What Are the Five Major Beer Brands From Japan?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 26, 2020 4:43:44 AM ET

The five major beer brand names from Japan are Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo, Suntory, and Orion. Each one has its own special flavors and market.

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Asahi: The Asahi brewery is located in Tokyo and has about a 40 percent share of the Japanese beer market. Asahi Super Dry is one of their most popular brews, followed by Asahi Kuronama, a dark draft beer.

Kirin: Kirin Brewing Company is also located in Tokyo and sells two of Japan's most popular beers, Kirin Lager and Ichiban Shibori.

Sapporo: Sapporo is Japan's oldest beer brand with its headquarters in Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo. Their Yebisu lager is one of their popular brews.

Suntory: In addition to beer, the Suntory company also makes Japanese whiskey. Suntory's headquarters are located in Osaka, and they make different malt brews.

Orion: Orion Breweries operates out of Okinawa. They make mild beers with crisp flavors.