Sun King to announce plans for Fishers brewery with developer of The Yard

Sun King Brewing Co. announced on Tuesday that it would spill the beans on its plans for a Fishers brewery next week with the developer of The Yard at Fishers District, the massive culinary-centric project slated for property east of Ikea on East 116th Street.

However, Sun King wouldn't specify the location of the brewery facility, despite noting that a representative of Thompson Thrift Development Inc. would be on hand at the Jan. 23 press conference to discuss land and development questions.

When contacted by IBJ on Tuesday, a Sun King spokesperson wouldn’t confirm the brewery would be located at The Yard, saying more details would be announced at the press conference. Ashlee Boyd, managing partner with Thompson Thrift, did not respond to IBJ’s request for comment.

Founded in 1986, Terre Haute-based Thompson Thrift is a real estate development firm with expertise in residential and retail projects. Its properties in Fishers have included the Fishers Marketplace at State Road 37 and 131st Street and Geist Landing of Fishers at 116th Street and Olio Road.

The Yard is a 17-acre development on 116th Street east of Interstate 69, Ikea and Portillo's. It is expected to include as many as 25 to 30 tenants, including restaurants, entertainment facilities and a culinary incubator.

In December, the city of Fishers and Thompson Thrift announced that two existing concepts from St. Elmo Steak House operator Craig Huse—Burger Study and 1933 Lounge—would open at The Yard in 2019. Last week, Miami-based eatery operator Hip Cuisine Inc. announced it would open Rawkin Juice at the development.

Sun King has had its eye on Fishers for a brewing facility for several years.

It first announced plans for a 40,000-square-foot destination brewery and tasting room in 2014, but those plans were put on hold as state regulations regarding production were altered. The $10 million facility had been expected to be located on a 12.8-acre site just off Interstate 69, on the southeast corner of Kincaid Drive and Sunlight Drive.

In the meantime, Sun King opened a tap room and small-batch brewery at 7848 E. 96th St. in Fishers. The 6,000-square-foot tap room debuted in 2015.

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