Seltzertopia: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Drink by Barry Joseph
People are drinking seltzer in astonishing amounts today--why?
Seltzer has gone from health tonic for the rich to a cultural sensation how?
And seltzer is funny? What's that about?
Based on more than fourteen years of original research and interviews, the extraordinary story of this ordinary drink can finally be told.
Seltzertopia tells of the modern pioneers of seltzer who wrangle antique machines to fill siphons with sparkling water, keeping alive a craft that is centuries old.
Using their stories to consider the social, cultural, and economic impacts of seltzer, Seltzertopia tackles the question: What is it about this simplest of concoctions that has allowed it to make a difference to so many people, in such different ways?
In Part One, "The World According to Seltzer," readers will learn the untold history of seltzer and about the people across America who have found themselves building a path to Seltzertopia. They will discover where seltzer comes from, the science of seltzer, and how people can become SO passionate about something SO ordinary. More specifically, readers will meet John Seekings, a public relations executive in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and join him on his unexpected journey into the modern world of old-fashioned seltzer bottling.
In Part Two, "Give Me Seltzer (and the People Who Crave It), readers will learn how, during the blizzard of 2010, John Seekings saw for the first time how much seltzer meant to his new customers. They will discover how that meaning can change over time and place, and how it is most often associated with one of four categories: health, refreshment, identity, and comedy. And it will begin with a visit not too far into the past, to a time when seltzer found itself pitted in a battle against another popular drink: Coca-Cola.
In Part Three, Seltzertopia, readers will enter the effervescent age. Widely available in plastic bottles, in supermarkets and corner stores, in a wide range of flavors, readers will discover seltzer s global appeal, then revisit John Seekings, now a seltzer master in an emerging generation of new seltzer professionals.
Hardcover book 2018