Asahi Beer K. K. (Japaneseアサヒ ビール 株式会社. Asahi Biru Kabushiki - gaisha, Eng. Asahi Breweries, Ltd. ) is a Japanese brewing group based in Sumida, Tokyo Prefecture. Asahi Beer is listed on the Nikkei 225 equity index, ISIN JP3116000005. Currently, there are breweries in Fukuoka, Minamiashigara, Motomiya, Moriya, Nagoya, Nishinomiya, Saijō, Sapporo and Suita. The corporate headquarters is located in Tokyo's Azumabashi.
Asahi is designated by the manufacturer as a "premium " product and brewed from malt, hops, maize and rice. It has 5 percent by volume of alcohol, are the type of international spread American and international lagers and how this one compared with European varieties tend to be less pronounced taste.
Outside of Japan, it enjoys in South Korea, Taiwan and China great popularity. Otherwise, Asahi is now exported all over the world to Germany. Since 2000 it is also manufactured under license in Europe (eg Czech Republic, England).
The predecessor of the company, the Osaka beer (大阪 麦 酒), was founded in 1889. The Asahi beer was first produced in 1892 in the brewery Suita. 1906 merged with Nippon Brewery beer in Tokyo and Sapporo in Sapporo beer to the consolidated Dai- Nihon beer (大 日本 麦 酒, " Great Japan Beer "), " Asahi Beer " existed as an independent brand. 1949, the Group was broken up in the dissolution of the Zaibatsu and Asahi Beer (then with the Kanji朝日 麦 酒, only since 1964 in Katakana ) divided and Nihon Beer ( today's Sapporo Beer ). 2010, the Group was as Asahi Group Holdings KK Reorganized (アサヒ グループ ホールディングス 株式会社. Engl. ~, Ltd. ), a new Asahi Beer KK is now a 100 per cent subsidiary.
In January 2009, Asahi Beer acquired by Anheuser -Busch InBev a 19.9% stake in China's Tsingtao Brewery. Asahi is a total stake of 31% making it the second largest shareholder of Tsingtao.