Norwich Inn and Brewery
The Norwich Inn is a historic, full-service Vermont country inn located in
Norwich, just across the river from Hanover, New Hampshire. An Inn has been on
the Main Street site since 1797; the current Victorian Structure since 1890.
This Dartmouth hotel is proud to offer 38 guest rooms, a Pub & Dining Room known
as Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse and a Microbrewery featuring hand-crafted English
Ales, sold only on site. We are proud to offer one of the largest wine
selections in Vermont, housed in our new Wine Cellar, which is also available
for private parties. Local legend has it that the Inn and the Town were the
inspiration behind the popular TV Show, “Newhart,” which was set in Norwich.
Just 1.5 miles from the center of the Dartmouth College Campus, our hotel is a
popular haven for alumni, parents and other visitors to the college. Close
proximity to I-91 allows for easy access to Norwich-based King Arthur Flour (1
mi), Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (3.5 mi), White River Junction (5 mi),
Quechee with the Simon Pearce Glass Factory (13 mi) and Woodstock (19 mi). For
skiers, the Inn is located less than 1 hour from Killington and Okemo in Vermont
and Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire. The Dartmouth Skyway is located just 10 miles
away in Lyme, New Hampshire.
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
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
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
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