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Mad Jack Brewing Co.

The Van Dyck Lounge is proud to announce the recreation of the historic brewery that was once the center of Schenectady. Named after John (Jack) McDonald, Mad Jack Brewing Company is a collection of unique beers that each have their own personality and flavor. The same McDonald family that has brought you other unique establishments in the area, Pinhead Susan's, The Van Dyck Lounge and The Stockade Inn, welcomes you to stop by and have a taste for yourself!

Available at:

That's right, Mad Jack can be found at other establishments around the Capital Region!
Our list is always growing, so check back here for the latest hot spots pouring Mad Jack.

The Stockade Inn, Schenectady NYPinhead Susan's, Schenectady NY - DeAngelos' Ristorante, Rotterdam NY -   - - 20 North Broadway, Schenectady NY - Johnny's, Schenectady NY - Merkins, Ballston Lake, NY -  - Centre Street Pub, Schenectady NY

What's On Tap

  • :: Bellevue Blonde ::

    Named after Schenectady’s beloved neighborhood, this light-bodied Kolsch has a malty finish with mild hop bite.
    5% ABV 22 IBU

  • :: Pinhead Pilsener ::

    A light and refreshing, AWARD WINNING, German lager brewed with 100% German pilsner malt and hops.
    5% ABV 40 IBU

  • :: Dutchmen Ale ::

    A new take on our Dutchmen Lager. We kept all the Munich and Vienna malts that drive this malty brew but we fermented it with our house ale yeast.
    5.3% ABV 28 IBU

  • :: Rivers Rye APA ::

    Feeling Lucky? Take a chance on our unique American Pale Ale. Rye malt adds color and character while El Dorado hops bring a complimentary fruitiness reminiscent of pear and stone fruit. All in!
    5.9% ABV 40 IBU

  • :: Mad Jack-O-Lantern ::

    We start this brew with just enough dark caramel malt to compliment the 40 lbs of pumpkin we add straight to the kettle. A blend of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and allspice is then added at the end of boil and into the fermentor. Order yours straight or with a sugar/spice rim for an extra treat.
    5.7% ABV 13 IBU

  • :: Fightin' Irwin IPA ::

    2-Row and crystal malts lead way to an IPA dominated by American hops. Brewed and dry-hopped with Cascade, Centennial, El Dorado, and Citra hops for a tropical, citrus-like flavor.
    6.8% ABV 52 IBU

  • :: A.L.S. Red IPA ::

    This malty Red IPA is brewed with a select blend of experimental hops, hand selected for Ales for ALS. We added generous amounts of caramel and Munich malt to compliment the sweet, candy-like flavors of this years hop blend. $1 from each pint goes back towards research on ALS.
    6.6% ABV 45 IBU

  • :: Stockade Stout ::

    A Classic American Stout, with the aromas and flavors of coffee and roasted barley. Mildly sweet and balanced with a generous amount of cascade hops.
    6.5% ABV 50 IBU

  • :: Mont Pleasant Porter ::

    A house favorite, this porter is deep and complex with generous portions of Brown, Munich, and Vienna malts. Smooth, slightly sweet and full bodied with intense coffee and chocolate aromas and flavors.
    6.3% ABV 35 IBU

  • :: Nine Pin Cider ::

    Hard cider locally made in Albany, NY. 12oz cans only (not available for samplers)
    6.7% ABV Gluten Free!