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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
Unchained #16: Herkulean WoodsSummit Brewing Company8.203.85114-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.8816-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.6116-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.603.892-
Szot Rubia Al VaporSzot Microcervecería5.803.11-
Locomotive 447Tequesta Brewing Company ? 3.54-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Cali' CommonThe Beer Company6.203.131-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.784-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.832-
Cambridge House Steam BockThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.303.971-
Wilde Mild Steam BeerThe Dandy Brewing Company4.003.544-
SMaSH Series: DumphoundedThe Dayton Beer Company4.702.132-
Hop CommonThe Defiant Brewing Company ? 41-
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.7428-
Grand Esteemer San Francisco LagerThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub5.003.872-
Goldminer's Daughter Pre-Prohibition Common AleThree Creeks Brewing Co.5.503.711-
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.503.3445-
Yoshi's NectarThree Pints Brewpub5.303.519-
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company5.303.5622-
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.203.183-
Stalin's OrganTo Øl6.003.638-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.71337-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.912-
Death RipperTRVE Brewing Co.4.203.7113-
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.003.922-
CalifornicationTwisted Rail Brewing Company5.503.252-
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.204.051-
Comptche LoggerUkiah Brewing Co.5.003.82-
Steamers Lane Uncommon LagerUncommon Brewers4.503.232-
Dragon BladeValkyrie Brewing4.502.918-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.7827-
California SteamVillage Idiot Brewing Company5.203.341-
GoldrushWagner Valley Brewery5.203.771-
Hwy 54 California CommonWalnut River Brewing Company6.303.51-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.9710-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.302.53-
Big Sky Uncommon LagerWhistler Brewing Company5.003.586-
Gryphon's California CommonWhite Rabbit Brewing Company4.703.751-
Steamy Cream California Common AleWhitstran Brewing Company ? 3.752-
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.703.47229-
Cornish Steam LagerWooden Hand Brewery4.303.821-
Campanile CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company5.0041-
World Cup CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company ? 3.872-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
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