“Theoretically, the doors should be closed because we’re on borrowed time,” Stember said.
The campaign supports the brewery’s owner, David Larsen, whose leave of absence after his son Bill Larsen’s death in November has affected the brewery’s sales.
Larsen said he only came in five times between November and January and he was unsure of whether he wanted to continue the business, as the brewery was originally supposed to be passed down to his son.
“It’s the last place I saw my son alive,” Larsen said.
When the brewery’s regular customers heard about the financial trouble, they immediately wanted to help.
“I’ve never felt as connected to a community and local business as I have at YesterYears,” said Aspen Gutgsell, one of YesterYears’ regular customers. “We got to watch this place grow from the beginning.”
Another customer, Fabio Urbina, said the atmosphere of YesterYears is a home that extends outside the walls of the brewery. He said there were many times Larsen invited him into his home or let him brew his own beer.