The long-awaited opening of Sun King Distillery in downtown Carmel, Indiana, is planned for early July, and will add to the city’s growing number of attractions. “We are excited about the progress Sun King is making on its beautiful new distillery and tap room and for having the confidence to invest in our emerging midtown redevelopment area,” said Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard. “We look forward to watching Sun King grow and succeed as we continue to do the same in Midtown, a rapidly growing district that continues to attract high quality businesses and amenities for both residents and visitors.”
The approximately 15,000-square-foot craft distillery and tap room will overlook the Monon Greenway and will include a “food hall” with four 100-square-foot food stalls designed to invoke the spirit of the Monon Railway. “Food halls are a growing trend throughout the U.S., where the number of them grew by nearly 40 percent in 2016,” said Clay Robinson, co-founder of Sun King Brewery. “Think of our new food hall like a food court in the mall, but totally modernized with local, independent restaurants serving diverse, fresh food quickly. The entire experience is meant to provide a destination where friends can gather to enjoy fresh, handcrafted beers and cocktails paired with fresh, handcrafted meals.”
Sun King’s co-founder and head brewer, Dave Colt, who completed his distiller’s education working with world-renowned distillers at the Distilled Spirits Epicenter in Kentucky, will oversee a 250-gallon still that will be used to craft high-quality, handcrafted, small batch spirits. Customers will be able to taste Sun King’s artisan moonshine, gin, and rum. They will also produce a small batch whiskey that will be aged in Sun King barrels for several years. The distillery will also produce seasonal spirits that will be available at limited times throughout the year.