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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

 

Like a pinch on the neck of Mr. Spock

I found an old bottle of blue-colored "Romulan Ale" in the back of my fridge on Super Bowl Sunday. I was pulling for the Bears and, given their navy blue jerseys, it seemed appropriate that I should drink something that looked like Windex.




I originally bought the bottle in a gift shop at Star Trek: The Experience at the Vegas Hilton a while back. According to Wikipedia, the "real" Romulan Ale featured on the series has been banned throughout the universe due to its strength and after an incident that landed Captain Kirk in hot water during a diplomatic banquet.

I don't know if beer, of alien origin or otherwise, has a "best by" date but I didn't see an expiration date on the label. I was expecting something unusual, that the intergalactic brew might provide a whole new taste sensation that couldn't put into words while getting me drunk enough to pick a fight with a Klingon. Unfortunately, it tasted like a water-downed Budweiser and the alcoholic content wasn't enough to get me even slightly buzzed. It did turn my tongue blue though.

Also: check out where it was brewed:




It may not be another galaxy but at least I can now boast that I've consumed a beer brewed in Guatamala. You don't typically see that in the cooler at your local Safeway. If you're interested in trying Romulan Ale for yourself, that gift shop in Vegas may be the only place you can purchase it in person. There's always eBay though.

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