Sun King Unveils Carmel Distillery Details

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The facility will span nearly 15,000 square-feet and have a capacity of 300-350 people. The facility will span nearly 15,000 square-feet and have a capacity of 300-350 people.

Sun King Brewing Co.'s co-founder and head brewer says, if weather cooperates, a $4 million distillery in Carmel could open in April. Dave Colt says the facility will use a 250-gallon still to craft spirits, including artisan moonshine, gin and rum. The distillery will also feature four food vendors, which the brewery says will be announced later. Colt says Carmel has invested a lot of time and money to "enhance our front door," which overlooks the Monon Trail in the city's Midtown neighborhood.

The facility will span nearly 15,000 square-feet and have a capacity of 300-350 people. It will also feature private meeting and event space. In addition to gin, rum and moonshine, Sun King says it will produce a small batch whiskey as well as seasonal spirits.

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard says the distillery is an important part of "a great center for our city" in the Midtown neighborhood. He tells Inside INdiana Business public and private investment in the area is around $150 million, including about $25 million from the city.

Sun King's investment is the latest sign of growth in the development. Last year, F.C. Tucker Co. announced it would move from its current Carmel location to Midtown, occupying the majority of the first floor of the new $33 million Allied Solutions LLC headquarters. The five-story building is expected to be complete by October 2017.

Last month, Sun King announced it would expand its footprint beyond Indiana for the first time. The company said it would distribute in Chicago and Louisville beginning this month.

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