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Interview with Robert Murray, 2016 March 9
This interview took place surrounded by cases of beer stacked to the ceiling in a storage room at State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland. Murray offers perspective on the craft brewing industry from the point of view of the alcohol retailer, detailing the evolution of the beer retail space over several decades. The environment yeilded excellent recording conditions, with the exception of music and occasional announcements coming over the public address system.
Robert Murray (1957 - ) is President and Beer Manager at State Line Liquors. A native of Elkton, Maryand, Murray grew up in a home atop the family business, a downtown grocery and liquor store. Murray studied at the University of Delaware, and his parents relocated the business to the projected location of Interstate 95. He entered the family business doing the books and eventually, along with his siblings, took the business over from his parents. Under his influence, State Line Liquors has become one of the premier retailers for craft beer in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Retail trade--Customer servicesBeer industryDistributors (Commerce)Retail tradeBeer--PackagingLiquor storesLiquor stores--ManagementLiquor stores--LocationCompetitionConsumers--AttitudesBrewing industry--Law and legislationFamily-owned business enterprisesFamily-owned business enterprises--ManagementSmall business--MarylandBrewing industry--Maryland
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Beer and craft brewing oral history interviews (Accession 2016.287)
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