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
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? -0-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.40-0-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.50-0-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
CalicoBenelux Brasserie Artisanale4.90-0-
EncoreBrasserie du Lion à Plume4.60-0-
Little ChickenHenHouse Brewing5.10-0-
Drifter #004 - Keystone CommonHitchhiker Brewing Company ? -0-
Caz CommonHenneberg Brewing Co.5.50-0-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
Cali Common AleBare Hands Brewery5.00-0-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
Out On The WeekendBig Dawg Brewhaus ? -0-
CT Uncommon AleBlack Pond Brews5.10-0-
Red Rye LagerIron John's Brewing Company5.00-0-
Groß Lechen Dampf BierBig Lick Brewing Company5.20-0-
RJ's Steam TrunkChain O'Lakes Brewing Company4.80-0-
The Citizen W/ Dried Avocado Leaves, Purple Corn And French OakCismontane Brewing Company6.40-0-
SF LagerSouthern Pacific Brewing ? 3.51-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.11-
Gryphon's California CommonWhite Rabbit Brewing Company4.703.751-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.71-
Sturgeon Bay Steam BeerLily's Seafood & B.C.5.503.51-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.941-
Cayuse Creek CommonLolo Peak Brewing Company ? 3.751-
El DoradoKinney Creek Brewery4.103.561-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.781-
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 3.91-
508 Galaxy Common508 Gastrobrewery4.7041-
Kentucky CommonSisyphus Brewing5.003.51-
FogBlack Dragon Brewery & Woodland Homebrew Supply5.003.711-
Hwy 54 California CommonWalnut River Brewing Company6.303.51-
Rhinemaiden DämpfbierMetropolitan Brewing ? 3.981-
Goldminer's Daughter Pre-Prohibition Common AleThree Creeks Brewing Co.5.503.711-
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.093.91-
Northwinds Kingpin Steam BeerNorthwinds Brewery5.302.751-
NorthEast SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ? 3.951-
Golden State CommonGet Well ? 3.561-
Boom Clang SteamRiver's Edge Brewing Co4.902.751-
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? 3.51-
The Golden SpruceIron John's Brewing Company6.903.751-
Sitzman's SteamCoopersmith's Pub & Brewing6.102.981-
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.104.751-
Jamesport Amber SteamJamesport Brewing Company Inc.5.703.531-
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