Have a pint at Rock Bottom and help families of fallen firefighters

Fire Chief Ale
(Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

Two things I love: beer and a good cause. Thankfully, they’re coming together this month at Rock Bottom Bethesda. The brewpub’s Fire Chief Ale, which was tapped last week, is the bar’s annual gift to firefighter-related charities.

This year’s beneficiary is the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which will receive 25 cents for every $5.50 pint sold. The Bethesda brewpub raised $1025.75 for charity during the same promotion last March.

The beer itself is a nice, quenching red ale with a biscuity flavor and caramel notes. It’s not always my favorite thing on Rock Bottom’s menu -- I’m partial to Highland Courage, a malty Scottish ale that was also on tap over the weekend -- but it’s very drinkable, and worth a taste if you’re in the neighborhood.

Fritz Hahn has written about bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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