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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Entrepreneur, CEO, Angel Investor, world traveller, fitness enthusiast, home brewer, avid beer drinker—say hello to Naresh Malhotra, our Kudix Mug Holder of the month, and a man who redefines the entire notion of ageing.


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

*laughs* How do I know that? Well, I come here very often. That maybe one of the reasons.

I know most of the guys here, so that could be another reason.
And also because of that gift my son bought.

That we will get to shortly. What an amazing birthday gift.

Yes! So, maybe one of those reasons—or all of them.

Probably! Are you from Bangalore?

I’ve been here for many years now.

I moved here in 1986 and set up home here. I came from overseas and my children, I have two boys, they were small at that time, 6 and 4 years old. They’re big boys now!

I came back and started working with UB, and I did that for six and half years.
Then I left them and joined KPMG. They were starting off at that time.

I was the Managing Partner for South India. I left them after six and a half years too.

And then I was with Coffee Day. I was the CEO for about seven years.

I see a pattern here!

Yeah. I figured that six-seven years is the right amount of time to give up whatever you can contribute best to the company and then move on.

And after that, I start getting bored also. I look for new challenges and things to do.

After Coffee Day, I thought I’d retire. I was 60 then. But then I realised I wasn’t ready to retire so I joined a Capital firm as a partner, was with them for four years, and again said I’d retire.

But then I started doing medical clinics. So, everything is always totally different from what I was doing before because that’s where the challenge is.

Apart from that, I also do a lot of angel investing. I invest in a lot of startups.

I don’t think I’ll ever retire. When you say retire, it usually means doing nothing. I don’t think I’m the sort of person who can do nothing.
I have a pretty full lifestyle I think.

People ask me when I’m going to take it easy. I say, when I die, I’ll take it easy.

Why not make the most of what you’ve got?

Has beer always been a part of your life?

Let me tell you.
I don’t drink most of the forms of alcohol. I only drink beer.

I’m a beer person. It’s not that I don’t touch whiskey or wine. I like a good wine too.

But I very rarely drink any other hard liquor. Beer, or sometimes wine if there is a really good one.

Toit was one of the first to open in Bangalore and it was obviously an attraction. I live not even five minutes from here. That makes a lot of difference, because sometimes I can just walk down.

I drink beer everyday, but I’m not addicted to it. I’ll have a glass or maybe two glasses at most. It doesn’t matter whether I’m here or at home.
We, as a family, also tend to make some beer at home, which is very good. And we all chip in.

How long have you been home brewing?

Few years now. It’s not just me. My boys and wife help out, and we do it more as a  family hobby. And I must say we make pretty good beer.

Do all of you enjoy drinking beer? The whole family?

Yes!

And do you have a favourite type?

I like hoppy beers. I don’t like sweet beers, to be frank. Neither do I like too much flavour. But I like the hoppiness. So, slightly bitter, not sweet types of beers. IPAs and Double IPAs.

I travel a lot, almost four to five times overseas every year, maybe twice a month within India, and wherever I go, I drink the local beer.

Where have you had the best beer so far in all your travels?

That’s really difficult. Because beer is not only about the taste but also your mood at that time and how you feel.
But if I were to rate country wise, I would say Belgian beers are very good.

Indian beers are very good too. I think if you compare internationally, Toit will come pretty close up on top. The beers here are very good. I prefer them to even the beers I have in London. I don’t know what it is, but I find them far better.

There are some microbreweries apart from Toit that serve really good beer too.

Do you still go to office?

Yeah yeah, of course! I go everyday!

I’m out by 9 am, sometimes even by 7:30 am.

Wow. That’s early.

Yeah. But I don’t mind. Hard work hasn’t killed anyone. I think not working kills people.

Do your sons also stay in Bangalore?

My elder boy stays in Bangalore, and the younger one stays in Chicago.

The younger one is a surgeon and the older one is an investment banker.

They’ve also travelled and studied abroad, so they’re good beer drinkers too. So is my wife!

In all the times you’ve come here, as a family or otherwise, is there any particular memory that stands out? 

I think the Sundays when they have a band here is good. I try to come on those Sundays if I’m in town.

They also had my birthday here last month.

That was your 70th birthday, yes?

Yes! That was fun. I had my close friends, not too many. We come here often together.

I really can’t think of one memorable thing. Most of my days here are memorable. I like the ambiance and there’s a certain energy in the place that makes it likeable.

Let me put it this way—I’ve never had a disappointing day here.

Fair enough. So tell us about this amazing birthday gift your sons gave you.

I didn’t know such a thing existed also.

