This is a video with a gentleman from Argentina about seltzer in his country. He HAPPENED to be a contractor in my house and I showed him a new Argentinian siphon being sold in the U.S. which also JUST HAPPENED to be bottle with the waters from his home town, Bariloche.
H. Fox and Company was founded in 1900 and is best known for their U-bet chocolate syrup, known as an essential ingredient in any egg cream. Kelly Fox, who now runs H. Fox and Company with his dad, answers the question many people have: who is the little girl pictured on the bottle for the past 70 or so years.
This morning I met with the makers of U-bet chocolate syrup, Kelly Fox, who runs the 110 year old business with his dad, David Fox. He quite generously gave me his time and then gave me a tour of both the factory and the warehouse.
This past Monday I filmed Eli Miller, 78-year old seltzer man, reading from the children’s book starring him, created by a client. This was filmed right outside Gomberg’s Seltzer Works, where he gets his bottles filled. I didn’t ask him – he just did it and I grabbed my camera!
Eli Miller is 78 years old and has been delivering seltzer around New York City for 40 years. Today I had the honor of traveling with him on his route. A truly humbling, heart-warming, and moving experience. I look forward to posting some of the video and audio from the day but, until then, please enjoy these photos.
I happened to be celebrating July 4th today with my family at Old Richmond Town, the historic preservation on Staten Island. I was surprised and delighted to find, within their museum, a history of seltzer bottling and beer brewing on the island, starting out with this exhibit below. And they mentioned the conflict between the two industries, which is exactly the subject of the current section I have been laboring over this past month!
Note, this was a factory that manufactured not bottles (that was left to Europe) but the seltzer heads.
Big thanks to Maureen for turning me on to a new type of seltzer siphon inspired by Argentinian practices: the recycled plastic bottle converted to seltzer siphon.
From their site:
Bariloche is named after San Carlos de Bariloche which is a city in the province of Río Negro, Argentina, situated in the foothills of the Andes. The name Bariloche comes from the Mapudungun word Vuriloche meaning “people from behind the mountain” (furi = behind, che = people).
Bariloche is the only seltzer in the United States to come in a recyclable plastic siphon bottle. Since this bottle is never opened, the seltzer can stay fresh for months as opposed to a capped bottle which loses its carbonation within a few days of opening.
Bariloche comes in a 2 liter bottle and a case contains 6 bottles
Unlike traditional siphons, which you can only get direct from the handful of delivery men or bottling plants which remain, these can be purchased from stores, listed on their site.
If you drink Bariloche, please post a review!