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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
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.525-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.954-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.714.084-
Gold Rush LagerBethlehem Brew Works ? 3.634-
Newport Coast SteamNewport Beach Brewing Company ? 3.334-
Nordeast CommonDangerous Man Brewing5.103.344-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.934-
California CommonKnops Beer Company4.603.574-
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.914-
Locomotive 447Tequesta Brewing Company ? 3.54-
Kuhnhenn Pure Michigan Steam BeerKuhnhenn Brewing Company ? 3.384-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.784-
Miner's RuinDestihl Restaurant & Brew Works5.103.474-
SF LagerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers5.501.914-
Hybrid LagerHarpoon Brewery & Beer Hall5.003.31482
Wild Oats Series No. 32 - Dampf PunkBeau's All Natural Brewing Company5.303.54-
Revisionist Californian Common Steam BeerMarston's PLC4.702.444-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.203.844-
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.803.064-
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 3.884-
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.803.583-
Madarina SteamRoundabout Brewery6.003.423-
Boscos California Table BeerBoscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. ? 3.583-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.913-
California CommonBroad Ripple Brew Pub5.004.093-
Ruhstaller'sRubicon Brewing Company5.003.523-
Yoshi's NectarThree Pints Brewpub5.303.253-
Jimmy Green’s South Loop LagerArgus Brewery5.603.153-
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.203.173-
844 Wyoming UncommonFreedom's Edge Brewing Co.5.003.723-
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.604.533-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.963-
LocalmotiveStrong Brewing Company5.603.673-
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.502.913-
Cape Cod CommonCape Cod Beer5.903.563-
VCBW 2014 Collaboration Prev AlePhillips Brewing Company7.003.753-
Merrimack SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.743-
Stalin's OrganTo Øl6.003.593-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.302.53-
SteamerJämtlands Bryggeri AB5.002.93-
'Armenia White' Steam BeerFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille5.603.583-
Eugene EsteemNinkasi Brewing Company5.403.423-
Carolina CommonPort Jeff Brewing Company5.603.833-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.403.423-
California CommonOl' Republic Brewery5.803.333-
Aotearoa Smash!Boatrocker Brewing Company4.702.383-
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.003.733-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.42-
Keystone SwankeyNorth Country Brewing ? 3.522-
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.812-
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