By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun
6:39 PM EDT, November 1, 2012
For most Canton residents, the unassuming Hudson Street Stackhouse is the ultimate neighborhood bar for beer-loving hockey fans: It proudly supports the Washington Capitals. But the Stackhouse also makes an ideal place to watch a Ravens game.
First and foremost, the Stackhouse — located near Safeway and sandwiched between rowhouses — is instantly comfortable. With its concrete floor, exposed brick walls and tin ceiling, the Stackhouse eschews a cheesy theme or flashy design, instead favoring a laid-back atmosphere that feels inviting and low-pressure. To learn that it's owned and operated by a family — the DeSantises — comes as no surprise.
The charm goes beyond the vibe. Besides Mahaffey's, Stackhouse could be Canton's best bar for beer, at least in terms of variety. The draft list — 36 kinds — changes daily and frequently spotlights esoteric, hard-to-find beers. Where else can you begin with Belgium's Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus and then switch to Pennyslvania's Troegs Perpetual IPA? Although Stackhouse is a place for serious beer-drinkers, its helpful staff can point any novice in the appropriate direction.
If trying new beers in a cozy setting while the Ravens play sounds like a fine day to you, then Hudson Street Stackhouse could be Sunday's perfect destination.
Drinks: Stackhouse keeps it simple with $5 32-ounce drafts of a beer chosen by manager Dominic DeSantis. He'll make the decision of which beer on Sunday but promises it won't be a heavy brew. Customers can expect an amber or pale ale, he said.
Food: Wings and chicken sandwiches are $5 each between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. For future reference, if the Ravens have a night game, the $5 beer and food specials are in effect until the game is over.
Atmosphere: Relaxed and inclusive. The beer list could be intimidating, but the staff is knowledgeable and willing to help. Appropriately unflashy, Stackhouse offers plenty of flat-screen TVs for the Ravens game, a large island bar and other tables with seats. Customers in search of a break from the pigskin action can go head-to-head on the table hockey machine.
Parking: Parking on the street is free.
If you go
Hudson Street Stackhouse, at 2626 Hudson St., is open 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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