Heavy Hops Ep. 049: Non-Traditional Hop Farming (James Altwies/Hopnology & Siebel Institute of Technology)

This week we’re focusing on a specific overlap of agriculture and beer: small scale hop farming in non-traditional areas. Who is starting small farms, where are they located and what are the historical and present challenges these farmers face in North America where the “scale-up to succeed” mentality and monocropping are most prevalent? How is the “what’s new” consumer fixation

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Heavy Hops Ep. 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

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Heavy Hops Ep. 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

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Heavy Hops Ep. 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

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Heavy Hops Ep. 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

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Buck The Hum With Scorched Tundra’s Alexi D. Front at The Empty Bottle on 6/5/21

Join us from 7-11:30pm on Saturday June 5th for an evening of vinyl and lager at The Empty Bottle! Alexi D. Front, organizer of Scorched Tundra festival and co-host of Heavy Hops Podcast, will play records and showcase his collaboration with Chicago’s lager veterans Metropolitan Brewing.  Humbucker is a Dortmunder-style lager: an ideal complement for evenings of music friendly dancing

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Heavy Hops Ep. 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.

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Heavy Hops Ep. 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

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Heavy Hops Ep. 042: Can Mead Lead? (Ken Schramm/Schramm’s Mead)

Ken Schramm is the Founder and President of Schramm’s Mead in Ferndale MI and author of The Compleat Mead Maker, widely considered to be the book on home honey wine production. Using proven methods from the wine world – including punchdowns, pump overs, free runs, real fruit and lengthy maturation times for clarity – Ken seeks to showcase a true

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Heavy Hops Ep. 041: Reverberations (Adrian Utzon Dietz & Tobias Hjorth/Solbrud)

Joining us this week are Adrian Utzon Dietz (Guitar) and Tobias Hjorth (Bass) of the Copenhagen, Denmark-based black metal band Solbrud. Their fourth album – a double live album and DVD titled Levende I Brønshøj Vandtårn – is a collection of material primarily from the band’s first three albums, recorded in a water tower, over two sold out evenings in November

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