Taps: 31 / Bottles: 27
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.14/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
Been to The Ruck a few times now and it's definitely my favorite bar in Troy, if the the Albany Metro Area (haven't been to Bier Abbey yet though and I here it's great). The atmosphere is enjoyable for sure. Spacious room, lots of bar seating and a good amount of table seating. Crowd can vary from a macro heavy mix on certain days/times to lots of semi-beer geeks with a healthy smattering of serious beer geeks at other times. Sometimes the place feels like a college hookup spot with a live dj, other times it's more on the solemn and contemplative tip. The vast majority of beers served are craft, there is a range of pour sizes available for each selection, the taps are clean / plentiful (36 I believe), and the prices are right. Service is friendly and somewhat knowledgeable. Food is a bit hit or miss, but they have a new chef as of recent and the entrees are definitely better than they were a year ago. Wings are really really good. The most recent owner knows his stuff and has been consistently making this place better and better. If you are passing through the area you should definitely give this place a go.
03-10-2014 13:35:15 | More by koopa
4.38/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
The Ruck is a dive and I love it. It has a great tap line at a cheap price and some of the best wings I've ever had. Also, the bartenders are friendly, knowledgeable and were quick to offer me a taste of anything on tap.
The beer list when I visited earlier this week consisted of Kalamazoo Stout and Two Hearted by Bells, Saison Rye and Hugh Malone by Allagash, Biscotti Break and Falco IPA by Evil Twin along with brews from Jack's Abbey, Ommegang, Firestone Walker, Westbrook, a couple of local breweries and a Cask. There are about 30+ taps. Their website is always up-to-date.
The wings are made to order from a separate food bar next to the beer towers. Awesome wings. I got mine extra crispy and they were perfect.
There are several games like darts and video games to keep you entertained. There are about 4 HDTVs as well. If you want a no-frills bar with good beer and wings, I recommend hitting up The Ruck.
12-31-2013 19:52:01 | More by SUjunkie
4.83/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
This place was great. Came for Happy Hour at the recommendation of the owner of Hoosick Street Beverage and was not disappointed at all. Had a few Firestone Walkers on tap as well and Southern Tier which was expected for the region. Beers were very reasonably priced. $5 special on Firestone DBA which was great. Wings were top notch. Always have specials going on. Some people call it a Dive Bar but it was exactly what I was looking for. Had a great experience and will make a stop every time I am in the area.
10-11-2012 23:39:50 | More by kevinmb25
4.44/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $
The Ruck doesn't look like much from the street and once you go inside, that doesn't change much. It's half dive bar half beer bar. It may sound off putting, but it really works for The Ruck.
The tap list is generally around 30 deep, with plenty of offerings from Stone, Southern Tier, Ommegang, some local selections (love that they almost always have a Wandering Star brew on tap), and several belgians. There's always something for everyone.
While I can't speak for the other food, the wing are generally great. Depending on who's cooking and how busy it is, they range from pretty damn good to the best wings I've ever had. When they're on, they're better than Anchor Bar, Duff's or whatever other so called "best wings in the world" establishment that is overrated because it's in Buffalo. Add to that the homemade blue cheese which is so good that I would buy it by the jar if I could, and you've got a winner.
Service is great. Beer is very affordable for what you get. A great place to get a few beers and some good, cheap food.
05-09-2012 13:23:12 | More by vonnegut21
4.33/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
It doesn't look like much from Third Street, and isn't gorgeous inside, either. There's a long bar with almost 30 taps, a bunch of tables and seats and--best of all--a shuffleboard table in the back. Even if the place is very busy, if you've got the shuffleboard pucks it's like you have the whole back of the place to yourself. That shuffleboard table really gives this bar serious points.
The beer selection here ranges from above average to excellent. Coors Light and Yeungling are the only macros. The rest range from IPAs to a variety of wheat beers and brown ales and seasonals. There's a section of 8 taps devoted to higher ABV beers--Keegan Ales Joe Mama's Milk is a mainstay, a handful of Belgians and an occasional Southern Tier DIPA--that are more expensive than the rest, but still reasonably priced. Everything comes in a pint glass or a cheaper 12oz glass. There's also a cask pump that isn't often occupied.
The Ruck has event nights every so often, including a twice-annual Dogfish Head tap takeover. When they do have something on cask, it's great--recently I can recall Pumking, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and Sixpoint's rare Gemini DIPA. I've also had Nugget Nectar and Southern Tier 2IPA on cask here.
The good is generally above average. The homemade bleu cheese is great and compliments the wings and the Wingburger (beef patty with hot sauce) very well. Twice a week they have 40 cent wings. Fries are also good. People I know like the sandwiches and wraps, but I've never had them.
I guess I might be partial to this place because I live a block away and walk here for trivia every Monday, but it's absolutely a place to seek out if you like craft beer and are in the area. The later you arrive, the busier it is. The owner, Dave, is a nice guy who has learned to cater to both the young professional clientele who opt for craft beer and the college kids who come late and drink swill and get drunk. That's why this place is open until 4 a.m. every night.
It doesn't have the selection a handful of beer bars in Vermont or Massachusetts have, but that's due largely to the distribution picture around here. You won't find pretty glassware here either, but beer fans won't find better in the Capital District.
11-26-2011 01:46:11 | More by musicforairports
4.25/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Great beer selection. Much larger than I'd have expected in a small town like Troy. Reasonable prices, but you're here for the massive selection of draft beer, not the great prices. RPI students looking for a cheap pint should stick with the Clubhouse Pub in the union. The bartenders are quick and accommodating, with some decent beer knowledge. If you go to the Ruck you'll commonly run into the same people you see at the local bottle shop, including employees. I think this really speaks to the overall opinion of the bar held by craft beer fans in the area. The Wingburger, one of their local claims to fame, is a burger patty covered in hot wing sauce. IT's pretty good, but not amazing. The wings are very good. Overall fairly standard pub food, but I'd consider it THE place to get wings in Troy.
04-25-2011 15:51:51 | More by greenmonstah
The Ruck in Troy, NY
95 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.