Kudix Mug Holder of the Month

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At Toit, our customers have always been our primary focus. They’re the ones who bring life to the place, create memories and end up giving the place its familiar, friendly vibe.

And there are so many different kinds of people who come through our doors daily, that we wanted to get to know their stories.

The Kudix Mug Holder of the Month is our little way of celebrating our customers, and their unique stories.

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Say hello to Sunitha, and also to her partner Bhaskar, who she brought along and we gladly added as an honorary Mug Holder, who told us about how you can be really strict parents but also really cool parents, all at the same time (it’s possible, kids!), among other things.

We ask this of every Mug Holder—why do you think you were selected as the Mug Holder?

Sunitha: Oh because I’m such a common face here. We, and I especially, would have felt really insulted if our faces weren’t there.

Bhaskar: Let me just put this in perspective—we’re here to meet friends, interview people, have business meetings, on weekends with the kids, and she used to work out of here. I think she would definitely qualify as a Mug Holder.

But I love this place. It’s actually like our second home.

Sunitha: But I love this place. It’s actually like our second home. I don’t think I bother to dress up or change my clothes when I come here.

Are you guys from Bangalore?

Sunitha: Yeah. We’re very much from Bangalore.

Bhaskar: We’re been here for the last 12 years.

Sunitha: And that’s the nicest thing about Bangalore. I’m happy to say I’m from here.

So, what do you guys do?

Sunitha: We’re both entrepreneurs. Both of us do a couple of things.

Bhaskar: We’ve just launched an app, which is all about keeping up with friends and shopping together.
It’s called flocknshop, the idea being that there’s this massive gap in online shopping. It’s great for convenience, price range and all that, but the thing is it’s pretty much a solo activity.

We’ve just launched an app. It’s called flocknshop…

We all start shopping and then we’re unsure and anxious about our choices; we pile up our carts with millions of alternatives and then finally, we buy. And 70% of the time, we pretty much immediately return what we buy. And even today, shopping offline is a fun thing to do with friends, right? You take your friends along to get ideas and suggestions, and then they validate your choices or give you alternative suggestions.

Apart from the fact that many heads help make a better decision, whether it’s jewellery, clothes, shoes, whatever, it’s also an awesome time with friends.

So, the idea is to get feedback, advice, suggestions, seamlessly and in real time, along with funds, in case you want to pool in. One app, for shopping across dozens of merchants, where you’re with friends, chatting and discussing. Because no one but your friend is going to tell you what looks good on you or not. The idea is to be 100% sure before you buy anything, and before you spend money on it.

Sunitha: What is nice is that we came upon this idea at Toit. We were here, drinking and discussing. Whenever we want to discuss flocknshop, we come here.

Bhaskar: Yeah, she’d got me something that wasn’t exactly appropriate for a guy, and it was damn expensive.

Sunitha: And it was a surprise! And he was like all you needed to do was ask my friends, if you wanted it to be a surprise, or ask me.

What is nice is that we came upon this idea at Toit.

Bhaskar: Apart from this, she’s the founder of an advertising and marketing consultancy, and I was earlier in advertising and broadcasting also. We have a co-founder who handles the technology side of things, our CTO.

Have you guys been coming to Toit from the start?

Bhaskar: Absolutely! Before they even started serving beer.

Does that mean you guys have always been beer lovers?

Sunitha: No, no. We are Single Malt lovers. Completely.

Bhaskar: Maybe Vodka or Gin in the afternoons. The truth is of course everyone drinks beer, and has had it at some point. But if you gave us a choice, beer would be last on our list.

But after this place started as a microbrewery, anytime we need to have a drink, it’s got to be here. The beers here are exceptional, especially the wheat beers.

Sunitha: The thing is more about how it’s become for us. His parents love drinking, which makes our life beautiful. So at 12 sharp, we’re here, waiting for the doors to open up.

But after this place started as a microbrewery, anytime we need to have a drink, it’s got to be here.

During the World Cup, weekend after weekend we’d be here, and they would come with us, and our kids as well. They would play Uno with us, the kids would run around—they love it here.

Every time we walk in here, and it’s full, they always get us a table. No matter how big the crowd. We also have a lot of international visitors, and we bring them here every time and they love this place.

So, tell us a little bit about the kids who’ve practically grown up here. 

Sunitha: Oh god! They’re so cute. *proceeds to remove phone and show photos. Cute!*

The younger one is really naughty. We got our nephew from Amsterdam here one time, and he was like “This is the first time a 13 year old girl is showing me around a pub!”

