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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

  • :: Broadway Light ::

    Clean, crisp, and refreshing, this American light lager is brewed with Superior Pilsner malt and Great Western flaked Maize.
    4.4% ABV 10 IBU

  • :: C-130 Sour ::

    Tart, yet immensely refreshing to drink, our Berliner Weiss style ale is the perfect foil to the hot weather, coming in at 3.8% ABV. We serve ours plain, or in the traditional German beer hall style of adding sweet syrups, ask your server about different fruit syrups we have today!
    3.8% ABV 5 IBU

  • :: SCCC Bellevue Blonde Ale ::

    We're proud here at Mad Jack to partner once again with the SCCC brewing program to offer you yet another tasty creation! The current class brewed up a light blonde ale, with premium barley and wheat malts from Briess. Cheers to Bob, Justin, and Jeff for making a perfect summer beer!
    5.3% ABV 25 IBU

  • :: Pinhead Pilsener ::

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

  • :: Electric Hefeweizen ::

    Golden and bright, our unfiltered wheat beer pours hazy, with notes of banana and clove. Brewed with the finest Pilsner and Wheat malts.
    5.5% ABV 15 IBU

  • :: Summer Night American Pale Lager ::

    To celebrate this year's Schenectady County Summer Night event, we teamed up with our fellow Schenectady brewers from Great Flats and Wolf Hollow to create a delicious new summer brew. Made with 100% NY malt from 1886 malt house, and brewed with El Dorado hops which lend a fruity pairing to the crisp malt bill.
    5% ABV 25 IBU

  • :: Dutchmen Lager ::

    Our crisp and malty house lager. Rich in Vienna, Munich, and Biscuity Pilsner malts. Go Dutchmen!
    5.3% ABV 25 IBU

  • :: To Held & Jack Again ::

    A collaboration with Helderberg Mountain Brewing Company. This Amber Kellerbier is made from 100% NY grown malt and hops. The grains provide some malt sweetness along with a complex array of toasted bread notes. The slight spiciness of the Crystal hops compliments the malt bill resulting in an easy drinking beer.
    5.5% ABV 35 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

  • :: Ales for A.L.S. Double IPA ::

    Each year we're proud to participate in the "Ales for A.L.S." program, where $1 of each beer sold goes to the A.L.S. research and therapy development institute. We're provided a unique hop blend to make the beer with, and this year we chose to make a big, flavorful double IPA with a solid malt backbone of Maris Otter and flaked oats. The result is a beer with a complex, resinous hop aroma and flavor, with a smooth finish. Cheers to a great cause!
    8.0% ABV 40 IBU

  • :: Nine Pin Cider ::

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