20 July 2016 - Best Beer HQ
“Beer me, Scotty…” | New Star Trek Craft Beer Landing Soon
Drink long and prosper…
It’s already been half a century since Captain Kirk and crew set off aboard the starship Enterprise in search of new life and civilisations, and the Star Trek franchise has seemingly never been in better health – the latest flick is about to touch down in cinemas, and, more importantly, New York’s Schmaltz Brewing Company is releasing a beer in its honour.
That’s right. Broadcaster CBS has commissioned a pair of Star Trek brews – a golden anniversary ale called ‘The Trouble with Tribbles’, and another beer inspired by the much-loved original series that’ll be named ‘Voyage to the Northeast Quadrant’.
Details remain sketchy about the later beer, except that it’ll be available at a Star Trek convention in New York later this year. However, the brewery has issued a press release about the former, which will be available in select stores from next week, including in San Diego in time for Comic-Con and in Las Vegas in time for Star Trek Las Vegas convention.
It says: “In the original Star Trek series episode 44 entitled ‘Trouble with Tribbles’ the Enterprise was on a mission to deliver Quadrotriticale, a genetically engineered ‘4-row’ cross between wheat and rye developed on the planet Earth in the year 2269, in an effort to save the agrarian planet Sherman. Since the year 2269 is still about 250 years in the future, Quadritriticale has yet to be conceived. Thus, we will have to brew with triticale.
“The Triticale should contribute flavour more distinct than wheat but less spicy than rye. Light Carastan malt will give some residual sweetness in the form of very light toffee. A dose of Munich will add a slight bready quality. Wheat malt will add a slight crisp character. Mashing at a moderate temperature will give this beer a medium body.
“In keeping with the intergalactic theme, hopping will be comprised of Comet, Galaxy, Polaris, Aurora and Admiral (Kirk) hops. Admiral and Comet will be used in the boil. Galaxy, Polaris and Aurora will be used as flavour hops contributing floral, mint, pine and tropical fruit flavours. A dry hop of approximately 2/3lb. per Bbl consisting of Aurora (pine and floral) and Galaxy (pine, apple, other tropical fruity flavours).
“This beer is not filtered to clarity, in order to preserve the ambiguity of good and evil.”
It certainly sounds interesting enough. Here’s hoping this limited edition beer boldly makes it out of the United States and all the way to New Zealand. While we wait (most likely in vain), here’s that iconic, original Star Trek series opener…