“Come with me, and you’ll be, in a world of pure imagination. Take a look, and you’ll see into your imagination.” Those famous first lines from “Pure Imagination,” the song sung by Gene Wilder in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” might be designed to invoke a sense of childhood bliss in relation to candy and sweet treats in the 1971 movie, but at Lagunitas Brewing Co.’s Chicago facility, the music is designed to welcome legal-drinking-age consumers into a more adult experience.
Although many historians have coined the Industrial Revolution as a turning point in history, it would be interesting to hear what beer historians might say about the current state of this category in relation to the rest of beer’s history and future.
At the risk of placing a jinx on this warmer weather in the Midwest, it looks as though spring might be around the corner. With temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s, the snow and ice that Mother Nature shared with us in February might soon be a thing of the past.