Around Pittsburgh, Natrona Bottle Company’s products are as much a part of the culture as pierogi and french fries on sandwiches. I’m a fan of the brand’s vintage vibe and the use of real cane sugar. Both are values rooted in the company’s extensive history.
In 1904, Ed Welsh founded the Natrona Bottling Works. In 1939, John Bowser acquired the company. John’s fifteen-year-old brother, Paul, took a part-time after school job to help. What started as a teenage job, turned into a lifelong career and love for Paul. Keeping Natrona alive when so many small town bottling operations sold out to larger corporations was his mission. Though Paul is no longer with the company, his vision lives on. Today Vito Gerasole continues to run Natrona Bottling Company, with the expert help of Master Bottler, Steve Vokish. Together, the Natrona team works to stock many great restaurants, grocery stores, and top-notch distributors in the region.