6 episodes

Heavy Hops uses beer and heavy music as lenses to frame larger cultural and social questions. Guests from the music and beer industry join hosts Alexi D Front (Scorched Tundra) and Sam Cangelosi to share their stories and discuss why and how the worlds of heavy music and beer matter and are highly intertwined. Dive and get heavy with new episodes every Thursday.

Heavy Hops Scorched Tundra

    • Music Commentary
    • 5.0, 15 Ratings

Heavy Hops uses beer and heavy music as lenses to frame larger cultural and social questions. Guests from the music and beer industry join hosts Alexi D Front (Scorched Tundra) and Sam Cangelosi to share their stories and discuss why and how the worlds of heavy music and beer matter and are highly intertwined. Dive and get heavy with new episodes every Thursday.

    HH 006: Top Albums of 2020...So Far (Gregg Elzinga/Metal Vinyl Weekend)

    HH 006: Top Albums of 2020...So Far (Gregg Elzinga/Metal Vinyl Weekend)

    Friend of the show Gregg Elzinga joins us to talk about our favorite albums from the first half of 2020. Gregg opens up about his tenure at Three Floyds, Dark Lord Day, and events he produces, including Metal Vinyl Weekend.  Gregg and Alexi share formative beers and discuss their landmark influence. Enjoy tracks from the releases mentioned on the playlist companion.

    Beers Enjoyed:

    Three Floyds Dark Lord 2009 | Russian Imperial Stout (w/ Intelligentsia Coffee)

    18th Street Coffee Hunter 2014 | Double Milk Stout (w/ Cocao Nibs, Lactose & Metropolis Coffee)

    Firestone Walker Parabola 2011 | Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout

    Firestone Walker Sucaba 2012 | Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine

    Gregg’s Picks:

    In The Company Of Serpents – Lux

    Midnight – Rebirth by Blasphemy

    Temple of the Void – The World That Was

    Elephant Tree – Habits

    Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin Kynsi

    Elder – Omens

    Sam’s Picks:

    Regarde Les Hommes Tomber – Ascension

    Sylvaine – Time Without an End (split w/ Unreqvited)

    Thy Catafalque – Naiv

    Alexi’s Picks:

    Naglfar – Cerecloth

    Horisont – Sudden Death

    Yuri Gagarin – The Outskirts of Reality

    Ocean Chief – Den Tredje Dagen

    Metal Vinyl Weekend Socials:

    Instagram

    Heavy Hops Socials:

    Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Twitter

    • 1 hr 13 min
    HH 005: Lager Speed (Metropolitan Brewing)

    HH 005: Lager Speed (Metropolitan Brewing)

    Metropolitan Brewery has embraced lager life and leads an exciting battle to reclaim palates and highlight the character and cultural importance of “yellow fizzy beer”. Co-Founders Tracy Hurst (President) and Doug Hurst (Head Brewer) discuss their beginnings; the beer landscape of Chicago when the brewery was founded in 2009; and landmark shifts for their business; namely, moving to a larger facility, increasing production and adopting cans for off-premise sale. Values which are informed by a clear business philosophy and commitment to cross department collaboration are clearly stated in the interconnectedness of their operations, values, and company culture.

    We also discussed a collaboration with Scorched Tundra, Humbucker, a Dortmunder-style lager that will be available in cans this summer.

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    Beers Enjoyed:

    Metropolitan Stromhaus | Helles Lager

    Metropolitan Krankshaft | Kölsch

    Metropolitan Socials:

    Website

    Facebook

    Twitter

    Instagram

    Heavy Hops Socials:

    Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Twitter

    Heavy Hops Logo and Episode Art By: Bryn Gleason

    • 1 hr
    HH 004: Brewpub Life (DryHop, Corridor & Crushed By Giants Brewpubs)

    HH 004: Brewpub Life (DryHop, Corridor & Crushed By Giants Brewpubs)

    Brant Dobuvick is the Director of Brewing Operations for three successful Chicago brewpubs: DryHop Brewers, Corridor Provisions & Brewery, and Crushed By Giants (which opened on July 17, 2020).  In this engaging conversation we discuss what it means to be a small brewpub in Chicago in the midst of a changing landscape impacted by COVID 19, the cultural synergy between music and beer, and the business model of having multiple on/own-premise locations in one city.

