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Kvass has been a common drink in Eastern Europe since ancient times. It was first mentioned in Old Russian Chronicles under the year 989. In Russia, under Peter the Great, it was the most common non-alcoholic drink in every class of society. Later, in the 19th century, it was reported to be consumed in excess by peasants, low-class citizens, and monks; it was, it is sometimes said, usual for them to drink more kvass than water. It has been both a commercial product and homemade.
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Antiquity
Kvass is a drink of a very long tradition. First prototypes of the drink, which were something of a cross between kwas and beer, were known in ancient Egypt in 6th millennium B.C. Descriptions of very kwas like drinks can be found in works by Herodotus, Hippocrates and Plinius Sr.. A fruit flavored kwas variety was known in Babylon, although it did not spread throughout Mesopotamia. read more about kvass
Kvass in ancient Russia.
Kwas is known to Slavic tribes for over a thousand years. I t is known that eastern Slavic tribes had the recipe long before the formation of Kiev Russia. The first time it is mentioned in scriptures is dated in year 989: After baptizing grand duke Vladimir I Svyatoslavovich ordered to distribute among the people "food, honey and kwas". The drink was known in neighboring Poland and Lithuania as well. read more about kvass