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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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It’s All About the Agua!! How Safe is the Water, Really?

After now living here for 4 months its safe to say that we have a pretty good idea of how safe the food and water is! I am a big blogger and fan of groups on Facebook. One of the groups that I check in on daily always has questions about living and moving to Panama.  A post just came up asking about the water and food, and was it safe to eat and drink here. The answer is very much YES!!

The community that we live in is lucky to be supplied by well water. It’s so fresh and pure and tastes great. Some other communities are supplied by IDAAN which is the water service for the whole country of Panama. They might have some issues with water if they have old pipes, or a leak in the system but that could happen in the USA or Canada.

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Travelers in Panama should have no problem staying healthy, as

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