Heavy Hops

Heavy Hops


Latest Episodes

HH 049: Non-Traditional Hop Farming (James Altwies/Hopnology & Siebel Institute of Technology)
June 17, 2021

This week we're focusing on a specific overlap of agriculture and beer: small scale hop farming in non-traditional areas. Who is starting small farms, where are they located and what are the historical and present challenges these farmers face in North...

HH 048: Morbid Malts (Samu Rahn/Louis Glunz Beer, Cairn & Wintering)
June 10, 2021

We’re back in the studio this week for the first time since October, enjoying a few beers with Samu Rahn. Our wide-ranging conversation touches on Samu’s musical endeavors as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist in dark heavy bands Cairn and Wintering;...

HH 047: Hearing Conservation (Drs. Michael Santucci & Howard Kotler)
June 03, 2021

With summer festivals and club concerts on the horizon, we wanted to explore the connections between mental, physical and hearing health. No better guests to join us than Chicago-based audiologist Dr. Michael Santucci and Otolaryngologist Dr.

HH 046: Migration and ReChording (Trevor Shelley de Brauw/Pelican/Chord/RLYR)
May 27, 2021

Joining us this week is Trevor Shelley de Brauw guitarist of Chicago-based heavy instrumental bands Pelican, RLYR and Chord. We discuss what's happening with each of these bands, including re-releases of Pelican’s first three records (Australasia,

HH 045: Virtuous Cycle (Dan Kleban & Anne Marisic/Maine Beer Co)
May 20, 2021

Maine Beer Co was founded in 2009 during the financial crisis, a challenging time for attorneys such as Dan Kleban. Having witnessed the ugly underbelly of capitalism, Dan and his brother Dave sought to build a brewery that could be successful by maint...

HH 044: Recreating Methode Accidental (Dr. Garth Cambray/Makana Meadery & David Frost B. United Int.)
May 13, 2021

Dr. Garth Cambray is the Director of Makana Meadery in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Makana Meadery has its beginnings in a Rhodes University-based biotechnology research project to develop state-of-the-art contin...

HH 043: Meanwhile In Springfield (Danielle D'Alessandro/Illinois Craft Brewers Guild)
May 06, 2021

The 2020 pandemic, among many things, dried up market access for craft brewers. As bars, restaurants and venues closed, breweries that stayed afloat had canning lines, steady access to ingredients and packaging; set placements in liquor,

HH 042: Can Mead Lead? (Ken Schramm/Schramm's Mead)
April 29, 2021

Ken Schramm is the Founder and President of Schramm’s Mead in Ferndale MI and author of The Compleat Mead Maker, widely considered to be the book on home honey wine production. Using proven methods from the wine world - including punchdowns,

HH 041: Reverberations (Adrian Utzon Dietz & Tobias Hjorth/Solbrud)
April 22, 2021

Joining us this week are Adrian Utzon Dietz (Guitar) and Tobias Hjorth (Bass) of the Copenhagen, Denmark-based black metal band Solbrud. Their fourth album - a double live album and DVD titled Levende I Brønshøj Vandtårn - is a collection of material p...

HH 040: Sencerone (Pat Fahey/Cicerone Program)
April 15, 2021

Pat Fahey is the Content Director for the Cicerone® Certification Program - a globally recognized certification and education program for beer professionals. In May 2013, Pat was the youngest person to pass the Master Cicerone® exam,