Swamp Head Brewery
Active Beers: 57
Beer Ratings: 1,364
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 22 | Show All Ratings:
4/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
As a gainesville local, I drink a ton of swamp head and love it. It feels local, the people are great, and the beer's fantastic. I do find it interesting that there own tasting room is one of the pricier places in G-ville to get a pint of their own stuff, but I understand. I just love sitting ten feet from where the stuff was brewed. The staff is friendly and ready to give advice and talk beer.
12-27-2013 21:35:20 | More by cambabeer
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | $$
Neat little spot back in the industrial area. Nice bar area, and tables let you sit among the brewing equipment, semi-outside. They have more bottles these days, and will be canning this summer. Bottles available in the tap room. Also have CCB and some other Florida stuff on tap. Grabbed some one-off special releases yesterday, and was able to get 3 of each. Nicely run, but they ran out quickly since it is such a small place. That’s OK, I got my full allotment.
11-22-2013 02:33:11 | More by BMMillsy
4.42/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
One of my favorite breweries. Swamphead is located in an industrial warehouse style complex not far from I-75 near the busy Archer Road corridor, though you wouldn't know it as they're located in the back of the complex surrounded by woods.
The bar is a narrow room with a driftwood style bar-top that can get crowded (especially on weekends). The atmosphere is laid back, but the crowd can get a bit college like (mostly grad-student and professer types) at times, but never to an unbearable level. The brewery is set-up "open air" as they generally have the bay doors open. There is limited seating in the brewery area and it can get very crowded at times as well.
The staff is knowledgable and generally courteous, though I've had people tell me they've had bad service from one or two of the bartenders (I've not experienced it.) I'd imagine that they deal with know-it-all beer elitest types enough that they're not always thrilled to see each face that comes to the bar, in other words it may not be not your fault if they're not overly courteous to you (though it may be).
The beer is great. They have 5 regulars on tap with 5-6 rotating taps that have their own limited releases as well as stuff from other breweries. The only regular brew on tap that I don't drink is Cottonmouth (out of preference of style), but you can't go wrong with the others.
Overall a great brewery and tap room. I highly recommend Swamphead
09-25-2013 17:56:33 | More by TomB
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | $
My favorite spot in Gainesville, my only complaint is that they're not open more often (T-F 4-8, Sa 1-8) and closer to me (located right off I-75 and Archer).
Located in a warehouse you'd think it would be bare-bones but when you walk into their tasting room it's a gorgeous cypress wood bar and tables with wood stumps for bar stools (more comfortable then it sounds!). They typically have 3 bartenders all of whom are very knowledgeable and one who is a cicerone (Andy, the one with the beard). Outside you can sit at more cypress tables or some low pallet-tables and you're surrounded by the gorgeous copper fermentors and brewing equpiment.
10 taps (or 8?), 5 of which are their year-round beers and the rest seasonals and other Florida breweries, they have something for everyone. They serve their core 5 for $4 a pint and flights but these are limited to about 4 because they don't have much tasting glassware. Seasonals are typically $5-6 a pint/snifter making this place very reasonable.
It can get busy during the school year on Fridays and the weekends but if you get there before 6 you should be fine. And on Fridays during home football games they block off the parking lot and add a pouring station and DJ and it's a party.
Great place, can't recommend it enough. An awesome local brewery.
06-13-2013 16:52:52 | More by GatorBeer
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Way nicer experience than I expected upon arrival at the industrial warehouse parking area. Excellent service from very nice and knowledgeable staff, attractively priced beer flight (all 5 year-round beers), a few guest taps, and some fine woodwork here and there. Has a small bar, some tables near the bar, and a couple more in the brewing area itself. The selection of Swamp Head brews (6-7 counting 2 available in bombers) was a little more limited than I had hoped. Growler fills and bomber bottles to go.
