Ezra Johnson-Greenough, Founder of The New School beer blog, Portland Fruit Beer Fest, and Portland Beer Week
New Belgium Coconut Curry Hefeweizen (Herbed/Spiced Beer, 8% ABV)
Ezra says: "Coconut beers are sexy hot right now (see Stone Brewing's w00t Stout), and New Belgium Brewing was bold enough to add curry to the mix of the usually light and refreshing Hefeweizen style of beer. A 22oz bottle of this beer at 8% ABV will make anyone want to remove their top again before Summer is completely over."
Double Mountain Killer Green (American Double/Imperial IPA, 7% ABV) & Killer Red (American IPA, 7.2% ABV)
Ezra says: "Some people enjoy sickly sweet Oktoberfests and cloyingly spiced pumpkin beers during the Fall, but I cannot in good conscience recommend such offerings. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have these things called "hops" that are grown right here, and they offer a citrusy, fruity, sometimes spicy bitterness more attuned to a mature palate. Fall is hop harvest season, and it's the only time one can get beers made with freshly picked hops that add even more zesty, fresh-cut floral flavors. Double Mountain makes two fresh hop beers, both amped-up versions of their popular IRA and Hop Lava."