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Blue Corn’s new brewer has some big shoes to fill

Every new brewer will always face a challenge when taking over an established brewery. Some, though, arrive in the shadow of a predecessor who just went out and put that brewery on the map. That is the challenge facing James Warren, the new brewer at Blue Corn, who succeeds John Bullard at the well-established Santa Fe institution. All John did in 2013 was take home the IPA Challenge trophy — the first non-Albuquerque-area brewery to do so — and then win a pair of silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival.

New brewer James Warren gives a thumbs up to his job at Blue Corn.

I ventured up to Santa Fe on Tuesday afternoon to meet with James and get his take on the challenge of assuming control at Blue Corn. And I would like to pause for a moment to thank my car for waiting until I got back to Albuquerque to have the alternator go out. That really would have sucked to be somewhere on I-25 outside the city. Instead it was on Osuna just off the frontage road as I returned from watchin

Source: NM Dark Side Brew Crew.

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