Heavy Hops Ep. 008: DIY & Self Distribution (Spiteful Brewing)

Spiteful Brewing was among the initial third wave brewers to emerge from Chicago’s burgeoning craft beer scene in 2012. The brewery has grown steadily and maintained a steadfast commitment to modern interpretations of classic styles. In our conversation with Founder Jason Klein we learn about the brewery’s roots in self-distribution; how the transition to working with one of the largest

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Heavy Hops Ep. 007 – Part II: Why DIY (Bongripper)

In Part II of our conversation Nick Dellacroce opens up about Bongripper pressing its own records, the value of having complete control from recording process to distribution, the role of the internet in instilling the confidence to continue with a DIY approach six albums in, the importance of media relationships, and musical quality and confidence. We also dive into Nick’s

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Heavy Hops Ep. 007 – Part I: Why DIY (Bongripper)

Since 2006 Chicago’s Bongripper has captured the attention of metal heads globally with its unique low end driven instrumental, drone inspired brand of devastating doom metal.  In Part I of this conversation Guitarist and founding member Nick Dellacroce discusses the formation of Bongripper; the crucial role peer-to-peer file sharing (torrenting) played in his discovery of music; the importance of variety

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Heavy Hops Ep.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

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Heavy Hops Ep. 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

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Heavy Hops Ep. 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

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Heavy Hops Ep. 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

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Heavy Hops Ep. 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

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Heavy Hops Ep. 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

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