I’ve been reading quite a bit about more historical styles. Styles that historically were popular, but now aren’t brewed commercially, or don’t have very many commercial examples. One such example is the California Common, aka, Steam Beer. The BJCP has narrowly defined the style around one commercial example, Anchor Steam.
This is my first attempt at brewing a steam beer. I chose to brew this style as it just seemed to fit the conditions of my basement perfectly. I don’t have an easy way to control fermentation temperature, and my basement in the winter sits right around 58°F-62°F. Perfect for a steam beer.