Clay Robinson left his job as a brewer with Dave Colt at The Ram's downtown location in July of 2008. May 14, 2009, Robinson and Colt were greeting fellow brewers and other invited guests to the open house for Sun King Brewery, located right across the street from Easley Winery at 135 N. College. This makes the corner of College and Ohio the site of the biggest Indiana winery, established in 1974, and Indiana's newest craft brewery. Working along with Robinson and Colt is homebrewer Michael Pearson, whose award-winning Alt beer was scaled up last fall by Colt for Pro-Am brewing at The Ram downtown. Pearson's engineering expertise is equally a boon for the new operation, helping to put together the second-hand 15-barrel JV Northwest Brewing system Robinson dismantled and shipped from the recently closed Stone Coast Brewing Company in Portland, Maine.
The business plan revolves around the customer, Clay and Robinson say. "We're going to put out an array of small batches and listen and watch. What meets the greatest interest is what we'll put into larger production. The Summer Solstice will deliver Sun King's hand-crafted ales and lagers at bars, taverns, pubs, restaurants and brew houses all over our fair city." At the open house we tasted two versions of a wheat beer and found both delightful for different reasons. Watch NUVO for news of where you can taste and vote for your favorite. Log on to www.sunkingbrewery.com.