Brugge Turns Ten

Brugge Brasserie, the Broad Ripple restaurant and brew pub with Belgian style beers, Frites, and Mussels, turns ten years old with a 'birthday' party on Wednesday, April 22. The celebration includes $10 mussels, one of the signature food items at Brugge, and ten special beers. Back in 2005 there were very few brewery/restaurants open in Indianapolis. Ted Miller had a concept. Bring the essence of Belgium, at least the beer, to Broad Ripple in Indianapolis. Ted had been living in Taiwan, wanted to bring Belgian Beer to the Indianapolis area and was talking with potential partners about food for a new beer bar and brewery. After eliminating most typical bar foods it came to them to try Belgian style food as well. They were unsure if the Indy community would embrace mussels. Boy has Indianapolis shown a desire for frites, moules (mussels in French) and more. Fast forward ten years to Wednesday and celebrate with the $10 mussels and special beers.

Among the beers will be Tres Mauvaise Chaton - the very bad kitty, a lactic gose-style beer, aged in a cognac barrel delivering 10% alcohol. In fact three of the special beers on tap will be variants of Bad Kitty and Very Bad Kitty: Super Kitty Fantastico - barrel aged sour, Super Kitty Fantastico Kriek, the same with cherries, and the Tres Mauvaise (loosely Bad Kitten in French). The "Kitty" beers are an interesting story. Originally brewing a Belgian White, something created a sourness in the beer. Ted shared with us that he rather liked the flavor and sampled this odd 'mistake' beer among beer judges. The experts suggested the flavor of a style called Leipziger Gose (pronounced Go... Suh, like stop/go and uh with the S). The Gose is a rather rare beer brewed with salted water, lactic for sourness, and coriander as well as hops. Ted recreated the beer using a similar base to the white and added the right other ingredients and technique. The Bad Kitty was born! The Very Bad Kitty is an Imperial version with more alcohol. We are greatly anticipating the Three new varieties coming this week!

Ed & Ted's Bourbon Barrel Stout is another beer with a story. This tradition started with Brugge Black going into a barrel originally purchased for bottlings of bourbon at Indy's own Sahm's restaurants. As things change the parties at Sahm's changed but this time Ted worked with Ed and Ed of Sahm's to use a 1792 brand (owned by award winning Buffalo Trace Distilling/Sazerac) barrel to fill with a stout. Ted's concept is that beer should taste like beer and then the bourbon, and he shares that this batch is right on the edge between a light bourbon flavor and pleasing those who want a shot in their beer. Yum!

Also available will be Mysterio - white wine barrel aged sour; Madeline La Framboise - Flanders style brown with raspberry, Brugge Black Belgian style ale, Brugge Pooka boysenberry sour, Brugge White or Belgian style wit, and the top-selling Tripel de Ripple! That makes 10 beers for the 10th anniversary.

Brugge has slowly transformed through growing years and the need to produce beer in larger quantities. Not all of the beer can be or is brewed on site allowing for local experimentation on the in-house smaller system and the consistency of a larger facility literally down College Avenue but downtown on North Street where a future restaurant will join the family, now under construction during our visit this week.

Festivities, with tent and a lot of outdoor seating, will start at 5PM, Wednesday, April 22 at the Brugge Brasserie, 1011 East Westfield Blvd. in Broad Ripple Village of Indianapolis.

Dribs and Drams

CCEj1bpWAAA3-BgHeadline: Indiana, Michigan breweries settle trademark dispute over a beer. FFF & White Flame Brewing of MI settle the Black Flame name over a beer and a lunch. article

Headline: Craft beer booms leads to hops farm growth in MI article

Upland will be pouring beer at SAVOR in Washington DC. June 5&6. This is a big deal event with very few tickets and is sold out.

Eric Strader talks bout recent Michiana releases. blog.

Headline: Red Stripe delivers 48 bottles of beer for Obama on Air Force One article Hmmm. Thought the White House has a homebrewery.  (He also visited the Bob Marley Museum).

