Heavy Hops

Heavy Hops


Latest Episodes

HH 011: Barrel Aging And Blending (Bill Savage/Goose Island)
September 17, 2020

Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS) is widely considered to be the style standard bearer. Its annual variants are highly sought after, with select vintages fetching huge sums on the secondary market. Our guest this week, Bill Savage,

HH 010: The Nature of Beer Retail (The Beer Temple)
September 10, 2020

The Beer Temple is a renown bottle shop and taproom located in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. Owner Chris Quinn is obsessively focused on the curation of quality beers, guest experience, and all the details in between from the types of light used to ...

HH 009: The Wonders At Your Feet (Mikael Stanne/Dark Tranquillity)
September 03, 2020

This week we are joined by Mikael Stanne, vocalist, lyricist and founding member of the Swedish melodic death metal band Dark Tranquillity. We discuss COVID 19: Sweden’s response and unique disposition towards herd immunity as well as its impact on the...

Heavy Hops Ep. 008: DIY & Self Distribution (Spiteful Brewing)
August 27, 2020

Spiteful Brewing was among the initial third wave brewers to emerge from Chicago’s burgeoning craft beer scene in 2012. The brewery has grown steadily and maintained a steadfast commitment to modern interpretations of classic styles.

HH 007 - Part II: Why DIY (Bongripper)
August 20, 2020

In Part II of our conversation Nick Dellacroce opens up about Bongripper pressing its own records, the value of having complete control from recording process to distribution, the role of the internet in instilling the confidence to continue with a DIY...

HH 007 - Part I: Why DIY (Bongripper)
August 13, 2020

Since 2006 Chicago’s Bongripper has captured the attention of metal heads globally with its unique low end driven instrumental, drone inspired brand of devastating doom metal.  In Part I of this conversation Guitarist and founding member Nick Dellacroc...

HH 006: Top Albums of 2020...So Far (Gregg Elzinga/Metal Vinyl Weekend)
August 06, 2020

Friend of the show Gregg Elzinga joins us to talk about our favorite albums from the first half of 2020. Gregg opens up about his tenure at Three Floyds, Dark Lord Day, and events he produces, including Metal Vinyl Weekend.

HH 005: Lager Speed (Metropolitan Brewing)
July 30, 2020

Metropolitan Brewery has embraced lager life and leads an exciting battle to reclaim palates and highlight the character and cultural importance of “yellow fizzy beer”. Co-Founders Tracy Hurst (President) and Doug Hurst (Head Brewer) discuss their begi...

HH 004: Brewpub Life (DryHop, Corridor & Crushed By Giants Brewpubs)
July 24, 2020

Brant Dobuvick is the Director of Brewing Operations for three successful Chicago brewpubs: DryHop Brewers, Corridor Provisions & Brewery, and Crushed By Giants (which opened on July 17, 2020).  In this engaging conversation we discuss what it means to...

Heavy Hops Ep. 003: Music In And Out Of Venues (Empty Bottle & Thalia Hall)
July 20, 2020

Chicago is one of the few cities in the United States with a thriving independent music venue circuit not dominated by Live Nation or AEG. We are joined by Molly Mobley (Talent Buyer – Empty Bottle) and Brent Heyl (Talent Buyer Thalia Hall,