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St. Edward’s celebrates Texas craft beer culture with educational event

Arianna Auber
Friends & Allies Brewing

Here’s a college lecture that we can all raise our glasses to.

St. Edward’s University hosts Hillhops next week to celebrate the school’s on-site Texas craft brewing archive, the first of its kind in the state. The archive collects memorabilia and other items exclusively from dozens of Texas breweries such as Adelbert’s, the original Celis and even Waterloo Brewing, the first modern, legal brewpub in the state.

The Jan. 29 event, which is open to the public in addition to St. Edward’s students, has three parts. Of course, attendees are invited to check out the archival materials related to Texas’ thriving craft brewing industry. But there are also a couple of panels — one featuring university alumni involved in the industry — and a brewer’s hall where you can network with local brewers (and, presumably, sample their beer).

First up is Rhythm and Brews: the Austin Beer Experience, a panel with four St. Edward’s alumni: Patrick Clark of Zilker Brewing, Arianna Auber of the Austin American-Statesman (yes, I am a participant and a proud alumna), Ben Sabin of Friends & Allies Brewing and Caroline Wallace of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild. The panel begins at 3:45 p.m. and lasts an hour.

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The second panel is So You Want to Open a Brewery... featuring St. Edward’s business school faculty Tony Alvarado, Wes Politte and John Mueller, as well as Gavin Secchi of 3 Nations Brewing. This one starts at 5 p.m.

Want to view the items that are part of the growing archive? The archival exhibit portion of Hillhops runs after the two panels wrap up, from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 29.

More than a dozen breweries and other organizations have signed up to set up tables at the brewer’s hall, which opens at the start of Hillhops at 3:30 p.m. and will remain open through the duration of the event. All portions of Hillhops are at the Munday Library.

“Part of the reason we’re interested in starting something like this is making sure the breweries, distilleries, all of the encompassing companies, are remembered,” archivist Megan Blair said in 2018. “So that we don’t in 100 years go, ‘Wasn’t there a brewery somewhere down this road?’ Those items will help us say, ‘Yes, this is the company that was there. This is the stuff they did.’”

St. Edward’s University is located at 3001 S. Congress Ave.