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Eric Strader
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Eric Strader writes about the craft beer scene in Indiana and Michigan. He's a dad, husband, potter, soccer coach, special education paraprofessional, who likes to read, bike, hike, and canoe.



Sun King Brewery's Grapefruit Jungle returns in June

Get excited, hop heads – Sun King Brewery’s Grapefruit Jungle is about to be back! Read on to find out where you might be able to get your hands around a pint. 


Posted on June 4, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.

Eric Strader writes about the craft beer scene in Indiana and Michigan. He's a dad, husband, potter, soccer coach and special education paraprofessional who likes to read, bike, hike and canoe. You can read more from Eric on his Elkhart Truth Community Blog, Hop Notes.

In keeping with my last post’s theme of canned beer, here is one you will not want to miss. The seasonal return of Grapefruit Jungle (IPA, 7.5% ABV, IBUs 77) will take place at Sun King Brewing’s 5th Anniversary Party on Saturday, June 28th. This is a limited release, and in the past, it has sold out quickly. 

The anniversary party will include tappings of other specialty beers throughout the day, along with some of Indianapolis’ favorite food trucks. Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased at MOKB Presents.

Last year Michiana received a small quantity of Grapefruit Jungle – Chalet Party Shoppe stores received four cases between all their stores (a case from Sun King is four 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, so that is a total of only 64 cans), and City Wide Liquor in South Bend also got a limited quantity.  Most likely there will be a limit on purchases per customer this year. Fiddler’s Hearth was the only local pub in the past to receive draft, so let’s hope that we see more draft options this year.   

Grapefruit Jungle is West Coast Style IPA brewed with one pound of hops in every barrel. It was created by owner and head brewer Dave Colt to showcase Pacific Northwest hops. I can still recall the huge citrus nose (hence the name), with lots of tropical fruit and pine in the flavor. It is definitely a hop head’s delight.

Sun King’s mission statement: Enriching the lives of Hoosiers one pint at a time.

“When we set out to create Sun King, we wanted to focus on continually crafting seasonal and specialty beers that complement the time of year and keep beer lovers engaged,” said Dave Colt.  “It doesn’t seem like all that long ago we were working feverishly to get things in order for our first brew, but it feels like a lifetime considering the feverish pace of our growth. We are incredibly fortunate to have so much support from the people the local community!”

To learn how Bill Haley's Rock Around the Clock and the 1955 movie release of Blackboard Jungle were the inspiration behind this beer, check out the YouTube video above.  According to the brewery’s website, Grapefruit Jungle is as revolutionary as Rock & Roll itself.

About Sun King Brewing Company

Sun King Brewing Company is the brainchild of Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. With the help of family and friends – Omar Robinson, Andy Fagg and Steve Koers – the first keg of Sun King beer rolled out the door for delivery in July 2009. Now available on tap and in cans at hundreds of locations around central Indiana, Sun King has grown into the second-largest beer brewer in the state of Indiana. The company’s commitment to handcrafted seasonal and specialty beers has been rewarded with multiple medals at the Indiana Brewers Cup, Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions. Visit www.sunkingbrewing.com for more information.

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