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

Dark Glasses

Brewed in collaboration with our friends ar Brocklebank Craft Brewing. This India “Un-Pale” Ale was first tapped at the 2019 Killington Brewers Festival. A dark, full bodied, hop forward offering. This brew will satisfy the curious in addition to keeping the  sun from shining through your glass.

Sauce! APA

The first real word my nephew proclaimed with full on exuberance before me and my brother out on the Chilkoot Trail nearly 20 years ago. Now a young man of age, I’m honored that he chose to brew his first beer with me here at The Inn. This flavorful light amber, medium body American pale […]

Oatmeal Stout

Robust, very full body, dark chocolate and roasted character

Featured Cask-Oatmeal Stout

Robust, very full body, dark chocolate and roasted character

J&R’s Birthday Surprise IPA

It’s hard to believe that this is our ninth birthday offering, and maybe even harder to believe that we made a session IPA. After many years of Belgian offerings Rocket and I thought we’d throw you a curve ball. A hazy, pale offering with a gentle hop aroma, intense hop flavors from four varieties of […]

80 Shilling Export

Reddish brown color, medium bodied, and all the malt character you would expect in a nice Scottish ale.

Fuggle and Barleycorn

Fuggle is a distinctive hop variety which flavors this pale ale, and is one of the few varieties used in brewing today which your great-great-grandparents might have enjoyed in their brews. A classic golden ale with a full, but not overwhelming hop profile.

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.

Piper Patterson’s Wee Heavy

A friend of our brewer played the Highland Pipes at his wedding. How cool is that? What better tribute could be paid to a world class bag piper than an authentic Scottish Wee Heavy? A dark, full bodied ale, with a malty aroma, complex flavors, and a smoothness that belies its strength. This brew would make nice company with a good book by the fire.

How we do the Brew