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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
Louisville Chugger21st Amendment Brewery5.2000
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.4053.69
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.4063.34
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.80293.75
California Common Rye4204 Main Street Brewing Co.4.4093.68
Common Ride4204 Main Street Brewing Co.5.2093.67
Slow Digesting Soul Eater5 Paddles Brewing Co.5.0013.66
Fully Inflated Amber Lager5 Rights Brewing Co.4.7000
Uncommon Cents7 Mile Brewery4.5000
Steampunk AleAbnormal Beer Company5.1013.75
The ConvertAbsolution Brewing Company6.2043.65
Uncommonly CommonAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing5.0073.8
Dampf DaysAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing5.2023.65
The PotreroAlaro Craft Brewery4.3023.89
Kentucky CommonAlpha Acid Brewing Co.5.9014.07
Monterey CommonAlvarado Street Brewery4.80133.81
FusionAmager Bryghus3.50203.71
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 23.75
1888Anaheim Brewery5.50233.53
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.906,1913.85
Anchor Steam Beer - Dry-HoppedAnchor Brewing Company5.401503.81
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.602383.78
Emperor NortonAnchor Brewing Company10.2014.09
Ca CommonAngel City Brewery5.5013.69
Höga Höjders ÄngölÄngöl4.8073.44
California, Not CommonAngry Horse Brewing5.5000
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.1053.75
Strawberry SteamApple Blossom Brewing Co. ? 13.25
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.30243.76
Jimmy Green’s South Loop LagerArgus Brewery5.6033.15
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.40773.31
Stokin The GritsArkane Aleworks5.5000
Land Of Fruit And NutsAscension Brewing Company6.4043.28
District CommonAtlas Brew Works5.101143.55
CommonerAtlas Brew Works8.5044.12
Coffee Common LagerAtlas Brew Works5.1013.61
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0014
Checkered PastAudacity Brewhouse6.2033.69
North Country CommonAusable Brewing Co.5.2033.88
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.8043.06
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.9983.87
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.80313.64
East Coast Steamin'B.C. Brewery5.1013.82
Serf Session DampfbierBack Bay Brewing Co.5.0000
Dry-Hopped VB Common AleBack Bay's Farmhouse Brewing Co5.8023.44
Mad CalBack Forty Beer Co.5.3013.75
California CommonBad Brewer ? 22.69
Foxy LadyBad Guy Brewery5.5000
California LagerBad Shepherd Brewing Co.4.5000
BB15 Bay SteamBaird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom5.0014.24
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