…new home at Cheaha Brewing Company – Birmingham craft beer

On Saturday, September 27 at 2 p.m., the Berman Museum’s Autumn Suds-Fest returns for its tenth installment and gets a new location at Cheaha Brewing Company (1208 Walnut Ave, Anniston).
For the past decade, the Autumn Suds-Fest has provided the people of Calhoun County with a fun-filled beer and food festival all in the name of raising funds for the amazing Berman Museum of World History. All of that remains in place, but this festival finds itself in a new location for its tenth year. Although the Autumn Suds-Fest had a unique charm when it was held at the museum in the past, the new venue at Cheaha Brewing will provide this event with far better parking, an expansive space, and endless possibilities for good times. As an added bonus, the change of locale has also inspired the festival to have a sharper focus on local craft beer. To give you an idea of what to expect, the following ten Alabama breweries will be featured this year alongside a spread of out-of-state offerings provided by local beer distributors:
In addition to all of the fantastic craft beer, this event will also be filled with food samples from a plethora of local restaurants, live music from five area bands, and door prize giveaways every hour on the hour.
Advance tickets for this event can be purchased now at the Berman Museum, Cheaha Brewing Company and Tyson Fine Wines and Things, and the pricing is as follows: $25 for Berman Museum members (must be purchased at the museum), $30 for non-members, and $28 per person for groups of 8 or more (must be purchased in one transaction). On the day of the event, general admission tickets will be $40 each and designated driver tickets will also be available for $15 each at the gate. Tickets purchased at the gate will be cash only, so plan accordingly if you go that route. All proceeds raised will go to benefit special projects and exhibit hall renovations at the Berman Museum. This is a 21 and up event and a valid photo ID is required for entry.
I wholeheartedly believe that the changes to this year’s Autumn Suds-Fest will finally get it on par with other craft beer events in the state. The lack of focus on locally produced craft beer had been my only gripe with this event over the last few years, and it is a relief to see that issue rectified with Alabama-brewed beer becoming the centerpiece for this year’s event. If you do make it out for Autumn Suds-Fest, I highly recommend you get into town early to experience the awe-inspiring collection on display at the Berman Museum. After a couple of hours at the museum and an evening at the Autumn Suds-Fest, you will be more than happy that you made the short trip to Anniston in support of this wonderful cause. Make sure that you get your tickets as soon as possible. Prost!

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