ADAMS -- New memories are starting to fill up the former Saints Hall on Hoosac Street. Just this year, three men renovated the joint to create the Adams Ale House, a much-needed restaurant and bar in the small town.
Located across from St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, the Adams Ale House maintains the old look of a town favorite. But inside, the nearly $200,000-worth of renovations are noticeable. I don't mean noticeable in a ugly, tacky way; I mean this place has the depth and ability to morph into an Adams staple, with memorabilia and memories slowly building up the inside of the spacious establishment.
My recent visit to the ale house was a Saturday night. A large group of friends came out to bid adieu to another as he left for greener pastures out in the Cape Cod area. There were 10 of us total. Most waitresses and restaurant owners give the feeling of dread when a large party like this walks in, one by one. But our waitress was a peach. She kept her cool as we ordered on separate checks haphazardly; she checked on us just the right amount; and she left us with a feeling of food and drink-fueled satisfaction.
On my plate was a delicious Ale House Veggie Sandwich ($9.95). The ale house boasts buying many of their ingredients locally, so I can only assume everything wrapped in gooey cheese and red pepper aioli was from the Berkshires in some way.
Tagging along to my delicious sandwich were waffle sweet potato fries and a 16 oz. Traveler Jack-O Shandy ($5). It should be noted I have an intense love for autumn beers, especially ones that taste like pumpkin pie. This combo of hot food and cold beverage -- my comfort foods -- really hit the spot.
Seated in the back of the main restaurant area, you can see the Adams Ale House is still undergoing a transformation. Yes, they have the base set, but there's room to grow here. According to their Facebook page, the ale house is always looking for customer feedback. I say, "Start decorating!" Knick-knacks will eventually abound in this place, mixing into a modern vintage of local charm and new technology.
The restaurant is trying to do a lot for the town. As part of the renovations, they've re-established two full bars, a banquet hall, a private events room and a dance floor. The ale house can accommodate up to 700 people. And honestly, you wouldn't know it just by looking at the place.
There are also eight large HD televisions, an upgraded audio system and multiple video game consoles for anyone who finds themselves in need of some gaming while out to dinner or on the town.
Too much? Some would say yes. But I can see the three owners of the bar are trying to stake claim to a historical piece of architecture and breathe some sort of life back into a town.
With all this fun stuff, plus 22 beers on tap, along with several more in bottles, The Adams Ale House is both family friendly and tourist friendly.
Locals seem to love the place, and I don't blame them. This place has good food, an awesome staff and whoever thought bowling in a pub was a good idea is pretty much an innovative businessperson/hero to all.
We welcome the Adams Ale House to our Berkshires After Dark listings. We wish them luck in this ambitious business venture, because it's about time Adams had a forward-thinking gem set in place.
Rating: 4 mugs!
If you go ...
Adams Ale House, 8-10 East Hoosac St., Adams, (413) 743-2161, www.adamsalehouse.com, www.facebook.com/AdamsAleHouse
Hours: Weekdays: 4 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Saturday: 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Sunday: 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m.
Style: Restaurant and bar
Food: Fresh, local pub fare
Entertainment: Margarita Mondays, Trivia Tuesdays, specials on tap (Check Facebook page for dates and times.)
Also: Video game consoles, dance floor and upgraded audio system.
Our rating system: 1 mug, Run away; 2 mugs, Yawn; 3 mugs, Cheers; 4 mugs, “I’ll be back”; 5 mugs, “Round’s on me!”