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 Prithvi, our Mug Holder of the month, who spends his time running his company, producing web sitcoms, being extensively involved in theatre and of course, drinking beer.

Why do you think you were selected as the Mug Holder?

I’ve been coming to this place before it even started running—I was actually shooed out saying they weren’t selling beer or food or anything at that time. So, you could say I’ve been coming here even before it opened. And the beers are very good.

I think it’s almost like a second home for me now.

In fact, I’ve been coming here so much that I joke with the waiters telling them that they must be tired of seeing me. I think it’s almost like a second home for me now, in some ways.

I know everybody here, I’m very comfortable in this place and if I were to choose a microbrewery in Bangalore to generally hang out with friends, I would say Toit is the place.

Do you like drinking beer a lot too?

Actually, it’s funny because my friends keep saying that I let my drink evaporate.

I have a lot of friends who also come here, and they drink a lot. But I just sit down and enjoy the vibe and ambience, and just hang out with my friends.

Are you from Bangalore?

Yeah, I am. I’ve lived here all my life, I was born here as well.

What do you do?

I run a digital marketing firm—we do things like social media, SEO, essentially online brand building and taking companies through the entire life cycle in terms of brand awareness. I have been in this space for the last six years.

…a whole bunch of things, but all centred around marketing and communication.

Before this, I was a technical writer, and before that I started a content company that didn’t do too well. And before that something in public relations.
So, a whole bunch of things, but all centred around marketing and communication. These two have been my core skills and I’ve built my capabilities around that.

In all the time that you’ve been coming here, anything memorable ever happen?

Well, there’s no single thing that stands out. I’ve had a lot of memorable moments here.
My friends and I have shared birthdays, and when they’ve gotten married, and had babies, I’ve brought my ex here for a date, and a bunch of other intimate moments like that.

What do you do when you’re not working?

A lot of things. I love to read, I love to travel, and I also do theatre. It’s been around 8 months since I last did a play, but I’ve done around 40 plays in the last 3-4 years.

How did you get into theatre? Is it something you’ve been doing since school/college?

Not really. I mean, I’ve always been interested because my Dad did theatre when he was young and I saw black and white photos of him in garb and character, and the whole thing was very fascinating for me. I’ve always believed that theatre is very interesting medium for you to don different personalities. It’s a way for you to explore people that you would never be.

I’ve done around 40 plays in the last 3-4 years.

Five years ago, a theatre company called Barking Dog Productions created an open audition for everybody, irrespective or whether they had previous experience or caliber.

I went and participated and got selected for a play, and since then I’ve worked with them. I’ve made a lot of friends in the theatre circuit after that.

Do you watch a lot of plays when you travel?

It’s very paradoxical because I don’t like to watch theatre so much. Unless it’s something it’s very, very interesting.

I saw a play recently by a Telegu theatre group, which is actually an extended family that does the entire production from costumes to scripts. And this is fifty people, and they’ve been doing it for the last 125 years. I didn’t understand a word, but I got the meaning. It was brilliant. So, I do like to watch exemplary plays which stand out, but otherwise I don’t watch theatre so much.

Do you have a favourite play that you’ve watched? Or want to watch?

Unfortunately, I’ve forgotten the name right now, but there was this really good play that I was recommended by my friend who is a theatre critic and a movie critic.

I really want to perform in that or produce that, because it has a very, very intersecting idea, which I think is something to do with the Salem witch hunts and themes around it.
Ideas like that really interest me.

Also, right now, I’m in the middle of producing a web sitcom. I just like the whole performing arts perspective, especially when I’m involved actively in it.

How is the theatre scene in Bangalore?

I’m a fledgling in the theatre circuit, but I think in the last 6-7 years it’s really taken off. I think there is a production happening almost every other day, or every weekend.

What do you think has changed in that time?

No singular reason, per say, but I think there has been a huge influx of people from outside Bangalore and Karnataka that have come and settled down here, and they have brought their own tastes with them.
Lot of people from Mumbai have also come here, and Mumbai has always had a very thriving theatre scene.

…influx of new ideas and perspectives has really helped propel Bangalore

Bangalore has also had a great theatre scene before that. But that influx of new ideas and perspectives has really helped propel Bangalore along in becoming a very major part of the theatre scene in India right now.

Do you do a lot of Kannada plays also?

I want to actually, I was in the process of doing one but that play got scrapped. So I haven’t done any Kannada plays until now.

There are some brilliant Kannada plays that happen. People seem to have a very close-minded perspective to vernacular productions. They don’t really look at them as something that could have the quality and sophistication that they might get from an English play. But that’s completely untrue.

I think people need to shed this elitism a little and open their minds to it.

And this is true for most of India, not just Karnataka. I mean, if you look at today’s urban, young, upwardly, mobile professionals types, most of them don’t really reconnect back into their vernacular roots. Most of them won’t go for a vernacular play. If they do, they’ll probably go to an English play and tag themselves on Facebook or something.

Most of them won’t go for a vernacular play.

But a lot of the audience today is also aware, and they understand the nuances of theatre.

What’s your take on the whole issue of language that is always happening here? The concern that Kannada is not being propagated enough. What do you think?

I would say it’s a two-sided sword.
Any form of imposition over people, is unfair. People have the right and freedom to express themselves in whichever manner they see fit. And any attempts to curtail that is against the very principle tenets of personal freedoms that are underlined in our Constitution. But at the same time, I think once you come to a place you need to start to homogenising and connecting with the locals. It’s about how you can connect with people.

Language should never be forced.

My perspective is balanced. I would say people should at least try and learn the language, when they come to a new place. It would be nice if they did.
But linguistic organisations coercing and trying to spray Kannada words everywhere are all completely in the wrong.

Language should never be forced. When I was younger, I used to say who cares about this. But as I’ve grown older, I realised I identify myself with this place and from that perspective I do connect with the pride that someone has. I wouldn’t abuse someone for not sharing this.

Kannada has had some amazing literary gems like Kuvempu…

But Kannada has had some amazing literary gems like Kuvempu and all. Even today when I read a Kuvempu, I would say his sophistication and understanding of human nature is at par with any of the great Western writers like Chekov or Tolstoy or any of these guys.
At the end of the day, it’s nice to know that we’re speaking the third oldest language in India.

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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.
    • 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