Behind the Brewpub Scenes

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Running a brewpub isn’t easy- it’s a lot of work, a lot of sweat and the occasional tears.

There are a lot of good, earnest people working behind the scenes, who put in a great deal of effort, round-the-clock, to ensure that everything you love about Toit stays that way.
And these people are none other than our never-tiring, ever-inspiring staff.
Our very own Toit Army- a battalion dedicated to the cause of good beer!

It’s time to meet the man who has the best attitude around—Dinesh, our Senior Steward.
He makes sure everything is just as you like it, and some times, even better!

How did Toit happen? What were you doing before you started working here?
Actually, I was working in a Chinese restaurant as a Manager for two years before this. Then one day I was passing by this way, and the building construction was going on. I thought some new company was coming up. Then next day I came here and met Mr.Sibi and submitted my resume. They took my interview and I joined in 2010, on the first day of December, when Toit first opened. From that time I have been here, and it’s going good.

Describe a typical work day.
So, I get up early in the morning at about 7 am, and I go for jogging. Then after that I come home and get fresh. I drop my wife at her work place at 9 am. Then I go back home, make some breakfast for myself, and then come to work. This is when I have the morning shift.

I work in two shifts, one is at 11:30 am and the other is at 2:30 pm. When it is the afternoon shift, I wake up at 8:30, get fresh, drop my wife off to work. Then after dropping her, I go for a jog. When I come back, I need to catch water, because we get Cauvery water at that time, so I do that for one hour. Then I clean the house up and watch some news. After that I make lunch for myself, and my wife.

I have to cook because my wife goes for work!

You seem to be doing all the cooking!
I have to cook because my wife goes for work! She works at a bakehouse nearby. After she works, she goes to evening college. So that’s when I do the cooking.
After I make lunch, I drop it off at her office on my way to work, on the days I have the second shift.

What is your work role as a senior steward?
My responsibilities are to make sure everything is clean and organised. If I see a mess, I need to call housekeeping and make sure it’s cleaned up. If from my side, I can clean up, then I will do it. But if it’s too messy then I need to let housekeeping clean up. Even when glasses are broken, they will come and clean it immediately. That way customers can always be comfortable and have their drinks peacefully.

I also have to make sure that customers get their food and drinks on time. If there is any order, I will use the phones we have to call the kitchen and find out how long it will take. They will give a time, and I will inform the guests accordingly. That makes it easy, and it is a method that makes working at Toit easy. Other places are not like that. They don’t have this phone, and you have to keep running to the kitchen to check if the food is ready, and then things get late.
Here, if we give a time, we try to meet it as far as possible. Sometimes, food comes even earlier.

Do you have a schedule you follow, everyday when you come to work?
Usually, the management will guide us through our daily briefings. We have a fifteen minute briefing everyday by the supervisor and also someone from the management. They will tell us about availability and non-availability for the day, and also new things that need to be sold on that day.

My responsibilities are to make sure everything is clean and organised

If there were any problems on the previous day, we will discuss them and also be told about how to handle them. We learn how to solve the problem in the right way. They will clarify everything.
Then we will go around checking the cleanliness of the place, and make sure everything is very hygienic. That is how we start the day.

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Is it a fun job?
I enjoy helping others while working. Team work is a big part of what we do. We are like one family here. Even when we make mistakes, it doesn’t feel like that. But there is a way of correction. They always correct us in the right way. There is no hierarchy here, unlike other places where people can be bossy, saying ‘do this’ and ‘do that’.
Here, everyone helps out. There’s a lot of team work, so if someone is really busy or loaded with work, others help them. And if I am free, I will also help anybody who needs it.

Tell me a little about your journey, and how you ended up in Bangalore.
I have been in Bangalore for seven years. I completed by 2nd PUC in my hometown Darjeeling itself, and then came here to work in a call centre but didn’t have too much support at that time. Then a friend asked me to come to Bellary to work at an industrial layout. I worked there, in the kitchen, for about 6 months.

Then another friend told me that there was a place I could work at in Mysore. So I went there, and worked there as a cashier for about one and a half years. After that, I worked at a club in Bangalore for two years, as a Captain. Post that, I worked in some fine-dining restaurants in Koramangala.

