Heavy Hops Ep. 015: Rustic Ales of Chicago (Mike Schallau/Is Was Brewing)

Belgian ales of all styles are favorites at Heavy Hops. Whether its a farmhouse ale with spelt from Brasserie de Blaugies, a beautiful unsweetened lambic from Cantillon or a hoppy pale ale from De La Senne, these beers all carry a strong sense of place. Their sensibilities are clear and intentional: from aroma and flavor to the designs on the

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Heavy Hops Ep. 013: Convergence of Politics, Art, Religion & Heavy Music (Mute Neighbor)

Mute Neighbor is a Chicago-based visual artist. You’ve seen his work on posters and merch for bands such as Pelican, Uniform, Chelsea Wolf, Emma Ruth Rundle, Russian Circles and Rezn to name a few. In this episode of Heavy Hops we learn about how he found art and merch design through the world of webzines, the creative process, his religious

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Heavy Hops Ep. 012: Black Metal & Comics (Luca Cimarusti & Mike Gebel)

Joining us today are Luca Cimarusti of heavy bands Annihilus and Luggage and Mike Gebel, formerly the talent buyer for The Empty Bottle, a legendary independent venue in Chicago. In our conversation, we touch on coming of age in Chicagoland and the importance of independent and DIY venues in the city, and suburbs, from the perspectives of a talent buyer

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Everything You Need Know About Scorched Tundra X

The landmark tenth edition of Scorched Tundra takes place on Labor Day Weekend at The Empty Bottle.  Ten total performances over three days, a curated art show, and a beer release party among the attractions.  Don’t have tickets? Order them HERE. This lineup is challenging and devastating on many levels; each of these artists forge their own space at

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