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Swamp Head Brewery & Tasting Room
Active Beers: 50
Beer Ratings: 1,112
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar ]
3140 SW 42nd Way
phone: (352) 505-3035
(Place added by: mullenite on 09-26-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Recently went to two events at the new tap room at Swamp head Brewery and had a wonderful time at both. The first event was the premiere of there Saison Du Swamp and the second was the tap takeover by Cigar City during craft beer week. I was really impressed by the new tap room. Really nicely decorated with a decent amount of there beers on tap. A great place to go hang out with friends and try some great beer. I am a huge fan of Swamp Head beer so its really awesome to come and see what new beers there are working on. The people who run the tap room are really helpful and friendly. It might be a small brewery but it makes up in it quality. One of my favorite places to go in Gainesville. I would suggest every BA to go and experience a great up and coming brewery.
05-31-2011 01:23:51 |
More by jgagne
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
When you walk up to the brewery you are greeted by a fancy glass door. Behind this door sits the tasting room.
The decor is very warm and neutral, with aluminum siding covering the lights to give it more of a nice ambiance. The bar and tables are made from beautiful pieces of cedar from a local lumberyard and the stools are a great detail. You don't feel like you're sitting inside of an industrial park.
Luke, the owner, and his girlfriend run the bar and both are very conversational and friendly. Very good service both nights I went and I think everyone there felt the same way.
Currently they have 6 taps, 5 for their year round beers and 1 that rotates with a special or limited release beer. There are plans to expand the tap selection in the near future and feature guest taps from other local breweries.
Growlers aren't available at the time of my writing this but I will update my review when they become available.
02-27-2011 18:28:11 |
More by mullenite
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
One of my favorite breweries. Swamphead is located in an industrial warehouse style complex not far from I-75 near the busy Archer Road corridor, though you wouldn't know it as they're located in the back of the complex surrounded by woods.
The bar is a narrow room with a driftwood style bar-top that can get crowded (especially on weekends). The atmosphere is laid back, but the crowd can get a bit college like (mostly grad-student and professer types) at times, but never to an unbearable level. The brewery is set-up "open air" as they generally have the bay doors open. There is limited seating in the brewery area and it can get very crowded at times.
The staff is knowledgable and generally curtious, though I've had people tell me they've had bad service from one or two of the bartenders (I've not experienced it.) I'd imagine that they deal with douchey type people enough that they're not always thrilled to see each face that comes to the bar, in other words it's probably not your fault if they're not nice to you (though it may be).
The beer is great. They have 5 regulars on tap with 5-6 rotating taps that have their own limited releases as well as stuff from other breweries. The only regular brew on tap that I don't drink is Cottonmouth (out of preference of style), but you can't go wrong with the others.
Overall a great brewery and tap room. I highly recommend Swamphead
09-25-2013 17:56:33 |
More by TomB
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
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: 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
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Swamp Head is a really impressive up-and-coming brewery. Owner Luke and head brewer Craig have a really good thing going for them. The location is in a small area of business warehouses, but the tasting room has a great atmosphere and feel to it. The tables are natural driftwood and it's a fun place to grab a beer after work. Unfortunately they're only open three days a week from 4-8 at this time, so it can be very crowded depending on when you go. A new release or special event can draw 100 people to the brewery, and the tasting room comfortably holds about 20 people.
There is extra space to hang out by the brewery itself, and the tanks look magnificent. As for the beers, there are five year-round offerings. The Wild Night and Cotton Mouth are very approachable so you can bring anyone here and they'll find something they like. Big Nose, Stump Knocker, and Midnight Oil are great examples of their style. Their seasonals and special releases have been getting more creative and ambitious, most recently with a Cherry Russian Imperial Stout.
With their rise in popularity I hope they hire more people or expand to meet the demand, or at least expand the tasting room hours. Prices for growler fills and pints are high but the beer is excellent quality.
06-07-2011 15:41:56 |
More by cirtap
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
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
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