GEE-rah (with hard "g"). A delicious, refreshing, sweet, low-alcohol beverage made from fermented bread, the Lithuanian equivalent of Russian kvass. Great to drink on a hot, sticky-humid day! One of the best brands to get is Duonos Gunernija (DWOH-nohss gooh-BAYR-nee-ah), sold in bottles and tall cans. Has a honey taste with slight notes of chocolate. Usually available in stores in Russian neighborhoods, like Riverdale in the Bronx and Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, both in New York, and Geary Blvd. in San Francisco, although some nonethnic gourmet food stores might be starting to carry it.
I LOVE gira---it's the most thirst-quenching stuff in the world!