Southbound Brewing Co. | Cosmic Howdy New England IPA – PorchDrinking.com
Picture this: you’re at the beach, lying in your chair while soaking up the sun and enjoying the sound of the crashing waves. There is a light breeze blowing and you can hear the distant sound of seagulls somewhere on the beach. The only thing missing is a cold craft beer to hold in your hand. Although there are many beers that can work in this situation, we have the perfect suggestion for you!
This beer is Cosmic Howdy, a New England-style IPA from Southbound Brewery located in Savannah, Georgia. Cosmic Howdy is a relatively new beer from Southbound, but its flavor more than makes up for its non-existence on the market. Hopped with El Dorado, Citra, Amarillo and Southern Cross, this beer has a very nice tropical flavor. You can expect citrus, melon, berry and pine notes, creating that perfect blend of bright tropical flavors with just the right amount of bitterness.
Of all the hops in this beer, we were most intrigued by the addition of Southern Cross hops. We spoke with Smith Mathews, the founder and brewmaster of Southbound Brewing Company, and he had this to say about this particular hop varietal: “Southern Cross is a totally underrated hop. It provides an epic, bright base of citrus and zesty lemon that supports the layered wet hop varieties. Smith went on to say that “it’s the base that gives this beer depth and complexity, which is hard to achieve in a Juicy IPA when most examples are one-dimensional.” We couldn’t agree more with what Smith had to say. This beer really offers a nice, well-balanced depth of flavor.
Smith, who creates all the beer recipes, has been doing it professionally for over a decade. He went to school for it, and he’s claimed to have really fit in now. Judging by this beer and the other beers we’ve had from Southbound, we agree that he has things settled in Southbound.
In describing this beer, Smith said “Cosmic Howdy is a great example of a Juicy IPA. It has a little haze but is definitely more juice forward. The malt bill builds a medium body, with a almost creamy mouthfeel.Overall it’s really balanced and it’s just a good beer that you can just relax and enjoy a few.
We asked Smith about the 6.5% ABV and if they had ever considered making it a Double IPA. “Well, 6.8 could definitely be a kick in the pants, but with this beer being a space western themed beer, we thought most space cowboys could handle it. ” Which brings us to the name of beer,” he said.
The name of the beer is a slight nod to a few songs by some of their favorites at Southbound, including Steve Miller and Widespread Panic. Maybe you’ll find yourself humming Steve Miller’s Space Cowboy before you finish reading this? The box design is a little more retro western meets 60s space race on a musical turntable. “We thought it was a fun theme and it fits the beer really well,” Smith noted.
If you can find this beer where you live, or even if you’re just visiting the area, do yourself a favor and seek it out. You will not be disappointed !