Drink smart: Sun King Brewing and Indiana Humanities collaborate 

Next Indiana trivia strikes a balance of drinking, fun, and Indiana's past, present and future.

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What happens when you think and drink? According to Sun King and Indiana Humanities you get to have fun for free! They invite you to test their hypothesis (and your smarts) monthly on Second Mondays. Fill in your calendars for April 11, May 9 and June 13. Round 1 starts at 5:30 p.m. each date at Sun King Taproom, 135 N. College Ave. Round 2 starts at 6:30 p.m. Come solo, with a buddy, or a team to battle your way to prizes and boasting rights for being tops in the ‘then and now’ Indiana history mode.

What you can expect is a monthly theme with a 2-tier set of questions. “We definitely try to keep it fun but also really informative, with a mix of tough and easy questions,” explains Leah K. Nahmias, Director of Programs and Community Engagement at Indiana Humanities. “The first round is always focused on Indiana history and the second round takes the same topics from the first round but asks questions about the present."

So, from the kick-off in January, here are some examples of that past and present theme:

First round: The 1860 census showed that every Hoosier family had 10 of these.
Second round: Hoosiers still produce a lot of hogs. Where does Indiana rank in hog production today? BONUS: Approximately how many Hoosiers work in pork production/processing today (within 500)?
[5th nationally / 13,000]

First round: Throughout the 1850s, the governor’s annual message was printed in two languages. What were they?
[English and German]
Second round: Germans are no longer Indiana’s largest immigrant group. What are the top three countries sending immigrants to Indiana today? Extra credit if you put them in the right order.
[Burma, Mexico, India]

“For April,” says Nahmias, “we’re working on an environment theme — partnering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful — focusing on Earth Day and Arbor Day, and on general springtime vibes to get people thinking about the outdoors, particularly in anticipation of an exciting new project Indiana Humanities is launching in April. “Next Indiana Campfires” is a statewide series of hikes and outdoor discussions of environmental literature.”
While the May and June topics and questions are in process, Nahmias says to expect “the history of business and innovation in Indiana” at one of the sessions.

“The secret goal,” admits Nahmias, “is to get people thinking and talking about the issues and forces shaping the Next Indiana. In 2016, as we celebrate the Bicentennial, we want Hoosiers to not only look back and celebrate Indiana’s first two hundred years, but also to consider the present and future of Indiana and how they want it to take shape. I also think people enjoy proving their Hoosier mettle in 2016.” 

Heather Hall, VP of Community Development at Sun King, fills in the roster of on-site community partnerships throughout the year. “Different organizations work with us (and each other) and program the tasting room to spread awareness, educate, or showcase what they do best.“

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Right now there are a few programs including: Saturday Community Yoga, Crafty Sundays, and Think and Drink Mondays.

When: April 11, 5:30-7 p.m.
Where: Sun King Brewery Taproom, 135 N. College Ave.
What: Think & Drink with Indiana Humanities
The first round of trivia starts at 5:30 p.m. Prizes will be announced at 6:30 p.m. Teams or solo players are welcome. This series of trivia nights occurs on the second Monday of every month (January – June).
21+ only For more info: http://indianahumanities.org
Follow: Twitter: @INHumanities; Facebook: www.facebook.com/INHumanities
See updates on Indiana Humanities’ online calendar.

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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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