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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 ::

    A medium bodied Pale Ale with an American hop aroma. Caramel flavors dominate, followed by hop bitterness.
    5.1% 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 ::

    This copper colored ales aroma is dominated by citrusy American hops. The flavor begins with caramel and hop flavors that give way to a potent lingering bitterness
    6.2% 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

  • :: Electric Lager ::

    This India Pale Lager was brewed with an electrifying blend of hops, including Bravo, Centennial, Citra, Cascade, Chinook, Equinox and Styrian Celeia. Pale and crystal malts provide sturdy, slightly sweet balance to the hop onslaught!
    7.5% ABV 63 IBU

  • :: Statewide Pale ::

    Brewed in collaboration with the NYS Brewers Association at Shmaltz Brewing Company with berries from across the state, this pale ale is comprised of 50% NYS ingredients. $1 of every pint sold goes to the NYS Brewers Association.
    4.7% ABV 50 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 reminiscent of coffee and chocolate.
    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