Brewery

About The Brewery

History

Our Brew Master Jeremy Hebert is proud to welcome you to the Brewery at the Norwich Inn, one of the top breweries in Vermont and the home of Jasper Murdock Ales, brewed right on-site.

President James Monroe dined at the Norwich Inn in 1817 while on a horseback tour of the New England frontier. Alas, history does not record whether he had a beer. But if he did, it was most likely brewed at the Inn. Vermont had no commercial breweries at the time, and the local beers were brewed in very small batches. Even the biggest copper kettle provided just enough ale for the brewer and his guests.

Brew at the Norwich Inn, one of the proudest breweries in Vermont.

In 1993, this Vermont brewery tradition was revived at the Norwich Inn when Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse began producing traditional English-style ales in 5-gallon glass jugs.

By 1995, a historic livery building was renovated and outfitted with a new four-barrel brew house, which now produces 125-gallon batches.

As one of the proud breweries in Vermont, we remain one of the smallest and coziest breweries in America.

Today

Jasper Murdock IPA on tap at the Norwich Inn brewery, one of the top breweries in Vermont.Jasper Murdock’s repertoire has grown to more than 50 different craft beers, including traditionally English style cask ales.

Our Ales and Lagers are crafted from the finest malts and hops, occasionally including hops grown in our own hop garden here at the Inn. Because filtration can strip flavor and body from a beer, the yeast is allowed to settle out naturally in an extended cold-aging period to ensure that all the goodness reaches your palate. The Vermont craft beer is then pumped underground and across the 100 foot distance from the Brewery cellar to our Pub at the Inn, where we rotate 8 different beers, plus one cask ale. With our expanded tap capacity, we now are able to offer Guest Taps, which will usually feature beers from other popular Vermont breweries.

 

Buying Norwich Inn Vermont Craft Beer

Keeping with tradition and adding to the treat, our Vermont craft beers are sold only at the Inn. Bottled brew in many of our varieties is available by the 22 ounce bottle, by the case, the 5 gallon keg….and now Growlers.

Call ahead or just drop by the front desk to pick up your beer at the Inn. Recently, our Vermont microbrewery introduced a signature ale cheese in collaboration with Woodstock’s Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company: Jasper Murdock Whistling Pig Ale Cheddar. It too is available for sale at the Inn.

Our Beers Currently on Tap

Bloody Brook Falls Ale

This flaxen offering is light-bodied and slightly sweet with a spiced and gentle fruity character furnish by classic Belgian Trappist yeast

N2B Cream Ale

Craft brewing’s own “lawnmower beer”. Pale straw color, minimal bitterness, yet deceptively flavorful for such a simple beer. A refreshing, very drinkable option for a hot summer’s day when a complex beer is just too, well, complex

Trails End

To celebrate and collaborate with our Upper Valley Trails Alliance neighbors, Jasper Murdock offers its first ale of the season, a light bodied, pale straw German style Kolsch that is nicely balanced between malt & hops, a summertime brew.

J&R’s Birthday Finale

The tenth and final birthday offering from me and my buddy Rocket. We have had a lot of fun creating these special brews over the years and hope you enjoy the finale. A dark, Belgian style ale with a nice balance of dark fruit and spicy character, and dangerously smooth.

Schwarzpils

This traditional German Black (Schwarz) Pilsener is a very dark medium bodied lager with a subtle dark malt aroma.

2 Patrick Stout

First brewed specially for St. Patrick’s Day, and now a tradition here. It is a classic Irish dry stout, with roasted barley providing the dark color, rich body & roasted flavors. Historians believe that there must have been two St. Patricks because events associated with him span 125 years. This beer is the recipe of a third Patrick, our former brewer Patrick Dakin.

Oh Be Joyful

Vermont’s soldiers in the Civil War used this name for the often frightful concoctions they fermented from hardtack (or anything else they could lay their hands on). Despite its historical connection, we’re confident you’ll enjoy this classic English Mild Ale, light, refreshing, and lightly hopped.

Whistling Pig Red Ale

Inspired by an Irish Classic. Garnet red in color and full bodied with a rounded malty flavor and lingering hop aftertaste. First brewed for the Whistling Pig Game Dinner held on Groundhog Day.

How we do the Brew