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May 7, 2014

Sun King celebrates anniversary

It was only five years ago on July 1, 2009, that Sun King Brewing Company fired up its brew kettle and crafted its first batch of beer, becoming the first full-scale production brewery in Indianapolis since 1948.

In celebration of its fifth anniversary, Sun King will be hosting a party, aptly named SKB 5, on June 28 at the brewery, 135 N. College Ave., Indianapolis.

Sun King’s fifth anniversary will feature live music, food trucks, and the release of the brewery’s most anticipated seasonal beer, Grapefruit Jungle I.P.A.

The headliner for the evening’s festivities will be the Nashville, Tenn., based band, The Wild Feathers (www.thewildfeathers.com), who were recently featured on ABC’s hit show “Nashville.” Their song, “The Ceiling,” is also featured on the WTTS Collector’s Edition and was recorded at Sun King Studio 92.

Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ) is a classic American I.P.A. that was devised by head brewer Dave Colt and showcases hops from the Pacific Northwest to create an intense citrus hop flavor that is reminiscent of biting into a fresh grapefruit. For the second time, GFJ will be released in its very own 16-ounce can, as well as on draft throughout Indiana.

“Grapefruit Jungle is the first beer that we ever made that sold out in a matter of days,” said Sun King owner/head brewer Dave Colt. “So, in response to its popularity, every year we make more and every year it sells out just as fast. The beer is a tribute to the birth of rock and roll, and since most of us at the brewery are hop-heads, it became the perfect choice for a special release party in celebration of our anniversary.”

Tickets are available now for $10 in advance at Sun King Brewery and online at http://tinyurl.com/SKB5Party. Tickets will be $15 on the day of the show. The event is from 4 to 10 p.m. in the south parking lot of Sun King.

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