I was looking for Brookdale Beverage stuff and your sight came up.

My father was the plant manager for Brookdale for as long as I can remember.

My brothers & sisters used to run around the plant while my father waited for his last driver(s) to come back to the plant.

Brookdale was part of so many families back then.

He was with them until shortly before they folded, he passed away.

If you know of anyone with Brookdale stuff for sale please E mail me

-- Diane
We got Diane's letter earlier this year.
It's been almost 30 years since we wrote Memories of Brookdale Soda. Who knew way back in July 1976 that those were just the beginning of memories of this and that?
Last August, early in our blog career, we posted Brookdale Soda - The Saga Continues as a continuation/update of what's been happening since the soda story came up on the Internet.


Who could wait to drive
the family sedan or wagon
To the Brookdale soda depot
on 6th Street or Sylvan?
Empty cases in the trunk
Scooting through tree-lined streets
To the back yard driveway off
Sylvan Avenue in Bloomfield
or the Allwood Circle cross town
Or off to downtown at Heller/Heller
Grab a hand cart and an empty case
Splintering wood and later dark-blue plastic –
Go through the stacks of cases and fill them:

Birch beer – two or three, Kola, cream,
ginger ale, Cheers – don’t forget quinine too
Blood red cherry and cherry-pit, another birch
and fill it out with root beer, more Kola, too
and orange soda, cream, and bright green lemon-lime
Life never got any better than this,
and we wouldn’t know that for a long while


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