Reporteth the local daily: The Blue Kudzu Sake Company is going out of business.

The sake brewery – one of two in Asheville – “failed to secure a large enough market share to make our operation profitable,” the company announced Tuesday morning. A long permitting process also took its toll, keeping the company’s products from quickly reaching the market and depleting cash reserves, the company said. The lack of foot traffic in the River Arts District also was a problem.