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.

It’s special enough when you’re a Mug Holder, but it’s even more special when you’re a family—with an adorable baby!
Say hello to our Mug Holders, Afsha and Abhijit. (with honorary baby Mug (of milk) Holder, Arvaan!)

Why do you think you were selected as the Mug Holders?

Afsha: We don’t know! I think it’s because we come here every Sunday, it’s sort of like church for us. And every time we come, our son Arvaan is always asleep in a pink pram, and I think people find that really adorable.

Maybe that’s what gives us some recall value.

Abhijit: Also, I think we’ve been coming here for almost five years and we know pretty much everyone who works here, so maybe that’s a possible reason.

So it has nothing to do with the amount you guys drink?

Afsha: I wish it did! 

Abhijit: We don’t drink enough, we’re actually embarrassed.

Are you guys from Bangalore?

Afsha: No, we’re from Bombay originally. We moved here five years ago.

Abhijit: I think we moved here for Toit. *laughs*

What do you do here?

Afsha: I’m a writer, and he is…what do you do?

Abhijit: I run my own startup. It’s my fourth startup now, and it’s about technology, AI for banking and we do both B to B, and B to C products for Financial Services companies.

Afsha: I am a freelancer. I used to actually work with a bunch of newspapers in Bombay, like the Indian Express, GQ, Hindustan Times, and when I moved to Bangalore I was their online editor.

I quit, and I’ve been doing freelance work for the last three and a half years. I write for pretty much anyone I want to right now. It’s a pretty good deal.

Is your son your only child?

Afsha: Yes, we have one kid, our son.

Abhijit: I’m the other kid! 

Afsha: Our son’s name is Arvaan, and he’s going to be three on the 18th of September.

Since when have you been bringing him here?

Abhijit: Since he was born, really.

Afsha: I remember I was five months pregnant when I came here.

For his first birthday, we took him to Oktoberfest in Germany. So he’s like a beer baby.

I hope he grows up and becomes a brewer, because if he starts brewing then we don’t have to leave our house!

How did Toit become a part of your lives?

Abhijit: I’d been to Bangalore before we moved here. We actually moved here because we’d always been in Bombay, and I was in the US for a while. And when we got married, we said we’ve only lived in one city, let’s just explore Bangalore.
The weather seemed fun and there are enough breweries here.

I started coming here about six to nine months before we moved. 

Weather and breweries being the only reason for you guys moving here?

Afsha: Yes! Two massive reasons. When you move to any new city, things get tough. You’re sort of out of your element, and you don’t have that many friends. But the breweries in Bangalore really made it very happy for us to be here.

Abhijit: I had friends. She doesn’t have friends. *laughs*

Afsha: Ya, I still don’t have friends. I just hire people to make me look cool by hanging out with me.

No, but on a serious note, it definitely is tougher when you get to a certain age and move to a new city, it’s tougher to make friends as you get older.

But I think I’ve done fairly well. I mean Bombay is Bombay, in the sense that it’s a very social place and everyone is really connected.
Bangalore’s got a different culture like that. I really like it here though, because I feel it’s more real.

That’s surprising—a lot of people who move there find it hard to move back because they find the pace here very slow in comparison.

Abhijit: It is. At least for me.

Afsha: It’s something we wanted though. Like I said, in Bombay everyone knows everyone, it’s a very social scene, constantly networking.

But then you get to a point in your career where you don’t need that kind of socialisation. You need to take a step back and assess yourself and what you want to do, who you really are. And I think Bangalore is the perfect middle-ground for that. It’s still social, and great, and happening, but it’s not as fast, not as fickle as Bombay.

Abhijit: I prefer Bombay.

Afsha: I love Bangalore.

Who’s winning now? Think you’ll ever move back to Bombay?

Afsha: I’m winning! He can move back and we can have a long-distance marriage.
But really, the schools are great and my son is having a good time, and there’s so much greenery here.

Abhijit: Ok, I’ll admit it has better beers.

Afsha: It has amazing beers!

Have you guys always been such beer enthusiasts?

Abhijit: Ya! We moved to Bangalore and realised that there is so much more to craft beer than we knew, and that’s the beauty. That’s what we’ve been working towards, trying to understand our beers a little better.

And what kind of beer do you both like?

Afsha: I like pretty much anything, but my favourites are wheat and stouts.

Abhijit: I have a big range, but I like the IPAs. I’m very experimental.

In the time you’ve been coming here, has anything particularly memorable happened here?

Abhijit: You know what’s the easiest thing about Toit? It’s the easiest place to tell people to come meet you, because no one complains about it.
You ask someone to meet you at Toit, and I’ve never had anyone say no. It’s never happened. It’s just the most convenient place to meet someone.

Everyone we’ve met in Bangalore, and by that I mean the few friends that I have and she doesn’t, this has been the place.
So I have memory associated with Toit with almost everyone I know in Bangalore.

Afsha: Yeah, nothing crazy as such, just small instances. Like this one time where my son went and lay down right outside the pizza section on the second floor and he refused to get up. He just wanted to lie down over there.

We took a picture and put a caption, something along the lines of “when you drink too many beers and they cut you off’, because he looked like he had just passed out on the floor.

Abhijit: He knows this place better than us. 

Is this a place you find easy to get Arvaan, and your family in general, to?

Afsha: Oh ya! I mean, no place in the world is like a 100% baby-proof but that’s where parental responsibility comes in. I mean, yes I have to follow him around and make sure he doesn’t put his head through the railings and all.

But it’s like really nice here, everyone is really nice to us, and really nice to him.

I see a lot of other people bringing in their kids, and that’s something I never really saw in Bombay. People don’t take their kids to bars, but in Bangalore, they do. And I think that’s another reason why I like Bangalore more than Bombay.

When you guys aren’t working, or drinking beer, is there something you like doing?

Afsha: There’s a place that we go to with our two dogs. We’re always trying to look for nice places to go to which are big, open, dog-friendly and baby-friendly. We keep doing these little short drives from Bangalore, and this has become a sort of hobby for us.

Abhijit: It’s been less since he was born, but now that he’s grown up a little, we get to do this more often.

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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