This drink is the bomb. It smells and tastes a bit like beer. It’s sweet and sour. @lina.kulchinsky explained to me that it’s a fermented bread drink called “kvass.” I like the name too—it makes you feel like a badass drinking it, like one of those manly Russian men. Unfortunately, she says, they now add tons of sugar, but it’s not as sweet as average American soda. I agree, however, that it would be better if it were unsweetened.
I came across an NPR story from 6 years ago about kvass, and it says @gefilteria in Brooklyn makes kvass out of beets. I appreciate the effort but why not just original kvass? Why skip ahead to special flavors?
From what I have read so far, it appears that something prevents people from making this, but it’s not clear what it is. Maybe it requires a special type of bacteria that cannot be legally imported from Russia? I don’t know. I make kombucha at home and it’s not hard. Making a fermented bread drink does not sound any harder. So, someone help me.
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