Murrays is an independent purveyor of cheese that has been owned by the same guy for 14 years. He's weathered all the market changes with aplomb. From being a simple mom and pop store, to riding the gourmet foodie wave with a selection of rare and hard to find fine cheeses, whatever the neighborhood called for he provided.
His staff is equally passionate, Nora Singley who ran the cheese side of our tasting was great: informative, excited and interesting. In our class, called “Beer and Cheese”, her picks included, among my favorites, Goot Essa Mountain Valley Cheddar, Abbaye de Citeaux, and Hoch Ybrig. The inspired beer pairings came from Six Point Craft Ales (see drink).
The set up is nice, a u-shaped table sits in a windowed room that over looks the store. Vocalizationis encouraged, although we were a quiet bunch and mostly let the experts do the talking (and talking and taking and talking and talking in the case of brew master Shane). It's not a cheap experience at $60 dollars, but none of us felt that it wasn't worth it. Some of the cheeses were so expensive and rare, that to be able just to have a taste was a worthwhile expense. They offer all sorts of courses all year.