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Old 05-24-2013, 01:13 PM
 
Location: 'greater' Buffalo, NY
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California Common (also known as steam beer) is an official style of beer recognized by beer competition organizations, and to my knowledge, it is the only official beer style named after a state. This style of beer dates back to the 1800s in San Francisco, and is unique because it was not brewed like a traditional lager or a traditional ale, but was a hybrid of the two. Anchor Brewing which was founded in 1896, is the most popular brewing company that brews this style of beer (and is credited with being on of the breweries that played a significant role in reviving the popularity of craft beer in general). Other popular brewers who make a California Common include Kona Brewing, Red Rock, Deschutes, Gordon Biersche, and many more. Bevmo always has a great selection and I find some new brands at wholefoods sometimes too.

If you like Bud Light and Corona this beer may not be for you. Although it is golden in color and light bodied like a lager, it has some of the bitterness of an ale (because it is brewed at warm fermentation tempatures just like the gold miners brewed it because refrigeration wasn't widely available in the old west). While us beer connoisseurs are a minority (lots of wine connoisseurs out there, but for some reason when it comes to beer everyone wants what is cheap and on Super Bowl commercials), if you regularly have beers in your fridge, keep some California Commons in there and preserve our history and heritage.
Not a California native, but definitely a beer aficionado. Interestingly I just tried Southern Tier's "2X Steam" and found it to be possibly the worst of their offerings:

2X Steam - Southern Tier Brewing Company - Lakewood, NY - BeerAdvocate

Be interested to see what a seasoned California Common drinker would think of it. I've never had Anchor Steam, or any other steam beer for that matter, but I have seen Anchor's product occasionally available at the local Wegmans, so my interest is piqued now. That said, I think I should broker a trade here...I'll send you a sixpack of 2X Steam in exchange for a fourpack of Old Rasputin or a single 22 oz bottle of Pliny The Elder, heh.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:21 PM
 
Location: 'greater' Buffalo, NY
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I don't drink
more like to me
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Three words: Pabst Blue Ribbon
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Old 05-24-2013, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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Three words: Pabst Blue Ribbon
In Humboldt?!
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Old 05-24-2013, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
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California definitely has some awesome microbrews! I'm particularly fond of Lost Coast (love their Tangerine), Lagunitas, Russian River (although I still can't bring myself to do the line up for the Pliny the Younger release), and while not exclusively Californian, I do love Pyramid (especially the Apricot). Don't know if I've tried Anchor, but I'm more of an ale fan anyway.
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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The only California beers I haven't been able to find since leaving are Russian River and Moonlight. Moonlight doesn't bottle and I don't believe they distribute outside NorCal, so it's about as local as it gets (outside of making your own).
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA metro
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"Hhhmmmmm, beer."
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:43 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Not a California native, but definitely a beer aficionado. Interestingly I just tried Southern Tier's "2X Steam" and found it to be possibly the worst of their offerings:

2X Steam - Southern Tier Brewing Company - Lakewood, NY - BeerAdvocate

Be interested to see what a seasoned California Common drinker would think of it. I've never had Anchor Steam, or any other steam beer for that matter, but I have seen Anchor's product occasionally available at the local Wegmans, so my interest is piqued now. That said, I think I should broker a trade here...I'll send you a sixpack of 2X Steam in exchange for a fourpack of Old Rasputin or a single 22 oz bottle of Pliny The Elder, heh.
Thankfully, we can even get Anchor Steam in these here Aux Arcs; one of the few good things to ever come out of San Fracisco. Ranks right up there with sour dough bread.
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Old 05-25-2013, 03:17 AM
 
Location: Dublin, CA
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Only beer worth drinking: Chimay Grande Reserve.
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Old 05-25-2013, 03:23 AM
 
Location: 'greater' Buffalo, NY
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Thankfully, we can even get Anchor Steam in these here Aux Arcs; one of the few good things to ever come out of San Fracisco. Ranks right up there with sour dough bread.
Heh, alright, definitely going to check for it tomorrow, to see if it's in stock. As soon as I try Anchor Steam, whether it be tomorrow or a week from now, I will review it here, if that's ok with potentially sensitive OP (I know from reading other threads that you, fontucky, bigdumbgod don't give a ****...I like all three of y'all)
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