Swamp Head Brewery was founded in 2008 by University of Florida alumnus Luke Kemper. Kemper got the idea of starting a brewery in Gainesville, Florida from the social beer culture of Colorado while living in Boulder, Colorado. Kemper got together with brewer Craig Birkmaier to start on making a brewery in Gainesville called Swamp Head Brewery in a warehouse in Gainesville. Swamp Head focuses on using Florida ingredients in their beers whenever possible. This has been showcased in beers like Wild Night, which uses locally sourced honey and Midnight Oil, which uses locally roasted organic coffee beans.