Have you ever taken a nice refreshing sip of a British pale ale and thought to yourself, "Who put raisins in my beer?!”. Unless you have a drinking buddy who plays practical jokes, the answer is a Maltster. As the moniker suggests, this is the methodically thoughtful and creative force behind what is the second highest ingredient in our brews, water being the first. The Maltster takes finished barley from the farmer, if he or she isn’t one that is, works and manipulates magic processes normally reserved for Mother Nature. Not only is this where, in large part, the flavor of your beer is initiated, but the actual biological process of creating fermentable sugar for our little buddies, Yeast.