Heavy Hops

Heavy Hops

Latest Episodes

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. Youve likely seen Ammos work; hes created concert and festival posters for Neurosis, Converge, The Melvins, Che

HH 083: Efficient Isn't Always Better (Lou Bank & Chava Peribán/S.A.C.R.E.D & Agave Road Trip Podcast)
February 17, 2022

For a few years I’ve been intrigued by agave spirits, and in particular Mezcal. The flavor profiles, methods of production and history of these beverages are fascinating and delicious. In the interest

HH 082: Under The "L" In Evanston (Paul Hletko/Few Spirits)
February 10, 2022

Joining me this week is Paul Hletko, founder and distiller of Few Spirits in Evanston, immediately north of Chicago. Hletko’s imaginative approach to bourbon, whiskey and gin have garnered many accola

HH 081: Wall of Amps (Greg Anderson/Sunn 0))), Southern Lord Records)
February 03, 2022

Joining us this week is Greg Anderson, co-founder of the experimental metal band Sunn O))) and its label home Southern Lord Records. We discuss the band’s recent output Metta, Benevolence BBC 6Music:

HH 080: The Second Testament (Jeff Alworth/Beervana, The Beer Bible)
January 27, 2022

Jeff Alworth, an award-winning beer writer based in Portland, Oregon is our guest this week. Jeff has authored five books on beer, The Widmer Way, The Secrets of Master Brewers, Cider Made Simple, Bee

HH 078: Happiness From The Sky (Luca Cimarusti/Annihilus, Luggage)
January 13, 2022

Joining me this week is Luca Cimarusti - drummer in Chicago-based heavy trio Luggage, and leader of his solo black metal project Annihilus. Both bands were creatively active in 2021 and released new m

HH 077: Wheaties & Lucky Charms (Kate Bernot/Good Beer Hunting Sightlines, Craft Beer & Brewing)
January 06, 2022

Joining us this week is Kate Bernot, a contributing Editor for Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine, Sightlines contributor for Good Beer Hunting, and previously beer editor for Draft Magazine. In addition t

HH 076: Protest Songs (Zach Blair/Rise Against)
December 30, 2021

Joining us this week is Zach Blair, lead guitarist in the legendary punk band Rise Against. For anyone that grew up in Chicago in the early 2000s and was at all interested in rock music, Rise Against

HH 075: Discovering Cultural Confidence (Lucy Corne/On Tap Magazine/African Beer Cup)
December 23, 2021

Joining me this week is Lucy Corne a freelance writer and beverage industry consultant based in Cape Town. She is the Editor of On Tap Magazine, South Africa’s only magazine dedicated to beer. Lucy is