Sun King Brewery gets nationally-acclaimed beer writer John Holl’s nod as “Top Regional or National Brewery (15K bbl or more)” in his Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine end of 2018 column.
“In less than a decade, Sun King Brewery has become a powerhouse in the Hoosier State," writes Holl. "As a young news reporter, I got to know brewery founders, Clay Robinson and David Colt, as they worked at a local brewpub finalizing the Sun King business plan. Early adopters of cans, they built a brewery on the back of cream ale, Scotch ale, and a citrusy pale ale. They quickly branched out into a barrel program (also canned) that turns out flavorful and sought-after recipes, as well as just about every other style under the sun. They’ve added new locations (and a distillery) and only recently started sending their beer out of state. Accelerated growth is harder than ever for breweries, but Sun King shows that it can be done with a clear vision and principles plus the right people in the right roles, a desire to play with beers, but also an understanding of what every-day drinkers want.”
Three Floyds gets two mentions by Craft Beer & Brewing, as well. In their Readers Choice: Best Beers of 2018, Zombie Dust made #44 out of 50 on the 2018 top beer list; its rank was #10 in 2017 and Three Floyd maintained rank of #3 out of 20 top beer makers of Pales Ales .
Thrill List named a Best Brewery in every state for 2018 and Three Floyds is the Indiana pick. Here’s the citation: “Breweries in the Hoosier State have come a long way in recent years, but they're still a long way from snatching the crown from one of craft beer's original heavy hitters. It'd be easy enough to keep churning out reliably delicious Zombie Dust and throwing that big Dark Lord Day bash every year and call it a day, but 3 Floyds continues to experiment and innovate, with the results almost invariably paying off, including an increasing number of interesting collabs and standout sours in recent years.”