California Common / Steam Beer

Description:
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
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.762-
Commons AleBandwagon Brew Pub ? 3.184-
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? -0-
SF LagerSouthern Pacific Brewing ? -0-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.923-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.921-
Keystone SwankeyNorth Country Brewing ? 4.021-
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.751-
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 3.881-
Gold Rush LagerBethlehem Brew Works ? 3.762-
Commack CommonThe Blind Bat Brewery LLC ? -0-
California CommonTrailhead Brewing Co ? -0-
NorthEast SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ? 3.951-
Golden State CommonGet Well ? 3.551-
Steam BeerSisyphus Brewing ? 4.061-
Ricochet RedBuffalo Bill's Brewery ? 2.931-
Larimer Street LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew ? -0-
Steam BeerL'Amère à Boire ? -0-
Greenfield Village Steam StationMotor City Brewing Works ? 3.831-
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? -0-
Newport Coast SteamNewport Beach Brewing Company ? 3.652-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
Benny's Brass AssNano 108 Brewing Company ? -0-
Cherrywood CaliSmylie Brothers Brewing Co. ? -0-
Locomotive 447Tequesta Brewing Company ? 3.53-
Steamy Cream California Common AleWhitstran Brewing Company ? 2.732-
California CommonTree Brewing Beer Intitute ? -0-
Drifter #004 - Keystone CommonHitchhiker Brewing Company ? -0-
Gold Rush Golden LagerBlind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant ? 3.771-
California Steam BeerMaumee Bay Brewing Company ? 3.731-
Wald BierBeryl's Beer Company ? -0-
New York Common LagerAdirondack Pub & Brewery ? -0-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.832-
Steam BeerBrewzzi Italian American Bistro & Microbrewery ? 3.381-
SteamerRooftop Brewing Company ? -0-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
Mike's CamaroLatitude 42 Brewing Company ? 2.991-
100s Of PeachcotsBeryl's Beer Company ? -0-
Out On The WeekendNoble Order Brewing Company ? -0-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.912-
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 3.511-
Strawberry SteamApple Blossom Brewing Co. ? 3.251-
Hop CommonThe Defiant Brewing Company ? 41-
Northern California CommonBrimmer Brewing ? -0-
UpstreamLittle Harpeth Brewing ? -0-
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.782-
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 4.451-
King CommonEverybody's Brewing ? 3.471-
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