Heavy Hops

Heavy Hops


Latest Episodes

HH 039: Elemental Forces (Alex Stjernfeldt/Novarupta)
April 08, 2021

Joining us this week is Alex Stjernfeldt, a Gothenburg, Sweden-based multi-instrumentalist. You may know him from past and present musical projects: Grand Cadaver, Let Them Hang, The Moth Gatherer, and Novarupta.

HH 038: We're Just Getting Started (Johannes Eckerström & John Alfredsson/Avatar)
April 01, 2021

Johannes Eckerström and John Alfredsson, are the vocalist and drummer respectively, of the Gothenburg-based metal band Avatar. Our wide-ranging discussion covers the Ages live stream series, building success in America following 2012’s The Black Waltz,...

HH 037: Happy Happy Cold Club (Noah Hopkins/Dark Matter Coffee)
March 25, 2021

Noah Hopkins is the Production Manager at Dark Matter Coffee’s Mothership facility located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. We discuss how Noah applies methods of building and balancing flavor in brewing to roasting coffee,

HH 036: The House Is Home (Cathy Pellow/Sargent House)
March 18, 2021

Cathy Pellow is the founder of Sargent House, a record label and artist management company based in Los Angeles. In putting the commitment to long term artist development at the center of her work, Cathy facilitates a growing community of highly respec...

HH 035: Thirty Years of Royal Destruction (Marko Tervonen/The Crown)
March 11, 2021

Marko Tervonen is a founding member and guitarist of The Crown, a death/thrash metal band from Sweden’s west coast. Royal Destroyer, the band’s tenth album, comes out on March 12 via Metal Blade Records. Marko discusses reaching this landmark,

UXÅ HXC III: Documenting A Movement (Susanne Odell/Umeå Hardcore Arkiv)
March 09, 2021

An important part of Sweden’s democratic evolution over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is the involvement of its people in social movements, popular movements, and non-official associations. By organizing themselves in groups,

HH 034: Methode Accidental (Matthias Neidhart & David Frost/B. United Int.)
March 04, 2021

Joining us today are Matthias Neidhart and David Frost of B. United International – an importer of specialty beer, cider, sake and meads – based in Connecticut. Brewers and producers they represent such as Hitachino/Kiuchi, De Dolle, Schlenkerla,

HH 033: Finding Your Way Through Beer Culture (Breandán Kearney/Belgian Smaak)
February 25, 2021

I first encountered Breandán Kearney‘s work during my time at Local Option beer bar in Chicago. I carried on a tradition of showcasing artisanal brewers from around the world, giving them a draft platform in one of the best beer cities.

HH 032: Sofa Hero (Chris Quinn/The Beer Temple)
February 18, 2021

Chris Quinn, owner of Chicago’s Beer Temple tap room and bottle shop, is back for a conversation covering how winter reopening compares to summer, category transcendence and classification of hard seltzers, and making manufacturing sexy again.

HH 031: Climbing Trees During Blizzards (Matt Sampson/Hacienda Beer & Door County Brewing)
February 11, 2021

The first time Sam, Bryn and I visited Door County, Wisconsin was in January 2019.  At Half Acre’s Far And Away Festival the previous autumn I was introduced to Hacienda Beer Co, only to discover I’d in fact known most of them from their time studying ...