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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She’s a single mom, who raised her kid while making grills for Chingy, but now spends her days between church, taking care of her dad, and drinking Margaritas. Oh, and learning Spanish so that she can go work with the Barcelona Football Club.
Yup! We’ve got a real hustler of a Kudix Mug Holder this month. Say hello to Rupa.

Why do you think you’ve been selected as the Kudix Mug Holder?

The honest answer? I think because I pretty much live here. I’m here sometimes five or six days a week.

Are you from Bangalore?

Yes, I am from Bangalore but I left here when I was 17, and then I just moved back five years ago to look after my dad.

And where were you in-between?

I was in the US. I had my own jewellery business, and had retail stores. I sold my business and moved back. Because we’re just two girls. My sister is in London, she’s married. Since I was the single one, it was easier for me to move back and take care of my dad.

I was in the US. I had my own jewellery business, and had retail stores.

What do you do here now?

I don’t do anything actually. Because I’m on a US Citizenship, I just keep extending it.

Between the time you went to the US and came back, have you seen a big shift in Bangalore’s drinking culture?

Yes! Because I remember when I was in PUC, which is almost 20-22 years back, there were only two or three pubs maybe. Now, every other corner you can see a pub. And a different crowd as well, from what the old crowd used to be.

As far as the crowd goes, I can’t say I like it, but I like Toit. The only reason I like it here is because I’m very comfortable—I can come here, sit alone, and have a drink. I don’t think people look at you weirdly here. Twice a week I’m with friends but most of the time, I come by myself.

Do you get hit on here?

No. I’ve never been hit on. Maybe judged, but not hit on! *laughs*

Are you a beer drinker?

No. I don’t drink beer, but I like coming here because initially when I came to Bangalore, I felt the Margaritas were different. But somehow I really loved the Margaritas here, and I don’t know if they’ve changed it to my taste or I’ve become accustomed to it, but now I can’t drink them in any other place.

What’s the most you’ve had here in one sitting?

I think 10 maybe. *laughs*

Tell us more about your jewellery business back in the States.

We did gold and diamond. There it’s more 10 karat and 14 karat jewellery and we did diamonds too. Solitaires as well. It was mainly catering to the African-American community. They’re the ones who really spend on the bling-bling!

I was in St. Louis, which is Mid-West, so we had a lot of these NFL players and rappers like Nelly and Chingy and all those guys. They were all local boys before they went big.

Have you met Nelly and Chingy?

I’ve not met Nelly, but I’ve seen him before he hit big-time. He used to be one of those boys, and his mom used to work at the Hardy’s in front of my store. Once he hit platinum, I remember her coming and telling me that he bought her some $ 300,000 home, and that she was moving.

But Chingy I’ve met because he used to come and shop all the time. The rappers are in their own trip. I don’t know how to put it. But one thing I’ve noticed is that if they live in a particular city, and they stick onto that city, they’re very loyal. They’ll come back and give their orders with you, if they want watches or even grills. I used to do grills all the time!

But Chingy I’ve met because he used to come and shop all the time.

Explain how grills work! They’re just braces with diamonds right?

Yeah. But when you do the cast, you do it exactly like dentists do. You have the mould, and then you make it. Once you take it out, you cast it in gold, and if they want diamonds, you set them on it.

Most of those people, they came out with a few songs about grills and stuff. So once these songs went big, I think every kid wanted it. It was a big thing then, I’m not sure it is anymore.

You think grills have a market in Bangalore?

I don’t think so. Rappers are really out there with their bling, so they’re used to it. I don’t think people here are like that—maybe Honey Singh or some shit. But the bling, maybe the chicks will like it. Not grills.

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How did Toit happen?

I just walked in here. I mean, I’m the sort of person who can drink at unearthly hours, so if it’s after 11 am, I’m like “Ok, I’m not an alcoholic!”

I came here once by myself, around 12:30 pm, and it was one of those days that wasn’t crowded. Initially when I used to come, I would come from Ulsoor and make sure that I was here on Sunday afternoons.

I don’t have too many friends, but the few that I do have, I make them all come to Toit. And then, about a year back, I moved right behind Toit! When I looked for a place, I needed one to be near Toit. Now I can just walk.

And the one thing I love here is the service—from the managers to the owners, the waiters to the bartenders, they’re the nicest human beings. They’re very sweet. And I know them all very well. Like for Christmas, I made sure I came and gave them all cake.

You did your schooling here then?

I did my schooling and PUC here. And then after that I left. Did my undergrad in the States.

How come you ended up moving to the States? For higher studies?

So, I’m a single mom. My daughter is 23. I got married when I was 17. It was an arranged marriage, and I moved to the US soon after, because my ex-husband was a US citizen. I had my daughter pretty much when I was 18, and then I got divorced fairly young too.

So, I’m a single mom. My daughter is 23. I got married when I was 17.

My daughter works in New York now, but she’s not really in touch with her dad since we got divorced when she was 6 years old. But when we got divorced, I stayed back and put her through school and stuff. So it was hard being a single mom. But I have no regrets. I’m not one of those who plays the victim card.

What’s the hardest thing about being a single mom?

I think it’s very tough because you have to work, and take care of the kids. And with me, because I’m a Catholic, I’m a very convent bred kind of a prude.

The problem comes when you’re raising a kid, especially a girl, as far as your dating and social life goes, you pretty much don’t have one. Because that was a personal decision—I didn’t want her to think that was ok, dating different people after months. I think I did the right thing, and there are always certain dues you have to pay.

But my daughter is very centred. In fact she’s the most sober one. Because out here, you keep hearing from your relatives that “Oh! Broken home, broken home! Your daughter is going to be messed up!” But this one has turned out so good. Maybe it’s God’s grace. I pray a lot. Amidst all this boozing, I pray too! *laughs*

Apart from taking care of your dad, what do you do in your free time?

My routine? I go to the gym, manage a little real estate of my dad’s, and then Toit. And if I’m not at Toit, I’m at church.

I’m a very religious person, and those things are very important to me. I think it would be very difficult for me to date somebody out of my religion. Not because of anything else, but just that if I like someone and date someone, I want him to go to church with me. I respect all religions though!

Oh. And I also love watching football. Growing up I always enjoyed watching sports but I love watching football!

Is there a team you support?

Barcelona! *proceeds to show her tattoo* I’m a huge fan! I started following football after coming here. I’ve always been a sports buff, I follow Tennis, Basketball, and Ice Hockey and stuff. But one of my friends here introduced me to football.

I’m a very religious person, and those things are very important to me.

I watched La Liga and I started supporting Barcelona. I follow football in a very committed way. Now I’m learning Spanish because I googled, and it’s easy for American Citizens to get jobs in Barcelona. And I don’t want just any job in BarcelonaI want a job with football club Barcelona!

Who’s your favourite player?

All my Barca boys are my favourites! I’ll pick my Messi, Neymar, Suarez maybe.

Has it been hard to move back? Since you were there for over two decades?

Yeah, it was very hard. I was there for 21 years. It was hard in the sense, because your friends here, they’re all married. And I was single. And the married clique kind of are a group together, you know? So it’s very difficult in that way.

Especially when you’re single, it’s very hard to date as well. I think here, I’ve given up on guys! And I think I also evolved as a person, so my views are kind of different. Maybe I’m not that Indian in my thinking, because you grow there and adapt. It is still hard for me.

But that way, I have that drive. I like to make my own money, don’t want to depend on anyone to foot my bills. I’m a hustler.

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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