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 Nikhil, our Mug Holder of the Month, whose passion for fitness is rivalled only by his passion for beer. Sort of.

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

My hangover explains it right? *laughs*

I love the beer here.

Are you here really often?

Yeah! Almost twice a week at least.

Are you from Bangalore?

I’ve been here for the last ten years. Before that I was in Hyderabad and Mumbai.

What do you do?

I manage a couple of gyms. I run two Gold’s Gyms. One is on Old Madras road and one is on Richmond road.

Have you always been a part of the fitness industry?

Actually, I started out with the physical fitness industry and then landed back in this industry.

In between, I worked in a corporate company, in tactical operations. I managed a lot of Six Sigma projects…

What happened in between?

In between, I worked in a corporate company, in tactical operations. I managed a lot of Six Sigma projects and it was the same old corporate job. I used to handle the scheduling of some 35,000 people and it was pretty hectic.

But it wasn’t something I could connect with—I’ve been a sportsperson from my childhood. I was involved with a lot of athletic events. Plus, I was a national level basketball player.

So, I started in the fitness industry as a sportsperson, but professionally I started with a very low profile job.

I was an office boy, then I became a salesperson, then I became trainer, and then I became a manager.

I switched domains because I got a management opportunity in the field of fitness, and from a bigger brand.

But what made you switch out of fitness in the first place and do a corporate job?

Sometimes we have to keep our parents happy. *laughs*
I started working straight after school.

A major chunk of my education was done in Kerala, Delhi and Indore.

Tell us a little more about sports in your life.

It’s a long story! Alright.

My father and one of his five brothers’ played for the Ranji Trophy. They were both cricket players. So, I have been playing cricket from before I can even remember.

I was also into athletics because the sports gene follows, right? I was in 6th standard when I got selected for nationals training.

I was an office boy, then I became a salesperson, then I became trainer, and then I became a manager.

This was for cricket?

Yes, for cricket. I used to play with a lot more senior people. But there was a lot of politics. Two-three years of professional cricket and I left that.

I couldn’t get into any of the teams and stuff like that. So I started playing basketball instead. And I got good at it quickly. It suited my temperament better, more than cricket.

During the time I was playing my districts, I used to be very underweight. Because of all the practice.
Morning, 5 am -7 am we had drills—running, climbing rope, tricep pushdowns. A lot of workout in the morning.

Then, I was the Sports Captain in my school, so I would sign in and be on the ground the whole day.
From there, straight to the stadium, to teach the small kids. Then, I would play myself.

My workout was 12-13 hours a day. And my coach introduced me to the gym…

My workout was 12-13 hours a day. And my coach introduced me to the gym and asked me to increase my weight so that I could play nationals.

Within three months, I increased my weight and got into nationals. So, that’s how I was introduced to the gym. I never knew it would become my profession eventually.

How long did you play basketball for before you decided to take up a corporate job?

For three years. Actually, I was living a dual life, given how it is in our country.

Everyone had to be a Doctor or an Engineer. I was pushed towards engineering, I tried to take a year off but I couldn’t clear the entrance exams. I was pretty disheartened and had a lot of fights and left my house.

I went and joined a gym in Mumbai, learned a lot over there, starting from scratch and worked my way up. My parents still wanted me to try a corporate job. They had relocated from Indore to Hyderabad.

But again, corporate life and my workout was suffering. I was losing my mindset.

Hyderabad had a good IT sector, so I gave a few interviews and got selected in one of the most prestigious companies in the world. I learnt a lot over there and got promoted twice in the first 6 months, which is very rare in such companies.

I was good at it, and I was enjoying myself. But again, corporate life and my workout was suffering. I was losing my mindset. See, fitness for me is a mindset. More than the body, it’s in the mind.

I switched to another job, which I finally quit, and I decided to go for a trek. I’ve been trekking every year from the age of 18. I got my certification from NIM and I go every year.

So I did that, stayed in the mountains for 35 days, and when I came back from the city, I had an offer from Gold’s Gym. It’s been 9 years now.

What do you enjoy the most about what you do?

Passions grow. It started with my own fitness but now it’s not the same.

Step by step, we keep learning. I started learning from different people, got different certifications, got my mind involved with nutrition, advanced physiology and anatomy. Understanding on a deeper level, basically.
I did a few lectures in colleges about sports nutrition.

And now, my passion is something different.

My passion is how I can help people learn a healthier way of life.
When clients come to me with six to seven medical problems, and five different medicines to take in a day, I design their workouts at a scientific level and they slowly come out of medicines and learn a healthier way of life.

My passion is how I can help people learn a healthier way of life.

Fitness is one of the last priorities in our country. There is a lot of satisfaction when you see a person’s doctor come and say “I never thought this could happen.” It’s amazing.

Plus, there are a lot of people who come for fertility training and diets. A large number of women are struggling with polycystic ovaries, especially in our country.

The best method is not medicine—it’s exercise and diet.

Today I see couples who have been part of the programme for 4-5 years, without any medication, conceive in a healthy way. When you see them with their child, it’s very fulfilling.

I think that’s the best part of my job.

In the last few years, there’s been a huge increase in the interest in fitness.
It’s become fashionable even. What is your take on that?

That’s nature’s way of fighting back. Somewhere people are realising that what we’re doing with our bodies is not right. Working long hours, eating wrong food, sleeping less—my own peers who were great athletes are unfit now.

Fitness is one of the last priorities in our country.

I think this drive is nature fighting back, as a response to diseases and this lifestyle. That’s where the awareness comes from. It’s become a necessity.

Young people today are very aware about their fitness and asking realistic questions. They’re not coming to the gym just to gain muscles and six-packs and impress someone. They’re there asking if their workout and practice a healthy lifestyle can help them avoid the BP or Diabetes their parents are suffering from. They see the struggle and they realise it’s not an easy life.

This change is being driven by the newer generation.

How does beer fit into this fit lifestyle?

I don’t consider alcohol unhealthy. I train hard for it. I drink beer but I don’t have a beer belly. I train hard enough to use upto 5000-6000 calories a day.
My appetite is generally the average appetite of three people.
So, I just eat for one person and drink for two! *laughs*

I don’t consider alcohol unhealthy. I train hard for it. I drink beer but I don’t have a beer belly.

But I love the culture at Toit. I’m safe over here, and I’m comfortable bringing my family here as well. You can also get your pets! When someone gets their dog, I love playing with them. My grandmother used to have 14!

What are your top three exercises?

My favourite three will remain the favourite three of all time—squat, bench and dead. And the fourth one is a combination, proper clean and press.
There is nothing like lifting raw weights on a barbell.

In conclusion—any quick fixes for people to start making immediate changes in their lives?

Fitness is a lifestyle. Not a one-day job. And it’s specific to each person.

There are some basic ground rules though, on which fitness rests. The five pillars—exercise, diet, sleep, hydration and discipline.

And fitness is a journey. Not a destination. Always.

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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

Please contact us between 9am and 7pm for reservations

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