Headline: Police and fire crew sent to home after man overcome by fumes in home-brewing mishap article from Plymouth, England and really about a home distillery.

Headline: Don't Ban Powdered Alcohol article

Here’s the interview about that billboard at right.

Bloomington Craft Beer Fest.... The Quick Review

Bloomington Craft Beer Fest is Tomorrow, Saturday, April 11.

We've been building up to it by visiting just a few of the breweries! We are often asked, "what was your favorite beer...." The usual answer is, "the one in my hand now." However, at some risk let's run down a few special beers.

Hop Strike is the collaboration beer from 5 breweries with 8 hops. Get some if you like hops. The complexity is so rich without putting your tongue to sleep.

Mayan Chocolate Stout by Function has a nice burn, nice subtle vanilla, and a deep roast underneath. Delicious.

Wired White by Tin Man is brewed with bergamot... the ingredient in Earl Grey varieties of tea. It is a white IPA that delivers a real difference.

10-Speed Hoppy Wheat by Bloomington Brewing delivers mosaic hops very nicely.

Big Woods Common Necessity is a solid coffee flavor cream stout from a brewery that has changed much over the years.

Okay... that is enough.. but there were more and all were memorable!

Here is our INSIDER VIEWClick Here

Here was our story about Bloomington Craft Beer Week with all of the information on the Fest Itself!Click Here

HERE is information about any remaining tickets, hours, etc.

Some brewers will have their sample offerings posted - with over 50 breweries we suggest you check the Facebook, Web site, or Twitter of your favorite.

Look around. Some of us will be volunteering. Some will be chatting with brewers.


Dribs and Drams

We’ll print the press release here:

Bloomington Brewing Co., Function Brewing, Quaff On! Bloomington, Salt Creek Tap Room, Scotty's Brewhouse, and Upland  Brewing Co, have partnered to create an enduring program that rewards beer drinkers who patronize all 6 breweries/taprooms.
“Bloomington is an incredible destination for craft beer,” said Function Brewing co-owner Arlyn Llewellyn. “The owners and employees of all of the local breweries are friendly and really respect each other as colleagues. We are all very excited to partner on this and help spread the word. Come to Bloomington and taste all of the amazing beer diversity.”
Starting April 4th and continuing indefinitely, customers can pick up a Bloomington Ale Trail pamphlet at any of the 7 locations and can receive pamphlet stamps upon purchase a pint of beer at each location.
The locations are:
East Side:

  • Bloomington Brewing Company
  • Function Brewing
  • Quaff On! Bloomington
  • Scotty's Brewhouse
  • Upland Brewing - 11th Street Brewpub
West Side:
  • Salt Creek Brewery Taproom
  • Upland Brewing – Profile Parkway Production Brewery
One all 6 stamps are earned (participants can choose between the two Upland spots for their Upland stamp), the beer drinker receives a collectible prize on the spot (currently a signature glass) and is entered into a drawing for a Behind-the-Scenes VIP Tour at the brewery of his or her choice.
Over the course of time, the collectible prize will change.
Additional information at

16835417677_38ec1b9873_oFrom Labatt – patent applied for. Combined beer dispensing cooler and lawn chair. Just the latest in strangeties including Remote control cooler, Goalie mask beer dispenser, Bottle deaerating device, Bottle decapping machine, and Genetically stable allopolyploid somatic fusion product ..., wait, stable? fusion? whoa. It’s starting to sound like a bad John Candy film. But then were there any good John Candy films?

Five Essential Chicago Beers: 5 Lizard, Cane & Ebel, Daisy Cutter, Matilda, Zombie Dust. Wait, what?

Business Insider lists The 40 best college bars in America. Including Kilroy’s and Harry’s Chocolate Shop.

Seattle’s Peddler Breweing Co.’s Tangerine Wheat was renamed to Tangerine Hefeweizen at Lost Coast’s instance.

"The name tangerine wheat to us describes exactly what the beer is. It's a wheat, brewed with tangerine," countered Dave Keller, co-owner of Peddler Brewing. "We never even thought that could possibly be trademarked."

