Sun King Wins Grand National Champion at U.S. Open Beer Competition

Sun King's award-winning beers

Sun King Brewery has earned the title of Grand National Champion for the second time at the U.S. Open Beer Competition. The title goes to the brewery earning the most winning entries, and Sun King earned five gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

Breweries sent more than 9,000 brews representing over 150 styles of beer to be judged in a blind competition where the judges only know the categories being judged, not the beers or their breweries.

“It is an incredible honor to win a single medal at the U.S. Open Beer Championship, and to be awarded Grand Champion for the second time is just amazing,” said Dave Colt, co-founder and head brewer at Sun King. “This is a collaborative effort from each department. Whether it be choosing the ingredients, cellaring or quality control, our team works together and plans every aspect of each of our beers.”

Sun King received the following U.S. Open Beer awards this year:


Churrolicious (Barrel-Aged Dark Beer category) is a barrel-aged pastry stout brewed in collaboration with Indianapolis’ 18th Street Brewery. The beer is made with churros from local bakeries and was created in celebration of the of the inaugural Indiana Statewide Stout Day.


Cherry Busey (Belgian-Style Fruit Beer category) is a Flanders-style Belgian Red Ale produced using wild yeasts and aged in barrels. Montmorency cherries give the beer a tart cherry tang.

Golden Girls (Barrel-Aged Fruit Sour category) is a wild-fermented Belgian-style Tripel Ale aged sour beer.

Sunlight Cream Ale (Golden or Blonde Ale category) balances malt with a crisp finish. Sun King has also brewed variations of Sunlight including orange-vanilla, a watermelon and a tropical ale with flavors of pineapple and coconut.

Triptonic (Belgian Tripel category) is a Belgian-Style Tripel with banana and caramel flavors.


Horchata Shadow Proof (Nut Beer category) is an Imperial Stout with malt character, notes of dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla and oak from barrel-aging, and cinnamon.

Polynesian Passion (Spirits Barrel-Aged Beer, Non-Whiskey category) is a tropical drink-inspired and barrel-aged Belgian-Style Tripel with pineapple, orange and toasted coconut character.


Orange Vanilla Sunlight Cream Ale, (American-Style Fruit Beer – Orange category) combines malt character with the flavors of vanilla and orange.

Midnight Choir (Barrel-Aged Fruit Sour category) is a dark sour ale with flavors of raspberry and cherry.

Soul Shakedown Party (Spirits Barrel-Aged Beer, Non-Whiskey category) uses rum-barrel aging to round out the toffee and port character of its Wee Muckle Scotch Ale with flavors of molasses and orange peel.


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