Sapporo Breweries Ltd. has shipped over 5m cases of its Draft One quasi-beer drink so far this year, the company announced today. Shipments of the drink, which contains a pea protein, hit 3m cases a month ago.

Last month, Sapporo upped its annual shipment target for Draft One, which has been available in Japan since February, from 10m cases to 14m.

Draft One is cheaper than beer or happoshu because it does not contain malt, thereby reducing the liquor tax. It is priced at 125 yen for a 350-millilitre can.