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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
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? -0-
Hearthstone Common ManHearthstone Brewery5.30-0-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.50-0-
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company ? -0-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
Cherrywood CaliSmylie Brothers Brewing Co. ? -0-
EncoreBrasserie du Lion à Plume4.60-0-
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-
Gold Rush LagerEl Dorado Brewing Company6.00-0-
StirlingLa Nébuleuse5.30-0-
Uber LagerOgre Beer Comércio de Cervejas Ltda.5.10-0-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
Out On The WeekendNoble Order Brewing Company ? -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-
UpstreamLittle Harpeth Brewing ? -0-
The Citizen W/ Dried Avocado Leaves, Purple Corn And French OakCismontane Brewing Company6.40-0-
Gold Rush IOCBase Camp Brewing Company7.4021-
SF LagerSouthern Pacific Brewing ? 3.51-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
Gryphon's California CommonWhite Rabbit Brewing Company4.703.751-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.721-
Sturgeon Bay Steam BeerLily's Seafood & B.C.5.503.51-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.921-
Cayuse Creek CommonLolo Peak Brewing Company ? 3.751-
El DoradoKinney Creek Brewery4.103.531-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.751-
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 3.881-
Kentucky CommonSisyphus Brewing5.003.51-
FogBlack Dragon Brewery & Woodland Homebrew Supply5.003.71-
Hwy 54 California CommonWalnut River Brewing Company6.303.51-
Rhinemaiden DämpfbierMetropolitan Brewing ? 3.961-
Goldminer's Daughter Pre-Prohibition Common AleThree Creeks Brewing Co.5.503.711-
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.093.881-
Northwinds Kingpin Steam BeerNorthwinds Brewery5.302.751-
NorthEast SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ? 3.951-
Golden State CommonGet Well ? 3.551-
Right To StrikeSouth Plains Brewing Company3.501.061-
GoldrushWagner Valley Brewery5.203.771-
Boom Clang SteamRiver's Edge Brewing Co4.902.751-
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