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Kirin Bets on Future of Craft Beer With Brooklyn Brewery Stake

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People walk past Brooklyn Brewery in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

People walk past Brooklyn Brewery in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

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A trans-Pacific deal to spread the taste of Brooklyn’s best-known beer globally was inspired by a few chugs of lager in a New York City bar.

Kazuya Horimi, a manager of international business development at Kirin Holdings Co., was on a company-sponsored study trip to Philadelphia when a side excursion led to his first taste of Brooklyn Lager. By January, Horimi was visiting Brooklyn Brewery’s facilities in the New York borough of the same name and setting a partnership in motion.