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Best Old-School Brooklyn Seltzer Man New York 2008 - Eli Miller

When seltzer man Eli Miller is out making deliveries in his gray station wagon, he often gets stopped by passersby who want to know two things: 1) What on earth are you doing?, and 2) Can you deliver to my house? Miller, who is in his seventies and has been hefting his ancient wooden crates of fizzy seltzer door-to-door in Brooklyn for almost half a century, is one of the last seltzer-delivery men in the city. For $25, you get 10 antique blue-and-green glass siphon bottles (sterilized and refilled with triple-filtered tap water at Gomberg Seltzer Works in Canarsie, the last seltzer bottler in the city) and?the best part?the pleasure of chatting with this walking anachronism, who can hardly wait to tell his jokes and stories about the Brooklyn he grew up in. But be warned: Once you try a shot of Miller?s seltzer in your cocktails and juices, you?ll be spoiled for life.

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Mike Spicker
Mike Spicker

It's interesting, the concept of seltzer delivery. I can just imagine the old horse 'n buggy days. I still remember when there would be two bottles of milk on the front porch at my granny's house in the morning. They were kind of sqareish up the main trunk of the bottle, but the bottle necks 'n mouths were round. Gas was cheaper then. We don't have seltzer delivery in NC. I got a Fizz Giz dispenser just so I could make it at home. For thirty bucks I can now make hi-pressure seltzer in used soda bottles that I save just for that purpose. I give it to my friends. They really appreciate it. It costs me practically nothing to make up a 6-pak or a 2-liter bottle and it saves them money. So they love me. A Fizz Giz is a soda maker - just not like the plethora of countertop soda makers out there. It's a handheld portable soda maker.


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