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Heavy Hops is an interview format podcast featuring conversations with leaders, creators, 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 and Sam Cangelosi. New episodes every Thursday.

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Heavy Hops is an interview format podcast featuring conversations with leaders, creators, 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 and Sam Cangelosi. New episodes every Thursday.

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

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

    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; the importance of seeking new, niche, experiences - whether at home or abroad; beer and metal intersections by way of Hammerheart Brewing; and what it has been like working as a distribution sales rep during the pandemic. 



    On the back nine of our discussion we hear about developments and trends Samu is observing on-premise as Key Account & Specialty Brand Manager for Louis Glunz a Chicagoland beer distributor. Will Flavored Malt Beverages (FMBs and Seltzers) and Ready to Drink (RTDs) products continue to eat away at beer’s market share in bars and restaurants as it has in the cold box and on shelves in grocery and liquor stores? We also discuss the variety of roles collaboration can play between breweries and in communities; as well as the challenges and opportunities existent for concert promoters, podcasters and beer distributors to do more to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the spaces we love every day. 



    Find Samu Rahn:

    Cairn (Bandcamp)

    Wintering (Bandcamp)

    Louis Glunz Beer



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    Episode Art and HH Logo By: Bryn Gleason



    Beers Enjoyed:

    Hammerheart Gesik (2017)

    Stiegl Goldbrau

    Jester King Spon Raspberry and Cherry (2018)

    Old Irving Things We Don’t Say



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    • 1 hr 55 min
    HH 047: Hearing Conservation (Drs. Michael Santucci & Howard Kotler)

    HH 047: Hearing Conservation (Drs. Michael Santucci & Howard Kotler)

    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. Howard Kotler, an ear nose and throat specialist. As the world’s only audiologist-run earphone manufacturer Dr. Santucci’s firm Sensaphonics attracts musicians from all over the world seeking hearing protection. 



    Using the recent film Sound of Metal as our starting point we discuss how hearing injury and loss can occur, the role stigmatization plays in exacerbating hearing damage and what constitutes effective hearing conservation. Dr. Santucci also touches on his work with the World Health Organization on decibel limits in venues and hearing loss prevention in music. Hearing injury can occur through repeated exposure in a variety of loud environments and this conversation encourages a holistic approach to the topic. 



    Find Dr. Michael Santucci:

    Sensaphonics & Hearing Clinic



    Find Dr. Howard Kotler

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    Episode Notes: https://scorchedtundra.com/heavy-hops-ep-047-hearing-conservation-drs-michael-santucci-howard-kotler/

    • 1 hr
    HH 046: Migration and ReChording (Trevor Shelley de Brauw/Pelican/Chord/RLYR)

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

    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, The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, City of Echoes), the fourth Chord effort Imperfect Authentic Cadence and the upcoming RLYR album, which was being recorded at the time of this conversation. We discuss sources of inspiration, use of file-sharing in songwriting, and the experience of allowing fans insight into the creative process through new technology such as Tik Tok. Trevor also works as a publicist and tells us about the changing landscape of public relations and communicating with journalists.



    Here's a spotify playlist containing Trevor’s work. Click the band names below to access their Bandcamp profiles.



    Listen To Trevor:

    Pelican

    RLYR

    Chord



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    • 1 hr 7 min
    HH 045: Virtuous Cycle (Dan Kleban & Anne Marisic/Maine Beer Co)

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

    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 maintaining a moral approach to sustainability. The company sought success not through rapid growth and expansion, rather by treating the environment and his employees well, creating a virtuous cycle. 



    Anne Marisic, the Director of Marketing and Communication, highlights how she discovered Maine Beer Co and the pull that compelled her to partake in their mission. She points out that small, intentional, daily steps combined with long term strategic efforts - such as applying for grants - have allowed Maine Beer Company to take big steps towards its goals of reducing its environmental footprint.



    We discuss the sensibilities and inspiration behind the appearance, aroma, and flavors of Maine Beer Co’s beers. Guiding principles extend to packaging; bottle conditioning, iconic, thick brown glass half liter bottles and concise branding stand out on the shelves. Mainstays such as Woods and Waters, Peeper and Lunch are named for initiatives linked to 1% For The Planet, an organization and business network central to Maine Beer Co’s environmental stewardship efforts. Success resulting from critical acclaim for the beers looks are plain to see.



    Dan also discusses the overlap of Maine Beer Company’s environmental work and equity, diversity and inclusion. While the Brewers Association - of which the Chair of the Associate Board of Directors - is working to address social justice, members, regardless of their beliefs, should start by setting a good example. “If you care about the environment you care about equity.”



    Find Maine Beer Co.

    Official Website

    Facebook

    Instagram



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    Photos Provided By Maine Beer Co.



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    • 1 hr 12 min
    HH 044: Recreating Methode Accidental (Dr. Garth Cambray/Makana Meadery & David Frost B. United Int.)

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

    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 continuous fermentation technology for producing iQhilika, a traditional African mead.









































    Garth walks us through early experiences with traditional beverages from the region such as Umqombothi, mampoer and iQhilika. A chance meeting with David Frost of beverage importer B. United Int and a warm reception for Makana’s honey wines at the 2005 International Mead Festival secured a future for Garth’s meads in North America.









































    Garth and David tell us about the Methode Accidental Project, in which the two foraged for and collected honey from the diverse biomes of South Africa. The honey mixed with rain water, local fruit and “whatever may come” contributed to interesting fermentation flavors. 









































    These spontaneously fermented meads convey a remarkable sense of place in their fermentation character, aroma, appearance and flavor. Crucially they are rooted in a sincere desire to use conservation to build cultural confidence, enable technological empowerment, create sustainable incomes for local beekeepers, while sharing untold stories.























































    Find Makana Meadery:

    Meadery Info

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    Episode Art and HH Logo By: Bryn Gleason

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    HH 043: Meanwhile In Springfield (Danielle D'Alessandro/Illinois Craft Brewers Guild)

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

    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, grocery and convenience stores; and feet on the street to ensure those placements didn’t get lost. This only represents a small number of the near 9,000 breweries in the United States or three hundred in Illinois. Through the Governor’s Executive Order and efforts from lobbyists and trade associations, restaurants and retailers gained the right to deliver alcohol directly to customers (first in their original package then as “cocktails to go”). Will Illinois’ small (Class 1) craft breweries and brewpubs be able to enjoy these privileges - and realize Direct to Consumer shipping parity with wine producers - into the future? These are among the questions and challenges facing the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and its members in this current legislative session.



    Joining us this week is Danielle D’Alessandro, Executive Director of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, which we’ll refer to as ICBG, or guild, interchangeably during our discussion. Danielle tells us about the Brewers Economic Equity and Relief Act (BEER Act - here’s the legislation), which seeks to give Illinois breweries and brewpubs expanded access to consumers. We also discuss franchise law and excise tax reform (which has been a hot button topic in Oregon), and legislative headwinds the guild faces in contending with the Illinois Liquor Control Act, a statute which is almost 90 years old. What are some of the challenges the guild faces when passing legislation and finding coalition partners? Outside of Springfield, will we see the return of marquee events and fundraising opportunities such FOBAB or reimagined Beer Under Glass in 2021? 



    In 2019, after nearly a decade of advocating for Illinois Craft brewers Danielle became only the second woman to win the F.X Matt Defense of the Industry Award given annually by the Brewers Association. Danielle also discusses the responsibility trade associations have to listen and take stands on social justice, human rights, diversity,

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 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!

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