The 49er California Common

  • April 4, 2017
  • by Tim Mullins

It all began as an attempt by German brewers to brew lager beer in San Francisco during the Gold Rush. Due to a lack of refrigeration, or access to ice from the Sierra’s , the fermentation ran warmer than usual, getting close to ale fermentation temperatures. This eventually led to an indigenous Californian beer style, through the hybridization of the yeast, known as Steam Beer. Steam Beer was trademarked by Anchor Brewing during the 1970’s. From then on, when this style is brewed, it has to be called California Common.

There’s gold in ’em taps! 

The 49er is a refreshing golden lager fermented at slightly warmer temperatures in the great San Franciscan tradition. At a modest 5.7% abv The 49er is a perfect excuse to quench your thirst after a hard days work in the city by the bay. Drop by for a pint! (or 3).

The 49er features a California Common, amber colored beer from the use of Caramel malts, also imparting a malty sweetness. There is a fruity-ester quality from the higher, ale-temperature fermentation. The hops showcased are from the pre-Cascade days, so they don’t exhibit the pine/citrus or the tropical/dank character popular in recent varietals, but rather an earthy, spicy, woody character.

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