The steam beer, or California Common, is an American original and was first produced in California during the gold rush (late 19th Century). The style of beer is very much tied to the west coast, and in particular, San Francisco. At its height, this style of beer was brewed by as many as 27 different breweries in California. Today, steam beer is a trademarked term, and can only be brewed under that name by Anchor Steam Brewing Co. in San Francisco.
What is a Stout?
The Stout was traditionally a stronger, full-bodied variety of a porter, called a “stout porter” or “stouter,” but soon emerged as its own very popular style. The distinction between a stout and a porter is still a little confusing. Stouts, generally speaking, are fuller-bodied, stronger, and darker with strong coffee or burnt caramel flavors.
Originally published in our Craft Beer Club's Micro Brew News newsletter, Caldera Brewing Company edition.