When it comes to locally-crafted beer in Indianapolis, it’s hard to beat Sun King Brewing Company.
The company is the product of decades of brewing experience between founders Dave Colt and Clay Robinson and their collaborators. Over years of other jobs in the brewing industry, Dave and Clay honed their skills and created some award-winning beers together. In the late 2000s, the duo began discussing their dreams of opening a brewery of their own. With the backing of longtime supporters (and Clay’s food-industry expert dad, Omar!), they set out to make their casual conversations and dreams into a solid reality.
Since those days, Sun King has grown from a mere idea to the second-largest beer brewer in the whole state of Indiana. Upon its 2009 opening, Sun King became the first full-scale production brewery in Indy since Indianapolis Brewing Company closed its doors in 1948. Today, its beers are available on tap and in cans at over 1,000 locations, and their beers have won numerous medals at competitions across the state and country.
Sun King produces a wide variety of beers, both in year-round and seasonal categories. With playful names like “Exquisite Octopus,” “Hop Tickler,” and “Wee Mac,” their beers range from the expected to the very creative. While beer is their calling card, Sun King also goes beyond just beer brewing for a wider line. They also offer their own brand of spirits, including vodka, agave, white whiskey, and rum.
Although it’s their niche of expertly crafted beer that put them on the map, Sun King takes their place in the larger Indiana community very seriously. In 2019, Sun King had a $1.5 million economic impact on the community, across collaborations with over 500 individual nonprofit organizations. The company focuses its community efforts across four broad areas: arts, culture, and humanities; people in need; nature, recreation, and conservation; and youth development. Additionally, Sun King is working to continually improve their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and to support community members.
If you spot a Sun King vehicle, you just might be spotting the handiwork of Priority Graphics as well! Priority is proud to partner with Sun King to provide vehicle wraps for their fleet, showcasing their unique and bold branding around the Indianapolis area and beyond.
“The team at Priority Graphics have been a part of the Sun King family since 2017 and are the driving force behind the transformation of our fleet’s appearance,” says Cory Still, Logistics Manager at Sun King Brewing. “As someone who wears multiple hats in their position, it provides great ease of mind knowing that their team can execute our vision in a professional, quality, and timely manner so that we can be ready to pull up to the next community event and sling award-winning craft beer.”
We’re delighted to get to work with homegrown businesses like Sun King and look forward to many more collaborations in the future!