Our Brew Master Patrick Dakin 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.
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.
Jasper Murdock’s repertoire has grown to more than 50 different craft beers.
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 6 different beers. We also 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.
Queen City Brewery’s interpretation of this classic English dark ale is rich, full-bodied, and well-balanced with an understated hop bitterness and a malt profile accentuating the chocolate and coffee-like character.
Guest Tap: Fiddlehead Brewing Co. Fiddlehead IPA
This medium bodied American style IPA has an alluring golden glow and beautifully blends three strains of hops. While strong citrus notes ambush your taste buds halfway through the palate, the beer finishes very crisp and dry.
Snark is a tradition out of our brewery, but NEIPAs are not. This one is not as “heavy hitting” as many examples, at 5.8% ABV, but offers all the other benefits-a lovely, full beer with not too much bitterness but plenty of tropical fruit character courtesy of double dry hopping with Azacca, Mosaic, and Nelson […]
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.
Porters are the darkest of the brown beer family. Brown malt takes center stage and makes this a deliciously malty beer. One of our favorite hops is Northern Brewer so we added a lot making this a hop forward Porter.
Guest Tap: Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine IPA
This lupulin-laden India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical fruit character, bright floral aromas and delectable layers of hop flavor.
Guest Tap: Zero Gravity Green State Lager
A crisp, easy drinking Pilsner beer. Noble hops in perfect balance with only the finest Pilsner malt provide a clean and satisfying brew that is as welcoming as the Green State itself.
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.