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Welcome To The Ruck


The Capital Region’s choice for the best domestic
and international craft beer offerings

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Welcome To The Ruck


The Capital Region’s choice for the best domestic
and international craft beer offerings

We are a fun & unique group of beer enthusiasts that work passionately to bring you the best foreign and domestic craft beers available. As Cicerone Certified Beer Servers ©, our staff behind the bar has decorated knowledge about our products and the beer world. We are always ready to answer your questions and help you discover your next favorite pint! Don’t be afraid to ask us anything!

Formerly Sutter’s Mill & Mining Co. and the old Troy Pharmaceuticals before that, The Ruck opened its doors in 1998. Heavy investment in our draft infrastructure began in 2004 as our owner, David Gardell’s, passion for great beer was growing along with that of our customers. An early driving force bringing us into the growing craft beer world was the installation of our Goliath tower. The 20 tap unit you sitting at the far end of the bar. Working to ensure the highest quality standards in draught operation and beer service, the expansion work continued. In 2008, our coolers we expanded to create greater room for additional draught beer storage and to allow us to begin aging specialty beers and limited release. In 2010, 2 additional towers were added to allow for a greater selection of specialty/ high end draughts. You can see Whitey and the Browmeister (yes, we really did name our towers!) at the near end of the bar. With the growth of the Real Ale Movement reaching the northeast, we added a Beer Engine in 2011. With the beer engine we are able to offer the best in Cask Beer from local brewers as well as those across the country. Often times these beers will feature a unique one of a kind dry hopping or flavoring. Their freshness and character cannot be beat!

In September of 2012, CraftBeer.com & The Brewers Association ranked The Ruck in their first readers poll of Great American Beer Bars. The Ruck was the only bar to represent New York State in the GABB Finals and went on to earn Second Place in the entire Northeast! In 2013, The Ruck saw another selection to the Top 10 in the Northeast. While the recognition is nice...we are truly grateful to our guests who choose The Ruck as their place to enjoy a perfect pint! 

If you have not stopped by in a while or maybe not ever, we invite you to join us, chat with our team, talk beer, enjoy our food and relax! Open seven days a week, 365 a year, until 4am. Our kitchen offers fresh, prepared-to-order food until 1am.

CHEERS! 

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The Kitchen


The Kitchen


EXECUTIVE CHEF RACHEL MABB

Originally from Brooklyn NY, Executive Chef Rachel Mabb has cultivated her passion for food from childhood. Even at a young age Rachel was watching Julia Child, and experimenting with recipes and cooking. Spending summers upstate in her Grandmother’s garden, cooking for the household after school, and experiencing all of the culinary influences New York City had to offer all left an early impression of love and respect of food.

Rachel, an alumnus of the New York Restaurant School in New York received her formative training at JoJo under four star celebrity chef and James Beard award winning Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten. During her tenure at JoJo, Rachel was introduced to the flavors of Southeast Asia, as well as given an opportunity to further develop her training with classic French cuisine.  From there, Rachel continued her career in Manhattan at such notable restaurants as Mirezi, a project of Chef Anita Lo, Tabla with Chef Floyd Cardoz, as well as working at Istana at the New York Palace Hotel, and working with caterers such as Thomas Preti, Abigail Kirsh, and Sterling Affair before moving to the Capital District in the summer of 2000.

During her time in the Capital Region, Rachel has led kitchens at the Shipyard, Crowne Plaza Albany, Rensselaer Banquet & Conference Facility, the Hilton Garden Inn Troy, Carmine’s Brazilian Grill, and finally, The Ruck, and Next Level at the Ruck. At the Ruck, Rachel has found a home and a great outlet for creativity, being able to work with a fantastic array of craft beer from all over the world. Her past experience has given her the ability to constantly create menus that pair and compliment the stellar beer list the Ruck have to offer.