I just wanted to clarify one thing about the Kirin post I made yesterday. While the word "kirin" is indeed "giraffe" in Japanese, the use of "kirin" in the name of the beer means something different. The "kirin" in Kirin beer is actually an ancient Chinese monster, which can also be romanized as "kylin" or "qilin". This monster's the logo image on the cans and bottles as well.
Also, another fun fact... if you look closely at the depiction of the monster in the Kirin logo, you can find the katakana characters for ki-ri-n hidden in the art.