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Lesson II-2 California Common Beer

October 12, 2006

The California Common Beer is the style name for what we tend to tthink of as the steam beer. It is one of two indigenous American styles of beer and dates back to the 19th century. It is basically a beer made with lager yeast at ale temperatures, which creates very interesting dynamics in the aroma and flavor.

Anchor Steam is brewed in San Francisco, where the temperature is always perfect for beer making. In addition to the cool ale/lager synergy the open fermentation takes place in rather shallow tanks that on the tour you can get remarkably close to.

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