Return of the Space Cowboy

The Brewery
Saints Row Brewing Company

The Location
Rockville

The Beer
On Baker Street

Saints Row celebrated its second anniversary this past Saturday with a big street party. Unfortunately, I had planned to be out of town for the weekend, so I didn’t get tickets for the event. More unfortunately, tickets sold out right before I found out that I wasn’t going to be out of town for the weekend.

Daddy, what does regret mean?

Because I knew my fate, I was at least smart enough to grab a four-pack of Return of the Space Cowboy the weekend before so that I could pretend I was partying with my fellow Saints Row enthusiasts.

The original Return of the Space Cowboy confirmed to me that Saints Row and I were going to get along just fine. The club remix of the Jamiroquai song “Space Cowboy” was one of the first songs my wife and I bonded over. Even though I will complain about the amount of pop culture references being used by craft brewers these days, I will also be hypocritical and geek out over the references I get.

When I was hanging out at Saints Row a couple of weeks ago, proprietor Tony Prebula made sure to point out to whoever was ordering Return of Space Cowboy that this batch was more like a West Coast IPA than the previous batches he had brewed. There were a lot of people ordering it and there were a lot of people who didn’t mind one bit.

Return of Space Cowboy opens with a strong resin aroma. Not surprisingly, the initial taste is a mildly bitter hops flavor. It also finishes a bit bitter, but in between, Return of Space Cowboy has a nice subtle sweetness that gives it depth and drinkability. It’s not an aggressive beer, yet it still has a lot of complexity. That’s why it’s such a crowd pleaser.

Now I need to head over and belatedly celebrate two years of Saints Row. I hope they still have their anniversary brews still on tap…