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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Emperor NortonAnchor Brewing Company10.2014.09
California UnCommonMcCoy's Public House10.2013.73
Twining BineBhramari Brewing Co8.6014.19
CommonerAtlas Brew Works8.5044.12
Kuhnie CommonKuhnhenn Brewing Company8.5012.67
Beery McBeerface Short's Brewing Company8.4023.99
LI To Me Imperial LI CommonSpider Bite Beer Company8.3013.96
New England CommonSons of Liberty Aleworks7.7013.69
Oral PleasureReckless Brewing Company7.5000
Gold Rush IOCBase Camp Brewing Company7.4012
East Coast Common LagerSmuttynose Brewing Company7.401384.07
The Usual SuspectsVice District Brewing Company7.4023.83
Sourdough CommonSalty Nut Brewery7.3013.67
Let’s Ceaux MesjokkeCeaux7.0013.52
Gold DustBlack Horse Brewery7.0000
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.94112.92
Surfline Gulf Coast LagerBig Storm Brewing Company - Odessa6.9033.55
Surfline UncommonBig Storm Brewing Company - Odessa6.9023.3
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.8033.57
"Ho-Jack Trail" Steam AleKnucklehead Craft Brewing6.8013.93
Kent County CommonLineSider Brewing Company6.8013.53
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.7193.96
AberrationStone City Ales6.7033.89
Extra Common AleElkhorn Slough Brewing Co.6.7013.34
WestySun King Brewing Company6.70163.88
Coffee Sloth StoutMoon Tower Inn6.6613
Working Man - California Common lagerKlockow Brewing Company6.6000
Bee's SleazeTwisted Hippo6.5073.49
Larimer St. LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew6.5032.44
Very Nice Groben BartThe Very Nice Brewing Company6.5000
Miner Forty-NinerBrass Ring Brewing6.5013.75
Danker's TeamCellarmaker Brewing Co.6.40114.17
Frontier AmberOl' Republic Brewery6.4063.76
Palmetto AftershockPalmetto Brewing Company6.40233.53
Land Of Fruit And NutsAscension Brewing Company6.4043.28
California CommonRapp Brewing Company6.4014
Hwy 54 California CommonWalnut River Brewing Company6.3013.5
Bozone Montana CommonBozeman Brewing Company6.3043.99
Cambridge House Steam BockThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.3013.97
Red SteamDivots Brewery6.2500
10th Gear CommonMetropolitan Brewing6.2014.19
Checkered PastAudacity Brewhouse6.2033.69
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.2093.61
The ConvertAbsolution Brewing Company6.2043.65
Cali' CommonThe Beer Company6.2013.13
CommonwealthCaboose Brewing Co.6.2033.62
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.1073.78
Sitzman's SteamCoopersmith's Pub & Brewing6.1012.98
Dakota Common - Barrel AgedLost Cabin Beer Co.6.1014
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.1000
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