California Common / Steam Beer

The California Common, or Steam Beer, is a hybrid style unique to the US. It's usually brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer (ale-like) temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800's in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. At the time, brewers had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. In a way, the lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures. Today's examples are light amber to tawny red in color, medium bodied, and possess a malty character. Some mildly fruitiness along with an herbal yet assertive hop bitterness are also typical. San Francisco's Anchor Brewing Company trademarked the term "Steam Beer" and as such all other examples of the style must be legally referred to as "California Common."

ABV: 4.0–6.0% | IBU: 35–45 | Glassware: Pint Glass (or Becker, Nonic, Tumbler)

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Anchor Steam Beer
Anchor Brewing Company
4.906,4003.8505-19-2022
Dorothy's New World Lager
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
5.508623.7205-06-2022
Columbia Common
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
4.702353.4710-19-2021
East Coast Common Lager
Smuttynose Brewing Company
7.401414.0707-19-2020
Steam Engine Lager
Steamworks Brewing Co.
5.501353.408-24-2020
District Common
Atlas Brew Works
5.101183.5508-20-2020
Derecho
Port City Brewing
4.801063.6701-05-2021
Element 115
St. Paul Brewing
5.50933.6811-21-2021
Catahoula Common
Gnarly Barley Brewing Company
5.00743.6404-24-2021
Skjálfti
Ölvisholt Brugghús
5.00743.6703-26-2021
Mountain Goat Steam Ale
Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
4.50683.3606-21-2021
Pomona Queen
Last Name Brewing
4.90613.2601-10-2021
Rio Grande Outlaw Lager
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
5.20603.3702-20-2022
Rocket Bike American Lager
Moab Brewery
4.00543.3604-25-2022
Common Man Special Lager
Three Heads Brewing
5.50513.3703-27-2020
Big Boca Ale
Fat Point Brewing
5.10493.5502-04-2022
Red Bird Ale
Portsmouth Brewing Co. / Mault's Brewpub
4.80343.0610-19-2021
Pi Common
The Schlafly Tap Room
5.00343.7212-30-2020
Virginia Common
Ardent Craft Ales
5.30273.7810-19-2021
Watchman's House
Holy Mountain Brewing Company
5.60243.8901-19-2021
Northtown Native
Cinder Block Brewery
5.00223.5108-29-2020
Common Get It
Russian River Brewing Company
5.00223.6807-26-2021
Chesapeake Common Lager
Key Brewing Co.
4.80223.5504-12-2020
Dampf Punk
Switchback Brewing Company
5.80203.9408-09-2020
Death Ripper
TRVE Brewing Co.
4.20153.7105-30-2021
Frisco 1501 Historic Lager
Public House Brewing Company
5.00143.6508-14-2020
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)
Moab Brewery
5.50133.6701-08-2020
After Life
Ghost Brewing Co
5.80133.7304-21-2022
Danker's Team
Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
6.40124.1605-09-2021
Painted Fortune
Bhramari Brewing Co
5.20123.7611-06-2021
California Common
Tributary Brewing Co.
5.5093.9904-29-2022
Split-shift Dakota Common Lager
Remedy Brewing Company
4.7083.6709-10-2021
Bluxome Black Lager
Local Brewing Co.
5.0083.501-28-2022
Raytown Common
Crane Brewing Company
5.6083.5405-13-2020
Steam Exchange Steam Ale
Steam Exchange Brewery
4.8083.5206-21-2021
89Ale
O.H.S.O. Eatery & Nano-Brewery
5.6073.3703-26-2022
Hidden Hollow
Ten Mile Brewing
5.2063.8211-21-2021
Localmotive
Strong Brewing Company
5.6063.7708-18-2020
Dampfbier
Occidental Brewing Co.
5.4063.906-26-2021
California Common
Beach Haus Brewery
6.3054.1812-01-2020
Citra California Lager
Pyynikin Käsityöläispanimo
5.0053.4812-10-2020
Steam Beer
Occidental Brewing Co.
5.0053.904-13-2021
Cornish Steam Lager
Wooden Hand Brewery
4.3053.603-29-2021
Havoc
Buzzards Bay Brewing
5.6053.8403-21-2020
Lost In The Fog
Silver Branch Brewing Company
5.1054.1112-06-2020
Dorothy’s New World Lager With Lime
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
5.5053.7203-19-2022
Union Station
Cornerstone Brewing Company
6.0044.2507-25-2021
Catahoula Common W/ Strawberry
Gnarly Barley Brewing Company
5.0043.4211-28-2020
Dampen
Kinn Bryggeri AS
4.7043.6902-16-2021
No Wind No Waves
Secatogue Brewing Company
5.0043.7404-25-2021
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