Heavy Hops

Heavy Hops


Latest Episodes

HH 093: As The Writing Process Unfolds (Will & Sam Skarstad/Yellow Eyes, Ustalost)
April 28, 2022

One of my favorite parts about talking to musicians is getting to the heart of why they make the creative and musical decisions that are then committed to tape or performed live. Why did they choose t

HH 092: Human-Size Stories (Michael Kiser/Good Beer Hunting)
April 21, 2022

Good Beer Hunting has changed how beer is covered and viewed. Over the past decade, founder Michael Kiser and his team have used photography, long form journalism, podcasting, humor and even festivals

HH 091: Historiographies (Tara Nurin/A Woman's Place Is In The Brewhouse)
April 14, 2022

Tara Nurin is a veteran freelance writer, consultant, lecturer and educator who focuses on the culture, history and business of beer. Her most recent book A Woman’s Place Is In The Brewhouse: A Forgot

HH 090: Back On The Road (Kirill Orlov & Marc Najjar/Huntsmen)
April 07, 2022

Joining us this week are Kirill Orlov and Marc Najjar guitarist and bassist/vocalist respectively of Huntsmen. The bands unique combination of folk Americana with doom-inspired heavy sections and harm

HH 089: Context Is Crucial (Martin Atkins/Museum of Post Punk & Industrial Music)
March 30, 2022

Martin Atkins’ experience as a musician and entrepreneur spans genres, borders and industries. He was a member of Public Image Limited with Johnny Rotten, Ministry, Killing Joke, and Pigface in additi

HH 088: Hybrid Strains (Lance Shaner/Omega Yeast Lab)
March 24, 2022

Joining me this week is Lance Shaner, founder of Omega Yeast Lab in Chicago. A microbiologist by training and former patent attorney, Lance’s analytical approach to creating hybrid yeast strains for b

HH 087: The Taste of a Tastemaker (Jerald O’Kennard/Beverage Testing Institute)
March 17, 2022

Joining me this week is Jerald O’Kennard, Director of the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago. BTI’s independent reviews of beer, wine and spirits are highly influential internally within the bev-al

HH 086: Thermal Runaway (Katie Davies/Pupil Slicer)
March 10, 2022

Joining me today is Katie Davies, guitarist and vocalist for the British grindcore band Pupil Slicer. The band’s debut Mirrors was released in March 2021 and it captured my interest, the combination o

HH 085: Critique Is An Act of Storytelling (JJ Koczan/The Obelisk)
March 03, 2022

Joining me this week is JJ Koczan, founder of The Obelisk, an online publication focusing on desert rock, stoner and doom metal.  JJ and I both found our way into the music industry around twenty year

HH 084: Make Them Bleed From The Eyes (Ammo)
February 24, 2022

Joining us week is Amaury “Ammo” Dastarac, a freelance illustrator based in Brussels. You’ve likely seen Ammo’s work; he’s created concert and festival posters for Neurosis, Converge, The Melvins, Che