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Swamp Head Brewery & Tasting Room
Active Beers: 50
Beer Ratings: 1,119
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar ]
3140 SW 42nd Way
phone: (352) 505-3035
(Place added by: mullenite on 09-26-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
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.
08-09-2011 01:38:35 |
More by nickfl
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Drove down from Jacksonville for a visit to Swamp Head. They had their 5 regulars on and two extras, the Springboard and the 10-10-100. The space wasn't too hard to find. I went to UF so I had a general idea of where it was and despite making a wrong turn, I made it. I parked on the road about 7pm but there were actually plenty of spots up front. I imagine if you arrive around 5 to 630 that wouldnt be the case. The inside space is tight. It is also small due to the fact that they seem to be very popular. Mostly standing room and the indoors is relatively well air conditioned. The staff is very friendly and were working their tails off to keep up. The beer selection was very good and broad in their choices. Prices were standard for most tap rooms. They do well for what they have to work with, which isn't a whole lot, but I definitely will be coming back down in the future.
07-31-2011 00:48:36 |
More by kylehay2004
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
07-23-2011 00:02:45 |
More by fission451
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Went to Swamp Head's taproom on a whim after browsing their website and seeing their great reviews. Swamp Head did not disappoint! Friendly bar tenders, a good vibe, great beer selection, and interesting people. The room itself was a bit small...but I'm sure after a few years they may expand. I wasn't expecting a lot of people to be there....but there was a pretty good crowd! I would definitely visit this place again. In fact, I'll get a group of some of my best mates together next week to pay a visit. Get a growler while you're there!
06-30-2011 00:22:19 |
More by JPBCrown
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Located in an industrial park off of Archer Rd. Overall I enjoyed my experience. I thought they had a pretty nice setup albeit fairly small, which can make it difficult to order when there is a crowd. I tried the flight of beers plus a pint of their imperial stout. The beers were decent although I didn't try anything that I would drink on a regular basis. I have to say that even though they were pretty busy for a Wednesday afternoon the service was good. Worth checking out if you're going to be in Gainesville.
06-10-2011 02:31:18 |
More by itk1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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.
06-07-2011 15:41:56 |
More by cirtap
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Recently went to two events at the new tap room at Swamp head Brewery and had a wonderful time at both. The first event was the premiere of there Saison Du Swamp and the second was the tap takeover by Cigar City during craft beer week. I was really impressed by the new tap room. Really nicely decorated with a decent amount of there beers on tap. A great place to go hang out with friends and try some great beer. I am a huge fan of Swamp Head beer so its really awesome to come and see what new beers there are working on. The people who run the tap room are really helpful and friendly. It might be a small brewery but it makes up in it quality. One of my favorite places to go in Gainesville. I would suggest every BA to go and experience a great up and coming brewery.
05-31-2011 01:23:51 |
More by jgagne
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Off the north side of Archer Road, behind Target and if you happen upon it, you're a lucky person!
This is a great up and coming brewery that seeks effective mentoring from Cigar City in Tampa (I can't wait for them to do a collaborative brew!). Their offerings are great and very good representations of the style and of the normal offerings, I'm partial to the Cotton Mouth or Midnight Oil.
The taps are normally comprised of their normal 5 rotation as well as a special release and also two local, Florida beers though the last three are different from time to time.
They fill 32 and 128 oz Growlers of their normal 5 rotation as well for a decent price. They have some shirts and they're working on hats as well so you can take some Swamp Head home with you that will last for more than one evening (as the Growlers in my household don't last too long...).
05-14-2011 01:37:18 |
More by aepb1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
If you can find this place you'll have a great time. Located in an industrial park, roughly behind Target, Swamphead is the a great place to grab a beer or a glass. Look for the signs leading you back into the industrial park, once you see the big sign (made out of some swamp tree) you're there.
The interior of the bar is rather small, I bet it seats about 20 - 30 people but I don't know that for a fact. Like a lot of FL breweries they will fill 32 or 128 ounce growlers (how about allowing 64 ounce growlers FL? no? oh well). They have about 8 beers on tap, mostly theirs but a couple of nice guest beers. VERY REASONABLE PRICES IN MY OPINION.
The employee I interacted with was super nice and attentive. I thoroughly enjoyed this place and will be returning. Very awesome. Great atmosphere, good beer, good people.
04-27-2011 01:01:04 |
More by drabmuh
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Tiny tasting room in the 'office' side of an industrial park warehouse (brewery in the warehouse side). The whole thing was open on my visit, with a decent sided crowd in the parking lot and a some sardine can action in the taproom itself. Lots of people excited to drink local craft beer and a few people excited to get plastered after work on a Friday. Eight of their beers on tap + one from cigar city that looked like it had already kicked. Their 5 year-round beers and 3 limited releases. Pints were $4 and $6 along those lines. Growler fills of 32 and 128 were reasonable as well. Very pleasant service but they were struggling w/ manning the bar with the sizable crowd and ran out of pint glasses pretty early into the 4-8 operating hours. I'll be back many times for sure, and hopefully they'll be able to hire more manpower for the tap room.
04-10-2011 05:45:12 |
More by babaracas
Swamp Head Brewery & Tasting Room in Gainesville, FL
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