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KIRIN ICHIBAN

The Japan Brewery Company, Limited, the forerunner of Kirin Brewery, was established in 1885, taking over the assets of the Spring Valley Brewery, first founded in Yokohama in 1869 by Norwegian-American brewer, William Copeland. In a deal brokered by Thomas Blake Glover, the Japan Brewery was incorporated in Hong Kong in the name of W.H. Talbot and E.H. Abbott with financial backing provided by a group of Japanese investors including Iwasaki Yanosuke, then-president of Mitsubishi.

The Japan Brewery first began marketing Kirin Beer in 1888. The Kirin Brewery Company was established as a separate legal entity in February 1907, purchasing the assets of the Japan Brewery and expanding the business in an era of growing consumer demand. Kirin Brewery built on the traditions of the Japan Brewery retaining the use of malted grains and hops imported from Germany and employing German brewers to oversee production. An exclusive partnership with Meidi-ya proved highly successful in the marketing of Kirin’s beers both in Japan and overseas.

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CRAFTED TO DETAIL

Crafted with the finest ingredients for freshness and pure enjoyment. KIRIN ICHIBAN represents a rich culture of meticulousness. In a way, it’s an art form of its own. We choose every ingredient and carry out every step of the process with awareness true to Japanese craftsmanship.

Japanese cuisine offers subtle flavors that require attention to detail, and, with KIRIN ICHIBAN, we’ve brought this attention to beer. This detail lies at the foundation of all Japanese art and represents a philosophy many around the world have adopted. KIRIN ICHIBAN manifests the authentic tastes of nature crafted to appeal to the palate, and it pairs beautifully with Japanese cuisine.