Our sixth out-of-state collaboration is with Sun King Brewing from Indianapolis. Our crew has become close with the Sun King team over the years, hanging out with them at events around the country like the Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer and the Great American Beer Festival. To boot, our brewmaster Ben was in the same brewing school class as Andrew Hood, who oversees Sun King’s wood cellar. We’ve long admired the huge range of beers that they make, especially their fruited and sour beers which are creative, focused and downright delicious. How did we manage to collaborate given the current times that we are in? True, the COVID-19 Pandemic thwarted our plans to host Dave, Clay, Hoodie and the Sun King team here in Portland, but the show must go on! We virtually collaborated on this new summer beer. We married our breweries’ interest in fun and playful beers to create this Sparkler. What is a Sparkler exactly? It’s a fruited sour ale blended with a housemade club soda. We employed our tried-and-true process for making a dry, tart, and textural sour beer and then designed a bespoke club soda (don’t call it a seltzer!) to make the beer drink more like a refreshing summer cocktail. If ‘beer cooler’ is a thing, this is it: with big additions of guava and lime zest, we’ve imbued this with bright tropical and citric notes. Kick back, relax, and enjoy this unheralded summer of 2020.