Structures Brewing founder James Alexander wanted to open a second location since opening in 2015 but kept his head down brewing Belgian farmhouse and mixed fermentation beers and hazy IPAs. During the pandemic Chuckanut and pFriem Family Brewers head brewer Bryan Cardwell and longtime friend of Structures joined the ownership expanding their beer portfolio. In March 2023, Structures finally opened their second location in the former Chuckanut Brewery, which was taken down to the studs. It’s beautiful with two massive glass garage doors in that overlook the water, built a wrap-around patio, beautiful front door and added an entire draft system and bar to the back patio. Since another round of Structures beer landed at Peaks & Pints, we decided to feature another in-house flight of the Bellingham brewery’s delicious beer. Stop by our craft beer and cider bar, bottle shop and restaurant in Tacoma’s Proctor District and grab Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Structures Beer.
Wheat is a soft mild grain that can be used in almost any beer, typically as a base malt. Wheat is a grain that imparts minimal amounts of flavor characteristics other than slight notes of bready, doughy qualities with a touch of sweetness. Wheat is a grain that makes for a perfect canvas to showcase hop flavors and aromas. Wheat is a grain that adds a texture that offers a super soft mouthfeel making beer incredibly easy to drink. Wheat is a grain that creates a nice head with nice long head retention. Wheat is the only grain is Structures Rusted Gold wheat IPA with a heavy hazy and filled with citrus flavor.
Vivid is Structures’ OG West Coast IPA with aromas of grapefruit citrus, a firm bitterness and a soft, yet bright full-bodied mouthfeel that leaves you with that familiar West Coast dry hopped profile from Citra, Mosaic, and Cashmere asserting a hop forward balanced dry finish.
Structures added Idaho 7 hops in the whirlpool while making this hazy IPA, followed by a dry hopping of El Dorado, Citra, and Galaxy hops. It’s like liquid candy with tropical, papaya, and tangerine notes, plus a complex bitterness with a sweet yet dry finish.
Structures Brewing had fun meshing old recipes together and came up with their flagship IPA Fuzz in December 2016. Originally brewed with oats and hopped intensely with Amarillo, El Dorado, and Cashmere hops, this version is double dry hopped exclusively with El Dorado for aromas of tropical fruits and ripe melon bursting with notes of dried mango and candied pineapple with a healthy dose of pine, a soft body, and creamy mouthfeel.
Liars is an imperial pastry stout brewed with Freak Folk Bier in Waterbury, Vermont. They brewed Liars with a decadent and complex malt bill, and conditioned on Madagascar and Mexican vanilla, heaps of ladyfingers, Tanzanian and Ecuadorian cacao, toasted coconut, and cream cheese (yes, that’s the truth).