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 manages a band, handles operations for a lingerie brand and also conducts trainings for corporates. Oh, but she’s really a dentist by qualification. Yup, that’s Pooja, our Mug Holder of the month.

We ask this of every Mug Holder—why do you think you were selected as the Mug Holder?

I have no idea! I think because I come here practically every other day. I just started working down the road, so all my meetings are over here.

Where do you work?

I’m actually a consultant and I work for a company called Buttercups, it’s a lingerie brand.

That’s Arpita’s brand, right? She was our second Kudix Mug Holder!

I know! And the first KMH is a really good friend of mine too, Nikhil Mehta. And the previous one was Anshu!
So I used to work for a corporate for 8 years, and I just quit. I started doing something of my own.
I consult with Arpita, and I take care of a band called Windoze. I also started freelancing for a company called D’frens.

 

…the first KMH is a really good friend of mine too, Nikhil Mehta.

So you do a whole bunch of things!

Yeah, so I quit a month back. I’m actually a dentist by profession.

When I quit, I wasn’t sure about what I wanted to do but I had some skill sets and I used to do training, so right now I do those things. With Windoze, I manage them. With Difference, I take trainings.

Are you from Bangalore?

Yeah. So, my dad is in the Army and we’ve travelled around. But when I was in the 10th, I came to Bangalore, and I’ve been here ever since.

What made you quit after 8 long years?

I wanted to do something else. I thought corporate wasn’t for me. I wanted to do something in F&B, initially.
I used to run a place called Owl’s Kitchen, which was the first midnight delivery system in Bangalore. That was mine, me and another friend used to run that place.
We were very young and didn’t think it would scale up.
We did that for a year and a half, and then decided to move on—because it’s difficult to do something that requires so much effort and still go back to a 9-5 job. At that moment we chose to go on with our lives and our 9-5 jobs, but sometime back a flip switched.
I wanted to do something by myself.
I wish that there was a fancy story to it, but none of that.

It took some time to leave the concept of a message popping up on your phone on the 1st of every month. That is a big deal! It’s easy to have a structure in your life where you know an ‘x’ amount of money is coming to you, and knowing how you’re going to spend it.

I used to run a place called Owl’s Kitchen, which was the first midnight delivery system in Bangalore

So I took a call and decided that’s not something I want to do—money isn’t a driving force in my life right now.

How has the transition been?

I have never been happier. Like, never!
It’s just been a month actually, so this is the first month that the message has not come.
I’m dealing with it, I might have locked myself and cried a little—that’s a different story, we will not talk about that. *laughs*

No, but the thing is that it is very liberating to do something by yourself. And you realise you can do whatever you want to, as long as you put your mind to it.

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Since it’s been a month, was the shift hard?

Yeah! Actually, a lot of my friends are suddenly moving into being young entrepreneurs now so that helps, because you look at other people and say that person had the courage to do this, so maybe I can.

It takes a lot of guts, but my parents were really supportive. I told them I don’t want to do this anymore, and they asked me why, and I said I don’t want to be stressed out all the time, and I want to do something I want to do right now. So they were totally fine.

And my friends were really onboard. I was a little scared that they were so happy that I was quitting my job. They were excited about being able to drink beer everyday at Toit together.
I had to ask them all to relax a little bit! And that’s when I realised that people drink on a weekday, during the day as well.

I have so many of my meetings here now!

Time for myself. I have more time now.

What would you say was the biggest thing that changed after you made the shift?

I think time. Time for myself. I have more time now. I used to work from 9-11, every single day. We all would be at office by 10:30 and be there till 10.
And by the time you get home it’s 11, and you have nothing much to do but have a shower, have your dinner and go to bed.

So, time for myself and to gauge what I want to do has changed. I get to hang out with family and friends as well.
And also, peace of mind. I’m less stressed and it shows in the work that I do.

Is it hard to juggle the many roles you seem to be juggling—training, operations and managing a band. How do you find a middle ground?

Yes, it is hard. The thing is that it’s like doing work for three people. You need to change your mindset because these are three completely different fields.

How did Toit become a part of your busy life?

Toit has always been a part of my life. I’ve been coming here from the time it opened, from when it didn’t even have a brewery.
So we used to come and drink those mojito pitchers.
And I’m a big beer person, like I only drink beer. I don’t drink anything else.

But like all Army kids, I started drinking alcohol with Old Monk. Because it’s cheap, and it’s available, and it’s lying down and your father will be like, yeah ok drink.
We used to steal Old Monk and Coke, when we didn’t have money.

Toit has always been a part of my life.

So we’re a big group that comes here—about 18-19 of us, when we started out. We used to hang out every other day at Toit.
For me, Toit is convenient. It’s near to work and also really near to home.
And the staff is so nice and so sweet and very friendly. And they all know you! So irrespective of what you want to do, you can come here and do it—work, meetings, hang out with friends, have a personal discussion with someone who wants to talk. it gives you everything you want, and you just need to pick the level you want to sit at and that would be your evening.
And the staff is so friendly. That is what makes or breaks a place. The owners are really sweet too, but the staff are just amazing.
I think this is why all my friends love Toit so much as well.

So, since you’re a big beer person, what’s your favourite beer here?

Tint-In-Wit. I don’t even have to ask. I just come here and they know.

And what is the most you’ve had in one sitting? (that you can remember.)

I think 8 or 9. We sit such long hours and drink here.

In all the time that you’ve been coming here, what’s one of the most memorable incidents that has happened here?

Everything we do, happens in Toit. Last three years, I’ve been getting the group to go out somewhere else on New Year’s Eve, but it just doesn’t happen.
A lot of us have moved, so everybody comes back for New Year’s and there’s this nostalgia factor to Toit. So we end up going here only.

We have two friends, Manoj and Mansi, who now live in Jakarta and it was their send-off party. So some 25-30 of us were sitting outside.

…everybody comes back for New Year’s and there’s this nostalgia factor to Toit.

We put the couple in two separate teams, and so one was Manoj’s team and one was Mansi’s team. We gave them tasks to do, across Toit. And we went running around.

We asked Mansi to stand on the table and dance! And that night was actually quite mad!

Getting back to what you do, if there’s another young person out there, looking to quit a steady 9-5 to follow their passion, what advice would you have for them?

Advice, I think would be, that you should do whatever you love. Whatever you love!
And do it for the right reasons.
Because there’s a thing called ‘entrepreneur’ and there’s a thing called ‘wantrepreneur’, which is people just randomly quitting their jobs.

One needs to distinguish which one you are. It takes a lot of guts, it’s not easy, it’s a lot of hard work, and a lot of discipline.
And you cannot take a day off, can’t do long holidays, need to constantly be in touch.

The good part is that you work for yourself and have the leeway to do other things in your life, but there’s also so much more responsibility. There are days you need to figure out things—I told you, that monthly message won’t come. So you need to plan and make sure you know what you’re doing.

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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

    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