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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Meet the man who was doing Computer Science much before it became the ‘safe choice’ and continues to live out what was originally his hobby, by providing telecom solutions in obscure little countries across the world. Say hello to Sanjay.

We ask this of every KMH—why do you think you were selected?

Because I keep teasing them. What happens is that we come here pretty regularly, every Friday. And we had gotten used to one particular table. So, one day we went in and there was somebody sitting there. So I made a big fuss, saying it’s my table, give me my table. The girl at the front desk said she’d block it for me every Friday.

It started with that, and now what happens is when I come, and that table is occupied, I make a big scene. That’s my table! They also know that I’m just teasing, but I think that’s the only reason.

The only reason? Nothing to do with the amount you drink?

No, no! See, I don’t live here. I live in Ireland. I have a company here, but I live there. So I come only once every couple of months now. Earlier, we would maybe come here a couple of times a month and when I opened up my office round the corner, then once a week. It’s just that! So, now when I come, it’s only because of the ancient history of the table that they remember me.

 See, I don’t live here. I live in Ireland. I have a company here, but I live there.

What do you do?

I run a telecom consultancy. We consult for some companies in Europe. It’s a very small company, and we basically have people who work in countries like Estonia, and stuff. And now we’re working on a contract with Uruguay. So, we don’t go where the big names are, we go to the countries where they have a tough time getting people to come and help with their deployments. Because we can’t compete with these big names.

We go to small countries like that. We had an offer to send someone to Syria last year, which of course we declined. But one of our Austrian contacts went there, and apparently Damascus isn’t as dangerous as the media says. But we didn’t want to send anyone there because it is a risk which is not worth it.

We specialise in these obscure places, in a thing called HLR, which stands for Home Location Register. We focus on this one thing in countries where no one else wants to go. Don’t tell Narayan Murthy, ok?!

How come Bangalore?

I’m originally from Chandigarh, and when I moved here more than 20 years ago, I set up the Apple R&D centre in Bangalore, the first one. So, I was one of the first engineers they hired. This is before iPhones and all were even dreamt of, and people hadn’t heard of Apple and all. But that was before Steve Jobs came back. And this didn’t quite work out.

My original background is telecom, I switched to Apple, was with them for 2 years, and when that didn’t work out, I went back to telecom. And after that, I’ve been in telecom and semi conductors.

So, I’m originally from Chandigarh and Ireland is kind of like an extended vacation for me. And also because I wanted to give my kid some exposure to Europe.

How did Toit become a part of your visits?

I don’t know! I don’t remember.

Have you always been a beer drinker?

Look at my T shirt. *points at an Oktoberfest tee*

I was wondering whether I should wear the Oktoberfest tee or the Guinness tee. This is from 97. And I still fit in it! I like to rub it in.
But I don’t really like the flavour of regular beers. But I’ll have them once in a while because I don’t drink anything else. But I like the flavour of the Toit beers, and I like Irish beers, and the brewer here is an Irish guy. So, that’s it.

No, no! It’s very boring. Telecom is an extremely boring domain.

I think there used to be a French restaurant that used to be here, and I remember walking and walking out immediately. It was not very welcoming. And then I saw that the signboards changed, and I think this was when it was being set up so I saw that it was a microbrewery.

I used to travel in the US extensively, and I’d seen a lot of microbreweries. So I think I came back when it opened to check it out. But it wasn’t a regular thing until my office got set up around the corner.

You were saying that you send people to obscure countries—is it a job that involves a fair amount of adventure?

No, no! It’s very boring. Telecom is an extremely boring domain. I don’t go to these places. I send people there. I don’t particularly like travelling, because I used to go to the US every 6 weeks, back when I used to work for a big, bad company. So, I don’t like travelling.

How do I put this? I don’t need to work. This is just something which keeps me engaged.

So how old is your kid?

She’s 10, and she’s studying in Ireland. The interesting thing about Ireland is that it’s very different from what it used to be 15 years ago—back then you’d only meet Irish people. Now, if you look at Dublin, it is very similar to New York. You’ll find people from all over. For her, in her school, she’s getting to meet a lot of people whom she wouldn’t meet here.

