Swamp Head Brewery

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Swamp Head BrewerySwamp Head Brewery
Based on:
64 Beers
375 Reviews
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 26
Visits: 75
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

3650 SW 42nd Ave
Gainesville, Florida, 32608
United States
phone: (352) 505-3035

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @swamphead

Place added by: mullenite on 09-26-2009

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Reviews: 26 | Visits: 75
Reviews by MarcatGSB:
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4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,758 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Skillet
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of acraw12
5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Visited yesterday, toured the brewery, and indulged in several of their quality craft beers. Loved the place and loved the beer even more! (138 characters)

Photo of avisong
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Buckhedberg
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of IckyT2012
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Best brewery between Tampa and Atlanta. Wonderful new location. Can't wait to see them grow! (92 characters)

Photo of MyakkaRiver
4.28/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

A really good bar with a nice view to get a sense of old Florida. Quality beers in a nice atmosphere. (101 characters)

Photo of ShibbyMayne
4.28/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

great place to drink and enjoy beer. The atmosphere is really fun and is a great place to drink (95 characters)

Photo of Dayvcrocket
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place is jumping...Food trucks...Great craft beer...nice area. (67 characters)

Photo of ryhouse
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of cljohnson1001
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

New tap room at new brewery is huge! Same great vibe and people; now more space indoors and out, and more parking. Food trucks too! Whoohoo!

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Photo of RxPwnage
4.71/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mschantz
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Reviewing from notes. Visited late afternoon in October and found the tap room of this working brewery hopping. A significant portion of the visitors were filling their growlers as this was a Thursday prior to a home football game in Gainesville. Everyone was friendly and the beer servers knowledgable and attentive. Sampled a number of brewery only beers and found all to be at least solid and some great. Will definitely visit again. (441 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kwkurdziel
4.71/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of TX-Badger
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

It's located in a smaller industrial yard, right off of 75 in Gainesville. Smaller tasting room, but plenty of selection and bar wares for sale. Got myself a Swamp Head growler and a couple of mini-snifters. Neat space, and it looks like they are doing things right. Had a very pleasant visit. Good service, nice bartenders. (328 characters)

Photo of BallsDeep
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of howiebear
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Rockney
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of pjbear05
4.75/5  rDev +11%

9/19/14: Headed home from vacation, made my mandatory stop at Swamp Head. Enjoyed a Wild Night, then started hitting the Octoberfest and Midnight Oil. Beers were as good as always- a darn shame a distributor in South FL doesn't give this place a shot, we could use this stuff down home. Early Friday evening, so they were hard pressed keeping up with the growler fills-lots of gallon jugs moving in and out. Happy happy joy joy. (434 characters)

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Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville, FL
94 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.