Pretty soon, Paul Fryman is going to have a different championship belt to wear every day of the week.
Fryman, the owner and brewer at JAFB Wooster Brewery, took home the grand championship belt Saturday (Sept. 24) at the Celebration of the Hop beer tasting at Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted.
It’s the third time in the last four years that Fryman won the annual event, which showcases IPAs and double IPAs.
JAFB won top honors for Rain Delay IPA — a beer that also took home a silver medal at last year’s Great American Beer Festival.
"It was an honor, again," Fryman said. "I love that festival because it's so focused."
JAFB won the Celebration of the Hop for New Stunt IPA in 2014 and JAF IPA in 2013.
“He brews it and brings it fresh,” Fat Head’s brewer Mike Zoscak said. “He’s pretty tough to beat.”
Here’s a look at all the winners:
Grand Champion: JAFB Rain Delay, followed by Willoughby Super Nova DIPA and Willoughby Hazy Days.
Best Specialty IPA (in order): Lavery Apricot IPA, Lager Heads Relaxer and Platform Slayer IPA.
Best Double IPA: Thin Man Double IPA, Willoughby Super Nova DIPA and Seventh Son Proliferous DIPA.
Best IPA: JAFB Rain Delay, JAFB JAF IPA and Willoughby Hazy Days.
Best “Other” Hoppy: JAFB Coffee IPA, Old First Ward Short Sleeves Hoppy Wheat and JAFB Brighter Day Rye IPA.