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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Kicking off the new year, our first mug holder of 2015 is the Englishman whose last name is France (something he’s tired of explaining), and whose love affair with beer has led him to publicly admonish beer barons and given him a penchant for calling bad brew out! Say hello to George!

How long have you been in Bangalore?
I’ve been here since 2003. That’s like the last 12 odd years, but I haven’t spent all 12 years here. Been here about 7-8 years, mainly on six month assignments for work. I used to work for an investment bank, and when I retired, they hired me back as a consultant to do exactly the same job. So I’m back here now as a consultant, doing exactly the same thing I have been doing for the last 19 years. I’ve worked all over the world, actually.

How did Bangalore end up being the place of choice?
The bank decided to move into Bangalore, like most banks in 2000-2003. It was a nice place to be, with an intelligent work-force. It was something that was going to be on the map. So my firm decided to move all their back offices here but they didn’t have any property so they had a developer build us an office. It wasn’t going too well initially, very slow to get moving. So they sent me out here, because I understood the culture and I knew how to motivate. That’s where I started. I spent almost two years here, while the first building came up. And then I kept coming back because our business in India expanded and we took on another building, and then another building, and so on. Now I think there are seven in total. And my fingerprints are all over every single one of them!

Where were you before India then?
I was in Saudi-Arabia, Dubai, Moscow, Paris, Madrid, Dublin, New York—all over the world. But I’m originally from London, I’m a Londoner.

I’ve been all over the world. But I’m originally from London, I’m a Londoner.

How did Toit become a part of your busy life?
I came here when it first opened. I’m a beer lover—beer is my love! And to be perfectly frank it was something new, but it was an improvement on drinking that popular local beer. Which is the staple diet of most people in Bangalore, or even India, for a fact. Which, by the way, is the worst beer in the world!
I came here and I could see high potential but they weren’t brewing at that point. Then I disappeared for about three years, working all over the world. And when I came back again I went to another popular brewpub and they had improved as well and their beer was decent. Then someone asked me if i’d been back to Toit and I said no. So I came back to Toit.
I sit in my seat by the corner most of the time and drink my two pints. That’s where I get my lovely complexion from!

Do you have a favourite beer?
My favourite here is the India Pale Ale, which is like the old beer we used to make in England and send out to the soldiers. We still make it in England, and Matt does a good pint with it here.

Coming from a country where the beer drinking tradition is centuries old, what do you think is the main difference between brewpubs here and there?
I’m not convinced by brewpubs completely in India because they don’t have an identity, a proper identity, yet. But Toit does. You come in here and it’s like a pub. And of course you see the vats at the entrance and you straight away know you’re in someplace professional. There’s also the beer and atmosphere in here. You don’t get that in the other brewpubs. I feel most of them are confused between being discotheques and restaurants, that just happen to serve brewed beer.

…brewpubs in India don’t have an identity, proper identity. But Toit does.

I like the atmosphere at Toit. But I’ve never been upstairs, never been past my little table. I’m an idle fellow. I like to indulge in people-watching from my spot, and I watch the chaos unfold.

Anything interesting you’ve managed to notice from your corner?
I’m surprised about the good looking girls that come here. Drinking beer too! They won’t be good looking girls for long though, they’ll all get fat like me!

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But I have to tell you this. I had dinner with a very popular liquor baron a while ago, and I told him he makes the bloody worst beer in the whole world.
It was a posh charity dinner and the fellow was sitting next to me and introduced himself. I told him he had a good airline, which he did in them days, but I told him his beer was utter crap. I said my beer drinking experience goes back 50 odd years so trust me when I tell you, your beer is bad. He was shocked!

He changed the subject to wine, and asked me if he could buy me a crate. I told him not to bother, I just needed him to know his beer was bad. Dinner after that was silent-ish. But I don’t care, I had to tell this guy because you don’t understand how much I hate this beer, and how this beer has held back Indians. It’s everywhere you go! You see, I’m not just smoke and roses. I speak my mind! And this beer is rubbish!

