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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
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.864,77895
2X SteamSouthern Tier Brewing Company8.003.52415-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.72238-
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.703.48214-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.83209-
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.62124-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.3511880
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.57107-
The Last SpikeCigar City Brewing7.403.6297-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.6885-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.7683-
Barbary Coast Gold RushMinhas Craft Brewery ? 2.8582-
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.5681-
Icon Series: Texas CommonSaint Arnold Brewing Company6.703.6362-
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.003.7260-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.6559-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7958-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.2257-
California RouteNew Belgium Brewing5.503.9154-
Boston Steam PieJack's Abby Brewing5.003.6353-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.7251-
Mountain Goat Steam AleMountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd4.503.3249-
Brewers' Cut California CommonReal Ale Brewing Company5.903.9247-
Pomona QueenDale Bros. Brewery4.903.0843-
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.503.342-
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.603.2841-
District CommonAtlas Brew Works ? 3.4841-
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.653897
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7637-
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.7337-
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.333684
Workman Common LagerBlue Pants Brewery5.003.3535-
ZephyrLagunitas Brewing Company7.203.8829-
Unchained #16: Herkulean WoodsSummit Brewing Company8.204.1127-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.7826-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.6726-
Chrome SatanHilliard's Beer5.703.4525-
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.7324-
Heavy Seas - Davy Jones' LagerHeavy Seas Beer6.003.5423-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.7121-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8319-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.7218-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.404.0117-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.6717-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.516-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.8816-
The Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.503.4816-
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.203.091577
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.9615-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.9114-
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