United States > New York > Troy
Chad9976 (33) Albany, New York | July 9, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
A diamond in the rough. This used to be a generic dive/college bar but has morphed into a full craft beer bar and restaurant in the last few years. The food menu was recently given a complete makeover with a lot of creative options. Though the "wing burger" is still a safe bet.
The interior has a ski lodge type of look to it. Everything’s made of wood! There’s usually plenty of seating around the bar or at various tables and booths. The bathroom needs to be re-done as it always looks kinda dirty.
Service is usually pretty good. You order from the bar and they’ll bring food to your table. Prices on food and beer are reasonable.
Beer selection is very good, especially for a bar of this type. There was a time when they’d carry Miller Lite on tap, but now all BMC beers are only available in bottles. Tap lineup is usually mid-range craft like magic hat and Sam Adams, though there’s always higher-end stuff like Southern Tier, Dogfish Head, Stone, Allagash, Evil Twin, etc. There’s also a cask engine that’s constantly rotating (the taps are, too). I wish they would put the tap list all in one place and make it easy to read instead of having three chalkboards scattered around the bar and high up difficult to read.
They have tap takeovers all the time, sometimes on a weekly basis. Dogfish Head Night is HUGE.
If you want to avoid the college crowd, weeknights before 7pm are best. In fact, they have a great happy hour selection of drafts from 4-7. After 8pm there’s almost always live music, a DJ or trivia or something like that.
This place is getting better all the time.
mansquito (71) Nueva York, New York | July 7, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Apparently this is the best beer place in the capital region of New York state. Seeing the tap selection, I am not surprised. That said, you are better looking up the tap list online than trying to figure out what it is in the bar because it is scattered on a number of chalkboards throughout the place without any rhyme or reason. However, the bar has the feel of a neighborhood sports bar, which is fine in its own way. Plenty of TVs that happened to be playing America’s Funniest Home Videos and Wipe-Out while I was there. The food was plenty good enough. Good wings, OK hamburgs, and quite tasty tater tots (covered in God-knows-what... but all the better). I had two beers I have never seen in NYC, which is big ups of course.
Mep3222 (29) East Greenbush, New York | February 5, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Really cool bar in Troy. Nice old bar ambiance (lots of wood, almost looks like an old barn or horse stable) with a solid selection of beers, and the wings were quite tasty. Didn't try any other food, but the beer list and wings and cool atmosphere would easily get me back there. Great bar.
merc7186 (159) North Tonawanda, New York | November 17, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A: The place looks like a dump from the curb..and even when you enter inside, it is not that impressive but eventually turns out to be a good low key beer bar...a shit hole..but a good shit hole.
Q: The quality of beers were decent, my biggest complaint was I had several beers that were under carbonated...a big deal!!!
S: The service was decent, no issues but didnt smoke you either.
S: A decent selection, of 20+ taps, very very few macros but you do see a good amount of style overlaps for a small tap list.
F: Had a mediocre turkey burger with over cooked fries....ordered chicken wings later on which were worthy of the 40 cent wing night value. The place seems to be over valued by the locals....this is the Buffalo NY equivalant of Mr.Goodbar (with better bathrooms).
V: A decent value...not over nor under changed on food or beers.
Overall, the bar is a decent beer bar but you can find better places in the greater Albany area (but not more interesting).
UDBeernut (114) Moving to Jax, Florida | August 26, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
seems like a college dive bar with an excellent tap list, for being so busy, service was good enough. i will have to go back earlier in the day.
AleWife725 (66) Albany, New York | July 4, 2012| Updated July 6, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
This place gets crowded and noisy, but their tap selection is unmatched locally. Not only do they have many taps, they are hard-to-find beers and at cheap prices! Go early in the day so that you can get a seat, and be sure to try their buffalo fries. Delicious! Also, check their website frequently, they often do tap takeovers!
cp05nola (1) , | March 11, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
A beer engine for casks, 20 taps for standard and craft beers, 9 taps dedicated to imperials, awesome wings and burgers, unreal bleu cheese (I know sounds silly), classy staff that cares about the customers, darts, buck hunter and shuffle board, other then a bigger food menu what more could you want?
justabeergeek (12) Albany, New York | March 9, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
I’ll admit: I first thought of The Ruck as just a college/townie bar, tucked away in good ol’ Troy. Well, while that might not be *totally* inaccurate, it is certainly a great example of the "genre." There is shuffleboard in the back, lots of tvs (usually on rugby), and a shockingly good selection of beer. When I saw how many (good!) beers they had on tap, I was floored.
williamherbert (60) Syracuse, New York | January 19, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
From the outside, it looks like a scary townie bar. Inside, it still does, but with a pretty friendly contingent of locals and college kids. It’s a very good (not too busy) place to watch football on Sundays, and their tap selection is always excellent -- I’d say 7-10 very good taps at any time. The Buffalo wing burger is well-priced and good in a pinch. If you happen to be in Troy, you owe it to yourself to stop by the Ruck for one or two.
TokenBlkRugger (1) Troy, New York | October 22, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Pay no attention to the comments made by my predecessor. Although what he said used to be true....it is true no longer. As an employee of this fine establishment I can tell you that The Ruck has had a major overhaul. We now have a 20 tap tower with another 10 taps and cask selections to be here shortly. My boss has secret kegs and firkins that are aging in the walk in cooler. The last aged brew he put on was the southern tier oak aged unearthly which he aged for 2 YEARS in our walk in. When he put it on, it was like a little slice of heaven. Beer drinkers came from far and away to have a pint of that. Other breweries that we give love to are stone, dogfish head, heavy seas, sly fox, left hand brewery, keegans, oskar blues, rogue, harpoon, Troegs, Ommegang and many many more that I am forgetting. Oh and BTW the food is still on point. We are famous for our wings and "wingburgers". Also because we are a rugby themed bar (hence the name) we usually have rugby on. This year we opened early for the world cup. Oh and thats another thing. We are open til 4 am 7 days a week so if it is a night cap you desire come on down and see us. Im sure that you won’t regret it.
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