24-SalvatorKellerBeerBelgian Blondes for Spring. They missed some other spring beers:

Weisse beers and Radlers (beer and lemonade – sort of a German Arnold Palmer – OK, that’s more a summer after-hike beer).

Paulander Nockherberger - Unfiltered keller beer served only at this pub. Very fresh, almost green. Springtime light unfiltered helles. Just a touch of cloudy. Has a nice alcoholic kick.

Stonehenge Sign of Spring – Drinkable but greenish. 4.6%. Real ale available in London.

Bloomington Craft Beer Fest! perspective of an organizer

This is going to be a good one.

In only five years Bloomington Craft Beer Fest (BCBF) has become one of the marquee events in South Central Indiana. In it's third year, 2013, BCBF was named Bloomington's Best Festival by The fest had its first sell out crowd in 2014. Those of us who were involved in organizing BCBF couldn't be more proud of the party we threw for 3,200 of our friends.

Every year we adjust to our guest's feedback. In the past few years we've improved the checkin process, doubled the number of port-a-potties, and worked on maximizing the flow within the fest site. This year will be no different and we are all very excited about all of the ways we will be improving the BCBF experience.

First up, we have partnered with the Monroe County Community Kitchen to manage parking at the site. This means we'll have a dedicated team of volunteers making sure that those who choose to drive to the fest have a much smoother time finding a parking spot. There will be $5 parking charge this year, but we think it'll be worth having a more streamlined experience. It goes without saying that we encourage guests to take advantage of our $10 Designated Driver tickets and to be responsible in their pre and post fest transportation choices.

We are also expanding the check-in space and waiting area. Those who have attended BCBF in the past have seen our check-in process evolve to include multiple steps and a waiting area that maximized fest time. This year we have allocated more space to check-ins which should keep people flowing into The Woolery Mill as soon as the gates open.

My personal favorite change this year is all about location, location, location. Our 50+ guest breweries will be more spread out over the site this year than they have in the past. We are taking advantage of more of the space available on site. We will have at least three distinct areas where guests will find some of their favorite brews. We will have more food vendors as well, which we expect will keep things moving.

At last we get to the dirty business. Along with the new layout, guests will have more options for where they recycle their "used beer" (I'm talking about port-a-potties). Not much to say about this other than you've all been heard.

While this event now sells out, check here for availability of tickets

Not only is this the fifth annual BCBF, 2015 marks the third annual Bloomington Craft Beer Week. BCBW includes all of your favorite established and up-and-coming Bloomington breweries as well as highlights from breweries around the state. BCBW runs through 4/11 and is featuring multiple venues who are participating for the first time. Be sure to ask about BCBW specials while you dine out this week! Read our story and find the schedule HERE

Also don't forget to check out the Bloomington Ale Trail ( which kicked off on Saturday 4/4. Once you start you have six months to collect stamps from the six participating breweries and get entered into a drawing for a behind the scenes tour.

By Terry Durkin: Terry has been co-chair of the Bloomington Craft Beer Fest, ambassador during Bloomington Craft Beer Week, and general beer lover!

Dribs and Drams

BeerAdvocate is split on whether to visit 18th Street Brewery or Three Floyds. thread

The Brewers of Indiana Guild has formed a committee to look into the RFRA. Title 7.1 says:

  • A training course can’t discriminate in employment of servers.
  • It does not allow a beer, wine or liquor retailer to discriminate among persons on the basis of race, sex, age, or religion when selecting persons to have access to the retailer's facilities and services. (Nor to pay a “club fee”).

Indiana On Tap tells us Tow Yard Brewing will have Goldie Hops and Horse Power Double Pale Ale in cans for the NCAA parties.

On April 23rd, Upland Brewing will open an online lottery for the release of three of its sour ales: Peach, Persimmon, and Pawpaw. Bottles will be limited to 2 Peach, 1 Persimmon and 1 Pawpaw per winner. The lottery will open at noon EDT on Thursday, April 23rd and close at noon EDT on Thursday April 30th. Pick up on May 13-27 at Bloomington or Indy.

