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California Common / Steam Beer

The California Common, or Steam Beer, is a unique 100% American style lager. It's usually brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800's in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. The brewers back then had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. So in a way the lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures. Today's examples are light amber to tawny in color, medium bodied with a malty character. Mildly fruity with an assertive hop bitterness.

Anchor Brewing Co. trademarked the term "Steam Beer" and as such all other beers must be legally referred to as "California Common."

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-6.0%   [ ? ] 

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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.855,23794
2X SteamSouthern Tier Brewing Company8.003.5142483
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.71340-
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.703.47229-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.82213-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.56158-
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.63141-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.3512080
Unchained #16: Herkulean WoodsSummit Brewing Company8.203.85114-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.75100-
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.5794-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.6889-
Barbary Coast Gold RushMinhas Craft Brewery ? 2.8683-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.6365-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.2663-
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.003.763-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.861-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.7159-
Mountain Goat Steam AleMountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd4.503.3157-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8452-
District CommonAtlas Brew Works5.103.551-
Pomona QueenDale Bros. Brewery4.903.1247-
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.503.3445-
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.603.2845-
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.334384
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.634196
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.603.8341-
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7640-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.630-
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.7428-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.6728-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.7827-
Heavy Seas - Davy Jones' LagerHeavy Seas Beer6.003.5625-
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company5.303.5622-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8121-
Palmetto AftershockPalmetto Brewing Company6.403.4721-
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.003.720-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.7320-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.8118-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.4818-
Counterculture CommonShort's Brewing Company4.253.5418-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.6118-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.8617-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.6116-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.8816-
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.203.091576
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.8115-
Derby LagerPike Pub & Brewery5.503.5514-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.6814-
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.003.5413-
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