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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 Company4.903.87407795
2X SteamSouthern Tier Brewing Company8.003.53374-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.86199-
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.703.46167-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.72140-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.3710980
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.6697-
California AleTelegraph Brewing Company6.203.5796-
The Last SpikeCigar City Brewing7.403.6592-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.6983-
Barbary Coast Gold RushMinhas Craft Brewery ? 2.8781-
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.5679-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.7968-
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.003.759-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.8147-
California RouteNew Belgium Brewing5.503.8846-
Boston Steam PieJack's Abby Brewing5.003.6643-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.7642-
Mountain Goat Steam AleMountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd4.503.3341-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.6839-
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.503.3339-
Pomona QueenDale Bros. Brewery4.902.9435-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.1835-
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.603.2433-
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.7233-
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.313184
Brewers' Cut California CommonReal Ale Brewing Company5.903.8331-
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.633097
ZephyrLagunitas Brewing Company7.203.8928-
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.8127-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.7826-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.6823-
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.6922-
District CommonAtlas Brew Works ? 3.5822-
Workman Common LagerBlue Pants Brewery5.003.4321-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.5419-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8319-
Heavy Seas - Davy Jones' LagerHeavy Seas Beer6.003.5917-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.6717-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.8816-
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.203.091577
The Village RezerveShort's Brewing Company4.503.514-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.4314-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.9413-
Chrome SatanHilliard's Beer5.703.4913-
Winter HazeDale Bros. Brewery7.103.2412-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.8412-
Enthalpy Of VaporizationCigar City Brewing5.403.3512-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.9112-
405 Oklahoma LagerBattered Boar Brewing Company6.002.6311-
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