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Behold the official Star Trek 50th anniversary beer, complete with geeky references

The 50th anniversary of Star Trek is upon us, and along with a new movie that is apparently pretty good, we’re also getting a geeky craft brew to celebrate the occasion — complete with some in-jokes just for the Trekkies.

According to That’s Nerdalicious, Shmaltz Brewing is celebrating the occasion with two collector’s edition beers: “Golden Anniversary Ale: The Trouble With Tribbles” and “Golden Anniversary Ale: Voyage To The Northeast Quadrant.” The brews don’t sound half bad, and even if you’re not a beer connoisseur, these six packs will still look cool in your fridge.

Along with borrowing its name from the classic Original Series episode, “Trouble With Tribbles” is also a sly reference to the episode’s mission that tasked the Enterprise with protecting a shipment of a genetically engineered four-lobe grain that is a hybrid of wheat and rye, called quadrotriticale. Though it doesn’t actually exist (yet?), quadrotriticale certainly sounds like it’ll be a key ingredient in the beer of the future.

Here’s the brew’s official description, for brew heads:

“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.”

The “Voyage To The Northeast Quadrant” brew is your more standard beer fare and, if you’re not looking to push the boundaries, should be the perfect beer for your Trek anniversary party. Here’s what to expect from it:

“[H]arnesses 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.”

The beer is set to make its debut at SDCC this weekend (fitting, right?), so if you’re in the San Diego area, keep an eye out. Check out a full list of locations here.

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