All our photos are around this place. Typically, on a Wednesday or Friday, we pick up the kids from school, and we bring them here straight—because this is the only place we can talk to them, where they aren’t distracted by their iPads and phones. They tell us about their problems. In fact, we’ve discovered many issues here because we’re just sitting around and eating and drinking and talking about their lives.
Otherwise, the moment they reach home, they’re onto their regular things.

This place is where we pour our hearts out, which is why it’s a beautiful place. For us, at least.

Does that make you like the coolest parents ever?

Bhaskar: It’s very interesting. We’ve come here with them, and people have seen them in their school uniforms. We’ve run into people who are now 30-35 years old, moved abroad, and they come up them and say that they used to be in the same Sports House and had the same uniform as them.

Sunitha: Everyone here is so good to the kids. I sometimes think we come here for the people. They’re excellent!

…this is the only place we can talk to them. They tell us about their problems.

Bhaskar: Other people also bring their kids here. Maybe not as often as us, but I think that the way they’ve made this place, the architecture, the kids can be everywhere except the smoking section, and it’s completely fine and no one is hassled about it.

Maybe it’s because of that mix of a crowd, but I’ve never, ever seen a fight break out here, something that happens at a lot of other places.

Sunitha: When Antara, our younger daughter, was two, they would actually feed her. She would never eat, and to get her to eat her food, these guys would also help. We’re that comfortable.

And unfortunately, she loves alcohol. As in, if you’re not looking, she’ll dip her finger in it, thinking the longer she keeps it in, the more it’ll soak in.

Bhaskar: We took her for her vaccination drops, where she kicked and cried and all until I told her it was just a drop. So, the Nurse said, “Open your mouth, baby” and that lady just dropped two drops and said it’s done and all. And Antara turns and says, “Appa! That was just like beer!”

I was like oh my god, and the Nurse gave us a shocked look, and we just ran out of that hospital. So we’re extremely careful—no dipping fingers and all.
The older one is normal, she hates the taste of alcohol, so that’s great!

We took her for her vaccination drops… And Antara turns and says, “Appa! That was just like beer!”

Sunitha: They see us, and our friends, and how we all like to get together and drink. But we’ve made sure we’ve told them that because we’re successful, we have such friends and parties and sit in gardens and drink. Only because of that. So they realise that this comes from having worked hard. We keep on telling them those things. Right now, they’re very understanding.

Bhaskar: Fortunately, in our circles, you can be open about the fact that you drink at home, around your children. So when they see us have a couple of beers, and then go to work or go about things, they understand that it’s not some poison or black hole or something. And also that they don’t have to hide it from us, when they do start.

I think it’s very important for them to have a proper understanding of it.

Is it tough being chilled out parents?

Sunitha: No, no! I’m like a tyrant in the house. I’m very, very, very strict, but they love it.

Bhaskar: You’ve heard one side, where we take them out and bring them here. There’s a certain amount of supporting their exploration.
For example, they have to do their homework everyday and they have to be at the top five in class, the older one has to practice guitar everyday otherwise I’m going to stop the class. It’s like if they’re not going to take it seriously, then I’m not going to waste money on it. All of those things they understand very well. So, it’s not that we’re chilled out parents. We’re balanced and they appreciate it. And we’ve arrived at this balance instinctively.

Is it easy to know where to draw the line?

Sunitha: They know that we love hanging out with them. All the time. Because they’re witty, funny, and cool to hang out with kids. But they’re absolutely clear that you can’t mess around with certain things.

So, it’s not that we’re chilled out parents. We’re balanced and they appreciate it.

Right from keeping the milk in to doing well in their studies. It’s about being honest to themselves. And if they are, we will reward them. I think modern families today are like this, where they’re able to balance things.

Bhaskar: I think modern is such a subjective thing. But I think that parents who think about parenting have to arrive at something like this because there’s no point subjugating the kids to the point where they are not exposed to various thoughts and beliefs and actions. At the same time, there’s no point in being so liberal where there is absolutely no control.

So you guys do come here a lot.

Bhaskar: Yes! But I think I’m the person who likes this place unequivocally. I think that some people feel that if they’re of a certain age, and a certain socio-economic background, then they need to keep progressing in their choice of restaurants and where they go out and stuff.
For me, that’s such a bullshit approach.

I have seen people say in London, like this guy who is probably 45 years old and the CEO of a massive television broadcasting company, and the guy is going to the same pub he’s been going to from the age of 21. It’s a bit of a dive for him, but the guy will not change. And the pub has remained the same. The beer he’s drinking is the same. But there’s a comfort. It’s more than about a place to go, it’s about a comfortable environment and you’re not bothered about whether I’m making the right statement or shit like that.

So everyone I know, knows that I’m going to suggest Toit—it’s like a cool place, great music, nice architecture, cool people, drinks are nice, the guys know you and take care of you. What else do you need?

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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

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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

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    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