Eric Strader says The first Goshen Brewing Co. brews are in the fermenters

A look at microbrewery laws being considered nationwide. Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming.

More on nutritional information on beer labels.

AlessiSplugenBeerGlass The Alessi Splugen Beer Glass just looks upside-down. At $32 it better look less like a nuclear cooling tower. But then a Corona in the background . . .

Those curious Brits have found out people look sexier after one beer. But that’s a 20oz beer. articleEverything you always wanted to know about Japanese Whisky. For instance they started distilling it just as Prohibition hit the U.S.

Taste Test: The Best (And Absolute Worst) Gluten-Free Beers

The Washington Post says “Our booze is too cheap and it’s literally killing us” They’re bitching about how low alcohol taxes have become. Go figure. Oh, here’s the figures: Illinois raised it’s wine & liquor tax by 100% and the beer tax by 25% (about 1/2 cent per drink). And the results? They say 26% alcohol-related automotive fatalities. Right.

It’s Easter. Brew today’s beer with Peeps. article

Headline: Foreign brewers battle for Ethiopia's beer drinkers. article Evidently children are no longer starving there like my mom told me.

OpEd. How We’re Killing Craft Beer Classics: The Death of Stone Ruination.

Ancient Egyptian Beer-Making Vessels Discovered in Tel Aviv. 4,000 year old pottery fragments. article to scroll down to.

True beer lovers drink low-alcohol beers (according to a New Zealander). We have pictures to disprove that.


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Bloomington Craft Beer Week starts NOW

Bloomington Craft Beer Week has begun! We were already able to drink a Hop Strike India Pale Lager collaboration beer which delivers tropical and deep fruit flavors and a nice clean finish. Hop Strike is a collaboration by Bloomington Brewing Co., Function Brewing, Quaff On Brewing, The Tap Beer Co., & Upland Brewing. Eight different hops were used along with lager yeast and, perhaps for fun, some hops were added using a drone! This beer is on tap at cooperating breweries while it lasts. #BCBW is on!

Events start today, Saturday April 4, including a release party of 10-Speed Hoppy Wheat on tap & in a firkin at Bloomington Brewing's Lennie's pub, at 4:00 with prizes at 5:00. There is a bicycle tune-up station outside starting a 3:00. 10-Speed has Mosaic hops for that citrus, pineapple flavor.

Earn a free glass and chance to win a VIP brewery event on the Bloomington Ale Trail. Visit all six of these locations (over time) and get your passport stamped for drinking a pint at each: BBC (Lennie's), Function, Quaff On B'ton, Salt Creek @the Depot, Scotty's B'ton, & Upland.

All events lead up to The Bloomington Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, April 11, 1:00pm (early bird) or 2:00pm (Gen'l) to 6pm. A FEW TIX MAY BE STILL AVAILABLE HERE

Here are some other events (always check with the location for confirmation or changes):
Sunday, April 5: 7 IN Beers on tap at The Trojan Horse including BBC, Sun King, Upland

Monday, April 6: Bears Place: Sun King Tap Takeover; Quaff On B'ton Meet the Brewer moved to Thursday at 5pm; Brewers 5-Course Beer Dinner $40 at The Tap Beer Bar & Beer Co. 7PM Details HERE; IN Beers featured at Malibu Grill featuring BBC, Tow Yard, Upland

Tuesday, April 7: C3 Restaurant (1505 S Piazza Drive) Switchyard Brewing (opening 2015) tasting event 5-7PM;
Bears Place Upland tap takeover

Wednesday, April 8: The Tap Beer Bar, Taxman Brewing Mini-tap-takeover; Finch's Taxman Takeover; Function Girl's Pint Out beer & Chocolate pairing

Thursday, April 9: Function Mayan Chocolate Stout tapping; Nick's English Hut Upland Tap Takeover 7pm; Bear's Place Triton Tap Takeover; Big Red Liquors Bloomington Brewing Co. tasting event; NO Coast Reserve Raw Bar Food & Beer Pairing dinner $75, with 18th Street Brewing (Gary, IN) details HERE ; Quaff On Meet the Brewer at 5:00PM

