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“Good Beer” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bocas Brewery

Bocas Brewery
Ranked #16 of 99 Restaurants in Isla Colon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$2 - US$15
Cuisines: American, Bar, Brew Pub, Pub
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Good for: Groups, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Bienvenidos! Welcome to Bocas Brewery! We are Bocas del Toro's only producer of real artisanal beer. We offer some great fresh craft brew for you to enjoy. Our staples include an Amber Ale, Tropical Ale, Ginger Shanty, and Pale Ale, but we always have rotating taps. We have delicious American pub style food that pairs wonderfully with the beer. We are located right on the beach in Las Cabanas area on Isla Colon. Come down and swim, surf, play some of our beach games and enjoy the beautiful breeze and awesome beer. Salud!!!
Phoenix, Arizona
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Good Beer”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

If you're tired of the average Balboa, treat yourself to some great beers at Bocas Brewery. Although new, it offers some good homemade selections, as well as US imports. And treat yourself to some fried pickles!

Visited July 2014
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Panama City, Panama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Real Beer!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

Bocas Brewery has some great beer on tap (hard to find in Panama!) and some great food as well! The onion rings and fried pickles were delicious! New to town, the owners are friendly and welcoming. Looking forward to going back!

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great beer and great service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

The place only opened recently and is finding its feet - but well worth a visit. Walk from Bocas town about 15 mins along the beach road and you can't miss the yellow building. Draft beer a real novelty here, my husband tried the beer flight and enjoyed that, I was very happy with my pale beer. Food good and cheap - more snacks than meals. Beer of course more pricey than the usual panama bottled stuff (about $4 for big glass) but worth it. Give this place a try!

  • Visited June 2014
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San Luis Obispo, California
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“Feel the Breeze”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Let's face it: Bocas del Toro is hot and humid. High season, low season, it doesn't matter...it's hot. And when you're on a tropical island in the Caribbean, you naturally get thirsty. There is no better place on Isla Colon to quench that thirst than Bocas Brewery.

Sure, you can get inexpensive Panamanian beers in bottles and cans anywhere in Bocas, but if you want some real taste with your malts and hops, then there is only one place to visit: Bocas Brewery. This place is Ground Zero for craft beer in the province of Bocas del Toro and the entire Caribbean side of Panama. I challenge you to find fresh tap beer anywhere else in Bocas…it simply doesn't exist.

As for the golden nectar itself: I drink craft beers around the world, and you know what? Bocas Brewery holds its own with a zesty selection of blondes, IPAs, stouts and a luscious red amber. Their food selection is tastier and more thoughtful than typical bar food…freshly smoked chicken, homemade ceviches, empanadas, hummus for the vegetarian beer fans. The menu revolves around the locally available fresh food selection.

As for the setting…I'm guessing your favorite brew house isn't poised on a beach in the Caribbean, now is it? Linger on the back deck, feel the breeze coming off the ocean and consider yourself lucky for discovering this gem of a brew house. Walk, ride a bike or take a $1 cab ride from Bocas Town…every cab driver knows the yellow building that Bocas Brewery calls its World Headquarters. Evyn, Wally and their staff will greet you with smiles and hospitality that make you feel part of the family in no time. Be careful though, you just might find yourself being a frequent repeat visitor...because remember, it's really hot in Bocas and you'll be thirsty.

  • Visited May 2014
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3 Thank Rudetao
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New York City, New York
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“New and Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

Delicious cold beers on tap. This place brews and serves up some great beer. Try the Pale Ale or the Ginger Beer and relax on beach side patio. All beers are discounted by 50 cents during happy hour, making an already cheap and wonderful place even better. Highly recommended for lovers of fine brews.

  • Visited May 2014
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3 Thank JustaPack2
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