Detroit, Mich — In the days leading up to Kalamazoo Beer Week, the Feelgood Tap, along with fundraising partner HopCat, are hosting the first ever Feelgood Tap Takeover. Ten breweries from throughout the state will each be featuring two different beers during the event, set to take place January 11th at the newest HopCat location in Kalamazoo.

“We’re both thrilled and grateful that HopCat was willing to host the event. They’ve been great partners since joining our efforts early in 2016,” said Stephen Roginson, founder of the Feelgood Tap, as well as Detroit brewery Batch Brewing Company. “This is a fun way to not only highlight the great beer being made by our partners, but to generate more awareness about the Feelgood Tap and its mission.”

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This month, the Feelgood Tap is raising money for THAW, The Heat and Warmth Fund. Every establishment’s Feelgood Tap contribution will go towards helping THAW provide utility assistance for Michigan residents in need.

feelgood tapThe Feelgood Tap is a 501c3 started in 2016. Shortly after Batch Brewing Company won Hatch Detroit and opened its doors in 2015, it started an in-house initiative called the Feelgood Tap, where they partnered with a different nonprofit every month, contributing a portion of sales from one specific beer for the month. Less than a year after beginning the initiative, they made the Feelgood Tap a 501c3, allowing other breweries, bars, and restaurants to participate, helping to grow the fundraising efforts.

The complete list of Feelgood Tap establishments:

Ascension, Batch Brewing Company, Brewery Ferment, Bridge Street Tap Room, Clubhouse BFD, Drafting Table Brewing Company, Falling Down Beer Company, Green Dot Stables, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, HopCat Ann Arbor, HopCat Detroit, HopCat East Lansing, HopCat Grand Rapids, HopCat Kalamazoo, Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor, Jolly Pumpkin Detroit, Jolly Pumpkin Dexter, Jolly Pumpkin Traverse City, Kickstand Brewing Company, Kuhnhenn Brewery Warren, Kuhnhenn Brewery Clinton Twp, Lansing Brewing Company, La Rondinella, Motor City Brewing Works, One Eyed Betty’s, Pete’s Place, River Rouge Brewery, River’s Edge Brewing Company, Slow’s BBQ Detroit, Tap 30, TriCity Brewing Company.

Dark Horse Brewing

DETROIT – HopCat Detroit and Dark Horse Brewing Co., of Marshall joined forces this weekend to produce a World Record Tap Takeover featuring 130 unique Dark Horse brews.

The event, dubbed Dark Saturday, broke a record set at HopCat Detroit’s grand opening on Dec. 13, 2014, which featured 120 Short’s Brewing Company beers.

By 11 a.m., a line wrapped around the front of the building as fans waited to try the huge variety of Dark Horse brews.

For HopCat and Dark Horse staff, the day began much earlier.

“It was all hands on deck to get this event together,” Trevor Mapes, captain of beer research at Hopcat, said. “A lot of the logistical elements were planned early on, and barbacks and food runners provided muscle late into the night and early in the morning before opening.”.

The bar filled up quickly as attendees anticipated rare and hard-to-find Dark Horse Brews.

“It’s great to see Dark Horse and HopCat tackling this event in Detroit,” said Damon Ward, Detroit resident and craft beer enthusiast. “It signifies how supportive they are of the local beer community.” Of the 130 beers on tap, Ward was most excited to try the 2014 and 2015 Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th stout.

The all-day event included a special one-day renaming of HopCat Detroit’s Huma Room into the Crooked Tree Room. TV screens showed college football throughout the afternoon, and live music began at 7 p.m. to close out the evening.

“We love Detroit and want to be part of its ongoing renaissance,” said Bryan Wiggs, head of brewery operations and token hippie at Dark Horse. Yes, his business card really says that.

“It is a privilege and it is exciting to be breaking the world record here in Detroit,” Wiggs added.

“We came up with the idea for the tap takeover with HopCat at the Winter Beer Fest in February of 2014, and have been brewing beers specifically for this event since them,” said Aaron Morse, founder and owner of Dark Horse.

On the 12-acre Dark Horse compound in Marshall, Morse makes honey and maple syrup, he grows hops and fruit, and he uses all these elements in his beer.

“We have fun pushing the envelope and doing things people say you can’t,” Morse added.

For a must-try beer, Morse suggested the Rubescent Zhaftig Ghastly, which has all the roasty, creamy characteristics one would expect in a stout, but pours a vibrant red color.

“It is a brain teaser,” he said.

It’s a Monday night in Grand Rapids. To most that means the mourning of a weekend ended while another work week begins. But tonight something’s different — there are cheers and toasts on the air here at Harmony Brewing Company, located in the Eastown neighborhood.

It’s Grand Rapids Beer Week, and locals have kicked off the festivities with a tap takeover hosting five unique brews that have been created in collaboration with Fermenta: Michigan Women’s Craft Collective.

The beers offer a colorful variety of flavors: from Harmony Brewing Company, an amber ale with beets; from Pike 51, a refreshingly bitter IPA; from Our Brewing Company, a salted caramel milk stout; from Saugatuck Brewing Company, a lemon IPA; and from Unruly Brewing Company, an IPA with black rye. Together on a flight, these selections test the tastebuds in brilliant ways.

“When I came to Ben [Isbell, brewer] and Josh [Chilcote, brewer] about hosting a takeover, they just said ‘sure,’ and got in touch with all of the Grand Rapids distributors to make it happen,” says Manda Geiger.

As a west side local, assistant brewer (Pike 51) and Fermenta member, she said organizing this event was simple because everyone here in the industry are friends.

Celebrating the west side craft industry this week is more than beer — it’s friendship and family.

“The Grand Rapids brewers are very tight-knit. We’re friends who talk everyday,” she says.

This is the week when everyone comes into town. Whether it’s your first time experiencing the west side hospitality or not, the line between strangers and friends becomes family.

“Beer Week here is a family reunion,” says Geiger. “We’ve all grown up together, just as the industry has grown. Some of us have joined other breweries or have left to start their own. But this week everyone comes back.”

Grand Rapids has several more events that feature the spirit of collaboration and friendship in the craft industry this week. And all of the excitement culminates at the Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival this Friday and Saturday. Until then, preview more great beers and craft activities at your local west side breweries and taprooms.

Embrace the beer and the family that this great city offers.