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Hop Topic

Hop Topic

By Hop Topic
Born out of late night conversations after (exactly) one too many in the complete dark, one guy decided to actually hit record on his voice memo app.

Many episodes and many guests later, Joe continues cracking a cold one with whoever he can get to sit on the other end of a microphone.

It goes like this, three friends gather around the mics with a brand new six pack and talk about three random, sometimes completely unrelated topics. Truly, it's mayhem. But we're okay with that.
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Fjord Brewing Valkyrie Ascension Dark Ale
Dan and Erica are back this week for the start of Dark Beer season (the best time of year). Dan brewed us another six pack that we crack open to discuss more dating app stories, things that are popular that we hate, and conspiracies that we actually believe.
November 20, 2021
Lancaster Brewing Baked Pumpkin Ale
We have two brand new faces (voices) on this episode! Trey and Lindsay join the podcast for another relationship centered discussion. We discuss dating in the world of vaccinations, how texting/instant messaging has impacted relationships, and just how much of your social media your significant other is entitled to.
October 16, 2021
Blueprint Brewing Cake Vanilla Cream Ale
We're back! (For now), Dan and Erica come back for our first episode in quite a while. Joe's birthday was this week so we discuss some of our favorite birthday stories, things we mastered as kids but can no longer do, and we argue a lot over open relationships. It's a joy to be back.
September 18, 2021
Fjord Brewing Glueless Blonde Ale
Dan and Joe welcome podcast newbie Erica to the show. This week, we discuss music from our childhood, our favorite poverty meals, and our drinking firsts.
June 19, 2021
Yards Juicy Giant Tropical IPA
This week we have our longest intro ever. We're joined by a new trio of old guests, Tyler & Cam. This week we brainstorm ideas for new podcasts we'd each like to make (in theory), the most useless jobs on the planet, and Tyler phones a friend for his topic.
June 5, 2021
Double Nickel Dot Matrix
Nigel and Tyler are back for their multiple of 5 episode in episode 60. We discuss our own personal codes and what we consider "illegal" behaviors for ourselves, horror and things we fear, and go through all the topics that we discussed over the last 60 episodes.
May 8, 2021
Ketel One Cucumber Mint Vodka Spritzer
Devon and Marie are back this week to discuss Aliens! Our personal vendettas with certain companies/places, and as is tradition we discuss our personalities in one form or another. This time, another, we talk through our results of the Myer-Briggs personality test to see what Es, Ns, Fs, or Js, we are (spoiler).
April 24, 2021
The Axe Imperial IPA
A new trio of seasoned guests join us this week. Jason and Matt have both been on the show before but never together. We throw the format out and just talk (and realize why we had a format to begin with). We talk black holes, movies everyone but Joe has seen, what the next pirate will be, and Matt gives a quick update on the Blaseball cinematic universe.
April 16, 2021
Destihl Brewing Lynnbrook Raspberry Berliner Weisse
Kelsey and Evan are back for their three-peat! We talk about the love hate relationships we have with cats, gathering motivation to exercise and institute healthy habits in 2021, and our plans for travel once we are safely vaccinated.
March 27, 2021
Yuengling Hershey Chocolate Porter
This week on Hot Topic, I mean "Hop" Topic, we partake in a blatant rip off of a popular internet series. Dan and Sam join me to eat spicy wings and play Truth or Dab, the admittedly not great game, filled with progressively hotter wings and even more lukewarm questions. Will we make it through all ten wings?
March 13, 2021
Thirsty Dog Brewing Raspberry Ale
Cam and Vince come back to revisit the movies we promised we'd watch last episode. Joe gives his take on The Notebook, while Vince talks through Your Name, we discuss what takes a movie from good to great and what we look for in a perfect movie. Then we transition to playing video games with groups of friends instead of alone, what we look for in an MMO, and games that are just made better with more people.
February 27, 2021
Tonewood Brewing Revolution Porter
This week Erik and Andrew are back for our second podcast of the year and our first major historical event of the year... yeah... we discuss the failed insurrection on Capitol Hill (12:00), Twitter (& others) banning Trump from their platforms (46:55), and finally, to settle down and bring some levity, we talk about Wonder Woman and the future of DC movies/TV shows and shows/movies that we're binging now (1:12:50).
February 27, 2021
Troegs Mad Elf
After a long holiday break we are back to ring in a new year! Aly joins us on todays episode to talk about the new year and just about everything else. We focus on the idea of replacing resolutions with "themes" and what we hope to make 2021 about!
