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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 -  The Lager House, Latham NY - Power's Pub, Clifton Park NY - 20 North Broadway, Schenectady NY - Johnny's, Schenectady NY - Merkins, Ballston Lake, NY - Ryan's Wake, Troy NY - Centre Street Pub, Schenectady NY

What's On Tap

  • :: Bellevue Blonde ::

    Named after Schenectady's beloved neighborhood, this light-bodied brew has a malty finish with a mild hop bite
    5.0% ABV 22 IBU

  • :: Pinhead Pale Ale ::

    Pale, Munich, and flaked oatmeal compromise the grist of this American Pale while Chinook and Nugget hops provide bitterness and floral hop aroma. Bitter piney and melon flavors give way to a clean, malty finish.
    5.6% ABV 30 IBU

  • :: The Challenge Pale ::

    Brewed in conjunction with the Ales for ALS charity, this light bodied IPA was brewed with a special blend of hops unique to this cause. It's full of bright pineapple and citrus flavors, and you don't need to dump a bucket of ice on your head to raise awareness. $1 from every pint sold will go directly to the ALS Therapy Development Institute.
    5.7% ABV 50 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, and Citra hops. Look for a lemon, grapefruit, and tropical fruit flavor followed by a clean, lingering bitterness.
    6.7% ABV 52 IBU

  • :: Dutchmen Lager ::

    The lager of champions!! A soft toffee flavor is balanced by a light hoppy bitterness. Mild, easy drinking.
    4.7% ABV 26 IBU

  • :: HefeVANweizen ::

    A traditional German Hefeweizen brewed with wheat and pilsner malts, Bravo hops and select ale yeast. Cloudy in appearance with notes of banana and clove followed by a crisp malty finish.
    5.4% ABV 14 IBU

  • :: C-130 Lager ::

    Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia at one point was the only USAF unit to house ten ski-equipped C-130 air craft carriers designed for trips to polar destinations around the world (today there are six). We started with a traditional German lager and then dumped American grown Centennial hops all over for a crisp, liberating brew.
    5% ABV 20 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

  • :: Broom Stick Brown ::

    In the mid 1880's, Schenectady was the leading producer of award winning brooms and broom corn. Perhaps after a day of manufacturing brooms, a laborer would indulge in a brown ale with flavors hinting towards biscuits and toffee.
    5.5% ABV 25 IBU

  • :: Lawrence Strong ::

    Pounds of Pilsener malt, oats, Citra hops, and over 80 lbs. of raspberries make up this delicious brew.
    9% ABV 40 IBU 12 oz. Pour

  • :: Nine Pin Cider ::

    Made with 100% NY apples and crafted right in downtown Albany, this semi-dry cider is sure to please!
    6.7 ABV 12 oz. Can