Confused about Japanese beers?
It's not surprising. Compared to other countries, there is a huge selection of industrial Japanese beers coming from the Big Four (Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo and Suntory).
For example, in recent years, Kirin alone has put out over 28 different beers! Many are difficult to find because most shops only stock about half a dozen brands from each company.
Even then, like much in Japan, things are not as they first seem. It turns out that not all beers are created equal - some beers are not really biru at all!
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