January 9, 2021
Dogfish Head Campfire Amplifier
We have two new faces (voices?) on the podcast this week! Somehow I keep convincing new people to be around me, it's crazy really. Cam and Vince join us this week to drink some winter beer and talk about horror movies/old movies (13:40), something we bought that completely changed our lives (40:18), and finally the COVID-19 Vaccine (1:10:56).
December 19, 2020
Clover Blossom Traveler's Mead
Layal comes back this week for a one-on-one episode full of non-sequitors, and jumping through so many topics we couldn't even list them here. Suffice to say, we talk about relationships, what we're willing to put up with in a relationship, how we fight in a relationship, and ... just a lot of stuff about relationships.
December 12, 2020
Episode 50: Fjord Brewing Freya's Tears Amber Ale
We made it to FIFTY episodes! Absolutely insane. This week we're joined by the most regular cast, Dan and Sam to try some of Dan's home brewed beer and discuss some random topics. On this special episode, we discuss hobbies we picked up in quarantine that we plan on keeping afterward (14:30), TV shows we'd like to bring back (50:35), and we run through our Spotify 2020 Wrapped (1:09:13).
December 5, 2020
Two Roads Blueberry Lemon Gose
Two guests (who've never done episode together) return for this week's episode. Sam joins us, alongside Dave, making his first appearance in over a year. We talk about tipping points that made us quit our jobs (15:15), our favorite dinosaurs (52:00), and our favorite conspiracy theories (1:02:00). 
November 28, 2020
High Noon Vodka + Soda Variety Pack
The roommates are back! Devon and Teresa join us this week on the podcast in a return to form. This week we discuss Devon's turn around on Tik Tok (11:03), Teresa's latest obsession with the classic game Guitar Hero (27:49), and the worst places we've ever been stuck (56:06).
November 21, 2020
Voodoo Ranger American Haze IPA
Andrew and Erik return for an election week wrap-up podcast. We promise we'll get back to our traditional format with severely less politics, but for now, we don't really have any topics. This episode was recorded on Saturday November 7th, hours after news media had called the election for Joe Biden. A lot of this episode is our reactions and thoughts on the election week. Next week we will return to topics! Comedy! And dumb stories.
November 14, 2020
Tired Hands I Voted Today American IPA
The United States had an election this week. Maybe you've heard of it. That's right, this is a politics episode. @ItsPaulWarren from the "Let's Unpack That" podcast joins Joe on the podcast this week to discuss the election and talk about where the Republican party goes from here in a post-Trump world (24:10) and consequently, where the Democratic party will go from here after this election (54:15).
November 7, 2020
Pennsylvania Dutch Spiced Apple Wine
We're back! (Sorry about that break). We took a quick two week break but we are back for Halloween. Joe visited his friend Devon over the last weekend and sat down with her and her roommate Teresa to talk all things spooky. We discuss our best and worst Halloween costumes (10:13), our favorite Halloween stories (29:30), and our childhood Halloween traditions (55:00). We hope to not have another break like that (unannounced) for a while!
October 31, 2020
Dogfish Head Sea Quench Ale
Erik and Andrew come back and join Joe for this week's episode. We discuss creative projects we're either working on or proud of (17:38), working out with video games and talk through some new games we're playing (49:15), and discuss the idea of a four day work week and what we'd do with more time in our lives (1:19:01).
October 10, 2020
River Horse Hipp-O-Lantern Pumpkin Ale
We have two new faces (voices?) on this week's episode. Meg and Wren join Joe this week to discuss our favorite Fall/Halloween activities (15:31), our favorite character tropes in TV and movies (37:46), and our favorite TV shows we can watch over and over again (1:01:52).
October 3, 2020
Breckenridge Nitro Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Matt is back for another one-on-one episode (we promise we'll be back to the more traditional three person model next week). This week we discuss what kind of travelers we are and how we approach vacationing (15:15), we take a brief aside from this topic to talk about coffee (31:09) and but come back and wrap the topic up (40:22). We close the show talking about Covid (as is customary) and how it has affected our plans for 2020 (56:17).
September 26, 2020
Stone Brewing Wizards & Gargoyles
We're back on the one-on-one podcast format (we've tested this a lot). Matt from our very first episode (and some others) comes back to catch up with Joe after 6 months of isolation. We catch up and talk through the moments we finally realized we were old (11:40) and what our dream side hustles are (35:56).
September 19, 2020
Blake's Apple Lantern Cider
This week Hop Topic tries something new. We do our very first one-on-one episode. Joe catches up with his friend Aly to discuss... just about a million tangents. The topics for this one are too numerous to put in words, but we do go through a lot from the book "The Game of Desire" by Shan Boodram.
