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

Cheepler’s Delight

Light-medium body amber lager with restrained bitterness and robust flavor

On Cask- Private Stock 2018

Jasper Murdock’s Private Stock is an old ale that is tapped but once a year to usher in the holiday season. Old Ale recalls the type of beer brewed before the Industrial Revolution, stored for months or even years in unlined wooden vessels known as tuns. Ours, displaying a full malt body with plenty of […]

Cranberry Spice Ale

Okay, I confess, I didn’t actually use any spices when brewing this beer, but the yeast made up for that by providing pleasant spice and fruit character that work nicely with nearly 100 lbs. of cranberries. Light, amber, retrained tartness and light bodied. This brew would be a nice addition to any holiday feast.

Porter

A dark, medium bodied, flavorful American porter. Let the dark malts shine!

No Name APA

No Name APA– Even brewers suffer from writer’s block from time to time. This golden, light-medium body American pale ale features a bold wallop of citrusy hops that provide a nice bouquet and an unmistakable grapefruit flavor. 

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.

Private Stock 2018

Jasper Murdock’s Private Stock is an old ale that is tapped but once a year to usher in the holiday season. Old Ale recalls the type of beer brewed before the Industrial Revolution, stored for months or even years in unlined wooden vessels known as tuns. Ours, displaying a full malt body with plenty of character, is aged with oak to try and capture a bit of that history. A formidable but friendly ale that demands respect.

80 Shilling Export

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

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