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Kirin to buy into Japan's top craft brewer

TOKYO -- Kirin Beer will take a 30%-plus stake in Yo-Ho Brewing, becoming the first major Japanese brewer to join forces with the country's growing craft beer movement.

     Based in the mountain resort town of Karuizawa, Yo-Ho has become Japan's biggest name in craft beer with Yona Yona Ale and a steady stream of other unique brews. Output surged by half on the year in the eight months through August.

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