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Sun King CANvitational brings dozens of craft breweries to Indy

The fourth annual Sun King CANvitational will feature canned beer from 65 breweries, and you have a chance to win a pair of free tickets from Hop Notes.

The Midwest’s largest canned craft beer festival will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 on the west block of Georgia Street and Pan Am Plaza, downtown Indianapolis.  All participating breweries will be offering beer samples and patrons can also enjoy local food trucks and live music, all in an urban downtown atmosphere. 

Scroll to the bottom of this story to enter to win a pair of tickets
to Sun King’s CANvitational

Why an event celebrating cans? Since craft beer’s inception in the 1980s, bottles have been most commonly associated with craft beer. However, over the last decade many of the breweries featured at the CANvitational have led a revival of craft canning and helped change the way people view cans. Cans keep out light and oxygen (two elements that can destroy great craft beer), they are more sustainable than bottles and the whole surface of cans can be decorated with label art.

This year’s participating breweries were invited by Sun King because of the quality of craft beer they are producing and, as the name of the event suggests, their love of canning beer.

“We have invited our friends from across the country who share our passion for crafting world class beers and we are excited to showcase what they do and why we choose to can,” Sun King Co-Founder Clay Robinson said. “The most exciting part is that the majority of the beers available at the CANvitational aren’t even available in Indiana, which gives us the opportunity to provide a truly unique experience.”

This year’s CANvitational will showcase breweries from all over the country in addition to Beavertown Brewery from the United Kingdom.

The following participating breweries are not currently available in the Indianapolis area:

  • 4 Hands Brewing Company 
  • 10 Barrel Brewing Company
  • 21st Amendment
  • Anthem Brewing Company
  • Austin Beerworks
  • Beavertown Brewery
  • Brewery Vivant
  • Champion Brewing Company
  • Christian Moerlein
  • Cigar City Brewing
  • Crazy Mountain Brewery
  • Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
  • Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company
  • DC Brau
  • Dry Dock Brewing Co.
  • Firestone Walker
  • Half Acre Beer Company
  • Huss Brewing Company 
  • Indeed Brewing Company
  • Lord Hobo Brewing Company
  • Lost Forty Brewing
  • Madtree Brewing Company
  • Marble Brewery
  • Maui Brewing
  • Melvin Brewing
  • Mystery Brewing
  • Piney River Brewing Company
  • Pizza Port Brewing Company
  • Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
  • Red Hare Brewing
  • Revolution Brewing
  • SanTan Brewing Company
  • Snake River Brewery
  • Vander Mill Ciders
  • Warped Wing Brewing Co.
  • Wiseacre Brewing Co.
  • West 6th Brewing

These participating breweries are currently available in Indianapolis, many of which are also available in Michiana:

  • Sun King Brewery
  • 18th Street Brewery
  • Against the Grain Brewery
  • Ballast Point
  • Bells Brewery
  • Bier Brewery
  • Black Acre Brewing Co.
  • Boulevard Brewing Company
  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • Country Boy Brewing
  • Central State Brewing
  • Daredevil Brewing Company
  • Destihl
  • Founders Brewing Co.
  • Green Flash Brewing Co.
  • Oskar Blues Brewery
  • People’s Brewing Company
  • Perrin Brewing Company
  • Rhinegeist
  • Shorts Brewing Company
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Tin Man Brewing Co.
  • Taxman Brewing Company
  • Triton Brewery
  • Two Brothers Artisan Brewing
  • Upland Brewing Co.
  • Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
  • Victory Brewing Company
Dale's Pale Ale was the first
Dale’s Pale Ale by Oskar Blues was the first craft beer to be canned. (Flavor 574 photo/Eric Strader)

Oskar Blues was the first craft brewery to put their beer in cans in 2002. After participating at a previous CANvitational, Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale cans (and other brands) can now be found almost everywhere in the state. Other breweries, including Against the Grain, Brewery Vivant, and Two Brothers, also followed suit after CANvitational.

Drew Fox with 18th St. Brewery joined Sun King to brew this year’s CANlabortation, Eighteenth Sun (8.7% ABV, IBUs 64). It is an imperial wheat IPA which is one of the signature beer styles pioneered by Three Floyds Brewing Co., Indiana’s oldest brewery.

Eighteenth Sun was brewed in celebration of Indiana’s bicentennial year as well as the CANvitational.  It is brewed using Cascade, crystal, and Mosaic hops which, according to the brewery, creates a “bold, citrusy flavor with Indiana wheat for body and balance.”

Tickets are on sale now and available at both Sun King locations (135 N. College, Ave, downtown Indianapolis, or 7848 E. 96th St. Fishers) or at A sampling glass will be provided to each ticket holder.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • General Admission: $50
  • General Admission $60 day of event
  • Early Entry at Noon: $75
  • Designated Driver (access at Noon): $10
    Soda and coffee are available. Designated Driver tickets do not include beer sampling.

Take the quiz below to enter to win a pair of tickets to the Sun King CANvitational on Saturday, Sept. 10, in Indianapolis. Must be 21 to enter. Winner will be chosen at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7; tickets must be picked up in Mishawaka by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9.

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