For the past years, the priorities of hops growers have noticeably changed. It may be due to the hops themselves changing, or perhaps the palettes of people have changed. Nevertheless, the protection of fragile aromas and flavors is a very significant concern. While hops are a major ingredient to good quality beer, the beers of Mark Hastings of Uberbrew focuses on malt.
According to Hastings, malt is just as important to beer as hops. Even when added in small quantities, specialty malts are an interesting addition to your beer. In beer, your focus can’t just be solely on aroma and no bitterness. It has to be a complete balance of both.
When it comes to yeast, Uberbrew is specifically selected to counteract the harshness of the high calcium-carbonate of their water in Billings. According to Hastings, he prefers the yeast strain because of its versatility.
How significant is tasting?
In Uberbrew’s philosophy, one core tenet is in collaborating with other brewers. Sharing information, learning from them, and talking with them helps Uberbrew advance in the field of brewing.
Uberbrew’s breweries may go insular from their staff always tasting their beer. To counter this, Hastings and his team of brewers have done a lot of collaborative work and tasted a lot of beers from other breweries.