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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
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.75-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.403.423-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.8514-
508 Galaxy Common508 Gastrobrewery4.7041-
508 Cluster Common508 Gastrobrewery4.503.652-
New York Common LagerAdirondack Pub & Brewery ? 3.682-
Tickle The TubaAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse5.503.681-
SF-SD Bay To Bay UnCommonAlmanac Beer Co.5.403.251-
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.7410-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.9615-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.516-
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.864,77195
Dry Hopped Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.9031-
Höga Höjders ÄngölÄngö Kvartersbryggeri4.803.426-
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.103.632-
Strawberry SteamApple Blossom Brewing Co. ? 3.251-
Jimmy Green’s South Loop LagerArgus Brewery5.603.153-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.2257-
District CommonAtlas Brew Works ? 3.4841-
Gov't Shutdown AleAtlas Brew Works7.001.882-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.803.064-
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.993.867-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.6726-
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.502.913-
Commons AleBandwagon Brew Pub ? 3.265-
Cali Common AleBare Hands Brewery5.00-0-
Steam TrainBarley John's Brew Pub5.903.132-
Common EileenBarley Mow Brewing Company5.203.355-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.6611-
House Ales / Erica Grahom Glaskasten DampfbierbarVolo5.503.922-
405 Oklahoma LagerBattered Boar Brewing Company6.002.712-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.40416-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.57107-
Golden PawBeard & Brau4.702.966-
Wild Oats Series No. 32 - Dampf PunkBeau's All Natural Brewing Company5.303.54-
CalicoBenelux Brasserie Artisanale4.90-0-
Common SenseBerryessa Brewing Co4.503.398-
Wald BierBeryl's Beer Company ? 31-
Gold Rush LagerBethlehem Brew Works ? 3.634-
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.103.496-
Out On The WeekendBig Dawg Brewhaus ? -0-
Choo Choo SteamerBig River Grille & Brewing Works5.2031-
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.403.698-
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.942.859-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.203.844-
FogBlack Dragon Brewery & Woodland Homebrew Supply5.003.711-
Belgo/Cali CommonBlack Market Brewing Co.5.103.431-
ContrabandBlack Market Brewing Co.5.003.528-
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