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!

He started out as our senior bartender, but now handles just one kind of drink—our precious brews. Say hello to Assistant Brewer, Manu.

When did you join Toit?

I joined in 2011, June 1st.

And what were you doing before that?

I was working as a senior bartender. I was also freelancing. We used to do big marriage functions as well. One of the weddings I bartended at was Vivek Oberoi’s. That was a big event.

Then I joined Toit. Because freelance work you only get once in a while. In a month, we used to work for 7 days or so. Not 30 days. That money wasn’t sufficient, so I came here.
My friend Jeffin (our other senior assistant brewer) was working here and he recommended that I come and join here.

Because freelance work you only get once in a while. That money wasn’t sufficient…

There was a vacancy at that time, and I joined as a senior bartender. After that, I got promoted to Bar Supervisor. There was a vacancy in the brewery after that, so I went and asked the Management. They said ok, and that they will give me the training for it.

So I used to come here at 7:30 am in the morning, used to finish brewing by 3:30 pm, and then I’d go for a 3-4 hour break and come back and work as bartender till the night.

I was doing half and half because it was a training period for the brewery. I did this for 6 months, after which they made me give some exams, which I passed. Then I permanently moved into the brewery and they promoted me as Assistant Brewer.

How has the shift been? Which is more hectic?

Working at the brewery is more hectic than working at the bar. Because everyday we need to work. This is a science, so we need to work both physically and mentally.

We need to take care of a lot of details, so more concentration is also required.
Brewing is happening, but along with that a lot of other things like cleaning and all also happens at the same time. So we need to manage all that also.

Once we get to Toit, we don’t take any rest. Only when we leave, do we rest.

Do you enjoy it?

Yes! I get to work with my colleagues also, and we have fun.
Because we don’t take rest, we don’t know how time passes.

This is a science, so we need to work both physically and mentally.

Can you describe a typical work day?

We come here at 7:30 am, and start writing whatever we need to do for the day.
A checklist is there, so we will write one by one. We need to check the gravity, which beer is ready, test the beers, test the water, then we flush the lines and then we start brewing.

According to the brew-sheet, we will brew those particular beers for the day.

There is a cold room, so we sanitise that and transfer the beer to the serving tanks. Then we start cleaning. This will go on till 3:30 pm. After that, we transfer the wort into the fermentation tank and then go for lunch.

We don’t look at the time.

Then housekeeping comes to clean, so we guide them, with which kinds of acids and chemicals to use.

So we’re here till 5:30 pm normally. Sometimes, when needed we stay back to handle other work. So there is no fixed timing like that. We don’t look at the time. We come at 7:30 in the morning, but we leave sometimes early, sometimes late.

What are the most important things an assistant brewer should keep in mind?

We need to check if malt is available. If it gets over, we need to order it. And have a weekly plan. Same for the hops also. We need to check the yeast, as well.

Main thing is cleaning—each and every part of the brewery needs to be clean. It cannot be dirty. Sometimes I clean, sometimes I guide the others on how to clean. So, we need to look at all the things.

What is best and worst thing about your job then?

I can say that in one word only—brewing. Brewing is nice only, but sometimes brewing is the worst.

Because, it involves a lot of physical work also. Everything good and bad is brewing.

Which beers are the most popular at Toit?

Actually, Indian people like light beers. People are of course aware of the rest of the beers like IPAs and Irish Reds.
But Tint-In-Wit and Toit Hefeweizen get over fast.

We have a cycling process to handle that. One will be on tap, and then fermentation is also happening on the side. Once that happens, we start brewing the next batch.

…each and every part of the brewery needs to be clean. It cannot be dirty.

Everyday we do our regular six beers, one every day of the week. And monthly once we have our seasonal beers also. It’s nice!

Which is your favourite special beer?

I like the Double IPA. We did that long back, a bitter one, with a nice dry, hoppy mouthfeel. I really like that. From the regular beers, Toit Red is my favourite.

