Behind the Brewpub Scenes

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Running a brewpub isnít easy- itís 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 stay†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 guy†who swings the swing and slays the beat, our in-house music man, DJ Chris.†He’s been spinning the scene for over a decade now, and loves how he has something new to learn with every evolving music trend.

Have you always been a DJ?

For pretty much sometime now. Almost around 11 years.
I got into it mainly when I used to call friends over to my home, for birthday parties and stuff. Ultimately, I would end up being the DJ. It started like that. And my friends said that since I liked it so much, I might as well look into it. So, thatís how I started out.

When did you decide to move from the home parties to doing this professionally?

Basically, I started out playing at weddings. Retro, and dance stuff mainly. And then I started working at a rock pub, and thatís when the rock influence came in. I worked at two rock pubs, and from there, Toit.

Have you always liked rock? Or are you into specific genres?

Iím into all kinds of music. Nothing in particular. Itís music. All of it.

Iím into all kinds of music

So, how exactly did Toit end up happening? What were you doing before that?

Started off playing in those two rock pubs through a referral I got. I was there for about three years each, in both places. Toit also happened through a friend’s referral, in the same way.

What kind of interview do DJs have? Do you need to play songs at your interviews?

Some places have that, and they do that to get to know exactly what the DJ is all about. I had that once here before I joined. It wasnít really an interview, it was more like finding out what music I play. They asked if I would like to do a set for one night, and I said ďok sureĒ and after that night was over, and that was it. I was in Toit.

Youíve been here right from when Toit started. Is there a formula youíve developed over the years?

It depends on the place Iím playing at and the people who walk in on a daily basis. And also according to the music that is popular. Itís mainly based on the crowd, because the crowd shifts from time to time. So I look at the crowd, but also†the place, because it needs to match the ambience also.

Out here, thereís Rock, thereís Blues, thereís New Age, Alternative, etc. I need to cater to everybody that is coming in. I judge the crowd that comes in and keep shifting on a half an hour to forty five minutes basis. So I try to mix and blend music accordingly.

Is that hard to do?

A little. Because I donít cut and paste music. Itís not like if you come up to me and say you want this track next, and if†Iím playing classic rock, I wonít cut the track to play an alternative track next. Iíll blend it out into a new age track, for which I need time. I donít want to be like other places where you just stop something and play something else.

Which brings me toóon a scale of one to ten, how much do DJs hate requests?

One being highest or ten? If ten is highest, then ten. And If youíre drunk, then definitely ten.

But is it considered rude to request? Do DJs take offence when someone requests something not on their set?

Not really. Itís fine. I just dislike when people come and ask for something else when youíre playing something different, like of a different genre. If you can convince him/her to go with the flow, then nothing like it.

And how do you do that?

Just talk to them, based on the genre they like, try and deviateódivert them into something else, something popular and if they like what you play, you can continue with that.

A smile is always better, because then they become easier to approach.

A smile is always better, because then they become easier to approach. But if you keep up your guard, sometimes they become more aggressive with their demands.

So, whatís a day like in your life?

My day starts with my son at home. I also work part time as a mechanic, in my friendís garage in Kamnahalli. Thatís an on and off kind of thing. We work with few bikes and lots of cars. Once I finish with that, in the evenings I get back, rest for a while, get ready and then come here. Finish here, go back home and then maybe for an hour or so, sit with some music, review some stuff, and thatís how the days are for me.

Iím from†Sunday to Thursday. One advantage that Toit has given me, is that because I can take the weekends off, like Friday and Saturday, I get to play at other places as well. I play at other bars, and maybe even some weddings.

Is it a hectic life? Since youíre doing two jobs as well.

If you look at it that way, then youíll think it is hectic. But if you space it out and manage time properly, it wonít be.

Does this openness to music you have, of embracing all genres, help with your work?

It does. When I play at Toit, sometimes I start off with a Jazz set, move into a Blues setóit depends on the crowd. Depending on the day of the week, the music will be slightly different. I like to collect all kinds of music because that way, even when I play at weddings, it works out for me.

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And the whole idea is that when youíre looking for new music, you will stumble upon that one odd track that will take you into a new genre altogether. So you follow that path and let the flow take you wherever. It’s the same when I play. Itís much better that way, although itís not easy. The challenge is more when you try and remember the artist, look for the track and play something new.
Itís more exciting that way.

Whatís an off-day like?

If youíre looking at 30 days in a month, I may be off on one or two of those days. If Iím off, I spend time with family. We usually take a road trip to KGF to visit my grandma.

Whatís the best and worst thing about being a DJ? Or hardest and best.

Hardestótrying to get someone who has come with a different mindset to listen to what youíre going to play and actually make them groove to what youíre playing.

Bestóitís a nice job. It gives me peace and calm. Itís so peaceful when you listen to music.

…itís a nice job. It gives me peace and calm.

Because youíve been doing this for 11 years, across venues and events, have you ever witnessed anything crazy in all those years?

Nothing much really. People just go mad when they start dancing, at weddings especially. One wedding, when I was playing, people started dancing on the tables. And that was pretty crazy. Over here at Toit, itís more relaxed because we get a nice crowd. They donít do any crazy stuff, really.

Do a lot of people here come up to you and talk about your music?

Yeah, they do. Which is something I like. Helps me a lot in one way, because Iíll get to know exactly what kind of crowd is coming into Toit and I can play different genres accordingly. Because everyone is evolving into different kinds of music and things they like, so it helps me also in a way that when they come and interact with me, itís a much easier way to share what I know, and also get to know what they like.
Thatís also how you get more customers coming in, because theyíll come in for that particular kind of music that you play, which no other place in Bangalore plays right now.

In the 11 years youíve been playing in Bangalore, whatís the major musical shift youíve seen?

