The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.
Kirin has found a crafty little distraction in New York. The Tokyo group faces big structural and strategic issues. But buying 24.5 percent of Brooklyn Brewery – a purveyor of ales and lagers to tattooed, bearded and bicycle-riding types – should at least help keep Kirin on top of the craft-beer revolution as it belatedly hits Japan.