Northeast Ohio has become one hell of a destination for craft beer. It seems as if breweries are popping up left and right and around every corner, and now one is about to arise in the most unlikely of places — Wooster. Owner and brewer Paul Fryman, who once worked for the likes of Great Divide Brewing, Snake River Brewery and Great Adirondack Brewing, is opening the Wooster Brewery in downtown Wooster, making it the first craft brewery in Wayne County. By press time, Fryman had already rolled out a soft open but he plans a grand opening in the coming months. First on the list is a cream ale, followed by an IPA. By the time the official release rolls around, Fryman plans a full list of beers — including a malty red ale, a hoppy brown ale and a foreign-style stout — to debut to the masses. Fryman’s work at Great Adirondack Brewing has even garnered him a few medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colo. These include two silvers and a bronze for a stout, kolsch and a saison. The Wooster Brewery is located in a 100-year- old red brick building in the heart of the city and contains seven-barrel, steam production brewery with a 3,140-square-foot tasting room. Fryman also plans to distribute his beers to Northeast Ohio bars and restaurants in hopes of reaching a much larger array of beer drinkers. The brewery is located at 120 Beall Avenue in Wooster and is ready to take NEO by storm one beer at a time. So next time you find yourself near Wayne County, stop in for a brew or two, and help make our state the beer mecca it deserves to be.