Kirin has a widespread presence in the global marketplace, having entered the US market in 1984 and Taiwan in 1988.
Three years later in 1991, Kirin came to Europe via Germany.
Today, Kirin beer is enjoyed by beer-lovers in over 40 countries around the world.
In 2010, Kirin's international credentials were further boosted by a partnership with Weihenstephan Brewery – the oldest brewery in the world – to brew Kirin Ichiban in Germany, making it the first Japanese beer to be produced there.
In Germany, the quality of beer is protected by law: the "Reinheitsgebot" or Beer Purity Law dictates that beer may only be made from 100% malt, and also imposes strict standards on how it is brewed.
Kirin Ichiban is the first Japanese beer produced in Germany under this stringent law. In fact, German drinkers who are used to 100% malt beer were surprised and amazed by Kirin Ichiban on account of its unique brewing process.
Now Kirin Ichiban is brewed at Weihenstephan Brewery, the world's oldest brewery.
And best of all, Kirin's brewing philosophy has won the respect of the people at Weihenstephan.
The honor and privilege of making beer at a brewery with 1,000 years of history in one of the world's largest beer markets are crystallized in Kirin Ichiban, currently shipped to and enjoyed in 22 countries around Europe.