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From: Don (brooklyndodger3@aol.com)
Date: 05/12/2006

Does anybody out there remmber these bottling companys?
Where were they located in Brooklyn? What ever happened to
them?



Reply #1
From: Iggy (iggyandteresa@aol.com)
Date: 05/13/2006
I remember Kirsch it was located on Flushing Ave. betwen
Bushwick Ave and Forest. Latter it became NO-CAL. Hammer was
in the area knowen as City Line. Also down the street from
Kirsch was the Rhringold brewery



Reply #2
From: Bleacher Bum
Date: 05/23/2006
There was also Schnieders. I believe that somewhere along
the way the all got bought up by Either Canada Dry, or White
Rock.



Reply #3
From: chuck (chuckj2@adelphia.net)
Date: 12/11/2006
Kirsch beverages started out in Hyman Kirsch's ( a Russian
Jewish immigrant) basement in Brooklyn in the early 1900's.
He used to peddle the soda from a pushcart during the day
and make soda at night.  He became partners with a man named
Herfel for a short period of time operating as Kirsch &
Herfel, then opened Kirsch Beverages on Flushing Ave in
Brooklyn.  

Later Kirsch built a beautiful new facility on the water in
College Point Queens.  By then Morris Kirsch (Hyman's son)
was Chairman and Morris's son Lee was the President.
Ironically, Hammer moved in right down the street from
Kirsch in College Point.  

Their problems started when cyclamates were banned by the
FDA.  The final blow came during the gas shortages in the
early 70's.  People started buying generic brands because
they were cheaper.  Kirsch finally went bankrupt and was
taken over by another soda distributor (I believe Canada
Dry) in the late 70's.

I went to work for Kirsch Beverages in Jan 1973 and they
were still Kirsch Beverages.  They introduced No-Cal in 1952
and finally created a company called No-Cal, but it was a
subsidiary of Kirsch.

I once asked Morris Kirsch why he opened a second company
and he told me he had two sons (David was the other son) so
he needed two companies.

The Kirsch's were a wonderful family to work for.  I don't
know what happened to them after they lost the company.


Reply #4
From: sara (geco916@aol.com)
Date: 01/25/2007
i lived on bushwick ave near flushing ave i remember on my
way to and from school i use to stand by the window of
kirschs soda plant and watch the bottles as they were
filling up,every once in a while someone would come out and
bring me and my friends a bottle of soda,those were the days
and they were the best ,i went to ps24 and then to jhs145



Reply #5
From: sara (geco916@aol.com)
Date: 01/25/2007
i lived on bushwick ave near flushing ave i remember on my
way to and from school i use to stand by the window of
kirschs soda plant and watch the bottles as they were
filling up,every once in a while someone would come out and
bring me and my friends a bottle of soda,those were the days
and they were the best ,i went to ps24 and then to jhs145



Reply #6
From: Jack
Date: 03/07/2007
Speaking of soda, does anyone remember MINCK soda ? (I think
that how it was 
spelled) I lived in Ridgewood and saw it all the candy
stores


Reply #7
From: Lou (topcat756@aol.com)
Date: 07/30/2007
I used to live at 898 Flushing ave and it was directly
across the street.I think it was between Bushwick ave and
Montegue st



Reply #8
From: Dan (dha0714@aol.com)
Date: 08/08/2007
My mother worked for Kirsch Beverages but left when they
moved to College Point Queens.  She had nothing but good
things to say about the Kirsch family; she loved her job,
and the soda, and the Kirsch's were top-notch people.



Reply #9
From: Chris Minck Race (cemrace@gmail.com)
Date: 01/31/2010
We were talking with my Dad (85) today. Julius Minck was his grandfather and
owned Minck Beverage with his sons in Brooklyn. The sons moved to Union City,
NJ, and bought/started Petermann Beverages.



Reply #10
From: ralph r (leafram@aol.com)
Date: 09/06/2010
I lived on gerry st, between harrison and throop in the 50's and early 60's. 
around the corner on bartlet st, was the mission bottling plant where they made
those good orange and cream sodas.  I believe they also bottled kirsch soda
(grape was best) who later moved to flushing ave.



Reply #11
From: tom connolly (tconnolly@beyerfarms.com)
Date: 11/30/2010
my mom and dad met while working for kirsch beverages in the 50s. my dad was a
filler operater & my mom worked the switchboard answering calls.they were
married in 1964 and are still happily married today. ive always looked for
pictures of the old kirsch plant but never was able to find any . if anyone has
some pics of kirsch shoot me an email i would love to see them . so would my
parents



Reply #12
From: suzanne E (ted4650@gmail.com)
Date: 06/02/2014
My 3 time greatgrandfather was T L Neff. He owned T L Neff and son soda company,
Brooklyn 
NY. Latter it was sold and became kirsch Beverage.



Reply #13
From: Lois Kohles (lbkohles@gmail.com)
Date: 10/25/2014
Grew up in the '50s & '60s in Bogota NJ. Henry 
Minck delivered Petermanns soda to our home. 
Pineapple was our favorite!



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