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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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Name Brewery ABV Ratings Score >
Three oh SevenRyan Brewing Company ? 14.73
The Habit FormerThe Common Beer Company ? 14.68
Common GRindLupine Brewing Company5.2014.47
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 24.47
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.0024.39
Unicorn TearsWishful Acres Farm And Brewery ? 14.34
DampfbierNew Paltz Brewing Company (Pfälzerbräu) ? 14.33
Kentucky Common (collab. W/ BBC)Great Flood Brewing Company4.8024.32
California CommonFarmageddon Brewing Co-op4.0014.31
CalabriforniaBirra Bellazzi6.0014.3
Common SenseSedition Brewing Company4.8014.3
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 34.29
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.6054.29
Engine 13The Brewerie At Union Station ? 14.25
Barrel Aged Carolina CommonBhramari Brewing Co ? 14.25
Common Take InBlackwater Draw Brewing Company5.7014.25
Steam WhistleCavendish Brewing Company4.6014.25
Steam ShovelEluvium Brewing Company4.8014.25
BB15 Bay SteamBaird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom5.0014.24
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.5024.21
Frisco 1501 Historic LagerPublic House Brewing Company5.0024.21
Twining BineBhramari Brewing Co8.6014.19
Danker's TeamCellarmaker Brewing Co.6.40114.17
Claim Stake commonSierra Nevada Brewing Co.5.7014.16
Stay ClassyStumblefoot Brewing Company5.3014.15
CommonerAtlas Brew Works8.5044.12
Epic Steam BikeBrasserie Artisanale La Souche5.0014.12
Wood County CommonNorth End Tavern & Brewery4.7014.12
JamarilloBrowar Birbant5.6014.11
Porch SwingCobblehaus Brewing Co5.1014.1
Kentucky CommonBe Right Back Brewing Company (BRB Co.)5.0014.1
Going Out WestTeays River Brewing & Public House5.1014.09
CloudsCynosure Brewing5.1024.09
Lumen LagerTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.2044.09
Emperor NortonAnchor Brewing Company10.2014.09
DescomunalLúdica Artesanal Cervecería5.0024.08
CT Uncommon AleBlack Pond Brews5.1044.08
East Coast Common LagerSmuttynose Brewing Company7.401384.07
Kentucky CommonAlpha Acid Brewing Co.5.9014.07
Steamline LagerIconyc Brewing Company5.5024.06
Big JimMain and Six Brewing Company5.0024.06
Steamy!Beachwood BBQ & Brewing5.5014.05
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.2024.05
StirlingLa Nébuleuse5.3064.04
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 14.03
Hard Cut CommonLook Long Brewing Company5.0014.03
Do You Know The Way...Santa Clara Valley Brewing5.7034.03
California CommonCatawba Brewing Co.5.5024.02
Indajani California CommonCervecería Indajani5.0024.02
Jewel City CommonBrewyard Beer Company5.8034.02
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