Headquartered in Tokyo, Kirin Brewery Company, Ltd. is one of Japan’s most prominent and respected breweries, and among the top 10 brewers in the world. Since 1888, the name Kirin has become synonymous in Japan and around the world with beer of the highest quality. Kirin refers to a mythic beast from ancient Chinese mythology: one-half dragon, the other deer. As a symbol of well-being and good fortune, the Kirin was an ideal choice for the label of Kirin Beer.