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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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