|Captain Kirk in 'The Trouble With Tribbles'|
That was the central question in the iconic “The Trouble With Tribbles” episode in the second season of the original “Star Trek” TV series, in which the fuzzy little creatures got into a grain supply that was critical to feeding an entire planet.
While there is such a thing as Triticale — it’s a hybrid of wheat (Triticum) and rye (Secale) first bred during the late 19th Century in Scotland and Sweden, the “quadro” part of the name was made up for the TV show.
I dredge up all this trivia because a new ale brewed with Triticale (the real stuff) is being released in honor of the 50th anniversary of the original “Star Trek.” It’s called, predictably, “Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale -– The Trouble With Tribbles.” It’s a product of the always-imaginative folks at Shmaltz Brewing Company in Clifton Park. According to their tongue-in-mug description of the American Blonde Ale (5% abv):
|The official label|
Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale will be available to trekkies and others attending the “San Diego Comic-Con” later this month where the new film “Star Trek Beyond” will debut, at the “Star Trek Las Vegas” convention in August, and at “select stores” in various places.