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.