The fine folks at Gainesville's own Swamp Head Brewery have opened a tasting room! Starting yesterday, Wednesday February 23, the tasting room is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 4-7pm. It's important to note that for now, it's CASH ONLY.
They plan to start offering growlers in the future! Yay!
Swamp Head Brewery LLC
3140 SW 42nd Way
Gainesville, FL 32608
My favorite is the Cottonmouth, a Belgian wheat beer; it's crisp and light. My husband likes the Stumpknocker IPA (of course). But what I really want to try and haven't found yet is Wild Night, their honey cream ale. If you're in the mood for a sturdy stout, their Midnight Oil coffee/oatmeal stout is... well, pretty damn stout. As much as I love stouts, I'm not a huge fan of coffee stouts--that's too much of a good thing, I think. You can find Swamp Head beers served at several bars and restaurants around Gainesville (and other locations throughout Florida), but they're often serving only one or two styles. To have the full option available directly from the brewery is exciting. If you're in the area, you should come out and support your local brewer.
I first tasted Swamp Head beers at a Children's Miracle Network fundraiser at a hotel my friend Kelly works with (Residence Inn, new and nice--no, really). When my friend Gail got married about a year ago (with a reception at that same hotel--thanks, Kelly!), Swamp Head provided the brew.