Brew Master Patrick Dakin is proud to welcome you to the Brewery at the Norwich Inn, home of Jasper Murdock Ales. Our Ales have won 4 silver and a gold medal in the last 3 years at the Great International Beer Competition.
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, an historic livery building was renovated and outfitted with a new four-barrel brew house, enabling 125-gallon batches. Though the vessels are now larger, we remain perhaps the smallest brewery in America. Jasper Murdock’s Ales are sold only at the Norwich Inn and you can take some home. Bottled brew is available by the 22 ounce bottle, by the case, or by the 5 gallon keg.
Jasper Murdock’s Ales are crafted from fine English malts, with hops grown in England and in our own hop garden at the Inn. Because filtration can strip flavor and body from a beer, the ale yeast is allowed to settle out naturally in an extended cold-aging period to ensure that all the goodness reaches your palate. The beer is then pumped underground from the beer cellars to our pub at the Inn.
Jasper Murdock’s Ales
Of the many styles we rotate at the beer taps, we usually have at least 2 of these four for takeout by the bottle or the case:
Whistling Pig Red Ale
Inspired by an Irish classic. Garnet-red in color with a rounded malty flavor and a lingering hop aftertaste.
Old Slipperyskin India Pale Ale
A strong amber ale, full bodied, with a hearty hop flavor and a pronounced hop finish.
A dark ale style dating back to the 1700’s. Roasted malt lends chocolate and coffee-like flavors and aromas.
Second Wind Oatmeal Stout
This black ale has the characteristic flavor of dark roasted barley, the sweetness of caramel malt, a full body contributed by oatmeal, and an intense but balanced hop flavor.
Other styles served on tap at Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse
Jasper Murdock’s Extra Special Bitter
Fuggle & Barleycorn
Oh Be Joyful
Last Pick Pale Ale
Dr. Bowles’ Elixir
Jasper Murdock’s Private Stock
Two Patrick Stout
The Norwich Inn
325 Main Street
P.O. Box 908
Norwich, Vermont 05055