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 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 man who started his journey as an Army kid, bowls a mean leg-spin and never forgets a face—our senior steward, not Himesh, Ramesh, or Suresh, but Hamesh. (He insisted we make it clear!)

How did Toit happen? What were you doing before you started working here?
Actually I was working in Koramangala in an Italian restaurant before I joined Toit. And I was working as a Captain—had to handle multiple skills there from store pick ups to being the cashier. Then, my colleague told me to join Toit. That time it was not open. It was under construction. So I said I would join later, once it starts.

…not Himesh, Ramesh, or Suresh, but Hamesh.

Later, the colleague told me it was opening on the 7th of March. I came for an interview on the 13th of March, one week after the official opening. Mr. Arun took my interview and told me that they would decide and call me. I was waiting for the call, and the next day Mr. Sibi called in the evening and told me I could join from the next day.

So you’ve been here right from the opening! Have you always been in the hospitality field?
I’ve done my Hotel Management from Nainital. I’m actually from Haryana but I completed my studies in Madhya Pradesh, since my father was in the Army.

So I have travelled all over India. I completed my studies in 2007, that is my 12th standard, and in 2008 I completed my Hotel Management from Nainital.

Then I went to Gorakhpur for my training and worked at a hotel there. I trained for six months in different departments there, before I went to Hyderabad. In Hyderabad, there was a private company that made subs and sandwiches, where I worked for a year. They transferred me to Goa as a store manager, then to Delhi, and finally in 2010 August, I was here.

Whenever I enter my section, I will keep everything in a stack

The person who owned the private company in Hyderabad had set up the Italian restaurant I had worked at before Toit, here in Bangalore. Actually everywhere I worked, I had worked as a part of the pre-opening team. That’s why he called me and asked if I wanted to work for a proper restaurant. It was a nice package and I said ok.

What’s a typical work day like?
We usually work in shifts—from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, and then from 6:00 pm till closing. When we come in the morning, we just check about the non-availabilities. Then the supervisors take a briefing and inform us about the non-availabilities, and also discuss whatever happened the previous day. And they will also tell us what to do and ask us about the menu—we need to have a thorough knowledge of the menu. Then they distribute the tables and sections. Everyday we get different sections.

Whenever I enter my section, I will keep everything in a stack. All the cutlery and side plates, I will keep it ready. Then when the guests start coming, I start taking orders and all.

During my break, I go home, have lunch with my children, and then go sleep for an hour. Then I will wake up, freshen up and come here by 6:15 and be here till closing.

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What do you do on your off days?
My off day is on Tuesday. Usually, I wake up at 8:00 am with my kids, and bathe them. I have two children, one daughter and one son. Daughter is one and a half years old, and my son is 6 months old. We have breakfast and all, and then decide what to do. We need to spend some time with the kids so we go to parks in the evenings. In the afternoon, I just play with them. In the night, I watch some movies and take rest.

Do you get to interact a lot with the customers?
Ya. We see a lot of faces daily, lots of new faces also. For me, it is easy to remember the faces. If I serve a guest once, I’ll try to remember their face and what they ordered. Usually, I do remember. That way, I can directly place the order because I know what they prefer to have.

Do customers get difficult to handle sometimes? How do you deal with that?
It happens when the customers are very demanding, and sometimes when the food gets delayed. What we should do is inform them every time, like tell them their food will take time and apologise for the delay.

If I serve a guest once, I’ll try to remember their face and what they ordered.

Sometimes it gets missed on the system or someone forgets to add a dish. At that time we inform the customer and then try to get their dish as soon as possible. We request the Chef to give the delayed or missed orders fast.
Sometimes it gets very hard, when the customers don’t understand.

Are you enjoying this role?
Yes! Because I get to meet people, I never get bored.  I always interact with the guests. It is always funny when a customer orders Mocktails, because if I suggest they have ‘Safe Sex on the Beach’ they all laugh and say no sex during the day or some joke like that. But there are also customers who are quiet and just want to place the order. So at that time I will just take the order.

What are your favourites at Toit?
I used to drink before, but after marriage everything stopped. *grins sheepishly*
I usually have the Veggie Attack and Veg Oriental Pizza. That’s my favourite.

So you’re vegetarian?
Not actually, but again, now I am after marriage. *laughs*
I like the India Pale Ale in the beers.

I used to drink before, but after marriage everything stopped. *grins sheepishly*

If you hadn’t been working in Toit, what do you think you would have been doing?
See, like from my school days till now, I have been playing cricket. We have a Toit team also! Few of us play every morning from Monday to Thursday, from 6:30- 9:30 in the morning. I wanted to be a cricketer but I didn’t get the support for that. After my studies, I decided to do Hotel Management.

So, are you a batsman or a bowler?
All-rounder! I do both batting and bowling. In bowling, I am mainly a spin bowler. Right-arm, left-arm, whatever, leg-spin.

Do you miss home?
Yes, naturally. Actually, my whole family is in different states. My brother is in Bhopal, my mother is in Haryana, my father is in Orissa. My father is a Chief Security Officer for a steel company, and my brother is doing some coaching in Bhopal. I always miss home. But we have a huge crowd coming to Toit so we can’t go every month like that. Usually, I go for one month leave every year. That time we all match our leave, usually around Diwali, and all of us meet.

Actually, my whole family is in different states.

What’s the feeling like, working at Toit?
I’m very proud. Everyone here is proud and we have a very good team, very experienced. We are always learning. Like Mr. Derrick will put facts everyday on the notice board, most famous beers or cheese names, he will always be putting general knowledge things like that. And the owners are the main part of Toit—they do their work and leave us to do our work. Very awesome!

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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