America's 11 Oldest Breweries
By: Dan Gentile
Credit: Flickr/Richie Diesterheft
In today’s beer scene, most of the attention goes to the crafty youngsters (we listed 50 here), but it’s important to remember that modern boundary-pushing breweries were built on the shoulders of giants who survived everything from Prohibition to F3 tornadoes to corporate conglomeration. So, in honor of America’s frothy beer history, we’ve compiled a list of the 11 oldest breweries still operating in the country. Super-old beer makers, we salute you.
Credit: Coors Banquet
11. Coors Brewing Company
Most famous beer: Coors Light
Adolph Coors first wet his tongue with hops in Germany, where he apprenticed with a brewer to make ends meet after the untimely death of his mother and father at the age of 15. After immigrating to the US, he started Coors and later diversified with a manufacturing business whose porcelain production would help keep the brewery out of the red during Prohibition. Later, the company became an early adopter of the aluminum can and started the first cash-for-can return program, which they then used to make hilariously large piles of cans. The rest, as Sam Elliott will tell you, is Banquet history.
Credit: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.