Swamp Head Brewery

BEER AVG
3.8/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(352) 505-3035 | map
swamphead.com

Notes:
Founded upon the foundation of our great state, we're here to brew world-class beers and be Florida’s brewery. We are Inherently Floridian.

Swamp Head Brewery began in 2008 with the dream and vision of bringing the nation's growing craft beer culture to Florida. Our 30 barrel Gainesville brewery is working to make this vision a reality one batch of handcrafted beer at a time.

Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 4pm to 10pm
Wednesday: 4pm to 10pm
Thursday: 4pm to 10pm
Friday: 1pm to 11pm
Saturday: 1pm to 11pm
Sunday: 1pm to 8pm

Added by mullenite on 09-26-2009

BEER STATS
Beers:
71
Ratings:
2,167
Reviews:
438
PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Ratings:
92
Reviews:
30
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
5.62%
 
 
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by MarcatGSB:
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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of jhartley
3.93/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of egrissom
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Beachops
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of flahuskie
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Satorn
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Chasegator
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of ParaCAD
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of chloebc1
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of CalebM
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Franktankthe
3.57/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Dr_Fox
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of xt0n1cx
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
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 +4.7%
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 StevenMilligan
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Chris-1911
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of davidanastas
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.57/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Skillet
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of acraw12
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

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Photo of avisong
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Buckhedberg
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of IckyT2012
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Best brewery between Tampa and Atlanta. Wonderful new location is spacious with a beautiful nature view, including pond and bat house. This is one of the best brewery grounds I've ever visited.

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Photo of MyakkaRiver
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of ShibbyMayne
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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

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Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville, FL
3.8 out of 5 based on 2,167 ratings.
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