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The Ruck

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Type: Bar, Eatery

104 3rd St
Troy, New York, 12180-4037
United States

(518) 273-1872 | map

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Added by clapp1115 on 12-26-2009

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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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3.98/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

A cap region night stayover; the halfway point on the shortest distance to early morning points Warren, Vermont, and then well beyond. On the strip on 3rd, just around the corner from that place that makes beer Ben put me onto, The Ruck. Been some talk about this one. Made the whole ‘vote for the best beer bar in New York State’ list a little while ago, as I recall, which means absolutely nothing when you consider some of the other contenders on that list. I’ll visit and make the call. In Troy, oh boy...

Long ‘L’ shaped wood bar missing most of its surface lamination, with a wide lip that’s had its heart carved into, panel base & foot box; seating for about a dozen and a half on stools. Barback holds a length of tiered booze fronting mirrored panels, and glassware stem boxes on the ends. Shorty long horizontal blackboards above list specials & notables (beers of the day), and 3 flat atop, the outers showing sports and the center one for shwag and internal talk. Stand up bottle cooler at the front end of the bar, and kitchenings proper to the rear.

Rafter ceilings with industrial ductwork & piping. Drop lanterns along the bar tracing, spots and strung colored lighting. Hightop seating on the far wall. Flat screens, brewery banners & tins, and blackboards with beer talk. Big Buck Hunter and a looooooooong table shuffleboard to the rear, and a 5 piece band up front with a girl playing pretty good horn.

There are 19 handles on the row tower at the end of the bar, +2 on the whitey tower, 2 on the falkor tower, and 4 on the Goliath tower. Okay, I see, now. The alt towers are 5oz, 10z, pint, & pitcher priced, while the multi-handle row excludes the 5oz pour; method to the madness. So, 27 taps in all, roughly an even split between local/regional (Smuttynose Bouncy House IPA, Long Trail Limbo, Switchback Pale Ale, Jack’s Abby Leisure Time Lager, Sam Adams Hazel Brown, Evil Twin Femme Fatale Kabosu, Newburg Cream Ale, Brooklyn Lager & Sorachi Ace, Ommegang Rare Vos, Troegs Hopback Amber, DogFishHead Namaste), and craft mid country (Bells Oarsman, Hopsolution, Oberon, & Midwestern Pale Ale, Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter, Left hand Milk Stout), and other coast (Anderson Valley Holy Gose, Sierra Nevada Kellerweis, 21st Amendment Watermelon Wheat, Knee Deep Hoptologist DIPA). The remainder is a mix of import (Reissdorf Kolsch, Piraat Triple Hop), and cider play local (Nine Pin Cider), near (Downeast Cider), and far (B. Nektar Slice of Life). And a beer engine pouring Southern Tier Harvest Ale. +20 something cans and bottles. I spy a $9 Orval (good to see you, darling), $5 cans of Westbrook Gose (for those in the knows), and others, including ciders and gluten frees.

Ordered an oarsman and was dealt an Oberon. Lucky ‘tender, getting me, someone who would know the difference, but he made good on it on the next round by buying, albeit unnecessary. And I wound down with the Anderson Valley Holy Gose ’cause I’ve been all about the Berliners and Gose today.

I’m peckish and it’s wing night, hooray! I ordered a dozen SOD (some sort of Carolina lime), by which I meant I ‘et 18 of ‘em. Theys was good. Some good beer here, but what the fuck am I doing at The Ruck? I am twice as old as everyone else. Kids, kids, kids. Kind of wish I’d gotten here much earlier (before the madness) or much later (when the place goes dead). Open ‘til way late, this divey college bar (meant in a good way).

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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1/5  rDev -76.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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Photo of koopa
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of SUjunkie
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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