September 12, 2020
Cupcake Vineyard Prosecco
Devon and Marie are back for this week's... semi different episode of Hop Topic. Joe decides to drink any entire bottle of prosecco using his new Manmosa glass while we discuss our most embarrassing childhood stories (10:50), our thoughts on whether or not soul mates really exist (44:44 ), and our thoughts on first dates, and tips to survive them (1:00:49).
August 29, 2020
Alaskan Brewing Husky IPA
Erik and Andrew return this week to discuss the Playstation v Xbox console wars and what sides we're planning on choosing (if any) (6:18). We discuss Erik's new cat and pets we want to eventually get (31:55), and do a deep dive into how much danger we are comfortable having in our lives (47:25) on this week's Hop Topic.
August 15, 2020
Nude Hard Seltzer
Sam and Dan are back this week on the most cursed episode of Hop Topic ever. From recording to editing, this episode tried its absolute best to never see the light of day but here it is! Join us as we talk through movies we want to see from a different POV (11:30), our unexpected run-ins with famous people (26:34), and go through some questions from the subreddit "Too Afraid to Ask" (52:00).
August 8, 2020
Shiner Sea Salt & Lime
Nigel and Tyler join us on this week's episode of Hop Topic where we discuss Nigel's decision to maybe, kinda, try to be vegan... one day (16:30), the hierarchy of curse words and our experiences "cussin'" (42:20), and finally things that tricked us on the internet (1:20:30).
August 1, 2020
Two Roads Two Die For
Kelsey and Evan join us this week as we give a quick update to the death spiral the United States finds itself in with Covid-19 and what we've been doing since (7:52). We discuss the NFL and the changes to the newly crowned Washington Football Team (28:30). Then, I'm not gonna lie, we go well off the rails and just bullsh*t for the rest of the episode. We truly hope you enjoy it.
July 25, 2020
Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
Andrew and Emily join us this week (mixing it up) to have... basically an intro topic. We fight through technical difficulties to talk through tattoo ideas (15:30), how much cancel culture is just enough (48:00), and our experiences with summer camps (1:24:20). 
July 18, 2020
Missing Linck Historic Golden Ale
Andrew and Erik are back this week to discuss travel, past and future (11:50), our most expensive purchases (41:50), and video games we want to see on the Switch (both realistic or otherwise) (1:17:13).
July 11, 2020
Blue Moon Iced Coffee Blonde
Two newcomers join the show this week. Evan and Kelsey come on to discuss our favorite stuffed animals (11:05), our experiences with Florida and the magical world of Disney (38:50), and discuss some stress relieving techniques and journaling as we continue quarantining (1:10:40).
June 27, 2020
Workhorse Brewing Margarita Gose
Tyler and newcomer Nigel join the show this week to discuss how our hobbies are changing over the years (7:25), recall our history with pets (49:43), and decide whether or not some people are a**holes (1:11:55).
June 20, 2020
Black Lives Matter
This week we take a bit of a break from the usual show to talk through #BlackLivesMatter and breakdown the meaning behind the movement and what is going on in the world. We also decide to conclude with some light-hearted discussion about the prospects of being the first to colonize Mars (1:37:09).
June 13, 2020
Variety Pack #7: Variety Packs are DONE
Danielle and Joe welcome Olivia to her first ever episode! Join us as we discuss going on a "Break" (8:40), play a fun game of "ask the dietitian" to learn more about how Joe can be healthier (25:41), and how old is too old to be on Tik Tok (56:03).
May 30, 2020
Variety Pack #6: Coast 2 Coast 2
Dan and Joe welcome Jason to his first time on the podcast! Where we talk about weed (9:09), the things that held up since childhood (57:21), and the best concert experiences we've ever had (1:17:20).
May 23, 2020
Variety Pack #5: Slide to the Left
Andrew and Erik join us again! This time we discuss how our spending habits have changed in quarantine (10:46), we choose what sense we'd be most okay with losing (49:18), and the differences between faiths (1:12:05).
May 16, 2020
Variety Pack #4: Still in Quarantine
Dan and Sam return for our fourth Quarantine episode. We discuss video games we haven't been able to put down (10:42), AMC vs. Universal Studios (47:12), and our favorite periods in history (1:19:43).
May 9, 2020
Variety Pack #3: Tokyo Drift
Emily and Briana join us from sunny California to drink cider and discuss East vs. West coast foods (10:05), our quarantine bucket lists (37:08), and times we blew things out of proportion (1:03:14).
