Kirin Ichiban Shibori
The iconic light-yellow and golden can of Kirin Ichiban Shibori is one of the first beers you will see in Japan.
Kirin Ichiban Shibori, first launched in 1990, is a flagship brand of Kirin Brewing and is known for its particular brewing process; the first press. The term Ichiban Shibori itself literally refers to the first press of the wort ("ichiban" means first, and "Shibori" to squeeze or press*) which is used exclusively in this beer to help maintain a rich flavor derived form the malt.
* Note: There is a Niban Shibori ("niban" meaning second) but this is only used in a select few of Kirin's near-beers (i.e. "Happoshu" or similar).
Starting with a crisp beginning and finishing with delightful bitterness, Kirin Ichiban Shibori is one of the more bitter Bog Standard beers in Japan. Utilizing a selection of hops imported from Czech, this beer has a mild hop aroma that helps to accentuate the rich body.
Like most of the Bog Standards, this beer is balanced, delicate and goes well with most Japanese food you will find. This beer is found in many Izakaya's and can help you really enjoy the specially seasoned Japanese food without being too overbearing.
In the first quarter of 2017, Kirin Ichiban Shibori was part of Kirin Brewery's 49 billion yen of beer sales and is a direct competitor of Asahi Super Dry, making it one of the "Dry" beers popular from the mid-80's onward.
Style: Lager, Dry
Authors Notes: Not a bad beer to enjoy on a warm day. Goes down smooth and is my go-to beer in the convenience stores. Like most draft beers, Kirin Ichiban Shibori can taste absolutely horrible if beer lines are not properly kept and cleaned and has a tendency to take on a fairly sour flavor (which, if sour beers are your thing, may not be all that bad). If you notice a sour tinge to it when you are out izakaya hopping on a hot summer night, best to stick with bottles.
Also, I live close to a Kirin Brewery so I may have a little bias towards this beer (and expect to see a video on that soon).