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Ottawa Brewer Offers Tribbles-Themed Beer

'Final Frontier,' made with triticale, will be available for Ottawa Comiccon

Star Trek fans in Ottawa will have a chance to once again drink a micro-brewed beer that is completely inspired by the science-fiction franchise they love.

Clocktower Brew Pub says it's readying a new beer called "Final Frontier" that will be available at both the Starfleet Gala next month at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, as well as at Ottawa Comiccon. The gala, an annual fundraising event for the museum, kicks off May 12 with special guest William Shatner.

Comiccon, which attracts some 50,000 people, according to the Ottawa Citizen, is planned for that same weekend at the EY Centre in Ottawa.

"I am just a huge Star Trek fan," Clocktower manager Patrick Fiori told the Canadian newspaper. "When the opportunity for this came up, I contacted my supplier to see if they had (grain triticale). When the answer was 'yes,' I was just like, 'We're going to brew with that.'"

Grain triticale is a rye/wheat hybrid first developed in the 19th century, which has a better resistance to disease. Having triticale available was exciting for Fiori, because he says that at some point in the original "Star Trek" canon, triticale will be modified again to become quadrotriticale, the fictional food source the furry aliens Tribbles loved in the classic 1967 episode "The Trouble With Tribbles."

Fiori plans to create what is known as a "Kentucky Common" beer, which will be amber in color, with a slightly sweet taste, the newspaper said, and an alcohol content of about 5 percent.

This isn't the first time Clocktower has looked to Star Trek for beer inspiration. Last year, the company worked with Wil Wheaton from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" to develop a wheat beer called HefeWheaton.

"Final Frontier" is officially licensed by CBS Corp., Fiori said, and both companies are working closely to finalize a label design for the limited edition beer.

Source: Ottawa Citizen


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