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** Of Russian origin: Kvas **

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*Bread drink

A fizzy bread drink sometimes referred to as Russian cola, /kvas/ literally
means “leaven.” Its origins go back fifty centuries (fifty is not a
typo!) to the beginnings of beer production. /Kvas/ was first mentioned in
Old Russian Chronicles in the year 989. But how the recipe was discovered
and by whom remains a mystery to this day.

Some say the drink was invented by mistake. According to one legend, a bag
of grain got wet and the

Source: russiapedia.rt.com/of-russian-origin/kvas/

does kvas have alcohol

Kvass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** Kvass **

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A mug of kvass
A kvass street vendor in Belgorod, Russia. 2013

*Kvass* is a traditional Slavic and Baltic fermented beverage commonly made
from black or regular rye bread.^[1] The colour of the bread used
contributes to the colour of the resulting drink. It is classified as a
non-alcoholic drink by Russian standards, as the alcohol content from
fermentation is typically low (0.5–1.0%).^[2]^[3] It may be flavoured
with fruits such as strawberries and raisins, or with herbs such as

It is especially popular in Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine,
but also well-known throughout Estonia and Poland, as well as in other
states such as Georgia, Kazakhstan and Armenia. Many kvass vendors there
sell the drink in the streets.^[5] Kvass is also popular in Harbin^[6] and
Xinjiang, China, where Russian culture has had an influence.


· 1 Terminology
· 2 History
· 3 Manufacturing
· 4 Russia

· 4.1 Market shares (2014)

· 5 Poland
· 6 Latvia
· 7 Lithuania and elsewhere
· 8 Nutrition
· 9 Cultural references
· 10 Similar beverages
· 11 References
· 12 External links


The word "Kvass" is derived from Old Church Slavonic квасъ
from Proto-Slavic */kvasъ/ ("leaven", "fermented drink") and ultimately
from Proto-Indo-European base /kwat/.^[7]^[8] Today the words used are
almost the same: in Belarusian: квас, /kvas/; Chinese:
格瓦斯/克瓦斯, /géwǎsī///kèwǎsī/;
Latvian: /kvass/; Polish /kwas chlebowy/ (bread kvass); Russian:
квас, /kvas/; in Ukrainian:
квас/сирівець, /kvas///khlibny
kvas///syrivets/. Except Lithuanian: gira, which means /beverage/ similar
to Latvian /dzira/. In Estonian: /kali/, which means "leaven".


Vassiliy Kalistov, /Street vending of kvass/ (1862), Chuvash State Art

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kvass

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