It feels odd on the one hand to do a “Local Tap” segment on a liquor store, but on the other hand I felt it was time to give a tip of the hat to a place without which, this blog would simply not be possible.
Stateline liquors (Web : Facebook) has been run by the Murray family for over 30 years. In that time they’ve built the store into one of the biggest liquor suppliers in the region. While the store excels in all areas, of course it’s their beer selection that keeps me coming back. Robert Murray is “the beer guy”, and he does everything he can to make sure his costumers have access to just about anything that is distributed into the state of Maryland. It’s almost impossible not to find something you didn’t know they carried every time you walk into the store. Recently while talking with a fellow customer, I was shocked to find I was standing right across from a selection of beers from Evil Twin, a brewery that I’ve heard a lot about recently but wasn’t aware that it was available in our area.
But the store goes beyond the traditional paradigm of a liquor store. The “champagne room” in the back houses a bar with a working set of taps. Customers are encouraged to sample the beers to find one they’d like to purchase. The bar also serves as the location for monthly beer tastings as well as a hangout for beer traders who come in and share beers they’ve received with Robert’s staff. I think DoB co-found Chuck said it best, “Stateline is the only liquor store I know that people bring beer to.”
For a short time, Stateline was also offering growlers for sale from the back bar. Sadly, it was discovered that this violated a Maryland “repackaging” law and had to be discontinued. Hopefully one day they’ll get that straightened out, because I have a few growlers that are in need of a refill.
What makes Stateline extremely advantageous for me is that all beer is entered into the system down to the bottle/can unit, which means costumers are free to break any and all six-packs or four-packs of bottles or cans we wish. I’m sure it’s not lost on my fellow bloggers the convenience of not having to buy a full six-pack every time you want to review a beer.
But enough words, let’s take a tour….