In recent years, the craft beer world has been taken by storm with microbreweries popping up in cities all around the nation. Gainesville is home to Swamphead, First Magnitude, and Alligator Brewing; breweries whose selection of local beers is sure to delight most craft beer lovers. As summer is quickly approaching, it’s good to know the local watering holes to escape the mid-Summer heat.
Founded in 2008, this “inherently Floridian” brewery was one of the first craft breweries to make a home Gainesville. Swamphead takes pride in using top quality ingredients and sustainability efforts to brew exquisite beers. Their efforts began from a small warehouse brewery and grew to a full campus with a tasting room and outdoor space often hosting local food trucks and events. Swamphead is best known for its five signature brews – Wild Night, Cottonmouth, Stump Knocker, Midnight Oil and Big Nose IPA – however, they brewery has numerous limited edition beers, offered seasonally at their tasting room. Look for Swamphead on tap in almost any Gainesville restaurant as well as in cans in the local grocery store. Stop by the tasting room for the best beer experience and grab a growler to go!
- Tuesday-Thursday 4:00-10:00PM
- Friday, Saturday 1:00-11:00PM
- Sunday 1:00-8:00PM
First Magnitude Brewing Co.
The second-largest Gainesville brewery was founded in 2012 with the hope of being Gainesville’s community brewery and a local hangout. It’s not unusual to stop by and see a beer and yoga class, or local cyclists taking a break before heading out for a ride on the Hawthorne trail. With a large tap room and a beer garden (kid-friendly!), First Magnitude is a great spot to try some of Gainesville’s best craft brews. Start with the brewery classics – Siren Blonde Ale, 72 Pale Ale or Drift English Mild – or go for their seasonal selections varying from stouts to ciders, barley wine and more.
Tap Room Hours:
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4 PM to 9 PM
- Friday & Saturday 2 to 10 PM
- Sunday 2 PM to 9 PM
- Monday – CLOSED.
Alligator Brewing at Tall Paul’s Brew House
One of Gainesville’s hot spot bars downtown has a full-service bar with a large selection of beers on tap including ten or more selections from Alligator Brewing – the brewery is located inside the bar and patrons can see sections of it from behind the bar. Aside from their selection of house brews, Alligator Brewing offers seasonal and special releases throughout the year.
Tall Paul’s Brew House Hours:
- Monday – Saturday 4PM-2AM
- Sunday 4PM-11PM