By An Artist For All The Arts, And Whoever Else Happens To Stop By
Jekyll Island Beach 2012
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
K is for KVAS
The Rogue Speaks:
A replacement for "afternoon tea"?
Fifty Centuries ago(yes, FIFTY!),a bag of rye grain got wet in a Russian farmer's barn, and the grain started to grow. The farmer tried to save it to make flour. He couldn't use it to make bread, but instead he accidentally invented malt. He added some water, then he let the mixture ferment, and created the beverage known as kvas, which literally means "leaven."
Kvas(kbac in Russian) is made in a manner similar to making beer, but it has a very low alcohol content. The main ingredient, of course is rye bread. Kvas is loaded with vitamin B, and is considered a healthy source of energy. This slightly fizzy beverage is so healthy that it is even given to children, and is recommended for increasing muscle weight. It is even a germicide!
Started drinking kvas as a child!
Kvas has been drunk in most Slavic countries as well as in ex-Soviet states since ancient times. In some countries, it is sold on the street by kvas vendors. There is a famous saying, "Bad kvas is better than good water."
"Get your icy cold kvas here!!!"
Coca Cola has begun bottling and selling kvas in New York, in hopes that it will catch on in America.
That's the end of my lesson for this week's Alphabe-Thursday! I hope you will remember the word KVAS, and use it the next time you play Scrabble. I've been playing a lot of Scrabble online lately because I can play with only one hand. It will never replace golf as my favorite pastime, though.
Oh, and by the way, there is an ART to brewing, and the first photo is a lovely ARTistic still life, so once again, ART+ART=ART!!