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

On Cask: 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)

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)

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

Stackpole Porter

This dark ale style dates back to England in the 1700s. Roasted malt lends chocolate and coffee-like flavors and aromas. It is named for the Brewer Emeritus’ 7th Great Grandfather, James Stackpole, who in 1693 was granted “Lycence to sell by retaile beere, Cyder, rum, provision and lodging, he giving ten pounds bond to their […]

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 […]

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. 

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!

Hops on Top IPA

This light-medium bodied American influenced IPA features three American hop varieties that deliver unmistakable grapefruit/pine aroma and flavors. A tribute to one of our most famous patrons and a beloved American icon, Theodore Seuss Geisel.

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