Green’s Dictionary of Slang

suds n.1

also sudski
[the product’s intense soap-suds-like fizziness and (to UK palates) taste. The 18C phr. little in the suds, drunk, is presumably coincidental]

1. [late 19C+] (US) beer.

2. [1900s] drink in general.

3. [1920s+] coffee.

In compounds

French suds (n.)

[1900s] (US) champagne.

suds artist (n.) [-artist sfx]

[1970s] (Aus.) a regular drinker.

suds factory (n.)

a bar.

suds jerker (n.) (also suds slinger)

a barman; a waiter.

suds shop (n.)

(Aus.) a hotel, i.e. a public house.

In phrases

crack some suds (v.)

[1940s–70s] (orig. US black) to open and drink a can of beer.

in the suds

1. [17C–mid-19C] in trouble, in a disagreeable situation [SE suds, filth, muck].

2. [mid-18C–early 19C] tipsy.

soog and suds (n.)

[1900s] [US Und.] food and beer.

suck suds (v.) (also slop suds)

[1940s+] (US) to drink beer.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

bust suds (v.)

[1950s+] (US black) to work as a washer-up.

lost in the suds (adj.)

[1930s] (US black) unaware, unsophisticated.

suds up (v.)

to provide a drink of beer.