Heavy Hops

Heavy Hops


Latest Episodes

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

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

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

HH 018: Pandemic Pizza (Derrick Tung/Paulie Gee's)
November 05, 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 pr...

HH 017 - Part II: Critical Tasting And Evaluation (Eymard Freire/Siebel Institute)
November 01, 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,

HH 017 - Part I: Perceiving Aroma and Flavor (w/ James Altwies & Eymard Freire)
October 29, 2020

This week is about sensory. How are we perceiving the aromas and flavors from our beers and beverages? How are memory and sensory linked? What is the sustainability and environmental impact of current trends in beer?

HH 0016: The Nirvana of Doom? (Thomas Jäger/Monolord)
October 22, 2020

We’re beyond stoked to welcome Thomas Jäger, guitarist and vocalist of Swedish doom trio Monolord on Heavy Hops for Episode 016.  We touch on what’s on the horizon musically and creatively for Monolord, as well Thomas’ solo endeavors.

HH 015: Rustic Ales of Chicago (Mike Schallau/Is Was Brewing)
October 15, 2020

Belgian ales of all styles are favorites at Heavy Hops. Whether its a farmhouse ale with spelt from Brasserie de Blaugies, a beautiful unsweetened lambic from Cantillon or a hoppy pale ale from De La Senne,

HH 014: The Oozepisode (Zach Weil/Oozing Wound)
October 08, 2020

We sit down with Zach Weil, guitarist and vocalist of Chicago’s most difficult to characterize heavy trio Oozing Wound.  We touch on the bands formation, where DIY ethics took them and their relationship with Thrill Jockey Records,

HH 013: Convergence of Politics, Art, Religion & Heavy Music (Mute Neighbor)
October 01, 2020

Mute Neighbor is a Chicago-based visual artist. You’ve seen his work on posters and merch for bands such as Pelican, Uniform, Chelsea Wolf, Emma Ruth Rundle, Russian Circles and Rezn to name a few. In this episode of Heavy Hops we learn about how he fo...