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It’s heady times for microbreweries

State plans summit to aid further growth

Van Dyck bartender Adrienne Ryan pours a beer.
Van Dyck bartender Adrienne Ryan pours a beer.
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The Van Dyck in Schenectady began brewing beer again in June 2011, and the response to the restaurant’s Mad Jack line has been positive, according to manager Mike McDonald. The McToberfest, the brewery’s fall seasonal, has proven popular. “We can’t keep it on our shelves,” McDonald said. Overall, “we’ve seen a dramatic increase in our beer sales,” he said. “Craft beers in general are becoming more popular. People want to see what’s different, what’s new, ...

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