How Breweries Like Coors, Yuengling And Anheuser-Busch Survived Prohibition
Prohibition crippled a thriving brewing industry in the United States. Between 1900 and 1913, beer production in the United States rose from 1.2 billion gallons to 2 billion gallons. By 1916, there were approximately 1,300 breweries in the country. But four years later, a nationwide ban on alcohol went into effect.
Only a handful of breweries were still standing when Prohibition lifted in 1933. Their secret? Switching production to something other than beer.