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  • 1885

    Japan Brewery Co., Ltd. (the forerunner of Kirin Brewery Co., Ltd.) was established in Yamate, Yokohama.

  • 1888

    Japan Brewery introduces German-style lager beer under the brand name 'Kirin Beer'.

  • 1907

    Kirin Brewery Co., Ltd. was established, taking over the business of Japan Brewery.


    This advertisement car with a bottle-shaped body was the first vehicle to be registered with the Metropolitan Police Department, and was called Automobile No. 1.

  • 1926

    'Kirin Lemon' – lemon-flavored carbonated drink was introduced.

  • 1986

    'Kirin Gogo-no-Kocha' – bottled black tea was introduced.

  • 1990

    Kirin Brewery introduces 'Kirin Ichiban Shibori'.


    This draft beer is brewed from the first pressed wort only, and has a characteristic clear and rich taste.

  • 1999

    Kirin Beverage introduces 'Kirin Fire', canned coffee drink.

  • 2000

    Kirin Beverage introduces 'Kirin Namacha', bottled green tea.

  • 2001

    Kirin Brewery introduces 'Kirin Chu-hi Hyoketsu', ready-to-drink sparkling liquor.

  • 2007

    Kirin Brewery celebrated its 100th anniversary.


    Kirin Brewery Co., Ltd. changes its name to Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd. and becomes a holding company of the Kirin Group.


    Kirin announced the long term business plan which called KV2015.

  • 2008

    The 120th anniversary of Kirin Lager Beer.

  • 2009

    Kirin Brewery introduces 'Kirin Free', a non-alcohol, beer-taste beverage.

  • 2010

    Acquired a stake in Fraser and Neave, Limited in Singapore.


    Kirin Holdings Singapore was established.

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