Getting Toit with Mad Orange Fireworks

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We think good food, good beer and good music make for a great combination, and that’s what the Sunday Simmer Down at Toit is.

As a part of this initiative, we feature bands from around the world, and each of them have a great musical story to tell.

Last Sunday we had the very cool Mad Orange Fireworks play a super chill set here at Toit.
For the uninitiated, the three member band of Michael Antony Dias, Kaushik Kumar and Deepak Raghu, has been around for the last two years with this lineup, and are as awesome as locally brewed beer, with a sound as fresh as freshly squeezed orange juice.

We sat down with the boys (to men) and spoke about music, beer and weird band names, among other things.

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…as awesome as locally brewed beer, with a sound as fresh as freshly squeezed orange juice.

What’s the most annoying question you get asked as a band?
Kaushik: How did the name of the band come about?

Michael: Ya, I hate that question! Don’t ask us that, please.

So, how did the name of the band come about? *for jokes*

Ok, fine! What’s so mad and orange-y and firework-y about you guys?
Michael: Wow! That’s so much better!

Deepak: I don’t know. What’s so pink about Pink Floyd?

Michael: Generally we’re mad and we like orange. (Deepak: We’re not mad.)
We like fireworks also. (Deepak: I don’t like fireworks either.) Generally, I just like looking at fireworks. (Deepak: I don’t like the colour orange also. It’s strange.)
Deepak wasn’t there when we formed the band. Maybe we should change it to Sane Purple Fruits now.

Do you guys drink beer?
Yes!

What kinds do you like?
Michael: I’m more of the ‘all beer is good’ types.

Deepak: I like Belgian beer.

Kaushik: I like Stouts.

Michael: Maybe we should try one of each beer here and then continue this interview.

*At which point a Nitro Stout, a Jack in the Box, and a special Bacardi cocktail called, (surprise, surprise!) Mad Orange Fireworks, were duly supplied. Set!*

Deepak: I think Mad Orange Firework is a better drink name than a band name, actually.

What’s so pink about Pink Floyd?

What’s the band’s pre-gig ritual?
Michael: We write the setlist right before we get on stage! Sometimes these guys get drunk before and it’s chaotic. But we don’t really have any ritual as such. We don’t even do the huddle thingy.

Deepak: Yeah. No warming up also. Nothing we do.

Best venue you’ve played at.
Michael: My personal favourite gig was our album launch. It was packed out and everybody came to watch. It was a lot of fun! And it went really well.

Deepak: We also had this gig in Kovalam, and that was fun. It was a private birthday party at a really fancy resort in Trivandrum. Some of the people there even had bodyguards.
So, on one side we could see beaches and the coastline, and on the other side, rich aunties and uncle, drunk and dancing.

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One thing that always goes wrong and you wished venue/event managers would fix.
Kaushik: Never getting paid on time. It’s the norm, basically.

Michael: People just take it for granted that if you’re an artist, then you don’t need money, that it’s not important.

Deepak: It’s ok to an extent if you’re a local band. You can go down to someone’s house and pick up the payment also, but if it’s a band coming from Bombay, Delhi, whatever, and you’re not getting paid on time, it’s a pain. That’s the biggest problem.

People just take it for granted that if you’re an artist, then you don’t need money,

Michael: It affects your entire attitude towards the place. It has to reach a point where we have to put our foot down and say if you’re not going to pay us, we’re not going to play. But we all need the gigs too. So it’s a tough situation.

Onto slightly more cheery topics. If you could make up a Fantasy League Band, like Fantasy Football, who’d you put in your band?
Kaushik: I would be managing the band and I would have Beyoncé and Shakira, and they would sing with a lot of singers, and there would be a backing track. DJ Tiesto will be handling the backing track.

Deepak: I would play drums and sing, Jeff Beck on guitars and John Paul Jones on bass.

Michael: I want to have a band with Norah Jones! And the Foo Fighters drummer. (Deepak: Taylor Hawkins! You don’t even know his name). Yeah. That guy. And Sting on the bass. Oh, and Richard Marx on keyboards. I’ll just play rhythm guitar or something. And I’ll get Steve Morse to play guitars as well.

Deepak: That is such a weird band!

Back to you guys. Do any of you have any quirks?
Michael: I always make remarks about the both of them on stage. Stupid shit.

Kaushik: Not stupid stuff. Like everything he says is blatant, straight out lies about us. He’s a big liar.

Michael: But only on stage! And I think Deepak’s quirk is that he abuses the audience. His quirks mostly show up post-gig when he’s really drunk.

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Who do the ladies love the most?
Michael!

His quirks mostly show up post-gig when he’s really drunk.

Deepak: But that’s because he’s like a lady.

If you could play for any band apart from MOF, which band would it be? (Indian or International)
Kaushik: Queens of the Stone Age.

Deepak: Metallica.

Michael: I like this band. But ok, maybe Coldplay.

Finally, Kudix is our beloved mascot. If the band had a mascot, what would it be?
Michael: I think Garfield. He would be perfect. All three of us are big cat people, and Garfield is fun. And orange.

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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.
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    • 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