Taos Mesa Brewing had already taken a hit financially due to the current pandemic but a recent tragedy added fuel to the fire.
The Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership in El Prado suffered extensive damage after flames engulfed a large portion of the structure in early July. The Mothership opened in August 2012. In addition to its brewing operations there is an indoor live music venue and restaurant. An amphitheater was built in 2014 and can hold 1,500 for outdoor shows. Many local acts and a number of national touring acts have performed on the Mothership’s stages. The concerts had been placed on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic but now operations are also on ice due to the fire.
“The county fire marshal and our insurance company adjusters filed their reports and basically it came out as accidental and undetermined,” said Jayson Wylie, co-founder and CEO of Taos Mesa Brewing. “They do believe the fire started outside the building and worked its way in somehow, but they don’t know how it started.”