Heavy Hops Ep. 027: A Dive Into Lux (Grant Netzorg/In The Company of Serpents)

Grant Netzorg, frontman of the Denver based doom trio In The Company of Serpents joins us for our first conversation of 2021.  The bands recent release, Lux, landed on multiple 2020 year end lists, including our own.  We dive into the album touching on production and how the album differentiates from past releases.  Grant opens up about the lyrical content,

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Heavy Hops Ep. 026: Top North American Albums of 2020 (Luca Cimarusti & Gregg Elzinga)

Joining us for our final episode of 2020 are Luca Cimarusti (Luggage, Annihilus music critic for the Chicago Reader) and Gregg Elzinga of Metal Vinyl Weekend. We reveal our top five North American heavy albums for 2020 and discuss how we keep up with releases throughout the year, what sources we use to find new music, and what we look forward

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Heavy Hops Ep. 025: Top International Albums of 2020 (Mikael Stanne/Dark Tranquillity/Grand Cadaver)

Mikael Stanne, vocalist for the melodic death metal band Dark Tranquillity joins us for an epic episode! Dark Tranquillity recently released its 12th album Moment on Century Media Records. We dig into the album, specifically how it fits into the bands catalog; the process of integrating guitarists Christopher Amott and Johan Reinholdz into the bands existing sound and song writing

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Heavy Hops Ep. 024: A Dive Into Brewing Education (Christian von der Heide/Siebel Institute)

Christian Von der Heide, President and CEO of Siebel Institute – the oldest Brewing School in the Americas – joins us for a dive into brewing education.  How has it changed over time?  How and which technological innovations have impacted the industry most? Beer is an evolving and ever changing industry; Christian tells us about how Siebel has widened its

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Heavy Hops Ep. 023: Legal World Of Beer (Ashley Brandt/Tucker Ellis)

Our guest this week Ashley Brandt – a partner at the law firm Tucker Ellis – counsels alcoholic beverage clients across the tiers including breweries, distilleries, wholesalers, retailers, and restaurants. He also represents dispensaries and growers in the evolving cannabis and hemp field. Ashley is an important figure in the Chicago beverage world, and also keeps the Libation Law Blog.

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Heavy Hops Ep. 022: A Printmakers Journey (Bryn Gleason)

Bryn Gleason is a Chicago-based visual artist and printmaker specializing in Intaglio. Her work has been featured in galleries, art shows and festivals in Minneapolis, New York, Denver, and her adopted hometown Chicago. Bryn lends her creative talents to cocktail programs wherever she lives, showcasing specialized knowledge in agave spirits. In our discussion we speak about Bryn’s journey to Chicago,

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Heavy Hops Ep. 021: Me(n)tal Health (Jonny Boucher/Hope For The Day)

This week we are joined by Jonny Boucher, Founder and CEO of Hope For The Day (HFTD), a Chicago-based non profit movement that empowers conversation on proactive suicide prevention and mental health education. Jonny discusses how he found his calling through the punk rock scene and music promotion, the stigmatization of mental health and illness, HFTD’s work with the service

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Heavy Hops Ep. 020: Into The Hops (Magnus Tannergren/Into The Void)

Magnus Tannergren is the founder and editor of Sweden’s Into The Void Podcast. It’s a sonic fanzine covering the heavy underground that has been active since 2014 featuring interviews with underground bands and living legends of heavy rock. Magnus has previously been in rock radio and is a longtime staff writer for Slavestate Magazine – one of Sweden’s oldest and

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Heavy Hops Ep. 019: Paid In Soup (Karl Neurauter/Chicago Music Exchange)

The pandemic has put no stop to the world of music retail. Demand is through the roof and COVID has heavily impacted instrument manufacturing, creating challenges for retailers to keep up with demand. Karl Neurauter who runs the acoustic room at Chicago Music Exchange, a legendary local retailer of high end and vintage guitars, basses, and drums, describes the factors

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Heavy Hops Ep. 018: Pandemic Pizza (Derrick Tung/Paulie Gee’s)

A few Fridays ago Alexi was leaving his apartment to pick up pizza from a neighborhood restaurant.  At 7:30pm there were three cars double parked on the block, all delivering pies to neighbors.  The coincidence begged the question: is Pizza pandemic proof? Restaurants have to be creative during the pandemic.  With local and statewide restrictions changing – sometimes at odds

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