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Heavy Hops is an interview format podcast featuring conversations with leaders, creators, insiders and innovators in the beverage and music industries. We are passionate about heavy music and beer, driven by curiosity, and interested in showcasing a variety of viewpoints and opinions. From the creator of Scorched Tundra, hosted by Alexi D. Front. New episodes every Thursday.

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Heavy Hops is an interview format podcast featuring conversations with leaders, creators, insiders and innovators in the beverage and music industries. We are passionate about heavy music and beer, driven by curiosity, and interested in showcasing a variety of viewpoints and opinions. From the creator of Scorched Tundra, hosted by Alexi D. Front. New episodes every Thursday.

    HH 093: As The Writing Process Unfolds (Will & Sam Skarstad/Yellow Eyes, Ustalost)

    HH 093: As The Writing Process Unfolds (Will & Sam Skarstad/Yellow Eyes, Ustalost)

    One of my favorite parts about talking to musicians is getting to the heart of why they make the creative and musical decisions that are then committed to tape or performed live. Why did they choose to write their lyrics in a certain manner? Why did they record their live album in a historic water tower? How will they reimagine older material for an upcoming performance? The thread among many of these conversations is that they are reflections musicians share on what they’ve done or will do.



    This week’s conversation with Will and Sam Skarstad - collaborators, brothers and founding members of New York black metal band Yellow Eyes - shares a rare moment of these decisions happening in real time. The two took a break from intensive writing sessions to share observations of how their creative process is unfolding, how they feel about field recordings which have played an important part in creating ambiance and sense of place in past albums, and what they imagine for the follow up to 2019’s Rare Field Ceiling. 



    Find Yellow Eyes:

    Bandcamp

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    Website (Listen to all episodes and access detailed show notes!)

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    Instagram

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    Episode Art and HH Logo By: Bryn Gleason



    Audio editing, mix and mastering: Esben Willems/Studio Berserk



    Music by: Sam Cangelosi



    Please Subscribe to our podcast via your preferred listening platform. Rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts to help others find us! Support The Show By Donating. Give the gift of HH by sharing our episodes on social media! Small actions such as these go a long way in helping others find us!

    • 58 min
    HH 092: Human-Size Stories (Michael Kiser/Good Beer Hunting)

    HH 092: Human-Size Stories (Michael Kiser/Good Beer Hunting)

    Good Beer Hunting has changed how beer is covered and viewed. Over the past decade, founder Michael Kiser and his team have used photography, long form journalism, podcasting, humor and even festivals as avenues for sharing experiences, flavors and perhaps most importantly, human-size stories. I joined Michael at GBH studio in West Town, and over glasses of Bourbon County Barley Wine and Schlenkerla Weizen we discussed our mutual histories in beer, how covering it has changed over time, and what kind of future we see for this beverage that has shaped our lives. It was a pleasure to have this conversation in person - some things are just better face to face.



    Find Michael Kiser:

    Good Beer Hunting

    Feel Goods Company

    Twitter



    Find Heavy Hops:

    Website (Listen to all episodes and access detailed show notes!)

    Facebook

    Instagram

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    Episode Art and HH Logo By: Bryn Gleason



    Audio editing, mix and mastering: Esben Willems/Studio Berserk



    Music by: Sam Cangelosi



    Please Subscribe to our podcast via your preferred listening platform. Rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts to help others find us! Support The Show By Donating. Give the gift of HH by sharing our episodes on social media! Small actions such as these go a long way in helping others find us!

    • 1 hr 26 min
    HH 091: Historiographies (Tara Nurin/A Woman's Place Is In The Brewhouse)

    HH 091: Historiographies (Tara Nurin/A Woman's Place Is In The Brewhouse)

    Tara Nurin is a veteran freelance writer, consultant, lecturer and educator who focuses on the culture, history and business of beer. Her most recent book A Woman’s Place Is In The Brewhouse: A Forgotten History of Alewives, Brewsters, Witches and CEOs (Chicago Review Press, September 2021) covers these exact topics, celebrating the contributions and influence of female brewers,. Our conversation focuses on herstory - history considered or presented from a feminist viewpoint or with special attention to the experience of women - and forces such as archival silences and historiographical biases that have erased women’s voices from brewing history. A Woman’s Place Is In the Brewhouse is an important addition to the collective body of beer history on account of both its well-researched historical focus, and the social questions it raises.



    Find Tara Nurin:

    Official Website & Socials



    Find Heavy Hops:

    Website (Listen to all episodes and access detailed show notes!)

    Facebook

    Instagram

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    Episode Art and HH Logo By: Bryn Gleason



    Audio editing, mix and mastering: Esben Willems/Studio Berserk



    Music by: Sam Cangelosi



    Please Subscribe to our podcast via your preferred listening platform. Rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts to help others find us! Support The Show By Donating. Give the gift of HH by sharing our episodes on social media! Small actions such as these go a long way in helping others find us!

