Kirin Ichiban

Yokohama, Japan


The Japan Brewery Company, the forerunner to KIRIN, was established in 1885, and by 1888 they began brewing KIRIN. The market welcomed KIRIN, recognizing the beer’s authentic German brewmasters who used German ingredients. In 1907, the Japan Brewery Company changed its name to KIRIN Brewery, continuing its high standards in securing the best malt and hops and investing in facilities.

This emphasis on quality led to KIRIN ranking in the top tier of Japanese beers, attaining a 60% domestic market share by 1972. The launch of KIRIN ICHIBAN in 1990, with its unique first press wart process, generated record sales and soon became one of the company’s most successful products. Even today, KIRIN ICHIBAN holds a special spot in the hearts of millions of beer lovers in Japan—and around the world.



Kirin Ichiban

ABV: 4.9%

Style: European-Style Pilsner

Taste Profile: Beautiful golden color with notes of European aroma hops and a silky, smooth taste with a balanced hop finish.

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