Anna Wallace, owner of the Seattle Seltzer Company
Some people seem destined to do cool things, and such is the case with Anna Wallace, 31, longtime bartender at The Walrus and the Carpenter, who also just so happens to be in a relationship with Russell Flint, owner of Rain Shadow Meats. It’s that relationship that launched her new endeavor, Seattle Seltzer Company (seattleseltzer.com). Flint wanted an old-timey soda fountain at his new butcher digs in Pioneer Square, and Wallace wanted a dedicated tap behind that bar for experimenting. She was already crafting tonic water, ginger beer, cordials and shrubs from scratch, and receiving acclaim. House-made soda was kind of a no-brainer. A self-proclaimed soda nerd, she kicked off Seattle Seltzer Company with handmade celery soda, offered on tap at Rain Shadow Meats Squared, on the Narwhal food truck and in a cocktail at The Whale Wins. (She also pours at special events and weddings.) Next up is an über-traditional root beer using fresh roots and medicinal herbs (no extracts!), which will resurrect a style of root beer that is no longer made. And while she is experimenting with soda for the masses (she is in talks with a distributor, but for now you can purchase bottles by special order through her website), she continues to brew up more collaborative projects in the coming months, fizzy drinks and all.
Pictured: Turn on the bubble machine: Seattle Seltzer owner Anna Wallace is leading the soda renaissance