Structures Brewing is, without a doubt, one of Bellingham’s most unique and prolific breweries. Since opening in December 2015, they have brewed over 60 different beers. That’s more than 5 different beers, every single month. James Alexander, Structure’s owner and head brewer, brought his style of northeast beers to Bellingham and we’re thankful he did. On December 2nd – 3rd, at 1420 North State St, we get to celebrate their one year anniversary.
James’ complex mixed fermentations are exactly the change of pace Bellingham was looking for. Structures has brought the “fresh” philosophy with it. James stresses that their beers are brewed to be crushed right when they are put on tap. When they announce a new beer, it’s a beacon to come get it. This isn’t a party you show up fashionably late for. Get there on time and grab a pint because you probably won’t see that beer again.
“Fresh” allows the beer to be enjoyed at their peak and allows Structures to offer a heavy rotation of new beers. They are, admittedly arguably, one of a handful of breweries in Washington State, to regularly brew that northeast hazy style. Many brew it, but it’s not their focus.
Different isn’t always better, but in the case of Structures it is. “They are offering something we don’t have and it’s important,” said a member of the Bellingham beer industry.
When I met James a year and a half ago, I told him I was excited to have them in town and I was sure I’d like his beers. In true James style, he was gracefully skeptical of my boundless-enthusiasm for new things