Friday, April 10: Bear's Place Quaff On Tap Takeover; Function Jalapeno Infused American IPA tapping; The Tap Beer Bar Upland mini-tap takeover; Nick's English Hut Bloomington Brewing Co. tap-takeover; Upland will tap Vinyl Tap Rye Pale Ale at all Upland locations

Saturday, April 11: BCB Fest! Woolery Mill -- always a wonderful event with 65 degree sunny weather, great beer, good times forecast
+ Quaff On B'ton party in their parking lot
+ The Tap Beer Bar Sun King Tap takeover


Saturday, April 11 is also a day for a 5pm tailgate in the IUPUI parking lot Indianapolis with food, music and Flat 12 beer supporting the Indy 11 pro soccer team.

Upland Brewing opens its lottery for three sour beers (peach, persimmon, Pawpaw) on April 23 at EVENTBRITE HERE

Upland also announced it will launch collaborations with Yazoo Brewing of Nashville, TN, and Great Raft Brewing of Shreveport, LA with details in the future.

5 Indiana Beers for Warm Weather Drinking

Last week was the first official week of spring. With the warmer weather on the horizon, many beer drinkers’ preferences will shift with the change in seasons.

Here are some fantastic Indiana beers to compliment the warmer weather. Since Indiana has so many tasty beers to choose from, I had to narrow down the contenders. I limited my choices to beers available in bottles or cans, beers with low ABV, and beers packed full of flavor. It’s by no means an exhaustive list but hopefully a starting point for the next time you are at your local beer purveyor.

Champagne Velvet, Upland Brewing Co.

CV- Upland’s take on a classic American Pilsner- provides the smooth, clean and crisp flavors you’d expect from a light lager. This beer finishes nice and dry and keeps you coming back for more- a great choice for those dog days of summer.

As a bonus CV is also available in 16oz cans if prefer a travel friendly format.

Ruby Bloom, Bloomington Brewing Co.

One of the more of the malt forward, sweeter options on this list, Ruby Bloom is an amber ale ideal for anyone who is a little hop-shy. Caramel malts help give this beer its signature color, as well as smooth drinkability.

Indians Lager, Sun King Brewing

Sun King’s seasonal offering is well suited for the ballpark- as the name suggests. The clean and crisp characteristics you’d expect from a lager but with a touch of sweetness in the finish. A really versatile food-pairing beer, Indians Lager will go well with a variety of summer food- and my favorite in particular-grilled meats.

Yum Yum, 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

3 Floyds has built a solid portfolio of hoppy, higher alcohol Double IPAs— and Yum Yum stays within that hoppy wheelhouse. It possesses those quintessential citrusy characteristics found in many American IPAs but in a low-alcohol package. This beer allows you to get your hop fix whilst being able to enjoying multiple in the same sitting.

Damascene, Tin Man Brewing Co.

The realm of sour ales is often perceived as the domain of beer nerds and collectors. Damascene is approachable, refreshing and most importantly- delicious. The apricot fruitiness provides a nice balance to the sour tart character that defines this style. This is a great gateway beer into the world of sour ales.

There are so many great Indiana beers available for spring and summer drinking. I’d love to hear what your go-to-beers are. Share what you like to drink and where to find it in the comments below.

Spring also signals time for the Bloomington Craft Beer Fest! A chance to try beers like these and many more in an open but covered venue just off Highway 37 and perfect for Spring weather! Tickets are go fast but details can be found here

By Ross Hughes;
Ross Hughes is a home brewer, a Cicerone certified beer server, aspiring Certified Cicerone and all-around beer nerd. An English expat based in Bloomington, IN, his passion for American craft beer started after his desire to find a local pub took him to Upland Brewpub and Bloomington Brewing Co. Whether he’s drinking cask ales reminiscent of his native country, or trying the latest experimental hopped IPA, Ross enjoys a variety of beer styles and is always looking to train his palette with another tasty ale.

