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 ReliableCheaha Brewing Company4.70-0-
Gold Rush IOCBase Camp Brewing Company7.40-0-
Madarina SteamRoundabout Brewery6.00-0-
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? -0-
SF LagerSouthern Pacific Brewing ? -0-
Gryphon's California CommonWhite Rabbit Brewing Company4.70-0-
Cali GirlFifty West Brewing Co4.90-0-
Sturgeon Bay Steam BeerLily's Seafood & B.C.5.50-0-
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.50-0-
Hearthstone Common ManHearthstone Brewery5.30-0-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
Kentucky CommonSisyphus Brewing5.00-0-
Steam BeerDay Block Brewing Company5.00-0-
DodoOedipus Brewing5.00-0-
Commack CommonThe Blind Bat Brewery LLC ? -0-
California CommonTrailhead Brewing Co ? -0-
Hwy 54 California CommonWalnut River Brewing Company6.30-0-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.40-0-
Brewmasters Collection California Steam BeerCarlsberg Danmark A/S4.70-0-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
UncommonWander Brewing5.50-0-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
Szot Rubia Al VaporSzot Microcervecería5.80-0-
Northwinds Kingpin Steam BeerNorthwinds Brewery5.30-0-
Right To StrikeSouth Plains Brewing Company3.50-0-
La VéroniqueBrasserie Dieu Du Ciel4.20-0-
GoldrushWagner Valley Brewery5.20-0-
Serf Session DampfbierBack Bay Brewing Co.5.00-0-
Boom Clang SteamRiver's Edge Brewing Co4.90-0-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.50-0-
Larimer Street LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew ? -0-
Steam BeerL'Amère à Boire ? -0-
Yoshi's NectarThree Pints Brewpub5.30-0-
Coffee Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.00-0-
Steam TrainBarley John's Brew Pub5.90-0-
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? -0-
The Golden SpruceIron John's Brewing Company6.90-0-
DampenKinn Bryggeri AS4.70-0-
California Common BeerMcCoy's Public House5.20-0-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.50-0-
Catahoula Common W/ RaspberryGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.70-0-
Catahoula Common W/ WatermelonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.70-0-
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company5.60-0-
Steam BeerWoodward Avenue Brewers5.10-0-
A Beer Name SueFall Brewing Co.5.30-0-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
Rocket Science CalifornianDennis Beer Co.4.50-0-
Benny's Brass AssNano 108 Brewing Company ? -0-
Colorado ImmigrantGrist Brewing Company5.00-0-
Cherrywood CaliSmylie Brothers Brewing Co. ? -0-
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