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 BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.906,3693.87
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.508413.72
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.302363.59
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.702343.5
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.302223.86
Dampf LocLocal Option5.301713.68
East Coast Common LagerSmuttynose Brewing Company7.401414.08
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.501353.42
District CommonAtlas Brew Works5.101183.58
Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.701153.57
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.701083.74
DerechoPort City Brewing4.801063.68
Element 115St. Paul Brewing5.50923.72
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.00753.74
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.00743.64
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.00743.74
Mountain Goat Steam AleMountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd4.50683.38
Pomona QueenLast Name Brewing4.90613.23
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.20593.37
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.60523.37
Rocket Bike American LagerMoab Brewery4.00513.37
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.50513.36
Big Boca AleFat Point Brewing5.10483.61
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.00393.72
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.20373.67
Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.00343.75
Red Bird AlePortsmouth Brewing Co. / Mault's Brewpub4.80333.15
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.80313.78
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.80313.65
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.60283.65
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.00283.73
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.20273.51
Watchman's HouseHoly Mountain Brewing Company5.60243.9
Chicago CommonKinslahger Brewing Company7.50243.58
1888Anaheim Brewery5.50243.47
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.30243.77
AftershockPalmetto Brewing Company6.40233.52
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.00223.53
Common Get ItRussian River Brewing Company5.00223.68
Chesapeake Common LagerKey Brewing Co.4.80223.56
Common SenseBerryessa Brewing Co4.50213.6
Dampf PunkSwitchback Brewing Company5.80203.96
Big Sky Uncommon LagerWhistler Brewing Company5.00183.66
Yoerg's BeerYoerg Brewing Company4.90173.7
Derby LagerPike Brewing Company5.50173.5
SlingshotRadical Road Brewing Co.5.00173.67
Tragedy Of The CommonIowa Brewing Company4.90163.89
WestySun King Brewing Company6.70163.92
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.20153.07
Death RipperTRVE Brewing Co.4.20153.68
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