Mollifying Oktoberfest girls

These Tyrolean dirndls may make amends.

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Dribs, Drams, and we’ll be in-discriminate about it.

Headline: 3 Floyds Brewing cuts off packaged sales on Dark Lord Day. The sold out 3 Floyds Dark Lord Day will not sell packaged beer according to this article. The ABC won’t let them. Hmmm.  But you’ll still be able to take home four 22-oz bottles for $20 each.  I’m confused. By the way, don’t buy tickets via Ebay, RateBeer,  Craigslist, etc. They have the buyer’s name and are worthless without the buyer’s ID.

Eric Strader blogs Indiana craft breweries raise support with what they know best: a collaborative beer. (thanks Neal)

Every one is getting in the act. Noble Order (Richmond) will be canning next month. 4-packs. Furst Blood Orange Wheat. Then Katapult Kolsch and Tobias Apricot IPA.

Thomas Hardy’s will be back. Nope, not by Eldridge Pope which is gone. By Interbrau of Italy. Go figure.

WhiskeyChartNeed a cool wood whiskey style chart? Click to biggify.

Or beer-scented candles?

Every Country's Most Popular Beer.

Beer experts: Suds tastes better at higher temperature.

Ground Control Space Beer: Way Better than Protein Pills.

The following gets long so no silly pictures this time. I promise to put Oktoberfest girls on these hallowed pages real soon now.

OpEd time (excuse me for purloining your gig, Roger) (and excuse me for this – I don’t do editorials often):

Surely readers of this blog are mostly in favor of progress and aren’t rednecks (they’re not drinking Bud). But this current “anti-gay” law is local and it’s really making all of us look like Fools. Even Mad Magazine  and SNL are making fun of us. But the law is evil on so many levels. Will Michigan or Ohio or Chicago breweries not come to Indiana beer festivals? That’s my excuse for this OpEd. Here comes the Op.

You can tell your Governor knows he’s on the wrong side of the road when he repeatedly refuses to answer a yes/no question that he knew would be asked before he got face time on national TV. He really does look stoopid.

But I don’t think this law is about gay issues. It’s about charter schools. Witness that the Department of Education has been testing at charter schools but doesn’t put any teeth into their job even when close to half the students fail. The $powers$-that be paid good money to get 76 charter schools authorized with tuition paid for by the state. These aren’t educationally-oriented 1-room schools; they are franchises of national corporations.

Now some of these charter schools are starting to close. They just can’t make money on the $1,500 per student ($200 million)  Pence says he wants to give them. Or the $91 million the state gave them outright in 2013. Plus they are looking at the spectre of increased unionization regardless of the Right To Work Law.

If they could just fill those classroom seats they’d maintain their bottom line.

That’s where the RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) comes in. It isn’t about keeping gays out of restaurants and florists. It isn’t about protecting WASPs. It’s about keeping Muslims out of charter schools. That will give these for-profit schools the ability to refuse service to minority children. This will make them more in demand by racist white parents. A “safe” school” will attract parents on Indy’s trendy north side, Carmel, and in Lake/Porter county.

If that doesn’t work (and I morally hope it doesn’t) they’ll move on to anyone who looks Muslim – Hindus, and there’s plenty of Black Muslims in African countries. After all wasn’t Mohammed Ali Islamic? And isn’t Obama’s middle name somehow Islamic?

Bought, Paid for, Results delivered. But the crew in the statehouse need to watch themselves. They must have known there’d be backlash but they’ve angered other sources of under-the-table cash. Already, vocally, Angie’s List, the NCAA and the NFL (that puts the money Indianapolis has given Irsay into the act – and Irsay’s worth $1.6 million whoops, billion – the fourth richest person in the state.) DUI-proof Jim won’t like it if he doesn’t get to host another Super Bowl.