The school system there is good but it is not as rigorous as ours is here. Which is why now is the right time to expose her to some other stuff, and then she can come back and face the music here. That is the background to being in Ireland.

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You were saying that you don’t have to work and do it out of choice—is there something else you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

Not really! The thing is that it’s different for me compared to people now. See, I studied Computer Science when it was not understood. Now it’s the safe choice. When I got into it, it was because I wanted to, which is not the case now. People take it now to have a secure job, where you can easily join one of the big names.

So, for me, my hobby was my job. Because of that, now my hobby has become everyone’s job. It’s different for me.

See, I studied Computer Science when it was not understood. Now it’s the safe choice.

But that’s great right? It’s nice to find people who are passionate about what they do!

No, no, no. Don’t ever say that I’m a passionate person—I’m not! It’s not like that. I don’t even know what that word means, I literally do not know what people mean when they say that.

That implies some excitement. This is not excitement, this is mathematics. And unfortunately, that’s not the case now. Now it’s just coding. I never say I’m a programmer, or an IT guy. I say I’m a Computer Scientist.

It’s very different. There’s a lot of rigour and mathematics involved. It’s not fun at all! It’s very hard work. But now, people seem to associate having a programming degree with travel. And that is the excitement.

But you said it was your hobby right? So it can be something you enjoy. Lot of people have hobbies that are really hard.

It comes from the fact that I used to build electronics, and back then they were not programmable. In 1981, it started to become programmable. The hobby was electronics, which became programming, which became a job.

But you can still enjoy it right? Sports, for example, is something you need to work very hard for but can still enjoy.

Because it doesn’t require any brains!

Come on!

And like I said, you want to do that, go ahead. But I’m not going to watch you and cheer you.

So what do you enjoy doing then? Apart from your hobby that became your job.

I do take pictures but I won’t say I’m a photographer. Mostly, places I visit. But I don’t post my photos anywhere. I take pictures, look at them, and that’s it.

I don’t put it on Facebook because I’m not on Facebook. You know, social media is just to numb your brain. It’s narcissistic, like “look at me, I’m having so much fun!” And I think that a lot of it is to generate envy in other people.

You know, social media is just to numb your brain. It’s narcissistic, like “look at me, I’m having so much fun!”

This is not something I like. The word, blog itself is meaningless. It is an abbreviation of the word weblog, and log comes from a diary, and diary originally was a log from a ship. So people who use the word blog don’t know the origin of the word.

But now they use it to rant and rave about things.

I don’t dislike it. I think it’s just to numb your brain. And of the things I particularly enjoy reading about is, that selfies kill more people than sharks. I love that!

For me, let’s have more people taking selfies and falling off buildings. Perfect for me! No problem. I don’t mind. It’s evolution in action! It’s ‘Internet Darwinism’.

What is your biggest grouse with social media?

People are idiots!

See, how do I put this? Earlier, you’d have a guy say on Church Street, with a banner, shouting something. Maybe some 100 people can hear him. But you go on Twitter now, and you have some insane conspiracy theory and you can broadcast it to millions of people, who will re-broadcast it.

So, now what happens is that there is some insane notion which someone has, who now also has the ability, without any contribution of his/her own, to distribute it all over the world. And it has no value.

For me, let’s have more people taking selfies and falling off buildings…It’s evolution in action! It’s ‘Internet Darwinism’.

When I do see the news, I see that someone makes an innocent remark and people take it, deliberately misinterpret it and then broadcast it all over the world. Doesn’t make any sense to me.

It’s just a personal choice. I mean, why do I care what someone ate for breakfast?

But you can filter these things!

I don’t know. I don’t use it, so I don’t know. When I do look at it, it seems inane to me.

That is part of the reluctance to go in that direction. I mean, I had a Facebook account long before people knew what it was. I saw it, and I was like this doesn’t make any sense to me. I don’t see the value in it.

The people I meet here at Toit, I don’t have any connection with them on Facebook. I meet them face-to-face, and it’s much more enjoyable.

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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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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

    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