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In pursuit of the world's best pilsner beer, brew master Ryuzo Yamamoto and his team spent nearly ten years developing The Premium Malt's beer, with its rich flavor and elegant aromas.

Yamamoto was inspired by the famous pilsners of the Czech Republic and Germany, and built a microbrewery just for its development. Our brewers then dedicated years to finding just the right balance of malt, infused at the perfect temperature. This is how The Premium Malt's, now Japan's leading brand of premium beer, was born.

The finest ingredients and the ideal manufacturing method are critical to crafting the ideal beer. The Premium Malt's is made with carefully selected hops and malts, using a method called "double decoction," where mash is heated twice to ensure the malts' rich umami and flavor. Hops are typically boiled just once, but for The Premium Malt's, aroma and fine aroma hops are added individually to create its unique aroma. We call this technique "aroma rich hopping."

Our brewers visit the individual farms that prune the hops, conduct sensory evaluations, and select only the cones that are most suited for The Premium Malt's. And because water makes up 90% of beer, The Premium Malt's is made from quality groundwater.

Behind every satisfying sip of our beers is the perseverance, ingenuity, and passion of our Suntory brewers.