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Sun King Brewing Company

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Type: Brewery, Bar

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

(317) 602-3702 | map

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Added by indyGold on 07-29-2009

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Reviews by ZombiesAteMyDog:
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
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 irishpride
4.28/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of nwhittin
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of nickfl
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
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 +0.8%
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 -8%
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 +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of bwood06
4.88/5  rDev +22%
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 +0.2%
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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Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of jgagne
5/5  rDev +25%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of michaelsmith11
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Meekah84
5/5  rDev +25%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of pettetk
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
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 -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of JustinSparks
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Photo of fredmugs
3.28/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of mgavin
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of jjwisenheimer
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Samwasnthere
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
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 +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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