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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Ever got smashed at a brewpub and decided to pack up your whole entire life and shift to another city? Our Mug Holder Shivaram did exactly that, with his dog Max in tow.

Let’s start with our opening question—why do you think you were selected as the Mug Holder?

Why do I think I was selected?
Oh, I come here way too often I think.

It has nothing to do with your beer consumption?

No, no! Not the amount of my beer consumption, but the frequency of my beer consumption.
So I’m here several times a week and that is the reason that Toit was a catalyst for me moving to Bangalore.

I proceeded to get completely smashed and that’s when I decided—why don’t I just move to Bangalore!?

I was in Bombay. Well, I was in Bangalore ’99-’02 and then I moved to Bombay, that’s where I’m from. I was in Bombay till 2014.
I had come to Bangalore once on work and a couple of meetings of mine got cancelled, and I had a lot of free time.

So like a good soul I landed up at Toit and I thought it was a great place to kill time. I proceeded to get completely smashed and that’s when I decided—why don’t I just move to Bangalore!?

That’s what triggered your move?

It was probably at the back of my mind, but that day, just sitting here for several hours, I realised I don’t do this in Bombay, and Bangalore is a great city.
I mean, I had memories of it from a bygone era but it still is a wonderful city. So yeah, that’s when I messaged my friends telling them I was moving to Bangalore and that I’d discovered my love for Bangalore again.
And within two weeks I was here!

I rented a place here, drove down with my dog, and that was it. Good fun!

I have been a finance professional for the last 20 years. That’s what I did in Bombay, that’s what I do now. Except that I now help individuals plan and manage their finances. Basically, I’m a wealth advisor.

How did the whole process of deciding to move here workout?

It was good fun. It just seemed like the right thing to do when I was getting drunk.When I got sober, it still felt great!

I was working with a small firm, and they were sweet people and they would have been happy to have me in Bangalore anyway, so that worked out pretty quickly. And it was just me and my dog, so it was pretty easy to move.
It’s been three and half years since we moved.

So you have a dog!

I have two dogs, and a cat now! Max is my nine and a half year old Lab, the one I moved here with. And then I moved in with my partner who I met in Bangalore, and she came in with her cat Miu, and then both of us added a dog, Soju, a two year old Indie, to the mix.

What’s interesting is that most people who move from Bangalore to Bombay can’t imagine coming back here. And yet, here you are. 

It’s a phase. When you’re much younger and your career is going well, fast paced works for you. And Bombay is great. Once you get used to Bombay, it is a fabulous city.

I have two dogs, and a cat now!

I got old there and I decided, hey, I need a bigger house, better things to do, an easier lifestyle and a slower pace of life. Oh, and great weather!

Of course it is slower here, and it’s nicer for it being slower. Who needs to be on a treadmill all the time?

What’s the biggest difference?

Apart from the weather, it’s a whole bunch of things.

I think South India is a gentler place to be than the rest of the county, on an average. Sweeter people, nicer people, easier pace of life. All these small things add up.
You have awesome real estate in Bangalore, you can never dream of doing half the things in Bombay, would cost you five times as much. And that impacts every facet of your life.

You’ve been coming here for a decent amount of time. Have you always been a beer drinker?

Strangely, I’ve never enjoyed drinking beer anywhere else as much as I have in Bangalore.
When I was in Bangalore in ’99-2002, I would do only beer. And then I left and I could never really enjoy the beer in other cities. Maybe it’s just the culture.

When you’re much younger and your career is going well, fast paced works for you.

Bangalore is such a beer city, and no other city is.
You go to microbreweries in Bombay and they’re busy doing Rum and Vodka. Even in a brewery. No one really drinks that much beer.

How much of Bangalore’s old charm still exists anymore?

Compared to what it was 10 years ago, sure, it doesn’t exist. But when you compare it to other cities, it’s still there. It’s there in pockets.

Might not be as charming and easy-going as it used to be twenty years ago, it is getting crowded and noisy and traffic is crazy. Far too many people, too.
But despite all of that, it’s still better than a whole bunch of other cities.

When you’re not working or deciding to shift base to a new city, what do you do for fun?

I used to cycle a lot, but a bunch of my buddies left the city so I gave up cycling. But luckily I’ve gotten into golf. I’m a serious golfer, out there at least a couple of times a week. And Indiranagar is the perfect place to be because there are three golf courses around. It’s brilliant.

Would you say to someone looking to slow things down a bit, that Bangalore is still an ideal option?

Of course! Compared to Bombay and Delhi, definitely.
So many places to head out to around Bangalore too. In Bombay, there’s really nowhere to go.

Might not be as charming and easy-going as it used to be twenty years ago…still better than a whole bunch of other cities.

There’s stuff happening in pubs and malls there, but once you tire of that, you can’t just go for a trek or a drive.

Do you still cycle?

I cycle to work. But I spend more time working in Toit, than in the office.

My work is to meet people and so I meet them here all the time.
My clients are more than happy to meet me here than at the office.

What’s better than meeting a wealth advisor and chugging beer, right?

Do you know that Toit is opening in Bombay now?

I know! Where Blue Frog used to be.

My clients are more than happy to meet me here than at the office.

Are you going to go there and drink and decide to move back?

Of course I’m going to go there and drink.
But no way am I going to move back there. I can’t afford Bombay anymore.

Besides, my partner won’t move there, and there’s no way I’ll get a house big enough for two dogs and a cat, with a garden at the prices that I’m getting here.
And I can’t move without them!

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

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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

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

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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