I remember one funny incident from those days. In one of those restaurants, we would give finger bowls before they started their meal, to represent Indian culture. And I remember one family which had placed an order for soup and starters by that time. In that group, there was a grandpa who thought the finger bowl was soup and started to drink it. We all laughed a lot. It was very funny. After working that side, I came to Jeevan Bhima Nagar, and finally Toit.

… a grandpa who thought the finger bowl was soup and started to drink it

Anything funny like that ever happened here at Toit? 

Yes! One day, there was a  guest who said she wanted some mocktails. I was handling that table, and I remember quite a huge crowd was there that day. So it was a very hectic day. She said she wanted something without sugar. And then I told her that all our mocktails were juice based so they would contain some sugar. She said ok, and then asked for Ginger Ale. But Ginger Ale also contains sugar, since it is a packaged drink. Then she asked me to give her me something that doesn’t contain sugar— I suggested she have a Virgin Mojito, because I could avoid the sugar in that.
She thought for a very long time, almost fifteen minutes, and by this time people from other tables also started gesturing me. Then she changed her mind again and she said she wanted Fresh Lime Soda. Before I could write that down, she changed it and said get me Coffee. But Coffee also has a bit of sugar. So, after all that, she finally said she would order later. All my time, almost twenty minutes, went on her order only!

So, how do you handle situations like that?
At that time, you need to be very patient. You need to enjoy what you are doing, while dealing with the customers. We are working here for them only, and we have to handle things in a cool manner. We shouldn’t panic or get irritated. I don’t get irritated while serving customers because it is because of them that we are here. I believe that.

When you’re not working, what do you do on your off day?
My off-day is on Monday. I wake up late on that day, I go out with my wife to watch movies or we go shopping. Then we come back home and cook-up something special. I used to cook, because I worked in the kitchen before, and I love to cook! I prepare something new for my wife whenever I cook.

You need to enjoy what you are doing, while dealing with the customers

What’s your favourite thing to cook? And what is your wife’s favourite dish from what you cook?
My favourite thing to cook is either beef or pork. And her favourite dish is the chicken lollipop that I make, toasted with garlic sauce. Otherwise she likes momos also. On off days I also drink a little, call all my friends and we just enjoy ourselves.

What are your favourites at Toit?
Beer- The Toit Tint-In-Wit is my favourite here because it is very smooth.
Food- The Steak here is very nice, and very filling too!

If you had not been working in Toit, what do you think you would have been doing?
Actually, I am a sports guy. I have thought about making a career in sports, but in the hospitality industry, there is no time to do that. If I had not been working at Toit, I would have been working in the sports field.

I play football in my free time. Sometimes local matches are organised and I go participate. That’s also why I like working at Toit. From the time customers enter, we will be moving around, and we walk a lot. So it’s like walking many kilometres and we are always active. I like it when things are busy. I don’t like sitting in one place and working.

…(in Darjeeling) the river water is better than mineral water.

What do you miss about Darjeeling?
Well, compared to Darjeeling the weather here is similar. But I still miss the water and weather of that place. There, you can drink water straight from the river. It’s better than mineral water! And the weather is always chilled and nice. But I am very thankful for where I am now, and I really like working here and learning new things. There are always a lot of opportunities to learn here. So I’m grateful for that.

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Special Beer

Beetroot Lemon Gose

This special beer is a tart, refreshing wheat ale that is kettle-soured with lactobacillus and brewed with beetroot, lemon, and pink salt. (Ingredients that also give it the unusual colour.)

This is an easy-going, sessionable beer but has a unique complexity achieved by beetroot juice and lemon. 

AROMA

Earthy, lemon

ABV

4.8%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium-light body

APPEARANCE

Ruby with pink tones

FLAVOUR

Tangy, light, sweet and sour with the earthy sweetness of beetroot

Oktoberfest Special

märzen

The classic, traditional Marzen, this beer style originated in Bavaria and is brewed primarily for the Oktoberfest during the end of September and the beginning of October. 

Our version of the classic is an elegant, malty German lager with a rich and toasty malt flavour, with an aftertaste so rich that you can’t resist another glass. 

