The SIXTH year of the Sun King CANvitational brings over 50 breweries from around the U.S. (our list below) and a few cideries to the Pan
Am Plaza with canned, fresh beer!
This venue also provides the release of a collaboration beer from Sun King and Founders Brewing called Riding the Rails, a new hoppy session lager. Jeremy Kosmicki, Founders Brewmaster relates, “The sessionable hoppy lager that we made together is a style that I can’t get enough of right now.” Hoppy lager is another ‘not a beer style beer’ that has become popular since, as one example, New Belgian Shift beer (now discontinued) was introduced as an easy drinking lager for the end of a beer shift. A German friend introduced me to Jever Pils, from Lower Saxony, Germany, years ago and it is a hoppier than normal lager at 33 ibu (the bitterness units used to rate “hoppiness”) and under 5% alcohol. Recently a host of brewers have introduced similar beers and Sierra Nevada used the name “Hoppy Lager.” I expect this beer to be crisp in flavor with a nice light bitterness and perhaps a floral note — we’ll get the description.
That is the joy of CANvitational. Finding beer we might not always see. We also get to appreciate the beer kept fresh in cans! I’ve switched to storing cans in my “beer fridge” as the older bottles always show some age, the older cans seem to show less age! Yet, cans are just convenient to carry, to take to events, to recycle, and canned beer is not what I remembered from grandpa! There is also real excitement about finding beer from Alaska, Cali, Texas, D.C. and so many areas outside of our range.
It is worth going to this event just because it is in beautiful downtown Indy, or because there is jumping music, or because there will be local food trucks, or because Dave & Clay (that is, of course, Dave Colt and Clay Robinson, founder of Sun King) are so cool and friendly! Then there is the fact that SIX local charities will benefit from ticket sales.
But back to the beer: CANvitational brings truly outstanding beer from coast-to-coast.
ALASKA: Midnight Sun Brewing, Anchorage; HAWAII: Maui Brewing, Kihei;
CALIFORNIA: (big state! big list!) The Bruery & Offshoot Beer, Placentia, 21st Amendment Sal Leandro, Beachwood Brewing, Seal Beach; Firestone Walker, Paso Robles; Three Weavers Inglewood; Pizza Port, Bressi Ranch; Sierra Nevada, Chico
TEXAS: Austin Beerworks, Austin; Rahr & Sons, Fort Worth; ARKANSAS Lost Forty, Little Rock
MISSOURI: Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis; 4 Hands, St. Louis; KENTUCKY: Against the Grain, Louisville: Country Boy, Lexington; TENNESSEE: Wiseacre, Memphis;
MINNESOTA: August Schell, New Ulm; Indeed, Minneapolis; ILLINOIS: Brickstone, Bourbonnais; Half Acre, Chicago; Solemn Oath, Naperville; Two Brothers, Warrenville; Destihl, Normal; Revolution, Chicago
MICHIGAN: Bell’s, Kalamazoo; Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids; Founders, Grand Rapids; Haymarket, Bridgman; Shorts, Elk Rapids;
OHIO: Madtree, Cincinnati; Platform, Cleveland; Rhinegeist, Cincinnati; Warped Wing, Dayton
FLORIDA: Cigar City, Tampa; Proof, Tallahassee; VIRGINIA: Champion, Richmond
INDIANA: Sun King, Indianapolis; 18th Street & Sour Note, Hammond; Indiana City, Indianapolis; Taxman, Bargersille; Upland, Bloomington; Warpigs, Munster
This gives you over 50 reasons to go.
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 8, 1-5 (early at 12 noon)
WHERE: Georgia Street, Pan Am Plaza. Downtown Indianapolis
HOW MUCH: well, if you DID NOT win our 2 tickets, then $50, Desg. Driver. $10, Early $75