Heavy Hops

Heavy Hops


Latest Episodes

HH 062: Touring Life (Mattias Nööjd & Axel Wittbeck/Firebreather)
September 16, 2021

This week we're in Gothenburg Sweden at Studio Berserk with Mattiias Nööjd and Axel Wittbeck, guitarist/vocalist and drummer respectively of the riff driven heavy band Firebreather. The band will head

HH 061: Modern British Beer (Matthew Curtis/Pellicle Magazine)
September 09, 2021

Joining us this week is Matthew Curtis, an award-winning freelance writer, broadcaster and author based in Manchester. You may be familiar with his work as Editor-in-Chief of Pellicle Magazine, a publ

HH 060: Tasting Into The Future (Mike Schallau/Is/Was Brewing)
September 02, 2021

This week we catch up with Mike Schallau, co-owner and brewer of Is/Was Brewing, an artisanal producer of rustic, farmhouse-inspired ales based in Chicago. - We explore two of Mike’s first blended mix

HH 059: "Cool Story" Barrels (Jim Cibak & Marty Scott/Revolution Brewing)
August 26, 2021

Joining us this week are Jim Cibak and Marty Scott - Brewmaster and Barrel Program Lead respectively - at Revolution Brewing in Chicago. The brewery’s “Deep Woods” Series of barrel aged beers has garn

HH 058: Less Transformers, More Harry Crumb (Sanford Parker/HyperCube)
August 19, 2021

Joining us this week is Sanford Parker, a Chicago-based musician, studio engineer and producer. You’ve heard his work in these capacities on albums from Eyehategod, YOB, Wovenhand, Voivod, Hide, Darkt

HH 057: Best of 2021...So Far (Nick Dellacroce/Bongripper)
August 12, 2021

Joining us this week is Nick Dellacroce, guitarist of instrumental doom band Bongripper and solo project Bottomed. We discuss what’s been happening with Bongripper, what we’ve been listening to and wh

HH 056: Paganism and Metal (Deena Weinstein/DePaul University)
August 05, 2021

I was recently flipping through a collection of old compact discs and DVDs, and came across a treasure trove of folk and pagan inspired metal albums. From violins, bagpipes, and hurdy gurdies to throa

HH 055: Tension (Tim Pope/The Amenta)
July 29, 2021

Joining us this week is Tim Pope, keyboardist, programmer and lyricist for Australian extreme metal band The Amenta. Describing this band's sound - whether on a single album or as a characterization o

HH 054: Symbiosis (Gert van der Waal)
July 22, 2021

Gert van der Waal refers to his ventures in hop growing, malting, and distilling as “experiments.” There’s a level of modesty in this claim indicative of his character. - On his small farm located ou

HH 053: Tiny Prints (Maura Walsh/Black Nail Studio)
July 15, 2021

Maura Walsh, a Chicago-based artist, gained notoriety during the pandemic for her appropriately named Tiny Guide to Chicago's Best Music Culture Spots and Tiny Guide to Chicago Arts which raise funds