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Adolph Coors the man who founded Coors brewing company was born in1847 in Barmen Prussia a place now known as Wuppertal Germany At 14 years old he found what would become his lifes work when he began an apprenticeship at the Henry Wenker Brewery Adolph continued to work in the brewing industry until he was 21 years old when war and unrest in his country caused him like half a million other Germans who seeked opportunity America Stowing away on a ship bound for the United States Adolph arrived in Baltimore in 1868 With no money he had a dream to start a brewery of his own Seeking fortune he ventured West working as a foreman at the Stenger Brewery in Illinois for a few years he saved enough money to continue his journey west Adolph came to Denver Colorado in 1872 Within a month he had purchased a partnership in a Denver bottling company and by years end he was its sole owner In 1873 three years before Colorado became the 38th state Adolph joined Jacob Schueler to open The Golden Brewery Schueler one of Adolphs bottling customers provided 18000 for the venture while Adolph now just 26 years old contributed 2000 savings and his expertise In 1880 the company was so successful that Adolph was able to buy out his partner and become the brewerys sole owner By 1890 the brewerys annual output had grown to 17600 barrels a barrel is 31 gallons up from just 3500 barrels 10 years earlier The company was now firmly established Over the next decade it would thrive despite a national depression a devastating flood and the growing threat of Prohibition On January 1 1916 Prohibition became a reality in Colorado Adolph and his three sons kept his business alive by getting into the porcelain business making cooking utensils To keep the brewery busy he produced a near-beer called Mannah Coors was more fortunate than most US
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