Believe it or not, alcoholic beverages are a pretty huge part of Star Trek lore. The crew of the Enterprise is always flaunting Federation laws by drinking illegal Romulan ale on board their ship, and Scotty is often seen getting plastered in his quarters drinking something called Saurian brandy. Then there’s Klingon bloodwine, the Cardassian Sunrise, and all those other drinks that Quark serves at his bar on Deep Space Nine for all those Starfleet lushes. In short, it’s clear that in Gene Roddenberry’s future, humanity has given up on racism, sexism and war, but not on drinking.
Now thanks to the folks at That’s Nerdalicious, we’ve learned that for Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, Shmaltz brewing is appropriately celebrating the beloved franchise with two collector’s edition beers dubbed “Golden Anniversary Ale: The Trouble With Tribbles” and “Golden Anniversary Ale: Voyage To The Northeast Quadrant”.
“Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale: The Trouble With Tribbles” will debut at the premiere of Star Trek Beyond, at the IMAX Embarcadero Marina Park on July 20, and Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center on July 21 – 24. It will also available at the “Star Trek Las Vegas” convention at the Rio Hotel & Casino from August 3 – 7, 2016. The in the fall, Shmaltz will bring Voyage to the Northeast Quadrant to the Mission New York Convention at the Javits Center from September 2 – 4, 2016.
Below are the official descriptions of each of the new Star Trek 50th Anniversary beers debuting from Shmaltz this year:
In the classic episode “The Trouble with Tribbles,” the Enterprise is called to protect a shipment of a genetically engineered four-lobe grain that is a hybrid of wheat and rye, called quadrotriticale. Since the year 2269 is still about 250 years in the future, Quadritriticale has yet to be conceived. Thus, Shmaltz brews with triticale for Golden Anniversary Ale: The Trouble With Tribbles. Light Carastan malt gives some residual sweetness in the form of very light toffee. A dose of Munich adds a slight bready quality, and wheat malt lends to a slight crisp character. Mashing at a moderate temperature gives this beer a medium body. In keeping with the intergalactic theme, hopping is comprised of Comet, Polaris, Aurora and Admiral (Kirk) hops. This beer is only loosely filtered to clarity, in order to preserve the ambiguity of good and evil.
Shmaltz’s second offering for Star Trek 50, Voyage To The Northeast Quadrant, harnesses a crisp, clean malt character showcased by the use of light Munich malts and brewer’s maze. The aroma is accented by fresh citrus fruits such as lemon and lime with subtle notes of white wine. The crisp malts and fruity aromas are elevated by maintaining a mild bitterness allowing each selected ingredient to offer its individual qualities without being overshadowed by any single ingredient. With 5 malts, 5 hops and 5% ABV, Voyage To The Northeast Quadrant is the perfect brew for any beer lover to toast the 50th Anniversary of such an iconic piece of popular culture.
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