Lot of people have moved away from Classic Rock and gone to New Age music. But as generations evolve, you will go into something new. Itís not a bad thing. Itís always nice to have something new. But yes, those who have moved on from Classic Rock, they still like going back to the old times, so itís a mixed blend between classic and new age. Thatís what we try doing here, where we blend everything well.

Today music is a little more electronic oriented compared to the old days when people used to play live. They do it now as well, but itís more digital oriented.

You need to accept things that are evolving. If you donít accept it and want to be stuck with only classics, then itís going to be very difficult. You need to be more open minded to play all kinds of music.

Today music is a little more electronic oriented compared to the old days…

And is being a DJ is lucrative job? It seems like a glamorous space to be in.

Itís as hard as any other job. For a DJ, you need to put in a lot of work before hand, and you need to know, before starting out, what kind of a DJ you want to become and where you want to go with it. Small basics of technical know-how, what sound is, how it worksóif you know those basics, it will help you a lot in the longer run.

Is formal education important for this? Or do you think learning on the job gives you more of an edge?

You can learn on the job. Hands-on is always better, youíll get to know exactly the ins and outs of it. As for me, there wasnít anyone back then to teach me about it so I had to learn by myself, and from friends. I worked for a small sound company also, and thatís where I learnt about sound and how mixers work and stuff.

In a way, having schools helps people learn, because they might feel like theyíre missing out on something but when you have the internet, you can do a lot of things.

Who are your favourite DJs right now?

IndianóDJ Vacchan. Heís always been my favourite.

ForeignóPaul van Dyk

Any track you particularly loving right now?

Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars. It has a nice new funk feeling to it.

Howís the experience here been so far?

Itís been very good. From the way I started out and how the crowd has evolved over the last four years. Itís very good. Compared to other places, sometimes you see a regular crowd that comes in, but here it varies. When people bring their friends and enjoy the music, and then when they make requests, thatís how I evolve and get to know what people like.

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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

Guest Brew On Tap

Beachshack IPA

In celebration of craft, we’re hopped to be hosting the Beackshack IPA from Arbor Brewing on our guest tap.

This special is a surprisingly crisp and easy-drinking beer with a vesuvian hop finish, and is packed with citrus and tropical fruit aromas, making for a truly refreshing brew!

AROMA

Strong hoppy aroma, citrus, pine, sweet tropical fruity. 

ABV

6%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body with a smooth bitterness. Clean and dry finish with medium carbonation.

APPEARANCE

Pale to yellow gold colour, light to medium body ,clean and clear beer.

FLAVOUR

Medium malty mouthfeel, bunch of hoppy notes citrus, pine, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, passionfruit, Stone fruit, floral notes came through hops. Complex hops.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Jack in the box

Jackfruit ale

Brewed with Pale Ale, Oat & Crystal malt, this special brew is infused with loads of fresh jackfruit, which imparts a subtle fruity aroma & flavour.

This Jack is definitely out of the box!

AROMA

Fruity

ABV

5%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body

APPEARANCE

Pale straw to very dark orange in colour

FLAVOUR

Rich malt & subtle jackfruit

Specials

Dark Vader

Schwarzbier

‚Äč‚ÄčThis 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 ‚Äėno‚Äô to more. Don‚Äôt believe us? Well, have a taste of it yourself and see. But we warned‚ÄĒyou don‚Äôt know the power of the dark side‚Ķumm‚Ķlager.

AROMA

Slightly malty

ABV

5.0%

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

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  • 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.
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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‚Äôt kidding when we named this one ‚Äď 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

Special Herbal Beer

Kudix Kashayam

The brainchild of our head brewer, we‚Äôre celebrating local produce the way we know best‚ÄĒthrough a special, one-of-a-kind beer!

Brewed with turmeric, honey, liquorice, ashwagandha and many other local herbs, this brew is an homage to the harvest season in South India.

It’s fully local, it’s fully toit, so make sure you try this one before it runs out because you won’t find this style anywhere else!

AROMA

Herbal, turmeric

ABV

5.5%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium to light body

APPEARANCE

Deep turmeric yellow with yellowish-white head

FLAVOUR

Turmeric and liquorice notes, with a honey after-taste

Special Beer

Toit's DIPA

This special beer is a robust Pale Ale brewed with Munich & Pale Ale malts, generously hopped with El dorado, Amarillo, Idaho and Mosaic hops.
If you like your beers hoppy, our new special is sure to make you happy! (Sorry not sorry.)

AROMA

Malty with plenty of hops

ABV

6.6%

MOUTHFEEL

Light to medium body

APPEARANCE

Light copper

FLAVOUR

Hoppy

Special Beer

Namma Beeru

Our very own harvest brew, this one is an easy drinking, refreshing beer.

In keeping with our beer pledge to use local ingredients in our beers, this robust ale is generously infused with finger millet seeds, locally known as ‘Ragi’, a staple food in many households in Karnataka.¬†

Namma Beeru was created to celebrate the festivity and joy of the harvest season in South India!

AROMA

Well balanced with maltiness, mild sweetness and hops

ABV

5.2%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body

APPEARANCE

Straw to golden

FLAVOUR

Slight sweetness from the malt

Guest Brew On Tap

No Parking Pilsner

Going into the new year celebrating craft, we’re hopped to be hosting the No Parking Pilsner by Arbor Brewing Company on our guest tap.

Brewed with all German malts and imported German tettnang hops for a classic crispy, dry, full- flavored, pilsner character, this beer is a medium-bodied lager with a mildly salty noble hop bitterness.

AROMA

Floral and herbal

ABV

5.5%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body

APPEARANCE

Straw to golden

FLAVOUR

Crispy, dry, full flavoured