Swamp Head Brewery

Swamp Head BrewerySwamp Head Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar

3650 SW 42nd Ave
Gainesville, Florida, 32608
United States

(352) 505-3035 | map

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Added by mullenite on 09-26-2009

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 89
Photo of flahuskie
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Second time driving up to new Swamphead from Citrus county. First time there was limited selection (for unknown reason). This time I got there 40 minutes before opening, but employee saw me and wetlands let me in early so I could fill growler and get 10-10-10, tropical disturbance and smoke signal and get back on road to Citrus. Great that they went out of their way. And I am enjoying great beer. Wish I could stay later and enjoy wetlands, but I am an old fart.

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Photo of xt0n1cx
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

New brewery location has a modern feel and more space in the tasting room. The selection is good but limited to mostly year round beers. Would love to see more stouts

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Wide open industrial looking space with cool, cut wood bar and natural sliced wood table tops. Love that.
Music is a bit too loud but appropriate for the crowd.
Staff is relatively friendly and quite knowledgeable. A full house on Tuesday @ 6 and the they are just flying and smiling behind the bar.
Their beer selection is wider than I expected based on my experience at liquor stores and beer bars. The rotating taps are very interesting 3 days before Xmas. Good stuff and a good time had.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Update 12/15/15. New tap room at new brewery is huge! Same great vibe, music and people; and now more space indoors and out, and more parking. Food trucks too! Many beers on tap are year round and you can get growlers to go. They have some seasonal beers for sale in 750ml bottles.
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Photo of mschantz
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of pjbear05
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | 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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

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.

Now rating for the new place. Nice massive warehouse with plenty of parking and a really nice feel. Big tasting room that needs a bit more seating. Still getting the growler station and a few other things ready to go, but overall a much better experience than the cramped place from before. Not as unique as it was, but hopefully they still have some things to do to make the place their own. Beer still decent to solid, with gems every now and then, and really bad beers now and then.

Talk about going down hill. Nothing but garbage beer coming from these guys since the new move. Big downgrade here for me.

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Photo of TomB
4.09/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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 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 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 quality of their beers has dipped over the past few years (IMO), and they've had quality control issues. A couple of their offerings have been straight infected (Knights of the Barleywine) and they tried to market one as a sour (Movin On), which was kind of shitty.

The new location is really nice, but I hope they start focusing on quality over quantity.

Overall a good brewery and tap room.

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Photo of GatorBeer
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of cubanbeerguy
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of iemailjack
4.94/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of jp11801
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Holland
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A couple of highlights about this place:

I have visited on several occasions since it's the best brewery in town and I like getting fresh beer. I've had just about every beer on tap there, purchased growlers, etc.

Some of their mainstay beers are great, like the Big Nose IPA. A lot of them are okay, just not my style.

This place has improved tremendously over the last couple of years while I've lived in Gainesville. They've expanded their hours, but it's packed on Friday still. They've bottle their first two beers since I last reviewed the place, and they're both excellent!

Even the atmosphere has grown on me. The people there just love beer. It's not a downtown brewpub (Tall Paul's is cool), but it's still a cool venue in a very different way. Drinking their beer right next to the next batch is fun, and not every brewery can pull that off.

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Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

A surprisingly small and tremendously crowded taproom. The inside bar area was literally packed wall to wall with people and while there was a bit more breathing room outside, it was not much more pleasant considering how hot it is in Gainvesville in August. Despite the lack of space and airconditioning, it is nicely done and has some potential if they ever expand their hours enough that you could come during the off hours.

