Original TROUBLE drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson will launch a Belgium-style stout named RED HOWES with Allagash Brewing Company set for release on Saturday, January 25th. The limited bottles will be sold in 750 ml and will be distributed nationwide on draft.
Named after Olson’s Grandfather, RED HOWES is an Imperial Stout brewed with over 3,000 pounds of New England cranberries. Coincidently, the cranberry’s brewed in the beer are of the Red Howes and Early Blacks variety. The beer is black in color with a creamy beige head brewed with 2-Row barley, a blend of roasted malts and grains. Cocoa, coffee, and berries fill the aroma with flavors of dried fruit and bitter chocolate with a slight tartness and a dry lingering finish. 8.5% ABV.
Olson is no stranger to the brewing industry having worked in breweries and wineries for over twenty years whilst not on band tours. Moreover, Olson has been writing and recording in the music industry since the formation of TROUBLE (1979) and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in film scoring, cum laude, from Berklee College of Music. Currently, Olson is playing drums and keyboards for THE SKULL (featuring original TROUBLE vocalist Eric Wagner and longtime TROUBLE bassist Ron Holzner), Victor Griffin’s IN~GRAVED, and is a multi-instrumentalist with his heavy psychedelic/doom project RETRO GRAVE.
In other news, Olson will be scheduling meet and greets both in Portland, Maine and New York, New York. The dates are as follows.
Saturday, January 25th – Allagash Brewing Company – Portland, Maine
9AM- Beer goes on sale
10AM – Jeff “Oly” Olson will perform a set list from the music of TROUBLE, THE SKULL, Victor Griffin’s IN~GRAVED, and RETRO GRAVE.
Saturday, March 1st – Idle Hands Bar- New York, New York