The Shmaltz Brewing Co. of Clifton Park, New York, is celebrating Star Trek's big year in grand style.
Two officially licensed Star Trek-themed Golden Anniversary Ales will be available over the summer.
First up is Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale: The Trouble With Tribbles, which will be available this week at the San Diego Comic-Con, and also at the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention in August.
The beer, according to a news release, is from the original "Star Trek" episode "The Trouble With Tribbles," where the Enterprise is called to protect a shipment of a genetically engineered four-lobe grain that is a hybrid of wheat and rye called quadrotriticale. Because we won't see quadrotriticale for another 250 years, Shmaltz will instead use triticale, which is a modern non-fictional hybrid of wheat and rye.
Drew Schmidt, the lead brewer at Shmaltz, said the Light Carastan malt "gives some residual sweetness in the form of very light toffee." He also adds a dose of Munich to create a slight bready quality.
"Wheat malt lends to a slight crisp character," Schmidt said.
The Tribbles ale will be followed by Shmaltz's second creation, Voyage to the Northeast Quadrant, which will debut at Mission New York, the official CBS convention taking place in New York between Sept. 2 and Sept. 4.
Shmaltz describes this beer as "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.
Both brews sound tasty, and will surely slake the thirst of many hard-Trekking conventioneers during the 50th anniversary celebrations.
These two Golden Anniversary Ales are not the first Star Trek based beverages created by Shmaltz. In late 2015, the company introduced Vulcan Ale: The Genesis Effect, a red India Pale Ale.
Shmaltz is not the first to consider replacing quadrotriticale with triticale. Clocktower Brew Pub in Ottawa announced its own Tribble-themed beer in April.
CBS has licensed other beers in the past as well. Tin Man Brewing Co. in Indiana offered its own creation, called Klingon Warnog, in 2014.
Of course, let's not forget that Summit Brewing Co. in Minnesota, which created an ale called the Picard Maneuver that was infused with Earl Grey tea in 2015.