*(ABV in Pune and Mumbai is 4.9%, and 5.8% in Bengaluru)

AROMA

Moderate intensity aroma of German malt, rich, bready, toasty.

ABV

5.8%*

MOUTHFEEL

Medium-bodied, with a smooth, creamy texture.

APPEARANCE

Amber Orange

FLAVOUR

Moderately-dry to dry. Distinctive and complex maltiness including a bready, toasty aspect. Moderate hop bitterness and low hop flavour.

Oktoberfest Special

Kolsch

A clean, crisp, delicately-balanced beer with a very subtle fruit and hop character. Made with a single hop, Mandarina Bavaria, that lends the brew a distinctive lemon rind flavour, that makes this pleasant beer all the more refreshing. 

AROMA

Low malt aroma, with a grainy-sweet character. A delicately spicy hop aroma, with a subtle fruit aroma

ABV

4.9%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium-light with medium carbonation

APPEARANCE

Clear, pale gold to light gold

FLAVOUR

Low fruity sweetness, medium-low bitterness with delicate dryness and slight crispness

Special Beer

Black Rice Ale

Looking for something a little different?  
Brewed with black rice and specialty malts, this special brew is characterised by a slight malt sweetness, and balanced out by an earthy and nutty note that comes from the black rice.

AROMA

Mild sweetness

ABV

5.5%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body

APPEARANCE

Dark brown

FLAVOUR

Brown bread, light nutty and chocolate notes

Oktoberfest Special

German Pilsner

A crisp, exceptionally clean beer prominently featuring noble German hops and the finest Pilsner malt that gives it an impeccably balanced hop profile.

Pouring a brilliant straw colour, it offers floral and spicy aroma with flavours of lightly sweet malt, finishing firm and dry on the palate.

AROMA

Malty with floral and spicy aroma

ABV

4.8%

MOUTHFEEL

Light to medium body

APPEARANCE

Light Straw

FLAVOUR

Medium to high hop bitterness and subtle grain sweetness

Specials

saison

Lemon Tea Saison

A farmhouse style ale celebrating the refreshing flavours of lemon chai. Crafted by infusing Malabar tea and a squeeze of farm fresh lemons, the beer has citrus fruit and spice notes that remind you of the soothing comfort of a cup of lemon tea, with a boozy twist of course!

AROMA

Fruity with a spicy yeast character

ABV

4.9%

MOUTHFEEL

Light to medium body

APPEARANCE

Fruity with a spicy yeast character

FLAVOUR

Citrus and pepper spice

Specials

American IPA

West Coast IPA

A West Coast-style American IPA aggressively hopped with a blend of Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo and El Dorado hops.

This brew is all about the hops – that lends it clear aromas of pine, stone fruit and citrus.

The beer has a coating mouthfeel with long lasting bitterness and balanced malt body.

AROMA

Pine, stone fruit, citrus

ABV

6.6%

MOUTHFEEL

Light to medium body

APPEARANCE

Deep Golden

FLAVOUR

A crisp, bold hop forward front followed by piney and citrus notes

Sounds like something you and your friends would want to do?

Simply read and fill the form below and we’ll get in touch with you. And soon too! We hate turning people away, but we can only incorporate a certain number so that the experience remains personal.
All tours are currently out of Toit Bangalore.

    • Brewery Tours are held on every 1st Saturday of the month. The tour and beer tasting session starts at 11:30am and lasts for about 1.5 hours.
    • Registration fees for the Tour is Rs.850 + taxes. This is inclusive of beer samples, food pairing, a certificate & T-shirt.
    • Each tour has an upper limit of 20 people.  So register early to get your preferred date.
    • The minimum age to be eligible to sign up for the tour is 21 years. Carrying valid ID to take part in the Tour is mandatory. 
    • Kindly inform us in advance if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.
    • We advise patrons who are on medication to refrain from taking the tour.
    • If you are a traveller, please note that International Credit Cards are not accepted as part of our online registration. Please send us an email to toitblr@toit.in and we can sort it out for you. Or just drop by at our pub, grab a beer and register at the front desk.
    • Because all the money goes to charity, refunds won’t be possible.
    • All tours are currently out of Toit Bangalore.

