Here’s another installment of Dear Rick … You ask beer questions and I offer answers. This feature appears Mondays, as long as there are questions to answer. You can hit me up by email at rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com or via Twitter at @armonrickABJ.

DEAR RICK: Hi. I enjoy reading your beer articles although I'm not a real beer fan myself. I'm always interested in anything that makes our region more attractive to tourists. I'm wondering if you can direct me to a list of all the breweries in the Akron-Canton area? Our son will be visiting from Oregon next week; and of course, being from Oregon, he's always interested in finding a new favorite, especially IPAs. I'd appreciate any suggestions you may have. Many thanks. -- Carol Kamphuis, Peninsula

Dear Carol: First off, thanks for reading.  You can see a map of Akron-Canton breweries at www.ohio.com/beer. Just click on the "Ohio Breweries Map" link and zoom in on the Akron-Canton area.

If your son is specifically interested in great IPAs in the area, here are three off-the-beaten path suggestions:

-- JAFB Wooster Rain Delay

-- Wadsworth River Styx Monster

-- Lockport Ruckus IPA

Fat Head's and The Brew Kettle aren't technically in the Akron-Canton area, but he should get his hands on Fat Head's Head Hunter and Brew Kettle White Rajah. Those are two of the best IPAs in the country. (In my email to you, I forgot to mention Columbus Bodhi, which is another outstanding Ohio-made IPA but not from the Akron-Canton area.)

If he wants to visit some great breweries in the Akron-Canton area (again, I'm not including those in the Cleveland market), I recommend:

-- JAFB Wooster Brewery in Wooster. Perhaps the best brewery in Ohio that flies under the radar. It's a two-time GABF medal winner.

-- Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron. Always included in RateBeer.com's list of the top 100 breweries in the world.

-- Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron. Located in a pre-Prohibition brewery and producing a variety of styles.

-- Lockport Brewery in Bolivar. A newer and smaller brewery that has captured my attention with its IPA, porter and a strawberry ale.

-- Wadsworth Brewing Co. in Wadsworth. Another newer and smaller brewery that has captured my attention, mainly for its 9.4 percent River Styx Monster.

There are plenty of award-winning and tasty operations elsewhere, as well, such as Lager Heads in Medina (won a Great American Beer Festival medal for its Smokie Robbins), Maize Valley in Marlboro Township (won a GABF medal for its Monk in Public Belgian dark strong ale), Millersburg in Millersburg (won a GABF medal for its Doc's Scotch Ale), R. Shea in Akron, HiHO in Cuyahoga Falls, MadCap in Kent and Royal Docks in Jackson Township.

There are more. But hopefully that gets him started.