Pilsner Urquell was first brewed in the city of Pilsen, Czech Republic, in 1842. Its brilliant clarity, golden color and light body made it an instant success in a world that was accustomed only to dark, heavy, cloudy beers. Even the name Pilsner Urquell, which literally means "original source of pilsner beer," acclaims its role in defining a category of beer.
Frederick J. Miller founded Miller Brewing Company in 1855. Adolph Coors opened Coors Brewing Company in 1873. Both companies forged successful paths through ingenuity and innovation, their respective hard work producing over one million barrels each annually by 1955. In 2008, SABMiller and Molson Coors entered a U.S. joint venture to create MillerCoors. The company continues to build upon its success, both as the number two U.S. brewer and home to the second best-selling beer in America, Coors Light.