Of all the superhero origin stories I've encountered, I can't recall a single one that involved beer. That seems like a missed opportunity to me. These days, the superheroes that get cherished most are not the stodgy, straight-laced supermen, but rather the irreverent and cheeky Tony Stark sorts. What better way to select for those traits than to choose from the outrageously charismatic and brilliant population of craftbrew drinkers? ---
("I just can't pander any harder, Captain! I don't have the power!")
That duo of references is brought to you by the return of San Diego Comic-Con (and my sparse vocabulary in the comic/sci-fi realms). Clearly I'm not the most die-hard fan of what that convention offers, but like many of the attendees, I do have a weakness for crossover events when beer is included.
If my opening inspired you, start cobbling together your Hoppy Avenger costuming because there is no shortage of locations to trot it out. On Wednesday, July 23, Mike Hess Brewing will be hosting a costume contest in their North Park location with prizes for the top-three crowd favorites. They're also offering a 10-percent discount for the duration of the convention for anyone sporting a Comic-Con badge, which means a one-day ticket could pay for itself with a mere 150 pints.
If one costume contest isn't sufficient for you to make the spectacle of yourself you had envisioned, the Heroes Brewfest on Saturday, July 26, at Embarcadero Park North should do the trick. It's an unlimited tasting event featuring 36 breweries at last count. Note that they do restrict costuming options that hinder identification (for age-verification purposes), but there's nothing explicitly limiting how slutty the apparel can be. Play to win, that's all I'm saying.
Even if you're not the cosplaying sort, you can get into the spirit with a couple of specialty beers. Karl Strauss will be offering the Locke & BrewsKey session IPA brewed in collaboration with IDW Publishing (the fifth-largest comic-book publisher in the U.S.), in their Downtown and Pacific Beach locations. The name is a play on IDW's award-winning comic Locke & Key. I've never heard of it, but hopefully it's the story of two rogue locksmiths whose ritual disregard for the rules is overlooked because, damnit, they're the best there is. Stone Brewing is also releasing version 2.0 of their w00tstout, a rich and fudge-forward stout with a massive alcohol footprint (13.5-percent ABV) that you'll feel before you taste.
Live long and pilsner, everyone.