For 'Star Trek' Golden Anniversary, Golden Ales to Quaff

NEW YORK — In the 24th century, Starfleet served synthehol on its ships and stations; a sad state of affairs for connoisseurs of alcohol. Beer-loving Trekkies in the modern day can take heart, though: a new beer called Voyage to the Northeast Quadrant honors the show's 50th anniversary, and it's definitely the real deal.

I had a chance to try Voyage to the Northeast Quadrant for myself at a press event during "Star Trek": Mission New York Sept. 2. The concoction is an unorthodox but agreeable ale, which is arguably the perfect companion for an unorthodox but agreeable show.

"Star Trek" and beer may not seem like the most obvious crossover, but it's been done before with great success. A company called the Federation of Beer contracts craft brewers to create "Star Trek"-themed beverages, which then get limited runs (and usually a lot of acclaim). Shmaltz Brewing, a small outfit in upst