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Heavy Hops

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Heavy Hops uses beer and heavy music as lenses to frame larger cultural and social questions. Guests from the music and beer industry join hosts Alexi D Front (Scorched Tundra) and Sam Cangelosi to share their stories and discuss why and how the worlds of heavy music and beer matter and are highly intertwined. Dive and get heavy with new episodes every Thursday..

Heavy Hops uses beer and heavy music as lenses to frame larger cultural and social questions. Guests from the music and beer industry join hosts Alexi D Front (Scorched Tundra) and Sam Cangelosi to share their stories and discuss why and how the worlds of heavy music and beer matter and are highly intertwined. Dive and get heavy with new episodes every Thursday..

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United States

Description:

Heavy Hops uses beer and heavy music as lenses to frame larger cultural and social questions. Guests from the music and beer industry join hosts Alexi D Front (Scorched Tundra) and Sam Cangelosi to share their stories and discuss why and how the worlds of heavy music and beer matter and are highly intertwined. Dive and get heavy with new episodes every Thursday..

Language:

English


Episodes

HH 034: Methode Accidental (Matthias Neidhart & David Frost/B. United Int.)

3/4/2021
Joining us today are Matthias Neidhart and David Frost of B. United International – an importer of specialty beer, cider, sake and meads – based in Connecticut. Brewers and producers they represent such as Hitachino/Kiuchi, De Dolle, Schlenkerla, Reissdorf, Domaine DuPont, and Loverbeer have had an enduring impact on the evolution of beer in America over the last twenty five

Duration:01:33:47

HH 033: Finding Your Way Through Beer Culture (Breandán Kearney/Belgian Smaak)

2/25/2021
I first encountered Breandán Kearney‘s work during my time at Local Option beer bar in Chicago. I carried on a tradition of showcasing artisanal brewers from around the world, giving them a draft platform in one of the best beer cities. Importers such as Shelton Brothers (RIP), B-United and 12% Imports allowed me incredible access to producers who – informed

Duration:02:15:14

HH 032: Sofa Hero (Chris Quinn/The Beer Temple)

2/18/2021
Chris Quinn, owner of Chicago’s Beer Temple tap room and bottle shop, is back for a conversation covering how winter reopening compares to summer, category transcendence and classification of hard seltzers, and making manufacturing sexy again. We discuss Drizly’s acquisition by Uber and the risk of allowing big tech to turn us all into Sofa Heroes. Not sure who Chris

Duration:01:07:32

HH 031: Climbing Trees During Blizzards (Matt Sampson/Hacienda Beer & Door County Brewing)

2/11/2021
The first time Sam, Bryn and I visited Door County, Wisconsin was in January 2019. At Half Acre’s Far And Away Festival the previous autumn I was introduced to Hacienda Beer Co, only to discover I’d in fact known most of them from their time studying at Siebel Institute and mine serving them on their many visits to Local Option.

Duration:01:13:01

UXÅ HXC II: Keep It Real (Marc Strömberg)

2/9/2021
Marc Strömberg is an illustrator and musician who grew up with the Umeå hardcore scene, one generation after Johannes. Marc recalls an era in which genre torchbearers from around the world such as Earth Crisis, Biohazard, The Locust, and Ignite trekked thousands of miles outside of a conventional tour routing to play in Umeå. The attraction Marc and others in

Duration:01:13:55

HH 030: Don't Show Us The Bottles You Have...Show Us The Ones You Have Open (Eric Rosentreter)

2/4/2021
Our conversation begins with the void in our industry left by the closure of bars, taprooms and restaurants, which we refer to as the On Premise. There are moments of stewardship, willingness to explore new brands and flavor profiles, and trust building that occur in the on-premise space. The same can’t be said when you’re cruising through a grocery store

Duration:01:20:44

HH 029: Analog Life (Grant McKee/Bucket O Blood Records)

1/28/2021
Grant McKee is the owner of Bucket O’ Blood Records, a store specializing in records, books and graphic novels in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. From a young age Grant was an avid reader and an aficionado of all things heavy and horror. We discuss how he turned his passion into a business – adding selling online to his arsenal – and

Duration:01:00:51

HH 028: Red Creek Rising (Johannes Persson/Cult of Luna)

1/21/2021
Our conversation with Johannes Persson continues, with the topic shifting to his main musical project, Cult of Luna. We pick up on the DIY ethos so crucial to his professional development in our discussion about Red Creek Recordings, Johannes’ new record label venture, a project only 2020 would have made time for (Johannes points out the next Cult of Luna

Duration:00:56:22

UXÅ HXC I: Birch and Ashes (Johannes Persson/Cult of Luna)

1/14/2021
In September 1994, 16 year old Johannes Persson, a vegan, straight edge, member of the hardcore music scene found himself at the center of a socio-political movement at its inflection point. Umeå – located 8 hours drive north from Sweden’s capital Stockholm – had recently seen a number of arsons and direct actions aimed at drawing awareness to animal rights