    Specials

    Kolsch Beer

    Kolsch

    The Kolsch, originating from Cologne, Germany, is a light and refreshing ale-lager hybrid. The beer is clean, crisp and delicately-balanced with a subtle fruit and hop character. Our version is made with a single hop, Mandarina Bavaria, that lends the brew distinctive mandarin and citrus notes.

    AROMA

    Low malt aroma, with a grainy-sweet character. A delicately spicy hop aroma, with a pleasant and subtle fruit aroma

    ABV

    4.9%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium-light & medium carbonation

    APPEARANCE

    Clear, pale gold to light gold

    FLAVOUR

    Low fruity sweetness, medium-low bitterness with delicate dryness and slight crispness

    Specials

    Dark Vader

    Schwarzbier

    ​​This German style dark lager is a regional specialty from southern Thuringen and northern Franconia in Germany.

    It balances a complex malt flavour with a generous addition of noble hops, with notes of caramel.

    The Special beer is rumoured to have strange powers, in that over a few pints, you seem to lose your ability to say ‘no’ to more. Don’t believe us? Well, have a taste of it yourself and see. But we warned—you don’t know the power of the dark side…umm…lager.

    AROMA

    Slightly malty

    ABV

    5.0%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium body, smooth

    APPEARANCE

    Black

    FLAVOUR

    Light malty with hints of caramel

    Specials

    West Coast IPA

    SMaSH

    While most beers use a blend of multiple hops and malts the SMaSH is brewed with a single variety of malt (Pilsner Malt) and hops (Amarillo hops).

    This refreshing beer showcases the individual characteristics of each ingredient, creating a distinctive yet balanced flavour profile. The Verdant IPA yeast helps the hop character shine through, while maintaining the grainy backbone.

    It’s the perfect beer to welcome Spring and the perfect excuse you need to get SMaSHed.

    AROMA

    Floral, citrus

    ABV

    4.8%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Light-medium bodied, medium carbonated.

    APPEARANCE

    Light yellow, slightly hazy.

    FLAVOUR

    Slightly bitter, citrusy flavour followed by malty aftertaste.

    Please contact us between 9am and 7pm for reservations

    Please contact us between 9am and 7pm for reservations

    Please contact us between 9am and 7pm for reservations

    TOIT PUNE

    Specials

    Kolsch Beer

    Kolsch

    The Kolsch, originating from Cologne, Germany, is a light and refreshing ale-lager hybrid. The beer is clean, crisp and delicately-balanced with a subtle fruit and hop character. Our version is made with a single hop, Mandarina Bavaria, that lends the brew distinctive mandarin and citrus notes.

    AROMA

    Low malt aroma, with a grainy-sweet character. A delicately spicy hop aroma, with a pleasant and subtle fruit aroma

    ABV

    4.9%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium-light & medium carbonation

    APPEARANCE

    Clear, pale gold to light gold

    FLAVOUR

    Low fruity sweetness, medium-low bitterness with delicate dryness and slight crispness

    Specials

    Belgian Tripel

    Tripel X

    A clean, crisp, delicately-balanced beer with a very subtle fruit and hop character.

    Brewed with pilsner malt and homemade candy sugar, our take on this Belgian classic style is smooth and complex. Strong malty & mildly sweet notes deliver a pleasantly dry finish. This one packs quite a punch & you will barely notice it, making it a dangerously session-able beer

    AROMA

    Complex fruity aroma

    ABV

    8%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium body

    APPEARANCE

    Pale gold

    FLAVOUR

    Mild sweet malt flavour, with a soft bitterness and fruity flavors

    Specials

    Guest Tap - Oi Brewing

    Lemon Hard Seltzer

    100 calories and 2 grams of carbs per pint! The Oi Lemon Hard Seltzer is made from a natural honey base just like a mead. After a special proprietary fermentation process, they use the traditional Bourbon method and filter the Seltzer over a bed of charcoal that eliminates all color and taste from it.


    The result, a sparkling clear beverage, which is then naturally flavored with lemon. Refreshing, light and crisp!

    AROMA

    Lemon

    ABV

    <4.95%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Crisp and spritz

    APPEARANCE

    Clear

    FLAVOUR

    Tart lemon