March 31, 2010
Welcome Pittsburgh Seltzer Work!
I heard today by email from JS of the new Pittsburgh Seltzer Works. Well, new because he just took it over last December, even though it's been around since 1898. He wrote:
"We still operate a siphon seltzer bottling works here in the steel city. If you ever come across any of the old equipment...bottlers, carbonators, etc...please let me know...folks are enjoying the hand-bottled seltzer, but to keep them happy we are constantly repairing all of the necessary machines. Thanks for the site...it is great...and has been bookmarked for continued reading later. Cheers."
I am fascinated to learn about a new seltzer bottler, rather than ones going out of business, and look forward to interviewing him for the book.
You can not only learn more on their facebook page but also see how they are using modern technology to build relationships with their customers. This is certainly seltzer for the 21st Century.
March 09, 2010
New Seltzer Documentary!
I am so excited to learn just now about a new documentary short focused on the amazing Gomberg Seltzer Works in Brooklyn, where all the seltzer delivery men go to get their siphons refilled.
While I once worked a few blocks away in Canarsie, I never made it for a visit. I still hope to do so for the book. Until then I hope to figure out how to watch this short.
Maybe the director, Jessica Edwards, will tell me if and how I can share it here.
Thanks to Dan Friedman, Arts and Culture Editor, The Forward, for letting me know. (More on Dan in the future and his unexpected seltzer connections...)
I just heard from the director! Details below:
- Hi Barry!
Thanks so much for getting in touch! I saw your blog when I was researching
Seltzer Works is playing several film festivals this spring including one in Texas on Saturday at SXSW. Its our world premiere! I was looking for a bottler down there to get some seltzer for our party, but no luck!
Look forward to your book! And keep me posted on how its going!
If you want me to see if Jessica can share some of the film with us here, please let me know!