Luke Kemper: I was born and raised in Gainesville, FL. I started college at the University of Colorado at Boulder but finished at UF with a degree in Management. I have always loved nature and the outdoors as well as drinking good beer.
Swamp Head Brewing was founded in January 2008 and I purchased the equipment in August 2008. We brewed our first back of beer in April 2009 and then sold our first kegs on Nov. 18, 2009.
Since I went to school out west there was already a lot of talk about craft beer. I actually moved back to Gainesville to get my masters in Fisheries but quickly changed my mind since I didn't want to leave my dog and girlfriend behind as I would of spent a lot of time outside the US. My stepdad, Dan, has a good friend named Craig who did home brewing and from there I basically asked him if he wanted to start a brewery with me as the head brewer. He had a lot of knowledge based not only on age but he is a real renaissance man who knows a lot about a lot of things. Plus, I liked the beers that he was making.
Right now we are a production brewery but are in a warehouse that wasn't designed for it. The floors aren't sloped, we are getting tight on space and don't have enough parking spots for visitors. We would want something actually designed as a production brewery where we would have the room for merchandise and more than one bathroom. We are making due and fortunately people are understanding.