Comic-Con fans want their craft beer

After a long day of walking the show floor at Comic-Con , most of the crowd looks forward to getting out into San Diego's excellent nightlife scene. Downtown is packed to the gills with every comic-book-loving, cosplay hero you could imagine. It's one of the things that makes this the most-revered, must-attend convention in our city's history.

But let's be honest: It does get a bit packed in the Gaslamp District, and if you're a veteran of Comic-Con, you're probably yearning to do something different than in years past. Well, look no further than the Heroes Brew Fest. Now in its third year, the festival has moved its location to The Loma Club at ultra-hip Liberty Station in Point Loma . The Loma Club was originally part of the historic San Diego Country Club, which merged with A.G. Spalding's Point Loma Golf Club in 1914 to create a San Diego landmark that has been a staple for more than a century.

Heroes Brew Fest

When: July 11, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: The Loma Club at Liberty Station, 2960 Truxtun Road, Point Loma

Information: heroesbrewfest.com

The fun

Costumed beer lovers will be able to sample unlimited tastings from more than 40 breweries, including some of San Diego's finest like Hess, Belching Beaver, Coronado and Green Flash. All festivalgoers are encouraged to come in costume as your favorite comic or movie character, and prizes will be given out for the best costumes throughout the evening. Categories are: Best Original Caped Crusader, Best Group Costume, Super Hero Look Alike and, everyone's favorite, Best Super Villain.

The cause

Proceeds raised from Heroes Brew Fest benefits the Warrior Foundation - Freedom Station. As a 100 percent volunteer-based organization, the Warrior Foundation strives to be the leading force in assisting, honoring and supporting the military men and women who have so bravely served and sacrificed for our country. Raffle prizes up for grabs at the festival include brewery gifts, restaurant gift certificates, art, food tickets that can be redeemed at the festival, and more.

Beer lovers' must-visit list

San Diego has hundreds of bars and tasting rooms. These are our recommendations in close proximity to downtown:

Mike Hess Brewing: 3812 Grim Ave., North Park

Fall Brewing: 4542 30th St., North Park

Hamilton's Tavern: 1521 30th St., South Park

Live Wire Bar: 2103 El Cajon Blvd., University Heights

Bar Pink: 3829 30th St., North Park

Tiger Tiger: 3025 El Cajon Blvd., North Park

Belching Beaver: 4223 30th St., North Park

Ballast Point Home Brew Mart: 5401 Linda Vista Road, Suite 406, Linda Vista

The High Dive Bar: 1801 Morena Blvd., Bay Park

Coronado Brewing: 1205 Knoxville St., Linda Vista; 170 Orange Ave., Coronado

Source: DiscoverSD

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