So what beers do you like?
If I had to drink bottled beer in India, it would always be Peroni. It’s as near to the real stuff as you can get. And after that it would be Budweiser. And believe it or not, a beer called Haywards 5000. If I can’t get any of that, I would drink Old Monk rum, but they stopped making that now.
I live in Greenwich, and there’s a chain called Mean Time brewery, Greenwich Mean Time, it means. Matt knows it as well. And they make their own beers there. My top beer is from this place.

But not only the brewpubs, back there we have a beer culture, loads of big breweries that make proper beer like what you’re making here. It’s exactly the same process but on an industrial scale, with really good session beers being made. Which is perhaps one of my complaints with Indian brewpubs—they tend to make the beer a bit strong. I think they would make more money if they made it a little weaker because people would drink more! But I’m not going to complain. At the end of the day, I can handle it and I think they’ve got the model exactly right here.

I had dinner with a very popular liquor baron a while ago, and I told him he makes the bloody worst beer in the whole world.

Do you see the brewing culture catching on in India? is it a scalable model here?
Yes! This is the future. There’s no two ways about that. This model here is good. You’ve got to get the culture right—it’s got to be the right music, the right food and good beer, like they have here at this place. Also, good service—the staff here are brilliant. You go somewhere else, they’re clueless. This model can be rolled out. This could be replicated in every city, and it would be smart. I’ve been to one or two in Mumbai, but they weren’t nearly as good as this.

Apart from sampling brews and working, what else do you like doing?
I’ll be honest with you. I have quite a full-on job, with tough deadlines. Normally, I work seven days a week. On Saturday, I work till 3 in the afternoon, and after that I can be seen in here, propped up at the bar. On Sundays I just go to work in the morning. Maybe go out and eat in restaurants and things like that. I don’t do anything else.
I just wish there were more cultural things to do here. Things like where you could go listen to good music. Pubs are fine, but the live music culture is not so developed here. It’s improving, you see bands featured at pubs and stuff, they’re doing that, but you just can’t go to a rock concert. You do have them occasionally but you bring stars down who are over a 100 years old, and who were famous in the 60’s. I’m sure there’s enough bloody money to get some good bands to come and perform here!

The laws are a bit stringent for live music here.
To hell with the laws! Do what the people want, not what the police want! That parade ground in the centre of Bangalore can be turned into a fabulous venue once every six months for a good gig. Make the people pay the proper price to get good bands here. I mean, you can’t go watch the Rolling Stones in UK or Europe for under 300-400 pounds.

Beer aside, are there particular dishes you like here as well?
I love the Swedish meatballs! That’s nice here. Although if they are too spicy it’s like putting a red-hot poker in my mouth, burns my throat. But I ask them to go easy on the spice for me. And I like the Bruschetta here as well.

To hell with the laws! Do what the people want, not what the police want!

Any particular memory that stands out, in all the time you’ve been coming here?
The crowd! Especially the ones that walk straight in, and demand a table for like 12 people, at 9 pm on Saturday night. When all they’ve got to do is not be lazy and make a booking! And they know they might not get place so they’re all walking around, nicking chairs and things, and sort of like trying to squeeze their way in. It’s chaos when they try to do that. But that’s not a complaint on the girls at the front desk—the girls are amazing! The way they manage it and keep it cool. I’m very lucky I have my little spot here.

There’s just one more thing. There’s something about being in a pub before opening time—it sort of has this atmosphere to it, the smell, the emptiness, people getting ready—it’s a very unique atmosphere. I think most beer drinkers like to be in a pub before it opens, and as it opens, they get more and more into it.

Toit is amazing. It’s my favourite place in Bangalore. I’d go crazy if it wasn’t for this place, and one reason being I can’t stand the local beer. It all relates to that! Whatever Matt makes, I would drink. My contract may be extended, so i’ll be here for a while. I like it here, in Bangalore—the pollution is a bit of a drag but the people are charming and the chaos appeals to me.

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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

    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