Clay Robinson

Sun King Brewery, co-founded by Clay Robinson ’97, opened up a brand new location on July 22 in Sarasota, Florida.

With its headquarters in Indiana, Sun King is a leading light in the independent craft beer movement and has grown into the second-largest beer brewer in its state.

The masterminds behind the company are Dave Colt and Robinson, according to a Florida Insider article. They first met when Robinson was a student at Wabash College and Colt was the bar manager and assistant brewer at the now-gone Circle V Brewing Co. on the north side of Indianapolis.

A few years later, while Colt worked at The Ram and Robinson worked at Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Indianapolis, they grew closer. The duo would frequently get together at the end of the week to drink beer and discuss both life and the craft of brewing, planning their future in the world of craft beer. Years down the road, they made their dreams reality. 

“We are thrilled to celebrate the opening of our Sun King Sarasota Brewery and Tap Room and are excited to get brewing, share our craft beers with thirsty beer lovers and contribute to the friendly Sarasota community that’s welcomed us,” Robinson said in a news release. “I am excited to move to Sarasota later this year and join our Florida-based team to oversee operations and collaborate with local businesses, community organizations and nonprofits.”

While at Wabash, Robinson majored in speech with specialization in business. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta.