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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. ? 3.954-
Commons AleBandwagon Brew Pub ? 3.265-
Boscos California Table BeerBoscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. ? 3.583-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.11-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.913-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.941-
Cayuse Creek CommonLolo Peak Brewing Company ? 3.751-
Keystone SwankeyNorth Country Brewing ? 3.522-
UncommonSpider Bite Beer Company ? 3.741-
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.781-
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 3.91-
Gold Rush LagerBethlehem Brew Works ? 3.634-
Rhinemaiden DämpfbierMetropolitan Brewing ? 3.981-
Gordon Biersch California CommonGordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant ? 3.931-
NorthEast SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ? 3.951-
Golden State CommonGet Well ? 3.561-
World Cup CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company ? 3.882-
Steam BeerSunken City Brewing Company ? 3.51-
Ricochet RedBuffalo Bill's Brewery ? 3.245-
KirbyRowland's Calumet Brewery ? 41-
Larimer Street LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew ? 1.88250
Steam BeerL'Amère à Boire ? 3.751-
Greenfield Village Steam StationMotor City Brewing Works ? 3.881-
Newport Coast SteamNewport Beach Brewing Company ? 3.334-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
Locomotive 447Tequesta Brewing Company ? 3.54-
Kuhnhenn Pure Michigan Steam BeerKuhnhenn Brewing Company ? 3.52-
Steamy Cream California Common AleWhitstran Brewing Company ? 3.751-
UtecaSouthern Tier Brewing Company ? 3.582-
Rock IslandVino's Brewpub ? 4.111-
District CommonAtlas Brew Works ? 3.4735-
Gold Rush Golden LagerBlind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant ? 3.81-
Wald BierBeryl's Beer Company ? -0-
Flying Monkeys Chimaera OneFlying Monkeys Craft Brewery ? -0-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.822-
Steam BeerBrewzzi Italian American Bistro & Microbrewery ? 3.41-
LongShot 8-Stitch SteamerBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) ? 31-
SteamerRooftop Brewing Company ? 3.751-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
Mike's CamaroLatitude 42 Brewing Company ? 3.25-
Common GroundPeekskill Brewery ? 4.086-
Out On The WeekendBig Dawg Brewhaus ? -0-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.922-
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 3.884-
Hop CommonThe Defiant Brewing Company ? 41-
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.774-
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 4.472-
King CommonEverybody's Brewing ? 3.51-
The Citizen W/ Pineapple And Citra HopsCismontane Brewing Company ? 3.51-
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