Friday, August 17, 2007

Japan's Kirin Ichiban

The Kirin Brewery was established in Yokohama, Japan in 1907, and today, along with Asahi and Sapporo, Kirin is part of the "Big 3" in the Japanese brewing industry. Kirin's premium brand is called Kirin Ichiban and is considered one of the finest beers on the mass market in Japan. It has been available in America since 1990.

In English, Ichiban, means "first," and this refers to the fact that only the first pressing of the wort is used in the brewing process of Kirin Ichiban. This makes the beer less bitter, without having to sacrifice the body of the beer. And this is what gives Kirin Ichiban its distinctive taste.


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