Miller Brewing – Frederick Miller settled in Milwaukee in 1855 with a special brewer’s yeast and an ambition to brew “confoundly good beers.” For 160 years, Miller Brewing Company has done just that. From the introduction of Miller High Life in 1903, to the debut of the Original Light Beer with Miller Lite, Miller Brewing Company has been a leader in the brewing industry throughout its proud history. To this day, Miller beers are brewed with the same yeast strain Frederick Miller carried with him from Germany all those years ago, and Miller Brewing Company is still proud to call Milwaukee home.
Coors Brewing – Adolph Coors stowed away to America at the age of 21 with a dream of brewing great beers. He realized that dream in 1873 on the banks of Clear Creek in Golden, Colorado. Today, Coors Banquet is an American classic, and Coors Light is the second-most-popular beer in the country. Coors is now on its fifth generation of family leadership, and members of the Coors family still regularly sample the beers that bear Adolph’s name.
In 1786, English immigrant 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.” The legacy continues seven generations later with brands like Molson Canadian, which was first brewed in 1959 and remains today one of Canada’s most iconic and best-selling beers.
MillerCoors is wholly owned subsidiary of Molson Coors. The company produces Miller Lite, Miller High Life, Miller Genuine Draft, Coors, Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Leinenkugel’s, Crispin Hard Cider Company, Saint Archer Brewing Company, Hop Valley Brewing Company, and Blue Moon. The company also brews brands of beer that are owned by Pabst Brewing Company. The company is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. MillerCoors brews, markets and sells the MillerCoors portfolio of brands in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. MillerCoors is the second-largest beer company in the United States, capturing nearly 30% of U.S. beer sales. MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel’s craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and three microbreweries: the 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee, Terrapin Beer Co. in Athens, GA and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver.
MillerCoors was announced as a joint venture between SABMiller and Molson Coors in October 2007 and was approved by regulators on June 5, 2008. The venture was completed on June 30, 2008 and MillerCoors began operation on July 1, 2008. In September 2015, MillerCoors parent company SABMiller agreed to be bought by Belgian beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev. To gain regulatory approval, Anheuser-Busch InBev sold SABMiller’s 58% stake in MillerCoors to Molson Coors. On October 11, 2016, the merger was completed and MillerCoors became wholly owned by the Molson Coors brewing Company.
The Miller Visitor Center offers you an indoor/outdoor guided walking tour of Miller Valley, home to over 155 years of brewing history. Experience everything from Fredrick Miller’s arrival in Milwaukee to the high-speed production lines used today. Your free, one-hour tour seamlessly blends the rich history of Miller Brewing Co. with the modern technology of today’s brewing process. Tours begin with a video depicting Frederick Miller’s historic arrival in Milwaukee to the company’s transition to modern day brewing. Get up-close views of our packaging center, shipping and distribution warehouse, brewhouse and one-of-a-kind historic Miller Caves where you will have the opportunity to meet Fredrick Miller himself! Don’t forget to stop at our Bavarian-style Miller Inn for ice-cold refreshing samples of our finest brews.