Roginson has seen nothing but enthusiastic support from his fellow brewers as the project gains momentum. "Generating awareness and momentum takes a while,” he says, but, “to have names like Hopcat and Jolly Pumpkin come in and say, ‘OK, yep. You nailed it, we’re on board,’ says a lot about the community of the craft brewing industry. That people are willing to learn from others’ good ideas even if they just started.” He credits the creative mindset of brewers, as well as their local-mindedness, with the spread of the Feelgood Tap’s fundraising.
Scott Donovan, Feelgood Tap board member and Supplier Representative at Imperial Beverage, agrees. He finds the breweries that he works with from across the state share a commitment to giving locally and staying in touch with nearby residents. Especially as the brewing business grows in Michigan, Donovan says, “they tend to be more philanthropic. So I think they have stronger ties to the local communities. The breweries are trying to help out in their hometowns.”