James Alexander and Ryan Miller took time away from their East Coast brewery jobs to hang in a remote cabin nestled in the Green Mountain National Forest. When they emerged Structures Brewing idea was a thing. They slowly made their way toward Bellingham through various brewery jobs across the country. Bellingham fit their easy-going lifestyle and need for community. In late 2015, Structures had structure and several of their New England-style beers on tap — exceptional beers, particularly their barrel-aged saisons. Soon after Miller left Structures to return home to the East Coast leaving Alexander and crew to make small, artisanal, and authentic batches of beer for their community, friends, and family. Until Bryan Cardwell arrived. Alexander met him when Cardwell was brewmaster down the street at Chuckanut Brewery. Cardwell also did a stint as senior brewer at pFriem Family Brewers in Hood River, Oregon. Ironically, Structures will move into Cardwell’s old Chuckanut home once remodeling finishes. Today, Peaks & Pints presents a to-go flight of Structures beers — a flight we call Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Structures Brewing On the Fly.
Kolsch is made with ale yeast and is fermented warm, yet commonly aged at colder temperatures, making it a hybrid between the lager and the ale. Structures Brewing’s Kolsch is a classic gold, sweet ale with a beautiful can. It’s malty, grainy, grassy aroma leads into biscuity flavor with some soft sweetness and a hint of lemon zest. Expect a dry finish.
IPA heavily dry hopped with Mosaic, Cashmere, and Citra for dank, resinous aromas with notes of bright citrus and overripe pineapple.
Structures No Sleep
Stout brewed with Marris Otter and an array of specialty malts, conditioned on Guatemalan beans from Onyx Coffee and roasted by Steed Coffee.
Brewed to celebrate and support the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition, this crisp, hazy IPA is brewed with Mosaic and Simcoe for notes of citrus, floral, pine, and slight dankness.
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 and El Dorado hops, this version substitutes Amarillo with Citra, Strata and Comet hops for a fuzzy, crushable, highly rated juice bomb with a tropical finish.
A bigger version of the Bellingham brewery’s flagship IPA brewed with their favorite blend of malts and oats, but with more floral and earthy hop bite compared to flagship Fuzz. Expect not of light sugary caramel, citrus, subtle cantaloupe, and pine.