Hey there, Drinkers!
Today we venture into the uncharted sectors of the galaxy aboard the Starship Enterprise with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan while sipping on an out-of-this-world White IPA (sorry, had to). So let’s get moving up to warp speed and have ourselves an adventure, shall we?
Full disclosure: I’m not much of a trekkie. I know some of the basics and have seen the two newest iterations of the Star Trek movie franchise but my true understanding of the original shows and movies is very limited. But fortunately, I think that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is an easy way to slip into the universe. Rather than assuming the viewer is a well-informed fan, Khan does a good job of balancing fandom with explanation. We get a good understanding of who Admiral Kirk is (and was) and the rules and history of this universe are tastefully sprinkled throughout the film. Not that that same attention to detail is really extended to the set decoration (so many unmarked flashing green and yellow lights!) but overall, I finished the film with a solid understanding of how things work. That doesn’t mean I didn’t have questions (like why Kirk’s son is even a part of this movie or why Khan, a super smart dude, is so easily outwitted by Kirk) but that’s all besides the point. Mainly, this film is about fun. And SCIENCE!
The main conflict in Wrath of Khan surrounds something called the Genesis Device. Basically, it can create life out of nothing within minutes by restructuring matter at the subatomic level. Aside from that not making any sense whatsoever, the Genesis Device can naturally be turned into a weapon. In a silly design flaw, the device can also lay waste to living material. And that’s what Khan wants to do. Rut roh! Actually, it’s unclear what Khan plans to do other than kill Kirk. Populate some rando planet? It’s vague. But whatever. The Genesis Device also seems to be able to create planets via explosion technology but the details are unimportant. Just go with it. And honestly, I think that’s the best way to enjoy this movie. If you think too hard about large parts of Khan, things don’t always add up. But that’s okay. For an early 80’s movie about space adventures based off a long-running TV show about more space adventures, this movie is pretty solid. So just go with it and you’ll have a good time.
And what about our beer? Anchorage Brewing Company’s Galaxy White IPA? I have to say, this was quite the drinking experience. Poured from a corked and caged bomber, the Galaxy was a hazy yellow with a 1-2 finger head. With a mix of citrus and spice (brewed with peppercorns!) on the nose, I found it very inviting. With a sip, you get all of those citrus notes but balanced against a lovely oak finish and some nice, light malt flavors. Also, as this is an IPA, you get some good, hoppy bitterness in there. On top of all this, this beer sits at a comfortable 7% but comes off a little stronger than that. Which, in my opinion, is only a good thing. It wasn’t the best warming beer but that’s mostly a product of my slow drinking habits. I have much to work on. But really an outstanding beer that I will be returning to next time I stop by the liquor store.
So there you have it, drinkers. An intergalactic adventure with breaks for American and Romulan ales (what the movie, you’ll get it). We had a good movie to let wash over you while sipping on an exciting and engaging beer. Also, it’s just fun watching the old Star Trek movies and see which parts JJ Abrams lifted to put in the new movies. Some movie trivia there for you nerds!
Tonight’s Tasting Notes:
Galaxy White IPA:
-Hazy yellow pour
-Citrus & spice aroma
-Complex but balanced flavor profile
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan:
-Good fan service with good world introduction
-Simple, fun and engaging