Beer Buzz: Million Dollar Brewski 

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Million Dollar Beer

In an inspired marketing push, Sun King has created a beer inspired by The Million Dollar Quartet, a musical dramatizing the 1956 Sun Studios jam session featuring Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. The tapping of Sun King's Million Dollar Brewski will take place Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at The Rathskeller; the musical, a presentation of Broadway Across America, runs Dec. 13-18 at the Old National Centre.

Brewer Dave Colt researched the beer with the notion of recreating what the four rock icons might have been drinking during that recording session. "When conducting research, I learned that Katz Drug Store sold a private label beer, and that one of Elvis' early shows took place on a flatbed truck in an alley behind a Katz store in Memphis," Colt says. "Further research led me to believe that the private label beer was a Vienna Lager, a German-style beer similar to Oktoberfest but lighter."

Colt says that he "typically works with indigenous ingredients to create new twists on established beer styles." But because he wanted the Million Dollar Brewski "to be authentic and true to the humble beginnings of rock and roll," he stayed close to the original ingredients.

Colt and brewing partner Clay Robinson will be at the tapping to talk about their Million Dollar Brewski. Rockabilly trio Bigger Than Elvis will play at 7 p.m., following the tapping. More at 317-602-3702 or

Community outreach

Bier Brewery is serving as a collecting point for both Gleaners Food Bank and Toys for Tots this December. The pitch for Gleaners: "When you grab your growlers for a refill, grab some food from your pantry, but please avoid glass containers." Unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots will be accepted through Dec. 15.

Newly opened

End of the Line Public House in Fountain Square, serving a lineup of Indiana craft brews.

On tap

Barley Island Brewing Company, Noblesville: Snow Mizer Christmas Ale, a dark ale brewed with brown sugar and spiced with cardamom, cinnamon and bitter orange.

Half Moon, Kokomo: English-style Brown Ale, a medium bodied beer with nut, caramel and roasted malt flavors. Winner of two medals at the 2011 Indiana State Fair Brewers Cup - bronze in the American Ale category and silver in the English-style brown ale category.

On the calendar

Dec. 7

Thr3e Wise Men new seasonal Hubbard & Cravens Porter, $3 a pint on Wednesday night.

Flat 12, 5:30 p.m., Bike Bucket Workshop. Flat 12 is celebrating "12 Biers of Christmas." Watch for new releases that began with Glazed Ham Porter.

Dec. 12

Sun King will release a limited amount of Wee Muckle in cans to Hoosier liquor stores. The 2011 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winning Scotch Ale, Wee Muckle has a similar flavor profile to Wee Mac but features a higher alcohol content and a huge toffee tast

Dec. 12-23

Beer Sellar Castleton, 12 Days of Sun King. A new Sun King beer will be tapped each day for 12 days.

Dec. 13

Thr3e Wise Men will tap Mount Crumpet Christmas Ale.

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Rita Kohn

Rita Kohn

Rita Kohn has been covering craft beer and the arts for NUVO for two decades. She’s the author of True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana.

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