Star Trek first aired 50 years ago on September 8, 1966. This year has seen multiple celebrations of its storied history in the last half-century, including a musical tour, a new feature film, and the announcement of a new Star Trek television series. But no cultural anniversary is complete without a commemorative beer—luckily, Shmaltz Brewing is providing exactly that.
In September, at the Star Trek Mission Convention in New York, Shmaltz will release a second Golden Anniversary Ale, this one called Journey to the Northeast Quadrant. It’s a curiously inaccurate name, as there is no north or east in the galaxy. One might assume they mean the Delta Quadrant, the upper right quadrant of the Star Trek Milky Way map, but that still begs the question of why the ale depicts the U.S.S. Enterprise, when it was the U.S.S Voyager that traveled to the Delta Quadrant. Whatever the reason for the name, the beer boasts five types of hops, five types of malt, and 5% ABV in recognition of the first five episodes of Star Trek to air 50 years ago. It’s a fun way to celebrate 50 years of an idealistic science fiction franchise.
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