JAFB – Wooster Brewery

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About two months ago, my sister and I both had a day off from work.  We decided to spend the day visiting random places in and around Wooster, Ohio (like the Smuckers gift shop and cafe).  Laura went to the College of Wooster, so she wanted to see some of the changes and new additions to campus, and there were some new places downtown that we wanted to check out (including  a restaurant/specialty food shop called The Spoon).

One of those places was JAFB Brewery.  Let me put it bluntly – it’s awesome.  If you live within driving distance of Wooster, Ohio and you like beer, even a little bit, you need to go check it out.  Seriously, I’m not kidding!

So when we both had the afternoon off last Friday, we took a little road trip back to the brewery.

It’s in an old brick building near the College of Wooster campus.  No sign on the street yet, just a sign on the front door.  It’s very eclectic inside – exposed brick walls, weird metal art on the walls and in the corners, a sweet black-and-white tile floor, and giant wooden tables and bar.

They’ve only been open for a few months, and already these guys are brewing some of the best beer I’ve ever had.  This was the beer board on Friday:

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On our first trip, Laura and I did flights of all the available beers.  The Red and ESB were at the top of both our lists, and I cannot say enough good things about the Stout.  Fantastic.

The two “Belgian series” beers were new since the first time we’d been there, so I had a sampler with the two Belgian ales, and whatever else the bartender wanted to give me (which turned out to be an IPA and a Pale Ale).  They were all good, but the Belgian Abbey was the best of the sampler.

Left to right:  IPA, Pale Ale, Belgian Abbey, Belgian Gold.

Left to right: IPA, Pale Ale, Belgian Abbey, Belgian Gold.

The bartender turned out to be one of the owners and he spent some time with us just chatting about the beers and the brewery itself.  After the sampler, I had a glass of the Abbey (I also bought a growler of it to take home – yum!).

Laura had a glass of the red – that was our favorite from our first trip – and took home a growler of that for future enjoyment.

To sum up – great beer, nice people, comfy bar, cool vibes.  I only wish it was a little bit closer!  But I can’t wait to go back.  If you can, check it out!

The tables - and bar - look like they're made out of whole trees!

The tables – and bar – look like they’re made out of whole trees!

One of the more unusual art peices in the bar.

One of the more unusual art pieces in the bar.

On the wall in the ladies restroom :)

On the wall in the ladies restroom 🙂

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