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Trekkie beer

Honouring Captain Spock with Irish Red Ale

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Gold Forest Grains:

Pancake mix, pasta/ pastry berries, pasta/ pastry flour, rye flour, whole wheat berries, whole wheat flour

Sundog Organic Farm:

Carrots, cabbage, baby kale, potatoes, cooking onions, fennel, parsnips, potatoes and shallots

Have you ever wondered what kind The beer is brewed to be an Irish of beer they drank on the Starship Red Ale, which is a moderately Enterprise? What would Spock's el- malty amber ale. I'm not sure what bow tip back if he decided to have the connection is to Spock in that a cold one? choice, but I am prepared to taste No one can answer those the beer at face value. specific questions, but It presents as a dark Trekkies can now quaff copper beer with red a Star Trek beer while edges. It has a thick, they ponder them. The tightly packed offworld's first official white head with good Star Trek beer was linger. The aroma gives released a few weeks off sweet sugary caraago, in Alberta of all mel, some brown sugar places, for reasons I and medium fruit. I also pick up a touch of will explain. earthiness and a I am speaking of Vulcan Ale Vulcan Ale. It is Pluto's Moon Beer Company/ hint of sharp malt. the first beer of- Harvest Moon Brewing, Belt, In the flavour I get a bready, toffee ficially licensed to Montana malt up front, carry a Star Trek $3.30 for 355 ml bottle with caramel, trademark. In other words, it is a beer designed for malt syrup and berry fruitiness to Trekkies. The large grey hand on accent. The middle sharpens a bit the label in the form of the Vulcan with a touch of grainy malt. The greeting is your first tip-off. finish is moderately sweet but with The creators of the beer, a trio a dry edge, not from the hops but of Trekkie Albertans (including more grainy. Vern Raincock, owner of one of Overall I find it to be a decent Alberta's largest liquor distribu- Irish Red Ale. It has all the charactors) were gathered at the an- ter needed in the style. It presents nual Spock convention in Vulcan, a bit fuller and sweeter than a clasAlberta last year when they con- sic example, but demonstrates it is cocted a plan to release a Star well brewed. Trek beer. After many months of In the final analysis I can't quite negotiation they convinced CBS figure out the connection between (owner of Star Trek's copyright) the beer and Star Trek, but maybe to allow them to produce an of- that is not the point. It pays homficial Star Trek beer. age to a classic Star Trek character They call it Vulcan Ale in part and the Alberta town that honours to honour Spock—one of the him. Maybe Trekkies will apprecishow's most appreciated char- ate the effort, and that is all that acters—but also to honour the will matter. V 100th anniversary of the town of Vulcan. They are releasing Jason Foster is the creator of onthe beer across the continent in beer.org, a website devoted to news the wake of the latest Star Trek and views on beer from the prairies and beyond. movie this summer.

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