BEER HERE: Jan.-Feb. hoppenings around Orlando

This photo of Mariel Olcoz at Redlight Redlight Beer Parlor appeared in an interview about cider in Inked magazine.

Beer lovers won’t want to miss two free events at Whole Foods Market on Sand Lake Road: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, Beer Brewing 101 teaches the basics of crafting suds; and 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, the third annual Battle of the Brews allows those 21 and over to try eight different beers and vote for a champion in a bracket-style battle. Bring your ID.

At Cask & Larder, brewmeister Ron Raike got hold of some prized citra hops, known for their tropical fruit flavors and aroma. Raike will fashion 30 kegs of an IPA that C&L will start pouring in early February.

Beloved Redlight Redlight beertender Mariel Olcoz (winner of a 2013 Best of Orlando Reader's Choice award for Best Bartender) pours her last beer here tonight: After three years, she's working her last Redlight shift. Stop by and rage with one of Orlando's best!