‘Seltzer & New York City: The History of a Bubbly Affair’ Webinar
Throughout history, seltzer’s fizzy flavor has attracted a loyal and passionate following that often defies logic. Fast forward to today, and seltzer is more popular than ever before — a true testament to the growing desires, and cultural expectations, for a bubbly drinking experience. But how exactly did such an ordinary drink become so extraordinary? This is the story of seltzer and the (profoundly delicious) impact it’s had on New York, America, and the world.
Join New York Adventure Club as we take a deep dive into the untold story of seltzer, and how this unassuming drink has come to embody everything from personal health to self-identity.
Led by seltzer expert and author Barry Joseph, who penned his award-winning book Seltzertopia after 14 years of research, this highly interactive online presentation about the beloved fizzy beverage will include::
- The origin story of seltzer and the true meaning behind its name
- Seltzer’s cultural transformation from medicine for the elite to refreshment for the masses — and the crucial role played by seltzer men and women in the process
- The people and places related to seltzer & New York City, including seltzer industry magnate William B. Keller, a soda fountain shaped mortuary in Green-Wood Cemetery, and how an egg cream held off a notorious gangster
- How Original New York Seltzer was neither original, nor from New York, but paved the way for flavored seltzer like LaCroix and hard seltzer like White Claw
- The rise, fall, and recent resurgence of the seltzer industry, and a conversation about Brooklyn Seltzer Boys, a fourth-generation family-owned business that is the last remaining seltzer factory in New York City
- The 101 on how to mix an egg cream from home according to Mel Brooks — follow along by gathering the drink’s three ingredients (seltzer, chocolate syrup, and milk)
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Barry — any and all questions about seltzer are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually! $10.
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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week
Barry Joseph is the Director of Digital User Experience at Girl Scouts of the USA. Before that, he was Associate Director for Digital Learning in the Education Department at the American Museum of Natural History and founding Director of the Online Leadership Program at Global Kids. His effervescent expertise has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, NPR s All Things Considered, CBS Morning News, Boston Magazine, The New York Post, and more. He became interested in seltzer s history and cultural impact after writing an article about Sodastream for The Forward in 2004 and receiving an outpouring of responses from readers demonstrating their passion for the fizzy.
“Kept me engaged from beginning to end. I liked the Q&A at the end.” -Todd
“The presenter was great – very engaging and had an impressive ability to smoothly transition from videos to photos to audio, all while monitoring the chat box for questions. The topic was also really interesting and a different approach to NYC-related history.” -Cecilia
“Personable, “effervescent” and informative. Loved the egg-cream recipe and the info on where to get the glasses.” -April
“Great, fun topic- especially good for the current time. host was very engaging, great at handling the tech and quickly incorporating our responses in real time.” -Deidre
“It was great. speaker did a great job interacting with audience which can be difficult on these virtual platforms.” -Whitney