Reminiscing Portland : Its Haunting Past via Haunted Pub Crawl by Beerquest PDX in Portland, Oregon
For a city that is of many things—one whose name was chosen through a simple means of toss coin, a notorious port city known for its organized crime and racketeering before the 21st century until its dissipation sometime later around World War II. Portland, Oregon is not necessarily one with a great start as a dwelling for commerce and people despite the relative popularity and successes it enjoys today that made it one of the ideal cities many people to want to live in.
Of Spirits and Living
But at one point in its history when it was deemed to be the ‘most dangerous port city,’ Portland has its fair share of horrors back in the past that still haunts a part of its lands to this day—like hidden secrets that want themselves to be discovered, there are stories whose nature transcends that of the spirit and the living within the Old Town that are worth telling and people knowing.
Appearances of ghosts and haunting is as real in the historic district of Old Town as how they are portrayed in folklore and films, whether you believe in ghosts or not.
With Oregon’s second largest city now in prosper and many of its inhabitants overlook its rather dark history, it does not come as a surprise that there are certain ghost stories within the district alone that did not make it to people’s ears, even with some who are local to the city—it is for this same reason that a tour program focused on the scary past of Portland with its true-to-life stories such as Beerquest PDX make it such a hit to those who are thrill-seekers or are curious enough to actually know what the hype is about.
Less is Also Merry
I decided to join the tour myself —sometime around May. There were only 5 of us when we went for the tour that the overall experience felt intimate even with people whom I barely knew but share similar interests with, at least on the thrill-seeking part. I feel that its a good way to learn about history, craft beer ( which Portland is known for ) and also meeting new people. What’s there to lose? Plus the price is reasonable for what you get.
With Kirsten as our guide—who also happens to be into theatre—our trip around the haunted areas of the Old Town District has been both a fun and interesting experience, partly influenced by her ability to get so interactive.
Part of the rather short-lived journey involves some sample beers with the pub i.e. Beer Pub Crawl, I personally did not just learn of the horror and, consequently, the ghosts and their stories that roam Portland still to the present, I also got to learn a thing or two about beers.
Yet like many other good things, my tour with Beerquest PDX, too, had come to an end—it all happened near the Voo Doo doughnuts, jelly beans in hands, and a joy to my heart. Truly, the tour was indeed a memorable experience.