A Legendary Brewery

The Japan Brewery Company, the forerunner of Kirin, was founded over a hundred years ago in 1885. Just three years later, in 1888, the brewing of Kirin beer began. 1990 saw the launch of Kirin Ichiban Shibori, a unique brew made exclusively from the first press of the wort. Today, Kirin Ichiban is brewed by partners all over the world. As the world’s only first press beer, Kirin Ichiban is the true embodiment of beer at its purest.

The Legendary Kirin Beast

Kirin refers to a mythic beast from ancient Chinese mythology: one half dragon, one half deer. According to legend, this amazing animal refuses to step on living plants and will not eat living things. A Kirin is even said to have appeared at the bedside of the mother of Confucius as she was about to give birth to her son. As a symbol of well-being and good fortune, the Kirin is the perfect embodiment of Kirin Ichiban.

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Beer at its Purest

Unlike other beers, Kirin Ichiban only uses the liquid that flows naturally from the mash. This process, known as ichiban shibori (or first press), extracts only the purest, most flavorful portion of the strain. This is the secret behind Kirin Ichiban’s refined and refreshing flavor, and why it is known as beer at its purest.

First Press Brewing Process

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Kirin Ichiban’s premium quality begins with our unique first press brewing process. It’s a lot like french press coffee, where the pure coffee flavor is extracted and pressed into the cup without extra rinsing of the coffee grounds. The result is a distinctively crisp, smooth, and full-bodied flavor from start to finish.

Drinking Etiquettes

1. Chill your glassware

1. Chill your glassware

2. Never pour your own beer

2. Never pour your own beer

3. Always kanpai

3. Always kanpai

4. Make sure the other's glass is never empty

4. Make sure the other's glass is never empty

Dining Etiquettes

1. Use your hands for nigiri

1. Use your hands for nigiri

2. Fish side - down

2. Fish side - down

3. Sip from the bowl

3. Sip from the bowl

4. Always pair with Kirin Ichiban

4. Always pair with Kirin Ichiban

Our Beers

Kirin is proud to have its beers brewed around the world, including by Anheuser-Busch in the U.S., under the strict supervision of a Kirin brewmaster.

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KIRIN ICHIBAN

A crisp, refreshing lager

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KIRIN LIGHT

One of the world’s greatest light beers
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Kirin Ichiban

Single press brewing process. All malt formula using only the finest two-row barley malt. European noble hops. A distinctively rich flavor, smooth finish, no bitter aftertaste.

  • PER 12 FL OZ. AVG.
  • 145 calories
  • 10.6g carbs
  • 0.9g protein
  • 0.0g fat

Available in 12-oz and 22 oz bottles, 12-oz and 25 oz cans, plus 7.75-gal and 15.5-gal kegs.

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Kirin Light

Kirin Light displays all the character and finesse expected from a beer with Kirin on the label, but with far few calories than most beer lovers ever dreamed. This attractive golden colored brew presents an enticing hop aroma and a surprisingly smooth, full-bodied taste considering there are only 95 calories.

  • PER 12 FL OZ. AVG.
  • 95 calories
  • 7.8g carbs
  • 0.7g protein
  • 0.0g fat

Available in 12-oz and 22 oz bottles

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