May 2, 2020
Variety Pack #2: 2 Fast 2 Quarantine
Devon and Marie join us on this isolation-tastic, quaran-terific sophomore variety pack episode. We discuss how we've handled our mental health during the quarantine (2:55), Tinder & dating apps in the quarantine (25:55), and love languages (59:56).
April 25, 2020
Variety Pack #1: Quarantine Series
Andrew and Erik return this week for a slightly late, extremely quarantined episode of Hop Topic. This week we catch up on how we've been affected by the quarantine (4:27), what we've been doing to stay sane while isolated (46:53), and the Nintendo phenomenon Animal Crossing (1:08:48).
April 12, 2020
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
Sam & Dan are back, Sam surprises us with an egg roll sampler (1:14) ! We revisit Joe's movie new year's resolution (24:00), and discuss trivial things in our lives that ended friendships(1:07:20).
March 28, 2020
Anyday Rosé
Layal and Alex come back and join Joe to talk break ups, long distance relationships, and our goals/fantasies for our advanced adult lives.
March 14, 2020
H2Roads Hard Seltzer
Layal & Alex join the podcast to discuss weird turn ons, settling in a relationship, and the importance of lack of attention or lack of space on a relationship heavy episode of Hop Topic.
February 29, 2020
DuClaw Brewing Purple Passion Gose
Tyler & Steve join Joe this week as we discuss expensive hobbies we'd love to get into, the end of Adobe Flash, and answer some Yahoo Answers.
February 15, 2020
Fat Head's Starlight German Lager
Joe, Sam, and Dan are back from a holiday hiatus to talk our 2020 resolutions, how we've changed from the beginning of the decade, and our favorite movies of the decade.
January 11, 2020
Blueberry Coffee Three Philosophers
Dan, Matt, and Joe join to discuss how our favorite movies have changed over time, the perfect albums, and how we relax.
December 7, 2019
Chill Fizz Hard Seltzer
Danielle & Jess make their debut to talk about our worst first dates, breaking up over text, and being friends with exes.
November 30, 2019
Einstök Icelandic Toasted Porter
Joe and Dan welcome back Matt from our first episode to talk about our childish goals, ghosting people, and things that we've deleted.
November 23, 2019
Coney Island Brewing Mermaid Pilsner
Dan, Sam, and Joe discuss songs that tell a story, things we hate because people love them, and our worst experiences in the service industry.
November 9, 2019
Nightmare on East Elm Street Pumpkin Ale
On this week's Halloween-centric episode, Dan and Sam join Joe to discuss what scared us as children, movies/television that left a not so positive lasting impression, and our personal paranormal experiences.
October 26, 2019
Great Divide S'mores Yeti
Dave, Andrew, & Joe talk through the optimal hole, things that make us go "berberberberughhh", and how our childhoods differed from the youth of today.
October 19, 2019
Two Roads Roadsmary's Baby
Tyler and Steve join the podcast today to talk through remaking our favorite video games, our favorite things to hate-watch, and our worst Blockbuster rentals in this Fall-erific episode.
October 5, 2019
River Horse Goin' Down the Shore
Brian and Dave are back! This week we talk our dumbest injuries, our worst parties, and what makes a grown man cry.
September 28, 2019
Free Will Brewing's Scarecrow
Erik, Andrew, & Joe discuss dreams, simulation theory, and finally moving out and living alone.
September 7, 2019
Great Lakes Brewing Burning River Pale Ale
Dave, Andrew, & Joe talk about our worst jobs, things we didn't think we'd like, and our guilty pleasures.
August 31, 2019
Newburgh Brewing Purr-fect Wheat
Dan, Sam, and Joe talk about movies that really affected us, 500 Days of Summer, & our favorite shows that didn't pan out too well.
August 24, 2019
Rekorderlig Hard Pear Cider
Joe, Alex, & Tyler get together to discuss rabbit holes, Tyler's pet peeves, and our worst screw ups on the job.
August 17, 2019
Flying Fish Salt & Sea
Dave, Brian, & Joe discuss run ins with the law, bad excuses, and things that make us angry.
August 10, 2019
Wicked Weed Passionfruit Lychee Burst
Dave, Brian, & Joe discuss dumb things we believed, strange social interactions, and things that didn't go as planned.
August 3, 2019
Pacifico Clara
Marie, Devon, & Joe discuss television, astrology, & the perks of being a kid.
June 22, 2019
Workhorse Brewing American Pilsner
Matt, Dan, & Joe discuss pop culture, bad movies, and lessons you learned the hard way.
June 15, 2019