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Historical Pearl Brewing lager cans on display at the 2024 Hillhops Event on January 25.In the corner of the Munday Library archive reading room at St. Edward’s University in Austin sits a four-by-three-foot sculpted metal sign advertising Waterloo Brewing. The first brewpub in Texas, which operated on Austin’s Guadalupe Street from 1993 to 2001, is considered to be the cornerstone of Texas craft beer. The history of Waterloo is preserved via this and other artifacts by archivist Travis Williams, who curates the university’s Texas Craft Brewing Collections. “People who come into the reading room have a very emotional reaction to the sign,” Williams says. “They’ll say, ‘I can’t tell you how many hamburgers I ate there!’ ” The dates, breakups, celebrations, and commiserations that happened in the shadow of this sign make it one of Williams’s favorite pieces in the…

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