools and four tops. Good space for corporate events and the like. But nothing unique. Depends on what you like. 4

Sel - No guest taps. A decent selection but somewhat one sided if I had been looking for something deep, dark and roasty during my visit. 3.5

Ser – Friendly and helpful. Great prices on growler fills. All tips are donated to charity. 4

Q - How much better can it get than at the source. Clean and appropriate glassware. 4.5

F - No food but can order from local establishments. Sun King has some of the menus available.

BONUS info – No keg sales on Sunday in Indiana!

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Photo of Phoneguy
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Taproom in brewery with a cold, industrial feel. There were probably 50 people there and it was quite noisy, due to the metal walls & ceiling. The quality of the beers we had was good and the staff was friendly and helpful, but I was a bit disappointed with the selection.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.14/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of bwood06
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Brewery and tap room are in an industrial setting, i.e. warehouse type location, with the brewery equipment plainly visible to everyone in the tap room. Tap list is fairly long with various styles available for a variety of tastes. No food available (other than the hilariously simple menu, trust me, check it out), but you can have food delivered or bring it in. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available but the indoor space does get quite loud with even just a slight crowd (due to all of the metal present). I only saw one bathroom and it was a one hole unisex so the line was quite long and took a while to get through.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

A nice place to get a few drinks. Fridays are $6 growler fills on the standard beers but there is always 2-3 options only available at the brewery. They have some nice, fair priced merch and lots of room to chat with friends. Overall a good brewery with some upper level beer.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of jgagne
5/5  rDev +23.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of michaelsmith11
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Meekah84
5/5  rDev +23.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of pettetk
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
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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3.94/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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Sun King Brewing Company in Indianapolis, IN
Brewery rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 4,047 ratings
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