Tree House Brewing Co. Julius, 6.8%
Anyone looking to try Julius: expect to wait hours. Seriously. When reaching out to beer geek friends who’ve made the trek themselves, no one waited less than two and a half hours, and some waited as long as four. But this is the stuff of can release legends, and it doesn’t rest on hype alone. The soft carbonation creates a velvety mouthfeel almost like you’re sucking on ribbons of mango and passionfruit with a hint of dry grass on the finish. The tough score is clearly worth it in this case.
Trillium Fort Point pale ale, 6.6%
Trillium notably survived a temporary closure due to a licensing hiccup in 2014, but it seems as though their brief absence has only helped strengthen their position in the hearts of their droves of fans. Fort Point pale ale is easily a favorite amongst supporters, with a soft mouthfeel that reminds you why it pays to dip back down from imperial IPAs into pale ale territory. For a beer on a list of things you should try before you die, it’s a remarkable, drink-every-day kind of beer.
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Zach Mack is Thrillist's contributing beer writer, the owner of Alphabet City Beer Co. in NYC, a newly minted Certified Cicerone, and absolutely nothing else. Follow him @zmack.