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El Valle’s Hidden Gem Crater’s Edge Brewery: Craft Brews With a View

Crater’s Edge Brewery is perched on a quiet 2 acre property overlooking the entire El Valle De Anton valley.The views are amazing, and the property is lush and sprawling. The owners are Mike and Deb Lunsford, and they have brought together elements to create one of the most unique breweries we have ever been to. Their small batch craft beers are full of flavor that will please a novice beer drinker, all the way to a beer aficionado.

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Producer Mike Lunsford and his wife moved from Colorado to El Valle in 2015. Mike has been home brewing beer for over 15 years and he is now sharing his passion with expats here in Panama. Their home is gorgeous and the grounds are full and lush.  Of course the backdrop of El Valle makes for a pleasant afternoon of beer tasting and conversation. Visiting with Mike and Deb was part of the fun of visiting. They are great people, with their own fun story to tell about how they ended up in Panama.

Before you start your tasting Mike will show you his impressive brewing equipment and give you a little education on the process. The Red Frog Zensual Ale is the base for all the flavors that we tasted on our trip. He took this based and infused it with mango to produce Toucan’s Delight, and another batch that had a coconut infusion. The products that Mike imports to produce the beers are all natural organic ingredients, and they are making sure to leave a small carbon foot.

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This is a private artisenal brewery and non-profit project that accepts payment in the form of a donation. Mike and Deb support local causes with more than 25% of sales donated to the Spay and Neuter program of El Valle and the Green Team.

We are so happy that we stumbled on to their Facebook page! Mike and Deb are really great people, making an amazing product! Add this to your must-do list!

They are on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Craters-Edge-Brewery-687065878062229/

Call ahead or message them for directions and to make sure they are open! It’s not hard to find, we included pics below to help you navigate!

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Todd enjoyed it so much he drank it all!
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Oh yes the goodness is in there!!
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Mike, Deb and Tiffany having a glass and enjoying the beautiful afternoon!

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SO Why Panama? Playa Coronado Tops The Charts!

There were many deciding factors behind our move to Panama! Many of them including weather, monetary system, Spanish language, location,  beaches and others!

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Part of what lead to our final decision to move here was the decision by so many others over the last few years. Panama and the beaches area where we are located has become a huge hotspot for retirees and expats from American and Canada.

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In a 2013 article Yahoo Finance named Coronado Beach Panama as one of their top 5 World’s Best Beach cities for retirement.

Coronado, a fast-growing beachfront community about an hour outside Panama City, Panama, offers a high-quality beach lifestyle with all the amenities and services a retiree could want. Historically, this coastal town has been a top weekend getaway choice among residents of nearby Panama City. Over the past half-dozen years, Coronado has developed into a busy commercial center that makes for a turn-key retirement choice. It is evolving into a full-fledged retirement destination with an established population of full-time foreign residents supported by a developed infrastructure, including good medical facilities. Source :Yahoo Finance

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When deciding where to move or live make sure you do your research! Aside from actually traveling to Panama we did a TON of homework on our future home. Blogs, books, travel blogs, YouTube videos, Facebook, etc! We checked it all out, but I would recommend that you physically go to the place that you are considering moving to before you make the move! It might save you time, money and heartache!

-Tiffany

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Beach Business Network Happy Hour-December 2015

Just wanted to write a quick article to send a big thanks to everyone that came out and saw us at the Beach Business Network Happy Hour! Our gratitude to George Stumpp from BluWater Bistro for hosting and offering Happy Hour drink and food specials.

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There were many vendors and businesses in attendance including $199 Websites, Melody’s Garden, Win Trading Signals, R&B SUP, That’s Why Panama, Bob Hislop Photography, Cafe De Mi Tierra Coffee Co., Backe Financial, Waiara Jewelry and Creations, along with many others!

A great time was had by all! Thanks and look forward to the next one!

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Nicaragua “The Other Canal”

The Nicaraguan Canal, also referred to as the Nicaragua Grand Canal, or the Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal is a planned shipping route through Nicaragua to connect the Atlantic Ocean through the Caribbean Sea with the Pacific Ocean.

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The idea of constructing a manmade waterway through Central America is old. The colonial administration of New Spain conducted preliminary surveys. The routes suggested usually ran across Nicaragua, Panama, or the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mexico. Construction of a canal using the San Juan River as an access route to Lake Nicaragua was first proposed in the early colonial era. The United States abandoned plans to construct a waterway in Nicaragua in the early 20th century after it purchased the French interests in the Panama Canal, when it turned interests in to building the Panama Canal.

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Hurricane Patricia begins hitting Mexico a Category 5 record hurricane

Mexico is beginning to get hit with a Record Hurricane, currently a category 5. Mexico officials have already issued evacuation warnings and the winds are already knocking over trees as we speak. Record warm waters have fueled this storm and it is expected to be 200 mph winds.

More information below

http://www.weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/hurricane-patricia-mexico-coast

We will be sending our best wishes and praying that people are able to get to safe places more so that this hurricane loses power drastically.