Top Five Hudson Valley Beer Bars in 2013

The Valley’s top five bars that take their craft brew collection to a new level

Owner Dave at the Ruck in Troy serves up some brews

The Ruck, Troy

This beloved dive bar serves 30 beers on tap (20 in the special Goliath tower) and 30 more in bottles and cans. Check out the pub grub menu, too: Their chicken wings are legendary. We’re not the only ones cheering this bar: Last year, voted the Ruck the second greatest beer bar in the Northeast. 518-273-1872;

The Hop, Beacon

This super cozy new hot spot  — both a retail store and a tasting room — offers more than 250 craft beers, including nine on tap. The artisanal farm-to-table fare (we like the local cheeses and the house-made sausages) are as popular as the brew. 845-440-8676;

Golden Rail Ale House, Newburgh

Modeled after a traditional English pub, this is one of the longest continually operating taverns in Orange County. Twenty varieties of beer on tap and more than 75 in bottles keep beer enthusiasts happy (to stay busy they can also play darts, pool, and foosball). Movie buffs can snap a picture with the “Thin Queen Tavern” sign — the ale house was featured in the 2001 cult classic Super Troopers. 845-565-2337;

The Dutch Ale House, Saugerties

Apparently, the 15 craft beers on tap inspired the owners of this popular beer joint (they are also known for their burgers). Last year, they opened their own microbrewery on site and are now creating three of their own brews. 845-247-2337;

The Gunk Haus, Highland

Named for its stunning view of the Shawangunk Ridge, this restaurant serves mostly German fare, which you can enjoy inside or at picnic tables in the outdoor biergarten. There are at least nine beers (including local and German imports) and one cider on tap at all times, as well as a few bottle options. Go on Mondays, it’s “Empty-the-Keg Day” and beers are half price. 845-883-0866;

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