Duration:01:22:21

HH 027: A Dive Into Lux (Grant Netzorg/In The Company of Serpents)

1/7/2021
Grant Netzorg, frontman of the Denver based doom trio In The Company of Serpents joins us for our first conversation of 2021. The bands recent release, Lux, landed on multiple 2020 year end lists, including our own. We dive into the album touching on production and how the album differentiates from past releases. Grant opens up about the lyrical content,

Duration:01:37:29

HH 026: Top North American Albums of 2020 (Luca Cimarusti & Gregg Elzinga)

12/31/2020
Joining us for our final episode of 2020 are Luca Cimarusti (Luggage, Annihilus music critic for the Chicago Reader) and Gregg Elzinga of Metal Vinyl Weekend. We reveal our top five North American heavy albums for 2020 and discuss how we keep up with releases throughout the year, what sources we use to find new music, and what we look forward

Duration:01:30:10

HH 025: Top International Albums of 2020 (Mikael Stanne/Dark Tranquillity/Grand Cadaver)

12/24/2020
Mikael Stanne, vocalist for the melodic death metal band Dark Tranquillity joins us for an epic episode! Dark Tranquillity recently released its 12th album Moment on Century Media Records. We dig into the album, specifically how it fits into the bands catalog; the process of integrating guitarists Christopher Amott and Johan Reinholdz into the bands existing sound and song writing

Duration:02:14:33

HH 024: A Dive Into Brewing Education (Christian von der Heide/Siebel Institute)

12/17/2020
Christian Von der Heide, President and CEO of Siebel Institute – the oldest Brewing School in the Americas – joins us for a dive into brewing education. How has it changed over time? How and which technological innovations have impacted the industry most? Beer is an evolving and ever changing industry; Christian tells us about how Siebel has widened its

Duration:00:53:45

HH 023: Legal World Of Beer (Ashley Brandt/Tucker Ellis)

12/10/2020
Our guest this week Ashley Brandt – a partner at the law firm Tucker Ellis – counsels alcoholic beverage clients across the tiers including breweries, distilleries, wholesalers, retailers, and restaurants. He also represents dispensaries and growers in the evolving cannabis and hemp field. Ashley is an important figure in the Chicago beverage world, and also keeps the Libation Law Blog.

Duration:01:50:14

HH 022: A Printmakers Journey (Bryn Gleason)

12/3/2020
Bryn Gleason is a Chicago-based visual artist and printmaker specializing in Intaglio. Her work has been featured in galleries, art shows and festivals in Minneapolis, New York, Denver, and her adopted hometown Chicago. Bryn lends her creative talents to cocktail programs wherever she lives, showcasing specialized knowledge in agave spirits. In our discussion we speak about Bryn’s journey to Chicago,

Duration:00:58:23

HH 021: Me(n)tal Health (Jonny Boucher/Hope For The Day)

11/26/2020
This week we are joined by Jonny Boucher, Founder and CEO of Hope For The Day (HFTD), a Chicago-based non profit movement that empowers conversation on proactive suicide prevention and mental health education. Jonny discusses how he found his calling through the punk rock scene and music promotion, the stigmatization of mental health and illness, HFTD’s work with the service

Duration:00:41:21

HH 020: Into The Hops (Magnus Tannergren/Into The Void)

11/19/2020
Magnus Tannergren is the founder and editor of Sweden’s Into The Void Podcast. It’s a sonic fanzine covering the heavy underground that has been active since 2014 featuring interviews with underground bands and living legends of heavy rock. Magnus has previously been in rock radio and is a longtime staff writer for Slavestate Magazine – one of Sweden’s oldest and

Duration:01:25:43

HH 019: Paid In Soup (Karl Neurauter/Chicago Music Exchange)

11/12/2020
The pandemic has put no stop to the world of music retail. Demand is through the roof and COVID has heavily impacted instrument manufacturing, creating challenges for retailers to keep up with demand. Karl Neurauter who runs the acoustic room at Chicago Music Exchange, a legendary local retailer of high end and vintage guitars, basses, and drums, describes the factors

Duration:00:54:44

HH 018: Pandemic Pizza (Derrick Tung/Paulie Gee's)

11/5/2020
A few Fridays ago Alexi was leaving his apartment to pick up pizza from a neighborhood restaurant. At 7:30pm there were three cars double parked on the block, all delivering pies to neighbors. The coincidence begged the question: is Pizza pandemic proof? Restaurants have to be creative during the pandemic. With local and statewide restrictions changing – sometimes at odds

Duration:01:09:16

HH 017 - Part II: Critical Tasting And Evaluation (Eymard Freire/Siebel Institute)

11/1/2020
Eymard Freire of the Siebel Institute walks us through critically assessing beer. How do we go about judging a beer based on its appearance, color, aroma, and flavor in order to build our overall impression? Building on lessons from Part I, we dive deeper into what chemicals or compounds produce the aromas and flavors we are familiar with. This conversation

Duration:00:36:38