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Seltzer Works

Very rarely do I post PR material, but in some cases the information is actually interesting and useful. This one isn’t even about a product, more about a TV show on PBS looking into the world of seltzer and the people / companies that sell it the old fashioned way, in glass syphon bottles. For anyone who liked Fix the Pumps or is interested in using real seltzer water behind the bar / starting an in-house soda program, this might be something you should set your PVR to catch. Now I’m going to have to figure out what to do since I don’t have cable.

Seltzer Works

“In the early 1900s, thousands of seltzer deliverymen criss-crossed the nation, shlepping heavy glass bottles full of fizzy water to millions of thirsty customers. Today, with only a handful of deliverymen left in the country, the siphon machines at Gomberg Seltzer Works don’t turn like they used to. Most of the old customers have passed on (or moved to Florida). But there are still bubbles being made by third-generation seltzer filler Kenny Gomberg. In the short documentary Seltzer Works, the last bottler in Brooklyn fends off the supermarket seltzer take-over and honors this simple drink’s place in history. Find out more at http://www.pbs.org/pov/seltzerworks/index.php and http://www.seltzerworks.com/.”

Seltzer Works, coming up on the POV (Point of View) series on PBS on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 10 p.m. (check local listings.)

Darcy O'Neil | Art of Drink

Writer, author of Fix the Pumps, chemist, beekeper and general do-er-of-things, Darcy can generally be found looking for new and interesting things to do, usually over a cocktail. Currently working on more soda fountain history.