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

Cherry Stout

If you are looking for something a little bit different, this full bodied American Stout is dark as night, and has a pleasant tang contributed by over a hundred pounds of Montmorency cherry puree.

Second Wind Oatmeal Stout

This black ale is a classic English Stout with the characteristic flavor of dark roasted barley, the sweetness of caramel malt, and a full body contributed by the addition of oatmeal. “I see no objection to stoutness, in moderation” W.S. Gilbert (1882)

Autumn IPA

Light, Amber, Medium body, firm bitterness, along with a nice hop bouquet and flavor contributed by Simco, Cascade, Centennial and Ekuanot hops.

Oktoberfest/Marzen

This Bavarian Märzenbier style lager is one of the popular beers served during Oktoberfest in Munich from mid-September until early October. This year, JMA’s version of this classic is a clear, pale amber brew with a firm malt presence that is not overly sweet. High quality German barley, hops, and yeast are the only ingredients […]

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.

Old Slipperyskin India Pale Ale

Old Slipperyskin was a giant of a bear who walked on his hind legs and terrorized the Indians and early settlers of Vermont. He had the legs the size of tree trunks, tracks as big as wagon wheels, and the strength to squeeze sap from the biggest maple trees. This is a traditional English IPA with a strong malt backbone, and much subtler hop aroma and flavor than Americanized IPAs. Be warned you hop heads!

Old Pewt Pale Ale

In honor of Alden “Old Pewt” Partridge (1785-1854). Born and raised in Norwich, Vermont, founder of Norwich University (the oldest private military academy in the United States), and inspiration for Jasper Murdock’s first truly American Pale Ale. Golden blond in color, this light bodied, hop forward beer features a variety of American hops that provide a nice floral bouquet along with pine, citrus, and berry flavors.

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