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Old 05-22-2013, 08:12 PM
 
Location: California
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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.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:37 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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if you regularly have beers in your fridge, keep some California Commons in there and preserve our history and heritage.
That's quite the marketing ploy! No thanks, I'll pass.

Is this spam?
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:48 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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If you like Bud Light and Corona this beer may not be for you.
Snob factor duly noted.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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for some reason when it comes to beer everyone wants what is cheap and on Super Bowl commercials),
Not everyone. Plenty of CA beers to choose from
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:25 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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I'm partial to this local brew, made with locally-sourced oranges:



And I still like Bud draft and Corona.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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My Favorite. From Fort Bragg CA

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Old 05-23-2013, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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If you come up to Sonoma County this is a fun place to go: Bear Republic Brewing Company
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:48 AM
 
Location: KKKalfornia
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why pay $15 for a six pack of beer when you can put bread in a blender and get the same thing.

CRAft beer, they got the first three letters right.
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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why pay $15 for a six pack of beer when you can put bread in a blender and get the same thing.

CRAft beer, they got the first three letters right.
No, you need to go to BevMo!, for one. Two, the fizzy yellow macropee stuff is neither good, made with care, and crushes the next morning.
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:19 AM
 
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Lagunitas, night and day!!!!

Although that beer made form oranges looks tasty. I need to find a bottle.
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