Help Save YesterYears Brewery!

For: David Larsen - Yesteryears Brewery
Carrboro, NC
Organizer: Katie Stember
$14,127
of $28,000 goal.
Raised by 248 donors
50% Complete
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The Story

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 katie.stember@gmail.com or David at david@yesteryearsbrewery.com

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 23, 2017

Posted on March 23, 2017

THE UPDATE YOU'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR - 

"Our doors are staying open thanks to you, the YesterYears community and our supportive landlords here at 300 E. Main St. Properties. Over the next month, we will be having several events to celebrate YOU - stay tuned for details."

From the bottom of our hearts - THANK YOU! Thank you for every donation, every visit to the taproom, every beer, and every word of kindness and support. We still have a ways to go but you bought us the time we need to get back on our feet. 

The first celebration event is this Saturday (https://www.facebook.com/events/409161332778649/)

"This Saturday is about you - the amazing community that is supporting us during this difficult time. Our doors are staying open because you opened your hearts and your wallets. David wants to meet and thank every one of you personally. So stop in, grab a beer, and celebrate this milestone with us! Music will be playing, games will be set up, and it will be a great time. All we need is YOU."

Stay tuned for additional updates and information about other celebration events. And please keep sharing this story - this battle isn't over but this is a serious victory worth celebrating! #YYhere2stay

Posted on March 21, 2017

Posted on March 21, 2017

Hello donors! 

Two things! First, this Friday there is a Keep the Taps Running event from 7am-7pm! There are runners already signed up but we can always use more, and people can pledge per total miles and/or per individual total miles. So if you are a runner, walker, or jogger please consider signing up for this event! For more information check out the Facebook event page! https://www.facebook.com/events/1691716867788097/

The second thing is an update from YesterYears! 
"We are still a ways from our goal set to help pay for rent for January - February. As you look on the YouCaring website set up by Katie, you will see we are about $13,500. Private donations (not all in yet..but when they come in) total about $6000. This all total leaves us about $8500 short of where we needed to be by this Wednesday, March 22, 2017. This could come in through the website in one lump sum or a multitude of sponsors at different levels. It could come in through Private Sponsor(s). All we know is...thank you for your generosity in helping a small business in Carrboro, North Carolina that went through a life event of David Larsen (Owner) in the loss of his son this last November 3rd that put YesterYears Brewery & Taproom down this path.

It has been your gifts in the past and your gifts in the coming days and weeks that will get us through this time. Thanks to you for coming in and showing your support with donations, pre-ordering your #YYhere2Stay shirts, drinking a beer and giving hugs!! We appreciate it all!!

This Wednesday we meet with our landlords to see next steps. They have been great to work with through this time and whatever happens we will make this work. The crunch time is this Wednesday...yet we still have time to Post, Share, Like and Give to the YouCaring page below. Thank you for your support and stay tuned!!"

As always, contact us with questions and ideas for quick fundraisers. There's still hope for YesterYears, we just need to keep pushing a little bit longer!


Posted on March 16, 2017

Posted on March 16, 2017

Hello to our lovely donors!

Two updates for today: First our story was picked up by the Chapelboro news team which means it will be on the radio more than just when David was live! (http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/local-brewery-bouncing-back-from-hardships)

Second, we are having an event at YesterYears this Saturday March 18th from 4pm-9:30pm (or when we run out of supplies). At this event we will be selling beer ice cream made with YesterYears beers and liquid nitrogen. Besides being super awesome, using liquid nitrogen keeps the alcohol content in the ice cream so it's a delicious and alcoholic treat! We will also have a few scientists on hand to discuss the science of brewing for those interested. 

Also, t-shirts are still available for pre-sale in the brewery - $20 minimum donation!

We have made a ton of progress on this campaign and we couldn't have done without each and every one of you, but we still have a ways to go! Please keep sharing updates about the brewery and our campaign - seriously every dollar counts!

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