Vermont Brewery Tours: Explore the Upper Valley

 

Vermont Brewery Tours: Explore the Upper Valley

Craft beer is a way of life in Vermont’s Upper Valley, where the region’s natural beauty melds flawlessly with the historical significance and artisanal quintessence. And there’s no better example of artistry, history, and beauty than The Norwich Inn, established in 1797. The Norwich Inn is a culinary destination, a historic hotel, and, of course, a 27-year-old microbrewery. So, it should come as no surprise that the inn collaborates with Vermontology Guided Tours to offer a one-of-a-kind beer, spirit, and food experience in the heart of the Upper Valley. New Englanders flock to The Norwich Inn to take full advantage of the two-day Vermont brewery tour package, which includes a seven-hour shuttled adventure, private tastings, two nights in an old-world guest room, and so much more!

The Vermont Brewery Tour: 6 Stops in 7 Hours

Photo from the Vermont Brewery Tour at The Norwich Inn, including Beer, a Growler, and a Pumpkin.

Before diving fully into the seven-hour Vermont brewery tour, it’s important to note that you may or may not stop at these destinations. Because of COVID-19, elements of the tour are fluid due to altered hours and availability. Rest assured, you’ll still enjoy seven full hours of world-class beer, spirits, and artisanal edibles. This all-inclusive Vermont brewery tour includes stops at a local cheese shop, several taprooms, two distilleries, and the world-famous King Arthur Baking Company (formerly known as King Arthur Flour). Buckle up—it’s going to be a flavorful ride!

1. Cabot Creamery Co-operative

Before opening the tasting tour with a bevy of distilled spirits, you’ll make a quick stop at Cabot’s Quechee location. Their homemade cheeses pair beautifully with just about every type of adult beverage.

2. Vermont Spirits

The Vermont brewery tour’s first core stop is the Quechee Gorge Village, home to Vermont Spirits. The earnest tasting room is spacious and quiet, and you’ll likely have the whole distillery to yourselves.

3. Long Trail Brewing Co.

Next, you’ll trek westward en route to Long Trail Brewing for a flight of craft beer and some American grub, such as a burger, kale salad, or turkey Reuben. Long Trail and Jasper Murdock Ales are two of the oldest craft breweries in Vermont. 

Photo of a Beer Flight During a Vermont Brewery Tour.4. Windsor’s Artisans Park

Windsor’s glorious, eight-business Artisans Park is one of the Upper Valley’s finest attractions. And it’s home to Harpoon Brewery, SILO Distillery, and Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company (among others). The experience can vary, depending on what your group hopes to see and taste. The Path of Life Sculpture Garden is a must-see!

5. River Roost Brewery

On the way back to Norwich, you’ll stop in Hartford at River Roost Brewery, a tiny operation that’s perfect for small groups and tours. Despite its modest taproom, River Roost remains one of the top-ranked breweries in the U.S., according to Untappd’s beer society.

6. King Arthur Baking Company

We’re still getting used to saying “Baking Company,” as it’s been “Flour” for 230 years. Despite the new name and logo, King Arthur’s flagship campus remains the same quintessential New England attraction. Watch a live cooking demonstration, shop on a variety of goods, sip on a hot beverage, savor a dessert, and admire the landscape’s natural beauty.

Two Nights at The Norwich Inn

Photo of a Vermont Brewery Tour inside Jasper Murdock—Bombers of Beer, Anyone?The Norwich Inn’s two-night Vermont brewery tour package includes a wide variety of exclusive luxuries, as seen below. Unlike an “average” stay, each package comes with special perks, such as a take-home bomber and an on-site dining credit. Keep reading to learn more about what’s included:

  • Two nights lodging at The Norwich Inn
  • A welcome beer flight (per person) inside Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse
  • Pick up at 10 a.m. via Vermontology Guided Tours
  • Return to the inn at 5 p.m. for one pint of beer (per person)
  • $25 dining credit per room, good for food or beverage at any time during your stay
  • A take-home 22-ounce bomber (per person) of the Jasper Murdock Ale of your choice
  • A block (per room) of our Whistling Pig Ale Cheddar Cheese made in conjunction with Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company

The package costs $339 per person (double occupancy) or $499 per person (single occupancy). Groups of four (or more) receive a $25 discount per person. While most tours are scheduled for Thursdays, weekends may be available. Please call 802-649-1143 to inquire.

Support a Historic Microbrewery in Vermont during COVID-19

 

Support a Historic Microbrewery in Vermont during COVID-19

Photo of a Growler and Bomber from Jasper Murdock, a Microbrewery in VermontAs Americans strongly surge together through the peak of one of the worst global pandemics in history, it’s hard not to peer ahead to a time of normalcy. One thing is for sure: Coronavirus will change the way that we travel in the coming months, perhaps years. Many folks will trade their first-class tickets for a road trip to scenic, slightly remote destinations, such as quiet Norwich, VT, and neighboring Hanover, NH, home to Dartmouth College. In the meantime, however, millions of businesses in the hospitality industry are hurting in a variety of ways. Hotels, restaurateurs, and brewers patiently wait for the curve to officially flatten, thus, bringing new life into the Upper Valley. As you might imagine, The Norwich Inn’s Jasper Murdock Ales, a historic microbrewery in Vermont, has a massive surplus of craft beer that needs a new home.

Blowout Beer Sales on Growlers and Bombers

Photo of a Red Ale and Cheese Combo at Jasper Murdock, a Microbrewery in VermontAs you may have seen in a recent Facebook post, the brewing team at Jasper Murdock Ales is hoping to move a large amount of flavorful craft beer into the hands of New England’s thirstiest residents. With our restaurants closed, our beer surplus is quite substantial. Therefore, we’re offering outrageous savings on just about every label, including our very first New England-style IPA, “It’s About Time.” And, of course, there’s never been a more appropriate time than right now to savor a bomber or growler of tasty craft beer with family or friends. We recommend browsing through our current inventory before heading to this historic microbrewery in Vermont. You’ll notice that, on tap, we have our classic “Whistling Pig Red Ale,” multiple stouts, an English Civil War-era mild ale, a Double IPA, and many more delicious concoctions. Keep reading to learn more about these savings.

  • All 22-ounce bombers: $5 regular, $6 premium
  • Buy two bombers: $9 regular, $11 premium
  • 64-ounce growlers: $10 regular, $12 premium
  • Beer and cheese special: Buy a regular or premium bomber or growler at the exclusive price, and enjoy a block of our signature Whistling Pig Cheddar for 50 percent off.
  • All of our beers are on sale at the front desk! Stop by or call 802-649-1143 to place a preorder for front-porch pickup between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • The savings will last through the end of May 2020.

The Norwich Inn: A Historic Microbrewery in Vermont

We cannot begin to thank the community enough for the support that we have received from people purchasing our beer and cheese over the past six weeks. We ran out of growlers for a little while, but they are, of course, now back in stock! The Norwich Inn’s guest rooms remain open for particular circumstances associated with providing accommodations for health care workers or other workers deemed necessary to support public health, public safety, or critical infrastructure. Such reservations need to be made via telephone at 802-649-1143.

Learn about The Norwich Inn’s Summer Specials

Overnight hotel guests will have the ability to order delivery or takeout from several local restaurants. We can begin to take reservations for other guests after June 15, 2020. As this may change, please check NorwichInn.com before booking or calling the inn. Please don’t hesitate to learn more about our many summer specials here at The Norwich Inn, home to a historic, inviting microbrewery in Vermont’s Upper Valley.