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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Whiskey, wine, mining, marketing and riding—those are the ingredients that our Mug Holder of the month, Swaroop, is made of!

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

I’m totally clueless!

So you have no idea why?

I don’t know based on what I was selected. Maybe because I’m a little too regular here. I’ve been coming here every Saturday for the last three and a half years.

Are you from Bangalore?

Ah, yes. I’ve stayed here for about 17 years. But I’m actually from Andhra. So I’ve done my schooling in Hyderabad, after which I moved here, somewhere in 1999.

So what do you do here?

I head the marketing for a bunch of pubs in the city. 

Were you always doing marketing or is this something recent?

Actually, I was into mining before this. My family business. This is definitely something new for me.

Mining was the family business! How did the shift from mining to marketing happen?

We were into granite mining, in Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Telangana.

 

Is that fun?

Not really, but it’s pretty hectic. I was into mining for a good four years, and then I shifted to marketing.

We had to streamline the mining business a little and after that was done, I looked at different things to do. I wanted to do something that was close to pub culture, to understand the way this industry works. That was the whole motivation for this shift.

Where did this passion for pub culture come from?

Well, it comes from a love for whiskey and wine. 

Whiskey and wine, but not beer?

Not beer. 

But then pubs…?

I drink beer only at Toit, and microbreweries. I’m really not much of a beer drinker otherwise.

Why didn’t you just do marketing for a vineyard or distillery?

That could have happened, I guess, but this is just something I’m attached to. Pubs are a space I wanted to explore.

This was closest thing I could think of, keeping in mind my wine and whiskey interest. Actually, I wanted to set up something of my own but I don’t think the time is quite right.

What’s happening with the mining now? 

It’s going on. Things take quite a bit of time to streamline, took us three and a half years to streamline the entire process.

When did your fixation with wine and whiskey start?

Started about five years ago, and I’ve been working on it ever since.

I really enjoy drinking whiskeys and I spend a fortune on them on a yearly basis. Whenever there is a possibility of getting a bottle from abroad, I don’t miss a chance. I spend a bomb on it, to be honest.

What kind of whiskies do you like most?

Single malts, mainly. Not a big fan of blended whiskies. 

Since you’ve been curating your whiskey palate for a while now, how many have you tried?

I’ve tried a little over hundred. 

And how many left on your list of whiskies to try?

I keep looking at particular reserves and limited edition whiskies every now and then.

Any favourites?

Cragganmore is something I really like. And the second on the list is Ardbeg, while the third is something I picked up pretty recently, a few months ago, Bruichladdich (Octomore). This one is supposed to be the peatiest whiskey in the world, spent quite a bit trying to get it.

Tried for a year and a half also, to get it, because it is a limited edition whiskey. I was trying for the 7.1 but ended up with the 7.2.

What is the one whiskey you want to have but has eluded you thus far?

Well, I did have the Yamazaki and I’ve been trying to get another bottle for some time, but it’s just not happening.

Haven’t built an incredible sourcing network by now?

I would definitely do whatever it takes, but it’s just not happening.

When you say whatever it takes, what is the greatest length you’ve gone to acquire a bottle?

I was on a call for four hours to get a bottle. The Octomore. My friend was in Changi airport, on his way back, and I made him go around all the terminals possible to get this bottle for me.

That is a good friend!

Yes, yes, definitely a good friend.

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For a novice, how do you tell a good whiskey from a bad whiskey?

I think it’s left to personal choice. There are tasting notes, but personal opinion is something you can’t mess around with. 

Are you this passionate about wine as well?

I don’t know, for some odd reason, the wine fixation wore off and has suffered a downfall and I’ve just been continuing with whiskeys.

So how come you end up spending so much time at Toit?

I’m a bit of a workaholic, and I work at another bar, then I come to Toit, and then I go home.  I come here for the Red.
After drinking the beers at Toit, I have lost the palate for bottled beer.

When you’re not doing your marketing work, or convincing friends for hours to bring you whiskey bottles, what else do you do?

I’m into riding as well. I ride bikes. I take my time to plan the itinerary, takes me a good six to eight months, and then go for the ride.

What bike do you ride?

Royal Enfield. Classic 350.

I take off for about a month, after saving all my leaves.

What was the most recent trip you did?

I had actually planned a 45 days ride across the North East, but unfortunately had to cancel that because of work pressures. Before that, I did a trip to Ladakh for 25 days. 

I do short trips often. But Ladakh is like the Holy Grail for riders, so took me some time to plan that out.

Bikes, whiskeys and beers—anything else you want to add to that?

Cigars maybe.
But my first love will always be whiskey.

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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.

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    Please contact us between 9am and 7pm for reservations

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    TOIT PUNE

    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