Find a Great Brewery or Distillery Near Norwich, VT

Two men drinking at a Norwich brewery.Near Norwich, VT, we know you’ll find a great brewery or distillery. It’s an excellent area for sampling new beers and sipping unique cocktails. It’s a good thing that you’ll be near a great brewery or distillery when you stay at The Norwich Inn. Marvel at the scenery and enjoy your drinks at some of the best in the area. These are the best beers and spirits near Norwich, VT. Cheers!

Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse

This is Norwich Inn’s very own brewery. So it’s obviously the best place to start. We have a restaurant menu with seating inside and outside on our patio. All of the ales are made on-sight with a new beer selection, depending on the season. Check out what is on tap right now.

Vermont Spirits

If you are more in the mood for spirit, Vermont Spirits is the spot for you. The distillery offers vodka, bourbon, and gin. If you are interested in a bottle, you will be able to find them at their location in Quechee, VT, or at a local liquor store too.

River Roost Brewery

River Roost Brewery is set in downtown White River Junction, VT. The brewery is along the Connecticut River, so you’ll be treated to some beautiful water scenery. In addition, the brewery offers beer on tap, cans, and bottles. Bring some home with you when you leave.

SILO Distillery

It’s outside the city limits, but it offers a special feeling that you won’t get anywhere else in Vermont. SILO Distillery touts its farm-to-bar-to-bottle way of distilling its many spirits. It offers vodka, gin, whiskey, ready-to-drink cocktails, and cider. 

There’s a Lot of Drinks to Sample in Vermont

There’s a delicious brewery and distillery not far from you when you stay at The Norwich Inn. Some are basically right outside your room, and others that allow you to escape the city for a moment. The Norwich Inn is located near Dartmouth College and includes a variety of attractions downtown. When you stay with us, we can guarantee that you will have plenty of things to do and see. The Norwich Inn’s history dates back to 1797, which is why you can trust us about all the best ways to enjoy the Upper Valley. Give us a call today at 802-649-1143 to learn more about our inn (or check availability online).

A Beer Lover’s Bucket List: 6 Must-Visit Vermont Breweries

 

A Beer Lover’s Bucket List: 6 Must-Visit Vermont Breweries

Photo of Beer Bottles at One of the Best Vermont BreweriesDespite showcasing only 66 taprooms, Vermont has the most breweries per capita in America, according to the Brewers Association. So, it should come as no surprise that the Green Mountain State also produces the largest amount of craft beer per adult, which, in turn, had the second-best economic impact in the country. Simply put, we love craft beer. Not only does it taste good, but it brings people together, sustains the economy, and creates thousands of jobs. Yes, The Norwich Inn is the proud home to one of the oldest breweries in New England, but that doesn’t mean we cannot also appreciate the competition. To ensure that your upcoming visit to the Upper Valley is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled a meticulously-curated list of our six favorite Vermont breweries.

The Locals

Incredibly, four of the top 50 breweries in America are located in Vermont, according to Untappd’s thirsty community. One such brewery rests in the quiet village of White River Junction, which we’ll get to here in a minute. First, let’s start the list with one of the coziest Vermont breweries located just across the Connecticut River from Dartmouth College.

Photo of Jasper Murdock's Taproom, One of the Best Vermont BreweriesJasper Murdock Ales – Norwich

We’re all about craft beer here at The Norwich Inn, home to Jasper Murdock Ales, one of the longest-standing Vermont breweries. While it’s rumored that “Ma” Walker began bootlegging from the basement during Prohibition, we didn’t start brewing English-style ales until 1993. Our Whistling Pig Red Ale remains a New England staple, which pairs perfectly with the brand new Jasper Murdock Whistling Pig Ale Cheddar.

River Roost Brewery – White River Junction

Approximately five miles down the Connecticut River lies an unpretentious yet earnest operation known as River Roost Brewery, which ranks among the 50 best breweries in the U.S., according to Untappd. Unlike all other Vermont breweries on this list, River Roost lacks a true taproom. But beer lovers are urged to make a quick pit stop at this undersized industrial facility because the Mas Verde, Sound the Horns, and League of Shadows are all world-class.

Long Trail Brewing Co. – Bridgewater Corners

Every self-guided Vermont brewery tour must include a stop at Long Trail Brewing. While the beer quality doesn’t match the likes of River Roost, The Alchemist, or Hill Farmstead, this gorgeous hillside facility is well worth the journey. Long Trail was founded inside the Bridgewater Woolen Mill’s basement in 1989 and has since blossomed into a New England staple. After savoring a farmhouse sampler, go for a stroll in the backyard along the tranquil Ottauquechee River.

The Day Trips

Photo of Four People Toasting at One of the Best Vermont Breweries

Many of the top Vermont breweries are approximately 90 minutes from The Norwich Inn. So, a scenic day trip is required to cross them off of your craft brewery bucket list. If you’ve had your pulse on the New England beer scene over the past few years, you likely already know all about these three microbreweries.

House of Fermentology – Burlington

Nearly every brew that’s concocted inside this small oak barrel “fermentory” turns heads. The House of Fermentology is widely considered one of the 10 best breweries in America (alongside The Alchemist, as seen below). Fans of wild, unfiltered ales will unquestionably fall in love with the Fermentology’s many palatable ales. Oddly enough, visitors are urged to enjoy their newly-purchased bottles of beer at nearby Foam Brewers, an institution in itself.

The Alchemist – Stowe

The Alchemist, widely known as the birthplace of the New England-style IPA, recently opened a new, sleek brewing facility in Stowe. Most beer aficionados consider this trend-setting company the premier microbrewery in Vermont. We recommend hopping aboard the $10 brewery tour, which includes samples, a souvenir glass, and a behind-the-scenes look at this sparkling facility.

Photo of Hops at One of the Best Vermont BreweriesHill Farmstead Brewery – Greensboro Bend

Hill Farmstead Brewery is perhaps the best summertime destination in the Green Mountains. Unlike most Vermont breweries, this jaw-dropping operation rests on a beautiful, secluded farm in the middle of nowhere. The rural ambiance and gorgeous architecture, combined with their fine ales, makes for a true one-of-a-kind experience.

Vermont Breweries: High-Calibre, Historic, and Innovative 

As always, please establish a sober ride during your midday beer adventures. And, before returning to Norwich, don’t forget to explore the Upper Valley, visit a museum, and search for covered bridges. While our growing Norwich brewery gets a lot of buzz, it’s important to note that we’re also revered for our fine dining, historic ambiance, and elegant accommodations. To book a well-deserved beer, cheese, and bread vacay to the lush Upper Valley, please give us a call today at 802-649-1143 (or check availability online).