The beer was of course quite good, but the selection was not tremendous. Aside from the standard Swamp Head beers that you could find anywhere in town, the only special beer they had on tap was 10-10-100 (100th batch special DIPA). I am glad I had the chance to check the place out, but I don't see much point in going back until they expand a bit and perhaps begin to offer a few more brewery exclusives on tap.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Drove down from Jacksonville for a visit to Swamp Head. They had their 5 regulars on and two extras, the Springboard and the 10-10-100. The space wasn't too hard to find. I went to UF so I had a general idea of where it was and despite making a wrong turn, I made it. I parked on the road about 7pm but there were actually plenty of spots up front. I imagine if you arrive around 5 to 630 that wouldnt be the case. The inside space is tight. It is also small due to the fact that they seem to be very popular. Mostly standing room and the indoors is relatively well air conditioned. The staff is very friendly and were working their tails off to keep up. The beer selection was very good and broad in their choices. Prices were standard for most tap rooms. They do well for what they have to work with, which isn't a whole lot, but I definitely will be coming back down in the future.

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Photo of fission451
2.7/5  rDev -36.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4

An absolute nightmare. No air conditioning, hoardes of people, sub-par beers.

We walked in to a sardine-packed taproom which consisted of the typical beer paraphernalia and college hipster crowd. Bartenders were too busy to provide any type of quality service. Brewery looks nice, but we enjoyed our beer on a cramped plywood board accompanied by someones leftover rib dinner on a plate (they don't serve food here) Given the popularity, you would think they could spring for actual tables and seats.

Everything is cash only, so be prepared.

Hot, disgusting, and only one restroom really made this place unbearable. I've enjoyed their stumpknocker beer at other establishments. After my visit, I do not plan to return anytime soon.

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Photo of JPBCrown
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Went to Swamp Head's taproom on a whim after browsing their website and seeing their great reviews. Swamp Head did not disappoint! Friendly bar tenders, a good vibe, great beer selection, and interesting people. The room itself was a bit small...but I'm sure after a few years they may expand. I wasn't expecting a lot of people to be there....but there was a pretty good crowd! I would definitely visit this place again. In fact, I'll get a group of some of my best mates together next week to pay a visit. Get a growler while you're there!

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Photo of itk1
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Located in an industrial park off of Archer Rd. Overall I enjoyed my experience. I thought they had a pretty nice setup albeit fairly small, which can make it difficult to order when there is a crowd. I tried the flight of beers plus a pint of their imperial stout. The beers were decent although I didn't try anything that I would drink on a regular basis. I have to say that even though they were pretty busy for a Wednesday afternoon the service was good. Worth checking out if you're going to be in Gainesville.

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Photo of cirtap
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Swamp Head is a really impressive up-and-coming brewery. Owner Luke and head brewer Craig have a really good thing going for them. The location is in a small area of business warehouses, but the tasting room has a great atmosphere and feel to it. The tables are natural driftwood and it's a fun place to grab a beer after work. Unfortunately they're only open three days a week from 4-8 at this time, so it can be very crowded depending on when you go. A new release or special event can draw 100 people to the brewery, and the tasting room comfortably holds about 20 people.

There is extra space to hang out by the brewery itself, and the tanks look magnificent. As for the beers, there are five year-round offerings. The Wild Night and Cotton Mouth are very approachable so you can bring anyone here and they'll find something they like. Big Nose, Stump Knocker, and Midnight Oil are great examples of their style. Their seasonals and special releases have been getting more creative and ambitious, most recently with a Cherry Russian Imperial Stout.

With their rise in popularity I hope they hire more people or expand to meet the demand, or at least expand the tasting room hours. Prices for growler fills and pints are high but the beer is excellent quality.

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Photo of jgagne
4.56/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Recently went to two events at the new tap room at Swamp head Brewery and had a wonderful time at both. The first event was the premiere of there Saison Du Swamp and the second was the tap takeover by Cigar City during craft beer week. I was really impressed by the new tap room. Really nicely decorated with a decent amount of there beers on tap. A great place to go hang out with friends and try some great beer. I am a huge fan of Swamp Head beer so its really awesome to come and see what new beers there are working on. The people who run the tap room are really helpful and friendly. It might be a small brewery but it makes up in it quality. One of my favorite places to go in Gainesville. I would suggest every BA to go and experience a great up and coming brewery.

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