Kirin Ichiban is a Japanese-style pilsner with a smooth, full-bodied and refreshing taste. Ichiban means "number one", a fitting name for a beer that uses only the first press of the wort. First press brewing is able to extract the most flavorful portion of the finest ingredients to create a distinctly crisp, smooth and full-bodied beer. 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, a unique brew made exclusively from the first press of the wort.