Hello friends, neighbors, and beer lovers -
David Larsen, the owner of YesterYears Brewery needs our help.
Chances are good that David has done something for you or an organization you care about - now is your chance to return the favor.
In November of 2016, David’s son Bill took his own life. Since Bill’s passing, being in the brewery has been excruciating for David - it serves as a constant reminder of what could have been. David took a leave of absence from the brewery to grieve for his son away from the place where they last saw each other. Unfortunately, this time away coincided with slow winter months when the brewery was unable to hit its revenue goals. Without David’s presence, inspiration, and commitment to craft brewing, YesterYears has fallen behind on production, sales, and business development, including a plan to roll out its own canned beer. As a result, YesterYears is several months behind on rent.
David returned to the brewery full-time January 22nd, and business has improved significantly since then. But it’s not enough to save YesterYears without outside help. Realistically, they need $28,000 to cover immediate rent expense to keep the doors open, and $50,000 to buy enough time to get back on their feet and continue to thrive. If we all come together and give what we can, even if it’s just a few dollars, our community can help ensure that YesterYears survives this critical time.
How You Can Help
- Donate to this page
- Share this page
- Stop by the brewery to have some beers
- Buy a YesterYears Gift Card for future beer purchases
- Encourage your friends to check out YesterYears
- Share your stories of how David & YesterYears have helped you in the past on Social Media
- Ask others to help the campaign
- Show David and the YesterYears family that you support them and they aren't alone in this struggle
Why You Should Help
If you haven’t been to YesterYears Brewery, or don’t know owner David personally, here are a few things you may not know.
David worked as a real estate agent for over 25 years before starting YesterYears with his son Bill Larsen. The idea was to create a family-friendly, family-owned establishment that he would one day leave to his son. Bill and his wife moved to North Carolina in 2014 to help with the brewery while Bill worked full time and Becca attended UNC for her Masters in Accounting. It was also a fresh start for their little family after suffering their own tragedy (the loss of their son Jackson). Despite some growing pains, the brewery had a successful first year, and many of the beers the YesterYears crew brewed and poured were well received by patrons. Since that time, YesterYears has grown and become an important part of the Carrboro/Chapel Hill community. YesterYears is a place of refuge for graduate students overwhelmed by their studies, a quiet place for locals and students to watch UNC basketball, a place to enjoy board games with friends, and a welcoming place where visitors to the area can grab a beer served with a smile.
David is a disabled veteran who served his country as a member of the US Navy for six years. He served multiple tours overseas in defense of our freedom. As a business owner, David has made service to the greater Carrboro and Chapel Hill communities a priority for YesterYears since day one. He has sponsored local bike rides, volunteered locally with habitat for humanity, hosted events for the Abundance Foundation, supported many UNC programs and local businesses with free event space, partnered with Hickory Tavern to host their silent auction event to raise money for Meals on Wheels, worked directly with Townsend Bertram on community building projects, supported the Jordan School of the Arts for Autistic Children, and enthusiastically participated in the Don’t Be Mean to People, A Golden Rule Saison brewing fundraiser. These are just a few of the many contributions that YesterYears has made to the community. David also helped me personally by displaying my artwork in the brewery and advertising my photoshoots when my cat got sick and racked up overwhelming vet bills.
David’s son Bill was the kind of person who was always ready with a joke or a smile that could light up any room. However, life wasn’t always easy on Bill. He had his demons, as many do, and in early November of 2016 Bill took his own life. YesterYears Brewery will never be the same without Bill for those of us who knew him. But it can, and will continue to be a place for “Great Beer, Great Friends, and Great Memories.” There are many things in life that we cannot predict or prevent, such as the unexpected loss of a loved one. But there are things that we can do, including coming together to support each other in times of need. This is an opportunity to do just that, to show David and YesterYears how much we appreciate their presence in our community and how hard we are willing to fight for them to stay. I implore you to help in any way you can. If we come together to help David in his time of need, I know he will pay it forward ten-fold into our community, because that’s the kind of guy he is.
YesterYears Brewery ~ 300 East Main Street in Carrboro, next to Cat’s Cradle ~ (919)-904-7273
Hours: Monday-Thursday 4PM-11PM, Friday 4PM-12AM, Saturday 2PM-12AM, Sunday 2PM-10PM
http://www.yesteryearsbrewery.com/ ~ https://www.facebook.com/YesterYearsBrewery/
Questions? Want to help? Ideas for a fundraiser?
Contact me (Katie) at email@example.com or David at firstname.lastname@example.org