One more thing I do, sometimes when I finish early and go home, I’ll come in the evening as a guest and have some of the beers, with a couple of starters. We need to know what we make! Whether it’s perfect or not perfect.

We taste it otherwise also, everyday. Only once we’re satisfied it goes on tap.

On your off days, what do you like doing?

I like to cook on my off-days. I like to make Chinese food and also cuisine from my hometown, Kerala. I also wash all my clothes on my off-day. Jeffin and I stay together.

In the night, we will be relaxing and having a couple of beers, and talking about Toit only.

I also go to church on my off-day, and if any movies are playing, I go watch with my friends.
In the evening, I sometimes go to some nice bars and try their beers. Especially if there is a new property, we go try the beers there.

Do you have any hobbies apart from cooking?

Travelling is another hobby I have.

Which place did you travel to most recently?

Recently, I went to Sri Lanka! I liked it.
We went to Kandy and Colombo. Arun sir suggested some places for me to go to. Jeffin and I went, along with two other friends.

We’re planning to go to Germany also, for the Oktoberfest. We plan so that we can do one trip abroad yearly.
But another property is also opening and we’ll be very busy, so we need to see and plan when we can go.

We’re planning to go to Germany also, for the Oktoberfest.

Do you miss Kerala?

Yes. But I go there monthly once or twice because my kid, and my family, is there.

What is it like working with Matt? Do you really understand what he’s saying?

Ah! Yeah, he speaks very softly. But I ask him to repeat it one more time if I don’t understand.

And if you still don’t understand?

He’ll smile. I’ll also smile. *laughs*

Whatever he says, I ask him to repeat it one more time. I’ll get one word from that, and I’ll make it into a sentence. If I can get one word, then I can understand what he is saying.

What’s he like to work with?

He’s very nice. He has a lot of experience, because he has been working in so many countries for so many years as a brewer.
I have experience only in Toit, so I’ll ask him about my doubts and he will explain everything to me. I keep on learning from him.

Tell us a secret about Matt.

When he’s stressed, he smokes.

Finally, it’s been 6 years here now. How has it been?

It’s been a good experience.
The management is very friendly, so whatever issues we might have, we can go and tell them directly. There is no wall or anything. We can talk directly.

When he’s stressed, he smokes.

They are behind us, backing us for whatever we need.

I’ve worked in other places also, but maximum for a year and a half. This property, I have been working for more than 6 years. Because you don’t find management like this anywhere else. That’s why I’m here.

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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

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

Oktoberfest Special

Dunkel Bock

A clear, dark brown coloured strong lager, this beer brings the typical bready and malty characters to the forefront. Our Dunkel Bock is a strong, medium bodied lager, which is toasty but does not have roasted flavours and maintains clean lager attributes. It has little to no hop aroma or flavour, with only slight bitterness to balance the malty richness.

Get in the festive spirit with the Dunkel Bock. Prost!

AROMA

Malty

ABV

6.5%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium bodied, highly carbonated, smooth

APPEARANCE

Clear dark brown

FLAVOUR

Bready, toasty

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TOIT PUNE

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

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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

    Oktoberfest Special

    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.

    AROMA

    Slightly malty

    ABV

    5.5%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium body, smooth

    APPEARANCE

    Black

    FLAVOUR

    Light malty with hints of caramel

    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

    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

    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

    Specials

    Tall. Dark. Handsome.

    Belgian Dark Strong Ale

    A dark, very rich, complex, strong Belgian ale, this special is brewed with Pilsner malt, dark candy sugar and aromatic malts.

    This brew leads with strong aromas and flavours – caramel, raisin, dark fruit and candy sugar notes.

    We weren’t kidding when we named this one – its guaranteed to make you swoon!

    AROMA

    Complex maltiness and some phenolic spiciness

    ABV

    7.2%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Full body

    APPEARANCE

    Deep Amber

    FLAVOUR

    Rich malt, raisin and candy