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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
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.50-0-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
Effingham Steam BeerParadox Brewery6.00-0-
EncoreBrasserie du Lion à Plume4.60-0-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
Cali Common AleBare Hands Brewery5.00-0-
Wald BierBeryl's Beer Company ? -0-
Flying Monkeys Chimaera OneFlying Monkeys Craft Brewery ? -0-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
Mountain Steam LagerGrumpy Old Men Brewing5.00-0-
Out On The WeekendBig Dawg Brewhaus ? -0-
Kentucky Common (collab. W/ BBC)Great Flood Brewing Company4.80-0-
Red Rye LagerIron John's Brewing Company5.00-0-
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-
Horse Tail AleSanta Cruz Mountain Brewing5.403.451-
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-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.941-
Cayuse Creek CommonLolo Peak Brewing Company ? 3.751-
El DoradoKinney Creek Brewery4.103.561-
UncommonSpider Bite Beer Company ? 3.741-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.781-
Camino Real CommonSolvang Brewing Company6.001.781-
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-
Gordon Biersch California CommonGordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant ? 3.931-
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-
Steam BeerSunken City Brewing Company ? 3.51-
KirbyRowland's Calumet Brewery ? 41-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.5041-
Steam BeerL'Amère à Boire ? 3.751-
Red Rock SteamerRed Rock Brewing Company4.003.431-
Greenfield Village Steam StationMotor City Brewing Works ? 3.881-
Sitzman's SteamCoopersmith's Pub & Brewing6.102.981-
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