So I get to drink beer for a whole year, for free. I mean, as much as I want. They bought me beers for 365 days of the year. I can’t come everyday, so I don’t know how that’ll work out. *laughs*

The good thing is I can bring my friends too and they can also drink. Not only me. It included a brewery tour too, and a whole bunch of things.

I don’t know who put it together, but whoever did, it was a great gift and surprisingly different.

For someone who is always doing something different and challenging, at your age, do you get a lot of people who think you’re too old for this?

A lot of people come to me for advice. As I said, I fund startups. I had about 16 companies, and I’ve exited 4, so I’ve still got 12.

Of course, some investments are large, some are small, different amounts. And there are some very good companies too.

The ones that aren’t doing too well, I get to spend more time with them and see how I can help with their problems, if they have any.

The companies vary from medical equipment to a brewery. I’ve invested in one in Bombay.
It might be a company in Singapore or one in Bangalore or California too.
They’re all over the place and it’s good fun because I travel to these places often.

Does it get stressful?

No. I don’t think it is. It only becomes stressful if you’re going to lose a lot of money. I had put aside some money for this, and I’ve made many times that already. And I still have 12 companies. I enjoy it and I look forward to it.

I’m still investing, but now I’m looking more at exits than fresh investments because I started off about 15 years ago and that was a good time to start.

People half your age or younger are having problems today—burning out, not being able to start over, or who are fixated on holding onto one job for fear of not finding another good one.
Are you the example of it’s never too late to start something
?

I started something even a year ago.

I think the reason for that is that younger people now have different pressures.

In the sense that there is a lot happening on the internet and most young people are connected all the time.

I don’t subscribe to Twitter, or LinkedIn, or Facebook. Because in any case, I get about 60-70 mails in a day, and my philosophy is that if I start doing all that also, I’ll be doing nothing else. I spend a lot of time travelling, at least 10 days per month on an average.

When I’m here, I do a lot of physical activity to keep myself fit.

I have a trainer who comes home twice a week, I have a yoga instructor who comes thrice a week, and I play golf at least thrice a week. In between, I go for walks and jogs at least two or three times a week.

And then there are the board meetings that I attend. So it’s quite full.

I don’t have any tensions. I go to bed at 11:00 pm and I’m up at 5:30-6:00 am everyday. And I sleep, touchwood, beautifully. I don’t have any problems or issues.

The thing is, you’ve got to shut your mind out and get into bed. You get home, and you need to switch off.

Is that the problem for the younger generation? An inability to switch off?

Yeah, because they’re connected all the time!

If your phone pings, and there’s a message at 11 in the night, you want to read it and reply to it, and your brain gets ticking. You don’t relax.

I very rarely look at my mail after 6:30-7:00 pm. Unless someone calls up and says it’s something very urgent. People who know me do that.

Otherwise I can just look at it tomorrow. Nothing great is going to happen overnight.

Emergencies are the only exceptions, but that’s very rare.

Also, doing a lot of physical activity is also very important.

What’s next for you?

I do have a plan, but it’s a loose plan. Not something which is cast in stone.

For instance, next month I’m going for a holiday with my children in Italy and Portugal.

We do a lot of things as a family together, and we hope to do more of that.

I do look at small business opportunities, to help people for instance. A lot of young people want to start something and sometimes I have to tell them I don’t think this is going to work. I’m very frank.

But since they’ve come to me, I don’t mind helping. So I give them some money, they go and try it out. I tell them about the pitfalls but if they’re passionate about it, I don’t want to disappoint them. Take some money, try it out, but if it doesn’t work, don’t be overtly disappointed because it’s part of the learning curve.

I enjoy meeting younger people who have weird and creative ideas.

What’s the weirdest idea someone has come to you with?

I think what is important is that people must pursue their passion. But they must also look at whether it’ll make them money. Because at the end of the day, you’ve got to make some money, no? Can’t live on just fresh air and passion.

What people most often don’t see is that a great product might not always have a market. It has to be a large market, because you’re not the only player.
Everyone has ideas and passion. So, how are you going to execute your ideas?

That’s the problem.

The best idea in the world is not worth anything if you can’t execute it.

People have come to me for everything from fitness studios to movies. I’ve invested in some of them.
The only thing I haven’t done is invest in a movie. So, I’m thinking of doing that.

And will you make a Stan Lee like cameo in the movie?

No, no! Not up for that. But I think it’ll be fun to make a movie. The idea is to have fun, because if you don’t have fun you’ll never be good at it.
A movie is about the only thing I haven’t done.  So, why not do that also?

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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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    • 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.
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    • 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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    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.

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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