Suds-Fest

The changing of the season from summer to fall brings with it so many traditions. The leaves change, the pumpkins are rolled out and the nights begin to turn just a wee bit cooler. Among those traditions is the Autumn Suds-Fest, the Berman Museum of World History’s annual fundraiser for brew snobs and basic drinkers alike.

In its 11th year, Suds-Fest is the museum’s single largest fundraiser. But don’t be distracted by the name. There’s also music, food and fun. “We always have such a good time with it,” said Berman director David Ford.

Here are 10 things to know about Suds-Fest:

1. Taste and go: Craft beers, seasonal ales and more will be offered from Supreme Beverage Company, Bama Budweiser and Anniston’s own Cheaha Brewing Company. Participants will be given a small souvenir mug that they can use to sample each brew, along with several tickets good for full glasses. If they like a sample, they can trade in a ticket for a full glass.

2. Come hungry: Thai One On, Garfrerick’s Cafe and Artisanal Baked Goods are just some of the local eateries that will be handing out food samples.

3. Can’t have one without the other: International Wines & Craft Beer will also be a featured guest, with both a wine and beer expert on hand to explain what visitors are tasting. “We’ve offered wine each year and it’s always very popular,” said Ford.

4. Not drinking? No problem! There’s a special $20 discounted ticket for designated drivers, who get to eat, grab a soft drink and enjoy the event to their heart’s content, minus the beer and wine.

5. The Foggy Hollow Band will bring their bluegrass sound to the night.

6. There’s a chance to win a few choice raffle items from the Berman Alliance.

7. Suds-Fest will be held on the grounds of the Berman Museum, in Anniston’s Museum Complex, from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. There will be golf carts to shuttle guests to and from their vehicles.

8. You must be 21 and over to attend -- “and we do check IDs,” reiterated Ford.

9. Tickets are $30, or $25 for groups of 10 or more.

10. New this year, tickets will be available at the door. Or you can buy tickets in advance by calling 256-237-6261.

Erin Williams is a freelance writer for The Anniston Star.