Opened in Montreal in 1786, the Molson Brewery is the oldest brewery in North America, and it was the second company formed in all of Canada (the first was the famous Hudson Bay Company). Though it has grown exponentially over the years, Molson is still headquartered in its original Montreal location, on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River. Beer is still produced on the site where the original brewery once stood.
Today, Molson has breweries all over Canada, and it recently merged with U.S. beer giant Coors. However, the descendants of John Molson, the founder, are still involved with the company. The Molson family also owns the Montreal Canadiens, one of the most famous franchises in professional hockey.