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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
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.002.844-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.784-
Wild Oats Series No. 32 - Dampf PunkBeau's All Natural Brewing Company5.303.53-
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.203.173-
SteamerJämtlands Bryggeri AB5.002.93-
Pro-Am Nevada Steem BeerJoseph James Brewing Inc.5.504.273-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.913-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.302.53-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.963-
Nordeast CommonDangerous Man Brewing5.103.373-
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.604.533-
Miner's RuinDestihl Restaurant & Brew Works5.103.463-
Merrimack SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.743-
Jimmy Green’s South Loop LagerArgus Brewery5.603.153-
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 3.753-
Eugene EsteemNinkasi Brewing Company5.403.423-
Carolina CommonPort Jeff Brewing Company5.603.833-
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.003.733-
California CommonBroad Ripple Brew Pub5.004.093-
California CommonKnops Beer Company ? 3.713-
Armenia White California Common BeerFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille5.603.583-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.204.062-
UtecaSouthern Tier Brewing Company ? 3.582-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.403.382-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.42-
The Citizen (Vanilla Bean & Cinnamon)Cismontane Brewing Company6.203.632-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 4.472-
SteamrollerMaui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)5.103.492-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.714.292-
Steam TrainBarley John's Brew Pub5.903.132-
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.812-
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.003.942-
Spring Training Traditional Uncommon AleMudshark Brewing Co.5.204.12-
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.504.222-
Ruhstaller'sRubicon Brewing Company5.003.522-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.822-
Revisionist Californian Common Steam BeerMarston's PLC4.702.632-
Quincy Street CommonIndeed Brewing Company5.003.882-
Low Self-A-Steam CA Common LagerDraught Works5.203.592-
Larimer Street LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew ? 1.88250
IbisRamses Bier5.003.592-
House Ales / Erica Grahom Glaskasten DampfbierbarVolo5.503.922-
Grand Esteemer San Francisco LagerThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub5.003.892-
Gold RushTrophy Brewing Co.5.003.732-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.922-
DampfbierDestihl Restaurant & Brew Works4.803.512-
DampfbierRapp Brewing Company5.503.882-
Comptche LoggerUkiah Brewing Co.5.003.82-
Cobblestone Steam LagerMorgan Street Brewery5.002.652-
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