'It’s challenging to say the least’: One of Charlotte’s smallest breweries fights for survival

'It’s challenging to say the least’: One of Charlotte’s smallest breweries fights for survival
(WSOC)

CHARLOTTE — This Charlotte nanobrewery sees the writing on the wall.

Thirsty Nomad expects it will be forced to shutter its doors in the next two weeks without intervention, be it a small-business loan or other capital infusion, says Brad Ledbetter, president, brewer and founder.

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“It’s challenging to say the least,” Ledbetter says. “If it goes as badly as I think it will, we’ll be out of business in a few weeks.”

He says the nanobrewery was basically treading water before the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, outbreak, given its small scale. Thirsty Nomad produced just 150 barrels of beer last year on its three-barrel system.

Ledbetter recently spoke with the Charlotte Business Journal about the brewery’s future.

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