    Beers Enjoyed:

    Dry Hop Happy Accident

    Dry Hop Handful of Minutes

    Check Out:

    Dry Hop Brewers

    Corridor Brewery & Provisions

    Roebuck Pizza

    Crushed By Giants

    Heavy Hops Socials:

    Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Twitter

    Logo And Episode Design By: Bryn Gleason

    • 48 min
    HH 003: Music In And Out Of Venues (Empty Bottle & Thalia Hall)

    HH 003: Music In And Out Of Venues (Empty Bottle & Thalia Hall)

    Chicago is one of the few cities in the United States with a thriving independent music venue circuit not dominated by Live Nation or AEG. We are joined by Molly Mobley (Talent Buyer – Empty Bottle) and Brent Heyl (Talent Buyer Thalia Hall, Empty Bottle; Partner Empty Bottle Presents) to discuss the value and importance of independent music venues and how they are adopting in light of challenges presented by COVID 19. We also discuss our favorite music events at these venues and what makes these spaces unique and reflective of Chicago.

    Beers Enjoyed:

    Gamma/Scorched Tundra Endless Descent:

    A Baltic Porter featuring Weyermann Chocolate Rye Malt. Brewed for Scorched Tundra IX in Gothenburg (May 2018) with artwork by longtime festival visual artist Axel Widén.  A collaboration with Gamma Brewing Company.

    Billboard: Live Nation Plans to Reduce Payments, Shift Risks to Artists For 2021 Festivals:

    Please consider donating to NIVA and CIVL to provide continued support for independent venues:

    National Independent Venue Association (NIVA)

    Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL)

    Check Out:

    Thalia Hall Website

    Thalia Hall On Facebook

    Empty Bottle On Facebook

    Thalia Hall Staff Go Fund Me

    Empty Bottle Staff Go Fund Me

    Heavy Hops Socials:

    HH Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Twitter

    Episode Art By: Bryn Gleason

    • 1 hr 6 min
    HH 002: Lore of Ninjas And Unicorns (Pipeworks Brewing)

    HH 002: Lore of Ninjas And Unicorns (Pipeworks Brewing)

    Pipeworks Brewing Co. is an institution in the Chicago beer scene. Having developed a rich catalog of beers since forming in 2012, they’ve expanded their reach beyond the city and are doing so on their own terms. Creative Director and Head of Product Development Kate Brankin guides us through origins of the brewery, how they have adapted their beers over time while the brewery has grown and palates around them have changed. We may even learn of the long fabled origins of the battle between Ninja and Unicorn.

    Beers Enjoyed:

    NVU Vs. The Haze

    Velocity of Light

    Choice Helles Lager

    Pipeworks Socials:

    Official Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Twitter

    Heavy Hops Socials:

    HH Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Twitter

    Logo And Episode Art By: Bryn Gleason

    • 1 hr 37 min
    HH 001: Getting To Know Us

    HH 001: Getting To Know Us

    In this inaugural episode the hosts of Heavy Hops, Alexi D. Front and Sam Cangelosi dive into their introductions to the world of beer, heavy music and Chicago hospitality.   Over a few beers the two discuss their favorite metal releases of 2019 and the values behind heavy music and beer they find most compelling.

    Beers Enjoyed:

    Pipeworks/Scorched Tundra/Collective Arts Collaboration Backeotomy

    Jester King/Trois Dames/Crooked Stave Sin Frontera

    Alexi’s Top Albums of 2019:

    Darkthrone Old Star

    King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

    False Portent

    Candlemass The Door to Doom

    Inter Arma Sulphur English 

    Sam’s Top Albums:

    Alcest Spiritual Instinct

    Cult of Luna A Dawn to Fear

    Mount Saturn Kiss the Ring

    Mizmor Cairn

    Mass Worship Mass Worship 

    Heavy Hops Socials:

    Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Twitter

    Logo And Episode Design By: Bryn Gleason

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

PB106 ,

🤘🍻

A couple of local beer and metal fanatics. It’s like the friends I’ve never had. I’ve learned a lot about beer from these dudes

5939527wow ,

My new faves

Sam and Alexi are like the two metal dudes in the back of the bar pounding craft beers and talking about music until last call. They always seem to get the coolest guests and have the best beer. Great to listen to in quarantine and reminisce about the Before Times when music festivals and bars were a thing.

Groseph21 ,

Trüe Podcasting

Boy I could listen to these brah’s talk for days.

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