One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nountrademark in US
An effervescent beer brewed chiefly in the western US.
- ‘The batch I brewed before my daughter was born was a steam beer, although I came up with my own basic recipe.’
- ‘Now rarely brewed, steam beer was a traditional style of 19th century California.’
- ‘California steam beer originated during the 1849 California Gold Rush, uses lager fermentation and ale yeast.’
- ‘Often called steam beer, California common is a dark lager and one of the few styles created outside of Europe.’
- ‘Turn of the century brewing texts describe the steam beer of the day in terms that sound familiar a century later.’
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