Our company doesn’t have one birth date. It has four. Talk about heritage.

1774

Englishman William Worthington began his beer brewing in Burton on Trent and his fellow countryman William Bass did the same in 1777. Four years after the Adolph Coors Company had set up shop across the Atlantic, the Bass brewing company was turning out more than a million barrels a year. In 1926, Bass and Worthington beer brewery merged. In 1954, Bass Brewers launched Carling Black Label, the beer that would eventually become the U.K.’s best selling beer brand. Today it is simply known as Carling.

1786

John Molson founded Canada's oldest beer brewery on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Montreal. He wrote, “My beer has been universally well-liked beyond my most sanguine expectations.” In 1959, Molson Canadian was first brewed and today is one of Canada’s most iconic and best-selling brands.

1869

Staropramen, #1 Prague beer in the world, has been linked with Prague's brewing origins since 1869, when shares for a new brewery in Smichov region of Prague were offered for sale. The brand produced by the new brewery was called Staropramen meaning "old spring."

1873

Adolph Coors, a penniless brewer’s apprentice, stumbled on the perfect water in Clear Creek at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. 105 years later, Coors Light was born and would go on to be enjoyed by beer drinkers in over 25 countries worldwide.

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1774
1774

William Worthington begins brewing in Burton on Trent, England.

1777
1777

William Bass also sets up shop in Burton, England.

1786
1786

John Molson opens a brewery in Montreal, Canada.

1787
1787

The Apatinsko pivo and Jelen pivo brands go back more than 225 years.

1821
1821

John Molson is one of a group of private citizens who founded Montreal’s first public hospital, Montreal General Hospital.

1846
1846

Molson’s Montreal brewery reaches 100,000-gallon milestone.

1850
1850

Bass production tops 100,000 barrels.

1869
1869

Staropramen brewery established in Smíchov region of Prague.

1873
1873

Adolph Coors opens the Golden Brewery in Golden, Colorado.

1876
1876

The Bass triangle logo is Britain’s first registered mark.

1881
1881

The Plovdiv brewery was the first brewery established in Bulgaria.

1886
1886

Molson celebrates its 100th anniversary and a 175-fold increase in beer volume since its founding year.

1890
1890

Electricity replaces steam power at Molson. Refrigeration is introduced allowing brewing year round, for the first time.

1893
1893

The Zagreb brewery was founded in1893 and is famous for having the city’s first electrical light.

1896
1896

The first and only brewery in Montenegro, the Trebjesa Brewery was established in 1896.

1900
1900

There are more than 34 breweries in Burton on Trent.

1903
1903

Molson Export brand makes its debut.

1911
1911

Staropramen brand, translated as "old sprint" is officially registered.

1916
1916

Prohibition is enacted in the US. Coors keeps the brewery open by making malted milk, near beer and porcelain products.

1926
1926

Worthington and Bass breweries merge.

1933
1933

Golden brewery resumes operations with the repeal of Prohibition.

1937
1937

The Coors waterfall logo is incorporated and company begins to use the advertising slogan, "Brewed with Pure Rocky Mountain Spring Water".

1941
1941

Coors aids war effort by setting aside half of all beer brewed for the military.

1945
1945

Molson offers up public ownership in the company.

1949
1949

Molson’s first million-barrel year.

1953
1953

Coors begins advertising on television.

1954
1954

Molson Canadian brand is introduced.

1955
1955

Coors brewery hits one million barrel milestone.

1959
1959

Coors introduces aluminum cans and cold filter brewing.

1960
1960

Bass Brewers becomes the UK’s largest brewer through a series of mergers.

1975
1975

Coors becomes a publicly traded company.

1978
1978

Coors Light is introduced and dubbed the "Silver Bullet".

1989
1989

Molson merges with Carling O’Keefe becoming Canada’s largest brewer and the fifth largest brewer in North America.

1994
1994

Coors employs more than 8,500 employees and sees annual production reach the 23 million barrel mark.

2002
2002

Coors acquires the England and Wales-based business of Bass Brewers. Creates Coors Brewers, Ltd., the UK’s second largest brewer with more than 20% market share.

2003
2003

Carling becomes first UK beer to reach annual sales of five million barrels.

2005
2005

Molson and Coors combine in a merger of equals, creating the world's fifth largest brewer, with the operating scale and balance sheet to take a leading role in the consolidating global beer industry.

2007
2007

Molson Coors opens new breweries in Elkton, Virginia and Moncton, New Brunswick.

2008
2008

Molson Coors and SABMiller form a joint venture, MillerCoors, that combines their US and Puerto Rico businesses.

2010
2010

Molson Coors announces joint venture with Hebei Si’hai Beer Company of China. Brewing begins at Molson Coors Si’hai Brewery in Chengdu, China.

2012
2012

Molson Coors acquires StarBev and changes the name to Molson Coors Central Europe.

2013
2013

Molson Coors UK & Ireland and Molson Coors Central Europe combine into one unit, Molson Coors Europe.