Q Drinks

Q Drinks

Who says nothing good happens when you suspend a bowl of water above a beer vat?

Not Joseph Priestly. Back in 1767 he invented a way to carbonate water by suspending it above fermenting beer. At the time, the air blanketing the beer was known to kill mice. But Priestly discovered that this carbon dioxide would also infuse into water, making it similar to the naturally carbonated "spa" waters that doctors of the day thought had curative properties.

A decade and a half later, a Swiss watchmaker named Jacob Schweppe read about Priestly's discovery and tinkered and tinkered until he invented an artificial mineral water making machine. He called it the Geneva Apparatus (next rock band name, anyone?) and it produced water with more aeration than in the natural mineral waters.

Doctors soon prescribed the carbonated water for a variety of ailments. But there wasn't a great way to get the fizzy water to patients until Samuel Fahnestock invented (or at least got the patent for) the soda fountain in 1819.

The Soda Fountain