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.