Another argument I make is that the law involves these corporations getting government money: “Granting government funding, benefits, or exemptions, to the extent permissible under the Establishment Clause, does not constitute a violation of this chapter.” This expressly allows the state to pay companies that provide services even if they do discriminate. Joint-stock companies are specifically included in the definition of “person”. Oh and Section 9 says Indiana will get involved in person v. person lawsuits – even those brought at the federal level.

In the end they may not be able to deliver this law long-term for Lighthouse and the other charter schools bribing them unless Tim Berry’s crony crew really does own the State Supreme Court. Or if the Republicans really do end up passing a law to alter a law that won’t even go into effect for 3 months – then we’ll just be laughingstocks but the state will save a bunch of money even if the politicians don’t get to keep their bribes. Yeah, right, that’ll happen.

The charter school industry, being the capitalists they are, are mandated by stock prices to bribe right up to the edge of the extra profits available from the government by buying a law. That money is partially dependent on the schools’ sign-ups by June so maybe the industry just needs to keep this law in some form in effect until then. That’s capitalism. Tick tock, tick tock.

In what should be a 2nd Op: Indiana’s congresscritters  just passed a moratorium on new nursing homes to protect and raise the profits of the big chain facilities already in place. Republicans telling business what it can and can’t do? Horrors.

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But evidently Indiana isn’t yet the mental armpit of the nation. Alabama has a pi=3 bill (the one in Indiana never became law, no matter what urban legend says). From the article: Many experts are warning that this is just the beginning of a national battle over pi between traditional values supporters and the technical elite. Solomon Society member Lawson agrees. "We just want to return pi to its traditional value," he said, "which, according to the Bible, is three." I guess they’ll arrest mathematicians who use 3.14….. and confiscate their slide rules.

From the Indiana Bicentennial book coming out later this year:

Edward J. Goodwin – Solitude - 1824-1902

One tale oft-retold (wrongly) about Hoosiers is the law making pi equal to 3. Most tales just say Indiana had that law at one time but it is not so. Here's the actual story.

Edward Goodwin was a doctor in the town of Solitude. He had a hobby of learning and dabbling in mathematics, the “pure” science with stated rules which anyone could learn. One mathematical problem had long been the “squaring of the circle” or more accurately finding mathematically a square with the same perimeter as that of a given circle.

He had formulated a faulty solution of a method of calculating the length of sides of the square and got it printed in the American Mathematical Monthly in 1894. No, he didn't patent the equation although he did put a copyright notice on his 2-page paper.

His proof was ignored by the scholarly world but he then got a friendly Indiana Congressman, Taylor Record, also of Posey County, to introduce a bill in 1897 stating “The ratio of the diameter and circumference is as five-fourths to four” which would make pi equal to 3.2.

The text of the House bill read:
Section 1 - Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana: It has been found that a circular area is to the square on a line equal to the quadrant of the circumference, as the area of an equilateral rectangle is to the square on one side. The diameter employed as the linear unit according to the present rule in computing the circle's area is entirely wrong, as it represents the circle's area one and one-fifth times the area of a square whose perimeter is equal to the circumference of the circle. This is because one fifth of the diameter fails to be represented four times in the circle's circumference. For example: if we multiply the perimeter of a square by one-fourth of any line one-fifth greater than one side, we can in like manner make the square's area to appear one-fifth greater than the fact, as is done by taking the diameter for the linear unit instead of the quadrant of the circle's circumference.

An incentive to the bill was that Goodwin would let the state of Indiana use his faulty proof for free while he charged every other mathematician. This bill passed the House unanimously but the press made fun of it. Purdue Professor C.A. Waldo explained the pseudo-math to the Senate and that was the end of the bill. (Bennett, Lee F. (ed). Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science, 1916. pages. 445-446.)

Of course the Christian Bible, KJV, Second Chronicles, chapter 4 says "Then he made [a big tub] of cast bronze, ten cubits from one brim to the other; it was completely round. Its height was five cubits and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference." 1 Kings 7:23 says “And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and its height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.” Both of these give pi a value of three so Goodwin's folly is in good company (and that explains Alabama’s even-stranger-than-Indiana’s reasoning.)