Outdoor adventuring is fun, but almost always predictably lowbrow in the booze department, given that you're out there in West Virginia, where they barely know a barrel-aged doppelbock from a trappist quadrupel! Plus, they'll eat you. Taking you outside, and getting you well-drank: Urban Escapes
Now gearing up DC after their domination of NY, Boston, and Philly, UE's an energy-filled outdoor'ing outfit treating city slickers to wild expeditions that almost always involve a high-toned boozy twist, founded by a Dartmouth grad whose youth spent watching "too many Indiana Jones movies" somehow led to her calling of providing "social adventures with a group of new faces", hopefully none of which look at the Ark of the Covenant. Upcoming fun includes
Rock Climbing and Beer Tasting This jaunt to forebodingly-named Great Falls Park nets you three hours of scampering up 40ft faces (of assorted difficulty levels), which'll be followed by a trip to Gaithersburg's Growlers Brewpub, so named either after the half-gallon beer jugs, or because it's owned by tigers. C'mon, tigers!!
Kayak and Wine Tasting A couples-heavy ("like one massive double-date") excursion to Harper's Ferry gets you a three-hour kayak ride down a quiet stretch of the Shenandoah, followed by a sommelier-led, six-sample tasting sesh at the award-winning Tarara winery, dramatically upping the odds of you getting your Sandra Oh face on afterward
Paintball and Beer Tasting A six-sampler trip to lovable Growlers is preceded by a three-hour run at Fairfax's Pev's Paintball, where your group'll blast the crap out of each other on fields that include a castle and a junkyard under the supervision of private refs, whose eyes will be watching you (Ch-Ch!)
They're also holding it down with a more local kayak/tasting special during the upcoming Beer Week, where a paddle around Roosevelt Island'll set the stage for an epic Flying Dog tasting held at Old Glory up the road, where five-to-seven brews'll be paired with their delicious BBQ finger food -- so, just like Clarksburg, but with better beer.