    • 49 min
    HH 090: Back On The Road (Kirill Orlov & Marc Najjar/Huntsmen)

    HH 090: Back On The Road (Kirill Orlov & Marc Najjar/Huntsmen)

    Joining us this week are Kirill Orlov and Marc Najjar guitarist and bassist/vocalist respectively of Huntsmen. The bands unique combination of folk Americana with doom-inspired heavy sections and harmonized vocals are presented through different production and storytelling lenses on the band's debut American Scrap and 2020’s Mandala of Fear. The re-release of American Scrap by Prosthetic Records will be supplemented with a special performance of the album at Roadburn Festival. We discuss how American Scrap is more relevant than ever musically and lyrically; how the record is being transformed for the upcoming performance; and how they’ve incorporated vocalist Aimee Bueno sonically and personally into the project. The Dying Pines, the bands most recent output will be celebrated with a special hometown preview taking place at The Empty Bottle on April 9th. 



    Find Huntsmen:

    Official Website & Social Media

    Buy tickets to see Huntsmen with Sweet Cobra and Guest.



    Find Heavy Hops:

    Website (Listen to all episodes and access detailed show notes!)

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Twitter

    Support The Show By Donating



    Episode Art and HH Logo By: Bryn Gleason



    Audio editing, mix and mastering: Esben Willems/Studio Berserk



    Music by: Sam Cangelosi



    Please Subscribe to our podcast via your preferred listening platform. Rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts to help others find us! Support The Show By Donating. Give the gift of HH by sharing our episodes on social media! Small actions such as these go a long way in helping others find us!

    • 44 min
    HH 089: Context Is Crucial (Martin Atkins/Museum of Post Punk & Industrial Music)

    HH 089: Context Is Crucial (Martin Atkins/Museum of Post Punk & Industrial Music)

    Martin Atkins’ experience as a musician and entrepreneur spans genres, borders and industries. He was a member of Public Image Limited with Johnny Rotten, Ministry, Killing Joke, and Pigface in addition to being a performer with Nine Inch Nails. He’s touched every aspect of the music industry and covered it in his three books. We discuss Martin’s most recent undertaking, the Museum of Post Punk and Industrial Music in Chicago and what it's been like collecting, and deciding what to do with equipment, costumes, and other artifacts from his rich and colorful career. Martin is also the music business program coordinator at Millikin University in Decatur, IL and lectures regularly about the music industry. We devote time to my questions about building a local scene in a highly globalized world and how artists can get recognized amidst the proliferation of music online.



    Find Martin Atkins:

    More about Martin

    Twitter

    Instagram



    Find Heavy Hops:

    Website (Listen to all episodes and access detailed show notes!)

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Twitter

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    Episode Art and HH Logo By: Bryn Gleason



    Audio editing, mix and mastering: Esben Willems/Studio Berserk



    Music by: Sam Cangelosi



    Please Subscribe to our podcast via your preferred listening platform. Rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts to help others find us! Support The Show By Donating. Give the gift of HH by sharing our episodes on social media! Small actions such as these go a long way in helping others find us!

    • 56 min
    HH 088: Hybrid Strains (Lance Shaner/Omega Yeast Lab)

    HH 088: Hybrid Strains (Lance Shaner/Omega Yeast Lab)

    Joining me this week is Lance Shaner, founder of Omega Yeast Lab in Chicago. A microbiologist by training and former patent attorney, Lance’s analytical approach to creating hybrid yeast strains for breweries was groundbreaking from the inception of Omega Yeast in 2013. We discuss how Lance approaches creating these hybrid strains of yeast, and we give special attention to Omega’s Hothead - the first commercially produced Kveik strain available in North America. As the yeast lab that has always seemed to be a step ahead of the beer industry I was curious to know where he finds inspiration, how he works with hop growers and brewers to better understand their challenges, and where he can provide a solution. We also tie together music and beer, how does Lance square his musical and professional pursuits?



    Find Lance Shaner:

    Omega Yeast Lab

    Instagram



    Find Heavy Hops:

    Website (Listen to all episodes and access detailed show notes!)

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Twitter

    Support The Show By Donating



    Episode Art and HH Logo By: Bryn Gleason



    Audio editing, mix and mastering: Esben Willems/Studio Berserk



    Music by: Sam Cangelosi



    Please Subscribe to our podcast via your preferred listening platform. Rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts to help others find us! Support The Show By Donating. Give the gift of HH by sharing our episodes on social media! Small actions such as these go a long way in helping others find us!

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

jgebavi ,

I like the show

I just think it’s neat!

Takakkaw ,

Put your feet up and enjoy some Heavy Hops

Alexi and Sam discuss their passions be it music, beer, local DIY businesses and artists. What I enjoy most is that they don’t over talk or compete with their guests. They are able to direct the conversation but sit back and listen with us while their guests share their knowledge and experiences during the podcast. It’s well organized and their shows offer a great diversity in beer and metal. Cheers!

bgrant13 ,

Super Entertaining!

I love this podcast. I’m learning something new every episode and I’ve worked in breweries my whole life. Would definitely recommend!