Getting Toit with Thermal and a Quarter

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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 all about.

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 month we had Bangalore’s very own Rock royalty, Thermal and a Quarter do a very cool Daft Punk Tribute set.
For the uninitiated, the three member band, currently comprising of Bruce Lee Mani, Rajeev Rajagopal and Leslie Charles, has been around for the last 20 years, and are widely regarded as one of the best rock acts of the country.

And they’re also a lot of fun. We sat down with the boys (to men) and spoke about music, beer and their best guess at what ‘Toit’ means.

“If we’re going to use an electronic kit, let’s play electronic shit!”

How’d you decide to do a Daft Punk Tribute?

BLM: It was pretty weird how this happened – Vinay had been asking us to do a gig there for some time now, but with the caveat that an acoustic drum kit wasn’t feasible and we’d have to use an electronic drum kit. Having never used one of those live, we were understandably hesitant about how it would work with our set. Would Rajeev have a nervous breakdown?

Mr. Rajeev, in characteristic fashion, then suggested “If we’re going to use an electronic kit, let’s play electronic shit!”
Looking through such material, we figured Daft Punk would suit our collective tastes and just might be a heck of a lot of fun too. The rest was Toit!

You have a new album out—The Scene. What’s the one thing we need to know about it?

BLM: That it’s freaking awesome! Go buy it on iTunes or  OKlisten.

For the uninitiated, you’d describe your music as?

BLM: Bangalore Rock.

Who’s the diva in the band?

BLM: Nobody. The angry young man is definitely Leslie.

Your dream line up?

BLM: The one we have right now.

The angry young man is definitely Leslie.

If you could play in any other band, which one would it be?

BLM: Indian Band – Opposite Sex. International Band – Steely Dan.

RR: Indian Band –  Soulmate. International Band – Queen.

LC: Indian Band – Shepherd. International Band – Sly and the Family Stone.

When you’re not working, you’re ___?

BLM: Working! Hah, but I’m usually spending time with the family, or reading, movie-watching or cycling.

RR: Playing the drums and cooking.

LC: Stuck in traffic on Marathahalli bridge.

Local bands + Local brews =

Highness!

Stuck in traffic on Marathahalli bridge.

Do you have any favourite beers (at Toit or otherwise)?

All three of us were hooked on Guinness when we were touring Ireland. That’s some seriously delicious stuff!

At Toit we love-
BLM: Nitro Stout
RR: Aam Aadmi Ale.
LC: Basmati Blonde

It’s been almost 20 years since the band started. What’s the big change you’ve seen, in the scene? (Ten points for subtle album promotion.)

BLM: Some things have changed a lot, some things have stayed the same. So many great bands now, so much music being written and released. Also, so many more venues to play at, along with much more gear being available and so many more places to study music and performance. Meaningful careers in indie music are still hard—but that’s true anywhere in the world today.

Some of the seamier aspects of the journey are succinctly captured on our new album, The Scene. Big change—well, I’d have to say it’s now becoming acceptable to say “I’m a musician. That’s what I do—for love and money.”

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What’s the best and worst thing about being a band in India right now?
BLM: Best – Never been a time with this much opportunity. Worst – Audience maturity and actual ‘need’ for art.

RR: Best – So much inspiration to write music, never a dull moment and we’re constantly bombarded with all sorts of emotions. Worst – How success is measured only by numbers. Doesn’t matter if you’ve written nice songs, its success will depend on the number of likes, and views and that kind of stuff.

LC: Best – There’s always work for a musician. Even if you don’t have gigs you can find work involving music. Worst – Not enough stage pyrotechnics.

…it’s now becoming acceptable to say “I’m a musician. That’s what I do—for love and money.”

Tell us a little about Taaqademy.

Taaqademy is our pitch to offer a high-quality international-standard music academy for aspiring musicians of all ages and levels – as well as to make music a respectable, viable and sustainable career for musicians. We have two centers in Bangalore now, in Koramangala and Whitefield.

Our faculty represent some of the best musical talent performing live in the city today, and our facilities are tailored for jamming and individually customised classes. With so many indie musicians working there, it’s natural that our students start writing their own music too – all in all, it’s been great setting up Taaqademy.

Do you guys have any pre-gig rituals?

BLM: Standard huddle and motto – “Have fun, keep in touch!”

Best musical experience you’ve had as a band. (could be a gig, recording or just a jam session.)

BLM: Woah, too many to list here perhaps. Opening for Deep Purple in 2001, our first international tour and 5-star review in the UK, bonding with total strangers across the world over our music, working with some absolutely stellar musicians across gigs and albums. Really, just being part of this band.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It’s incredible.

RR: The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Ireland Tour which we did in 2013.

LC: The Edinburgh Fringe Festival! It’s incredible! I think every musician should experience being a part of it at least once in their lifetime.

What’s your best guess about Toit’s name origin? 

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Look forward to having you back when you are old enough to get Toit!

Please contact us between 9am and 7pm for reservations

Special Beer

Beetroot Lemon Gose

This special beer is a tart, refreshing wheat ale that is kettle-soured with lactobacillus and brewed with beetroot, lemon, and pink salt. (Ingredients that also give it the unusual colour.)

This is an easy-going, sessionable beer but has a unique complexity achieved by beetroot juice and lemon. 

AROMA

Earthy, lemon

ABV

4.8%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium-light body

APPEARANCE

Ruby with pink tones

FLAVOUR

Tangy, light, sweet and sour with the earthy sweetness of beetroot

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

Kolsch

A clean, crisp, delicately-balanced beer with a very subtle fruit and hop character. Made with a single hop, Mandarina Bavaria, that lends the brew a distinctive lemon rind flavour, that makes this pleasant beer all the more refreshing. 

AROMA

Low malt aroma, with a grainy-sweet character. A delicately spicy hop aroma, with a subtle fruit aroma

ABV

4.9%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium-light with medium carbonation

APPEARANCE

Clear, pale gold to light gold

FLAVOUR

Low fruity sweetness, medium-low bitterness with delicate dryness and slight crispness

Special Beer

Black Rice Ale

Looking for something a little different?  
Brewed with black rice and specialty malts, this special brew is characterised by a slight malt sweetness, and balanced out by an earthy and nutty note that comes from the black rice.

AROMA

Mild sweetness

ABV

5.5%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body

APPEARANCE

Dark brown

FLAVOUR

Brown bread, light nutty and chocolate notes

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

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

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

    Please contact us between 9am and 7pm for reservations

    TOIT PUNE

    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

    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