Orphaned at age fifteen, Coors worked as an apprentice in a brewery in his native Prussia. Six years later, he began his westward journey as a stowaway aboard a ship headed for Maryland. Gradually moving west, Coors eventually landed in Colorado where he established his own brewery business, the Golden Brewery in Golden, Colorado. His business flourished, quickly becoming the leading brewery in the western United States. He brought new innovations to the brewery business and diversified the company’s product line by offering malted milk items and non-alcoholic beer during Prohibition, and he established a strong industrial and technical ceramic manufacturing operation.