Beer Buzz: Sun King's Addams Family brew 

click to enlarge Sun King will debut its Addams Family-themed beer at a benefit for the Alfred Glossbrenner Mansion.
  • Sun King will debut its Addams Family-themed beer at a benefit for the Alfred Glossbrenner Mansion.

In collaboration with Broadway in Indianapolis' The Addams Family, May 13-18 at Clowes, Sun King Brewing has worked up Cara Mia, billed as "a ghoulishly lovable brew." It'll make its debut April 23, 6-8 p.m., at the Alfred Glossbrenner Mansion (3202 N. Meridian St.), as part of an Indiana Landmarks benefit for the restoration of the 1910 building. You'll have a chance to get deliciously close to Wednesday Addams (aka cast member Jen Forgerty) and sample what brewer Dave Colt calls a "mysterious and kooky and altogether spooky" homage to an enduring love swirling with "the essence of roses, hibiscus and orange zest." The orange inclusion reflects Gomez's birthplace in Spain, the floral/rose notes waft to us through Morticia's passion for arranging flowers.

Seventy-plus people assembled on National Beer Day (April 8) at Tomlinson Tap Room to learn specifics of opening a craft brewery from Mathew Stoops, a Financial Center Federal Credit Union craft brewer start-up advisor; Ray Kamstra, Indiana City Brewery founder/brewer; and Andrew Castner and John Lee, currently in the process of opening MashCraft Brewing in Greenwood. Twelve hands went up identifying those thinking about making the commitment. Following the program, in an informal poll, five said they are reconsidering.

With Indy Beer Talks founder Bill Jimmerson leading the panel toward the realities, the consensus was that, in addition to the exhausting time commitment, between $80,000 and $300,000 is required to start-up, depending on the scope of the brewery. Bottom line: Can you consistently produce top quality brews? Can you carry the financial burden? What will set you apart from everyone else to build a loyal clientele?

When two people who live downtown and walk or bike to get around asked me to intercede on their behalf "to bring more of Brugge to the Outliers location," I presented their case to owner Ted Miller. His reply, "Outliers is Outliers and Brugge is Brugge. There will be some more Brugge brands [at Outliers] in time. We plan on Pooka and White in the summer. They'll have to get on the Brugge 17 and return on the Outliers 17. That's my nickname for the IndyGo route College 17 that goes from Outliers to Brugge, nearly door to door."

Upland Campsite IPA is their first brew in a can. At the Broad Ripple Tasting Room, I tasted Campsite poured into a glass. It was every bit as refreshing as from tap or bottle. While I prefer drinking from a glass, other craft lovers report sipping from a can offers different nuances they enjoy.

Kahn's sold their Downtown store to Big Red "to refocus on what made Kahn's special, one great superstore at Keystone," reported owner Jim Arnold.

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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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