03-28-2013 23:16:39 | More by chinchill
4.34/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I love coming here. As a gainesville resident there arent many options for craft beer and this is the best brewery in town. Friendly staff and pretty good prices on their beers. Wish they had more guest beers but their beers are very solid. I love coming here and bringing friends to experience what micro brewing is all about.
01-29-2013 19:11:04 | More by cubanbeerguy
4.29/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
What a gem this place is. One of my long time trading partners sent me a Swamp Head Saison du Swamp last May or so...I sampled it in August and was blown away. I needed to visit this place...so we stopped on our most recent road trip to Cigar City.
It's a small place kind of tucked into the back of an industrial looking, maybe ren zone or something. They have a warehouse with two or three garage door bays that were wide open, with the brewing equipment open to the public eye. They have a rather small brewing system, I didn't really check out their fermenter set up so I don't know the capacity.
Their sign outside is cut from what I think is a slice of live oak, and it looks awesome! After venturing in, it appears that the entire bar and tables are crafted in the same fashion. Really classy, yet rustic looking. Reminds me of some north woodsy stuff...awesome.
There were about 10 people waiting for the doors to open, and when they opened up most of them seemed to local regulars, that the bartenders knew. In fact, one of the bartenders pulled out two bottles of Great Lakes Brewing Christmas Ale and gifted them to two of the regulars. Awesome.
The beer was fantastic. I started with a Midnight Oil and also had a Saison du Swamp...they were also pouring batch 300 I think, which was a Belgian Style Triple, that they were selling in 750 ml C & C bottle with a great glass included.
I met up with a local BA to trade some BA Plead the 5th I had just picked up, and he was kind enough to include the Swamp Head glass in the trade. Good lookin out! One of our favorite stops of our trip, I kind of wish we would have stayed longer or stopped again.
I will make it a point to visit, and keep up with their progression of a brewery. Great stuff.
01-14-2013 15:16:20 | More by MarcatGSB
4.94/5 rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
One of the best spots in Gainesville to get Craft Beer! You turn down this road that you would never expect a brewery to be down and then tucked away at the end of the warehouses is Swamp Head. You park in the grass, and enter the Wetlands. Growlers and Pints flow daily, with a staff that is knowledgeable, friendly, and fun. They’ve recently stepped up their pilot series and weekly tap new brews exclusively available through their taproom only. They fill other breweries growlers, and sell their own. The Wetlands is one of the best taprooms you can visit in the state.
01-08-2013 01:29:55 | More by iemailjack
4.44/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Overall awesome place! We got there just after opening on a Saturday and we were one of three groups. Very friendly staff that clearly loves craft brewing. They had Catherine's Passion, 10 10 100 imperial IPA, Smoke Signals and Matamata on draft so were drank these and did not partake in their normal line up.
These seasonals were extremely good with Smoke Signals and Matamata were my favorites. Matamata is a crazy good session beer.
The atmosphere is warehouse area craft brew akin to CCB in Tampa.
The folks working took the place from very good to exceptional. Andy behind the bar is a great guy and made our experience.
Cheers I'll be back.
04-21-2012 21:31:34 | More by jp11801
4.36/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The brewery is only a mile away from my apartment so I try to go as often as I can; especially when they have a beer release.
It's a great atmosphere to be in because the tasting room is not huge so you're surrounded by beer enthusiasts even when the place is relatively empty (I've never seen it actually empty).
The first time I went, my friend and I had to stand cramped into a corner of the room. Less than a year later though, the tasting room has almost doubled in size. It is much more comfortable and a lot more seating too. Plus they have extended their bar area.
As far as service goes, I get served pretty fast. I've never had to wait to order nor stand around while they assisted me.
The beer is great for a young brewery. You can get growlers of their five year-round brews only, which I consider the only bad thing. They have around ten or a little bit more beers on tap that you can drink too, which is also a plus.
Besides that, it's a great brewery and tasting room to visit if you're in town.
11-09-2011 02:07:29 | More by nmbr0ne
Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville, FL
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