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A Russian fermented beverage similar to beer, made from rye or barley.

[Russian kvas, from Old Russian kvasŭ.]
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(kvɑːs) ,




(Brewing) an alcoholic drink of low strength made in Russia and E Europe from cereals and stale bread
[C16: from Russian kvas; related to Old Slavic kvasĭ yeast, Latin cāseus cheese]
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(kvɑs, kwɑs)

a Russian drink with a low alcoholic content made from fermented cereal or bread.
[1545–55; < Russian kvas]
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Noun1.kvass - fermented beverage resembling beer but made from rye or barley
brew, brewage - drink made by steeping and boiling and fermenting rather than distilling
Russia, Soviet Union, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR - a former communist country in eastern Europe and northern Asia; established in 1922; included Russia and 14 other soviet socialist republics (Ukraine and Byelorussia and others); officially dissolved 31 December 1991
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He also brought a bottle of kvass, taken from the kitchen for them to try.
But as the captain had the wine they had taken while passing through Moscow, he left the kvass to Morel and applied himself to the bottle of Bordeaux.
The company attributed this to improved sales of kvass, a traditional Slavic drink made from rye bread, and the launch of a new juice and mint product named Mojito.
Olvi specialises in the development, manufacture and marketing of beers, ciders, kvass, long drinks, soft drinks, juices, snack drink, mineral waters and energy drinks.
Artist Karen Guthrie will give her "kvass" fermentation workshop and Laura Mansfield who runs the online journal Feast has developed an exciting programme of talks on contemporary and sustainable approaches to craft brewing, from field to grain to glass.
Beet and Apple Kvass Recipe This riff on the traditional beet kvass is a seasonal marriage of sweet and earthy.
Kvass, a beverage made from old rye bread, is a Russian delicacy and the table at Tolstoy's estate at Yasnaya Polyana was never fully laid without a pitcher of the stuff.
Kvass is a favourite traditional drink for Russians during Ramadan.
Research shows that probiotic-rich foods, like fermented dairy (yogurt, kefir, cheese), vegetables (sauerkraut, kimchi), soy (miso, tempeh), and beverages (kombucha, kvass) have some anti-inflammatory benefits--plus they're nutritious in their own right.
4 WISE GOAT ORGANICS BEET KVASS Mellow; choose golden or red beets ($7/16 oz.; wisegoatorganics.com).