Kirin Ichiban is brewed from only malt, hops and water.
Unlike other beers, only the first press of the wort is used.
That's why it's called Ichiban – meaning "first" and "best" in Japanese.
"Ichiban Shibori" is a unique method of brewing beer at its purest from a single pure ingredient: 100% malt.
This one-and-only technique gives Kirin Ichiban a unique taste and flavor found nowhere else in the world.
The liquid that flows naturally from the mash is the first press of the wort.
Only this first press of the wort is used to brew Kirin Ichiban.
It's the secret behind Kirin Ichiban's elegant and refreshing flavor.
The flavor of beer brewed from 100% malt is usually described as strong and heavy.
But Kirin Ichiban, brewed only from the first press of the wort, is crisp yet maintains all the rich flavor of the malt.
And this makes Kirin Ichiban the perfect accompaniment to Japanese food – known for its subtle and delicate flavors – or any of the world's other cuisines.
Enjoy a premium beer experience with Kirin Ichiban, made only from the purest of pure malt.
"Savoring only the best of the ingredients."
"Enjoying the freshness of the ingredients."
Kirin Ichiban symbolizes the philosophy and techniques of Japanese cuisine.
For example, "Ichiban Dashi" is a basic stock widely used in Japanese cooking. This is an extract of the most flavorsome elements of ingredients such as kelp and katsuobushi (dried and fermented bonito flakes), and it typifies the basic Japanese cooking technique of bringing out the pure taste of the ingredients. It also reflects one of the foundations of Japanese hospitality – offering guests the finest flavors of the freshest ingredients.
This same philosophy lies at the heart of Kirin Ichiban, the premium beer we proudly offer from Japan to the world.