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.

Bottle to throttle are the words our Pilot Mug Holder more or less lives by. Say hello to Ajesh.

Why do you think you were selected?

Because I’m a regular. Sometimes, I’m here everyday, or even twice a day.

When I’m meeting a bunch of people, sometimes I go home after and then come back.

Are you from Bangalore?

Ya, I am. I’ve been brought up here, right from my schooling.

What do you do?

I’m a pilot now, based in Bangalore.

How did you end up coming to Toit first?

Initially, I wasn’t that regular at Toit.

In 2014 I met with an accident, in May. And Toit was the closest place I could walk to, because I couldn’t ride a bike or drive a car because of the accident.

I was here for three months every day and I ended up spending a bomb here as a result. But I also got to know everyone and now it’s like a family over here.

What happened in the accident?

It was a bike accident and I had to walk because I couldn’t use my left arm at all.

The bone got fractured inside. I had to get a metal plate, which is still there, and they had to put a pin in my wrist as well.

I couldn’t ride or drive for three months, so I was here just drinking.

Have you always been passionate about beer?

It happened with Toit, honestly. Before I was into Vodka. Mostly because of my older brother’s influence.

He still drinks Vodka!

I started in May, like I mentioned, and I was based in Chennai at that time and I used to crave the Tint-In-Wit.

I would come down here, just for a day at times, and that whole day would be spent at Toit, after which I’d go back to Chennai straight. That’s how bad it was.

Does your brother also drink beer? Apart from the Vodka?

He drinks beer but he’s into a bottled kind. He does not like breweries at all!

And you haven’t managed to convert him yet?

Exactly! He just drinks bottled beer and Vodka. Even I can’t believe it, I don’t think we’re related.

Even when he comes here, he has the bottled beer. I feel so embarrassed, because I know everyone here.

It’s the same when I have to fly. Because you can’t drink for 12 hours before you fly, I come here and order a mocktail or something, and these guys are all shocked.

So you’re a commercial pilot?

Yes! I got the actual job in 2016, but I got my license back in 2010.

It took me 6 years to get the job, because the scene was really bad.

What did you do for the six years between the license and the actual job?

One year, I just chilled thinking I’m a pilot and I can get a job. I sat at home for a year after which I got a job at a call centre, and I did that for about two years.

Then I joined an airline as cabin crew, which I did for three years before this happened. So I never had a gap as such, I was always working.

When you finally got to fly, was it a sense of relief?

It was. I still can’t believe it.

I hit 1,000 flying hours on the Boeing just a few days ago. I can’t believe it because it’s happened so fast.

I’m on a 5 years contract and 2 years have just flown by. I don’t even know how.

And is it hectic?

How hectic can it be if I’m doing this interview on a weekday in the middle of the afternoon?

But this is only if I’m flying out of Bangalore. If I fly out at 5 am, I’m back here by 10 am and then I have the whole day off.

Same thing may happen the next day—I’ll do one sector and come back.

So it’s not common for pilots to do flights one after the other?

Bangalore has very few flights out, so being in Bangalore, everything is pretty chilled out here. The worst we probably do is a 4 sector flight.

So do pilots have a rigorous health standard that they have to maintain?

Does it look like it? *laughs*

No diets as such but they monitor BMI and stuff. Obviously you can’t have heart conditions. Even after my accident, I had to go through a lot of physiotherapy to get my hand to the same level as my right hand. And that took another three months after my recovery.

But it’s true that pilot and co-pilot don’t eat the same meals right?

Well, that’s true in theory. The meals do come, one veg and one non-veg, and we eat whatever. But this is on the flight, where you get meals marked ‘pilot’ and ‘first officer’, but you can eat a meal together in your hotel the previous night and there is a chance of falling sick then.

In the time you’ve been flying, has there been any scary situation you had to handle?

So far, nothing. Flying is the safest way of travelling still. Way more than road travel.

But recently, we had a medical situation where a passenger got a heart attack on board. We were coming from Delhi to Bangalore, and were still in Chennai airspace. And the cabin crew buzzed us and said that this person who had a heart problem anyway, now has suffered a heart attack. He was coming to Bangalore for treatment.

So we asked for medical priority. Normally, from that point it would have taken us a good 30 minutes to touchdown, but because of the priority we could skip the route that we normally follow and went straight to Bangalore from the point we were at.

And I think we were down in less than 10 minutes.

They usually give us a descent in steps, but they let us descend to the lowest point and said “speed is your discretion”, which we love to hear. Otherwise they slow you down a lot.

Have you indulged in any pilot stereotypes yet? The whole pilot breezing through airports with air-hostesses on either side?

No, I’ve still not done that. But yes, there is a feeling, which I think is there when you put on any uniform. People look at you a differently.

And what about partying? Do you ever get to do that?

We do party hard. It just depends on what your flights are. We have something called bottle to throttle, which is basically the 12 hour gap between your last drink and flight, which I’d mentioned. So depending on our schedules, sometimes we get to go out and chill and sometimes we don’t.

And before every flight, there is a breath exam. And it’s super sensitive, so mouthwash and perfume and all of that doesn’t work.

Even if you have these Jack Daniel’s chocolates, or even those Listerine breath strips, all of that shows up.

Honestly now, have you ever imagined yourself to be in a crisis situation where you’d emerge as the hero?

That was before I got a job. Whenever I used to travel, I was like I have a license and maybe they’d announce on a flight that they need a pilot and I’d go and say I’m a pilot and save the day.

So yes, I’ve dreamt about it but now it never happens.

Since you travel around quite a bit, do you end up sampling beer everywhere you go?

Yeah! So now I am off bottled beer completely, unless there is no choice. When I go to Calcutta, I try to get out and go to this place called The Grid, which has a couple of breweries. Same thing in Bombay.

In fact, when Toit Bombay opened, I was there on the very second day because I was getting layovers in Bombay that time.

And I was so happy! It has the same feeling, the same vibe, everything is the same!

And that’s the thing about Toit here in Bangalore. Every time I’m out, something new opens up here. But there is no quality. Not like how the beers remain so consistent here, and that’s why I go past everything and keep coming back here.

 

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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

    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