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 Company4.903.855,38294
2X SteamSouthern Tier Brewing Company8.003.5242883
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.71402-
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.703.47229-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.82216-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.5517580
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.63152-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.3612280
Unchained #16: Herkulean WoodsSummit Brewing Company8.203.8511793
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.603.7810788
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.56104-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.74103-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.6889-
Barbary Coast Gold RushMinhas Craft Brewery ? 2.8683-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.6466-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.2566-
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.003.764-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.7162-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.861-
Mountain Goat Steam AleMountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd4.503.3260-
District CommonAtlas Brew Works5.103.5260-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8258-
Pomona QueenDale Bros. Brewery4.903.1451-
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.7950-
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.324784
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.503.3547-
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.603.2845-
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.634196
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7540-
Counterculture CommonShort's Brewing Company4.253.3440-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.7233-
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.7329-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.6728-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.7827-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.724-
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.203.5622-
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.003.6722-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8121-
Palmetto AftershockPalmetto Brewing Company6.403.4721-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.6219-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.4819-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.8418-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.8118-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.6118-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.8216-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.6916-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.8816-
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.203.091576
Derby LagerPike Pub & Brewery5.503.5514-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.303.6914-
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