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!

Meet the man who worked his way from fixing cycles to fixing the best cocktails—say hello to Shivaraju.

How long have you been working at Toit?

For four and a half years.

What were you doing before this?

Before, I was working in a restaurant. It’s a Kerala style restaurant, in Bangalore.

You’re from Bangalore?

Ya! Bangalore only.

Have you always been in the hospitality industry? 

When I started to work, I used to work at a cycle shop. I worked there for one and a half years. Then I worked at an agarbatti (incense sticks) factory. After that, I came to work in that Kerala style restaurant. I was there for five years, and then I came to Toit.

How did you get into the hotel industry?

In 2006, I joined the previous restaurant I was working at as a cleaning boy. I worked for five years, and there I learned a little about how to work as a steward and also reception and delivery boy. I learnt how to do all the work. After that, I came to Toit.

When I came here in 2011, I was working as a housekeeping boy. There was a contract for housekeeping, and I was working on that contract basis. Then Toit hired all the housekeeping boys directly. I worked for 6 months, and after that they made me Assistant Steward.
After two years of that, I went to work at the bar. I learned everything about bartending and then the management gave me a promotion and made me a bartender.

So, who taught you how to do everything at the bar?

My seniors taught me. So many people are there.

Did you always have an interest in bartending? Or is it something you developed at Toit?

I had an interest from before only.

Can you describe a typical work day for me?

Morning, I wake up at 8:30 am. I drop my aunty, who works for a bank. My mother and father passed away when I was a child, so I stay with my aunt.
I have one sister. She is married and lives with her husband. She’s also in Bangalore.

So, after dropping my aunty, I go home and watch some TV and read the newspaper. After that, I get ready and come to work by 11:30 am. I come here and take briefing first. After that, I come to the bar and set it up.

First I wipe the counter, then put the displays and prepare the garnish. After that, I pick up the stock, arrange it, and keep the bar ready for the guests. When the guests start coming, I start preparing the orders.

Then, at 3 pm, I go home for my break. I have lunch, watch a movie, play with my aunty’s children. Then I sleep for an hour. After that, at 6 pm I wake up, freshen up, come to Toit by 6:30, and then work here till closing, which is at 11:30 pm.

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Your job is quite hectic right?

Yes. Always. And I serve both the cocktails and beer.

In the cocktails, what is your favourite cocktail to make?

Mojito!

You also get a day off during the week right? What do you do on your off day?

My off day is Thursday. Normally, I wake up at 8:30, because I have to drop my aunty. Then I go back, think about where I want to go, and then go to my sister’s house.
I spend half my day there.

After that, I plan to go for a movie with my friends. I like Vijay, I’m a big fan of him. Whenever his movie comes out, I am very happy. I always watch the first day-first show.

What is your favourite Vijay movie?

Tupaki!
Before I liked Rajnikanth. Then I watched a few of Vijay’s movies, and I liked him also.
For the last 15 years, I have been his fan. I have watched every movie of his. I watch Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam movies also. I like watching movies a lot.

When I don’t watch movies, I go to malls with my friends. After that, at 6:30, when my aunty comes back home, I pick up meat and cook whatever she likes. I like making biryani a lot.

Every Thursday I make biryani. I used to work in that restaurant, no? That is where I learnt how to make lots of dishes. I enjoy cooking.

What is the most popular cocktail at Toit?

All the classic cocktails—Mojito, Cosmopolitan. These are the fast moving cocktails.

Is the job hectic?

Yes. But I am happy to work. I enjoy it.

What do you like and dislike most about your job?

I like this place—good management, good staff and it’s a nice place to work. Other places the management is not so good. Here, the management gives you whatever you need. So, it’s good.

What I do not like, is that on Friday and Saturday it closes at 1 am. That is the only problem with the job.

You get to interact with customers a lot. Any funny incidents in all the time you’ve spent at the bar?

It’s there. There are so many.

Tell me any one!

There’s one shooter called Flaming Ferrari. It’s a fire based cocktail. But so many people don’t know how to drink it. They end up burning themselves, and I find that very funny. *chuckles sheepishly*

Do you drink? What is your favourite cocktail?

I don’t drink, but I’ve tasted them all. Favourite is Mojito.
In the beers, the Hefeweizen is ok. I don’t like beers actually.

Out of all the movies, which kind do you enjoy watching the most?

In Tamil, Vijay is my favourite. But my mother tongue is Kannada, so I enjoy watching Kannada movies. Upendra is my favourite Kannada movie star. I also like listening to songs from these movies.

How has the experience of working in Toit for the last 4 and a half years been?

Good experience. When I first came to Toit, for the housekeeping work, I didn’t know even little bit about what a pub is, or bartending work, or anything.
I came here, I saw lots of guests coming here, and I used to wonder how to keep working in this place because nice people work here.
Then they taught me everything, how to do things, different ways of doing things.

Did you always want to be a bartender? 

Yes. But next, I want to work hard and be promoted to Supervisor. For that, I need to come up with good ideas of my own.

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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

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

    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