Tomorrow is the Golden Anniversary of Star Trek. The first episode aired 50 years ago tomorrow on September 8, 1966. Star Trek has grown to become the #4 all-time movie franchise broadcasting in over 200 countries and grossing $2.4 billion all-time sales at the box office. CBS Studios has teamed up with Shmaltz Brewing to create the only officially licensed Star Trek anniversary beer in the United States.
Earlier this year Star Trek and Shmaltz Brewing teamed up to create a 50th anniversary golden ale called The Trouble with Tribbles.
In the original Star Trek series episode “The Trouble with Tribbles,” the U.S.S. 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.
Drew Schmidt, Shmaltz Lead Brewer, provided these comments about the beer, “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.”
But Shmaltz didn’t stop at just one anniversary beer. Their second beer is another 50th anniversary golden ale called Voyage to the Northeast Quadrant.
The second seasonal release of Golden Anniversary Ale transports the style of contemporary pale ales from the Northeast Quadrant of the United States to loading docks across the country, and into the hands of fans everywhere. Light and crisp with a pleasantly approachable bitterness, this easy drinking pale ale exudes aromatics of tropical fruit including lemon, lime, orange and passion fruit. Brewed with 5 malts, 5 hops and computed at a sessionable 5.0% ABV, this beer can be enjoyed by every sentient species in any galactic quadrant.