The 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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This month’s mug holder is Vijay. We caught up with him and discussed hefeweizens, the evolution of the drinking culture over the last decade and his love for real brews.

How long have you been in Bangalore?
I’m originally from Chennai. But I have been living here for the last twelve years. I’m a software engineer. I’ve been a software engineer pretty much my entire life.

How did Toit happen?
When they opened, they were one of the first micro-breweries in town, so there was this buzz around the opening. I live fairly close-by, just about five kilometres from here so I was very excited. I’ve always been a fan of beer. One thing I was sad about was that you didn’t have different types of beers available in India, apart from the usual lagers. So I was very excited that Toit was opening so close to my place. Pretty much from the beginning I think I have been anticipating the opening.

Do you remember the first time you had one of the brews here?
They didn’t serve their beers for about a year or so. I came here a few times then, hoping they would start serving their own brews.
The first time I came to Toit, I came with a bunch of friends. At that time, we used to like the Hefeweizen, so we were really really happy.

They didn’t serve their beers for about a year or so. I came here a few times then, hoping they would start serving their own brews.

You said you’ve always been a beer lover. Is there a type you particularly enjoy?
I started off really liking Hefeweizen. I used to live in San Francisco for a while, and there were some breweries there that would serve their own beer, that you could find only there. I’ve liked the Porter and IPAs as well.

What do you think of Toit’s evolution from the first day you came here? How much has it changed for you?
It’s pretty much the same, right? I think the vats were there then as well. There are a few new sections. But it hasn’t changed that much and that’s one of the things I love about it. The quality of the beer has been steady. Some beers took a while to mature but it is a really reliable place. A great place!

Do you have a favourite beer here?
I like the dark beers. I like the India Pale Ale. It keeps changing though. They frequently brew Specials here, and some of them are really nice. But they go away really fast. They had a Golden Ale once, which was really hoppy. It was really nice, but it went away too fast.
Wish that they would make some of the Specials regular. That would be great.

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What do you enjoy most about your beer drinking experience?
I really like the beer over here. At some point, I started getting my kids here as well, for lunch. So, they also like the place. They really like the dessert. And a lot of my friends like the beer over here. So we just come out here and hang out. And recently they started this live music. I enjoy live music and I like Blues and Old Classic Rock, and they have had bands like that. In fact, another thing I really like here is that when you come out here in the afternoons they usually have rock playing.
It’s nice to bring the family also, there is section for families and service is really nice.  And they don’t mind kids coming here and hanging out. Kids being kids they tend to run around, but they seem perfectly fine with that.
I try to manufacture at least one occasion a week where I can come here and enjoy some brew.

It’s nice to bring the family also, there is section for families and service is really nice.

Is there a big shift you’ve seen in the drinking culture? What’s different now from a  decade ago?
For me the heartening thing is that more people are experimenting and trying the bitter beers. You can see it over here as well. Even though the Hefeweizen is probably still the bestseller, lots of people are trying the India Pale Ale and the Nitro Stout.
First of all, people have become aware about the different kinds of beers and secondly, they have learned to appreciate the more bitter kind of beers.
So it’s good to see that.

If you had to put together a fantasy beer, what would the ingredients be?
I don’t have anything like that, actually. Some of the breweries have coffee stouts. I really like that. Over here, the India Pale Ale is another beer I really like. I like all the darker beers here. I have the Hefeweizen once in a while. And I think the Toit Tint-In-Wit here is absolutely fantastic. I feel it is not as appreciated as it should be. But it would be nice if something more hoppy, like if they had an IPA on the menu.  Maybe get the Golden Ale back!

Over here, the Colonial is another beer I really like. I like all the darker beers here.

Since you’ve been coming here for nearly four years, any particular memory that stands out?
The whole thing is one big, happy memory. Coming here for the first few times was a really happy experience, because all of a sudden in Bangalore we were getting real beer. I think the first day we came here, none of my friends knew about the Hefeweizen, and they all drank it and were so happy. They really liked the taste. That would be the stand out memory. But I just come here so often that there are too many to choose from.

How do you think your kids will feel about you being the Kudix Mug Holder of the Month?
My son will definitely be proud. I think my daughter will be a mix of happy and a bit embarrassed!
I myself am so thrilled. When this programme was first announced I was hoping that one day I will make it. I know I have probably not been drinking as much as the other mug holders, but for sure I know that I appreciate the beers more.

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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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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

    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