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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Our mug holders are always special, and this time we have a really special couple. They’ve been married twenty years, have three sons, a dog, and a very unique set-up at home, through which they’re redefining the definition of being superstar parents—say hello to the super tag-team of Jasmin and Mark.

Tell us your story!

Jasmin: We’ve been married for twenty years now. I work for a French bank and we met through work. Actually through common friends, and then decided to get married. We have three kids, three lovely boys—seventeen, ten and eight! So that keeps us on our toes all the time because, you know, it’s three boys. And we have a dog too!

Mark: I’m a stay-at-home dad. I look after the kids and cook. I was working in a telecom company until 2012, and I worked for about 8 years in that company. I worked for various institutions for about 13 years prior to that. I moved to Bangalore way back, almost twenty years ago to do my MBA, and that’s when I met her.

…in terms of drinking, the introduction of breweries has changed the drinking culture and industry a lot.

So you aren’t originally from Bangalore?

Mark: Actually, my roots are from Bangalore. My parents are from Kolar, but I lived most of my life in Delhi. Most of my early life, my education, college, all of it was done in Delhi. Only for my MBA, I moved to Bangalore.

Jasmin: You could say my roots are from Kerala, because my parents are from there, but I’ve never been there and neither have they. I’ve always lived in the North, and then moved to Hyderabad, and then Bangalore. I moved here in 1995, about twenty years back.

What are your sons names? Do you get them to Toit?

Mark: Gaurav, Raul and Jordan! And oh, yes! All events are planned keeping Toit in mind. We get a lot of “I want to celebrate my birthday at Toit” and “I want to bring my friends to Toit”. For them, Toit is the place to go to.

Jasmin: The youngest, Jordan, is the one who likes this place the most. He really plans for it.

Since you guys have been here since college, do you think a lot has changed in the way people approach drinking, over the years?

Jasmin: When we knew Bangalore, when we were growing up, Bangalore was a night city that was all about the night life. Now, after the rules and regulations have come in, it is no more a night life city. People used to love coming here for the night life. But in terms of drinking, the introduction of breweries has changed the drinking culture and industry a lot.  The introduction of breweries alone has got people very interested in drinking and in beer. That itself is a huge change. People now know about good beer because of the breweries.

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Do you guys love drinking then, since you’ve been doing it for a while now?

Jasmin: We drink a LOT!!! But we’re mainly whiskey drinkers.

Mark: Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you we drink a lot.

Anything crazy ever happen during those drinking sessions?

Mark: We have a tradition. Every time we take a shot of tequila, it means a kiss as well.

Jasmin: We have a lovely bar at home, and it’s stocked with our favourite whiskeys from all over the world. So we carry this tradition on there as well!

Mark: More than a kiss at home though!

What do your sons have to say about these traditions?

Jasmin: They’re not there! We have it all planned!

Mark: We pick our moments and pack them off! Ask them to go play, so we can have our own time.

Jasmin: But on a more serious note, we’re careful because the mindset in India, no matter how open you are with your kids, can end up portraying these things in a negative way.

So, what is the best and worst thing about raising three boys?

Mark: The best part is raising three boys, and the worst part is raising three boys!

You’ve been a stay-at-home dad only for the last two years, which is a relatively new shift. How has the experience been for the both of you, and your sons?

Mark: It was a challenge! Both of us were working at that time, and the pressure was high because we would come home late and try to manage raising the kids. She used to try to focus on their studies, but would ned up losing her temper because of the stress of coming late from work and having to deal with the kids not studying for their exams. She’s from the school of thought that values academic merit. So, she’s very driven that way. I’m more easy-going in that regard. We discussed this scenario and decided that one person would stay home. She loves her work and her job, and I’d always beens saying I wanted to retire. So, that’s how we took this decision.

Because I handle that, all she has to do is focus on her career.

Two incomes are always better, but we also knew that one income would be just fine as well. We might have to sacrifice some smaller things, but we could still do everything we wanted to and be happy, and at the same time, focus on the children who need to be brought up in a certain environment, with certain values. Both of us believe that our children have to be good first—good as people, disciplined as people, before they can be achievers. That was our focus.

And it’s working out very well for us, because my wife doesn’t have to worry about anything anymore— from food to the house being clean. Because I handle that, all she has to do is focus on her career.

That’s very progressive. Especially for someone from your generation in our country.

Jasmin: Yes. It is. And let me tell you, it’s not always taken very positively. Even now, when we publicly say that he is a stay-at-home dad, eyebrows are raised. But to us, it doesn’t really matter. We’re quite open. But I must say this, that as we progress as a country, people need to take this into consideration because it really helps the children. And it’s regardless of whatever values you might have. We ourselves are very spiritual and prayerful people, and our values are very strong too. However, you always need one parent to be there for the kids.

And it doesn’t always have to be mom.

Absolutely. It doesn’t. And things are changing nowadays. With both parents working, children do need someone. It’s not so much about the money, but more about the kids having a holistic environment to grow up in. And some monitoring is always needed. I don’t have to worry at all now.

Did your kids take this unusual set-up well?

Jasmin: They love it!

Mark: I’m chilled out with them, but I am also strict when I need to be. They know how to get their way with me though. But we have an understanding. Like, our older son doesn’t have a phone yet. We are very particular about what they need. Really, what need does a school kid have for a cellphone?

And are your kids okay with this?

Mark: It’s again about the upbringing, and what values you instil in them. So they don’t have any complaints at all.

Jasmin: They have the internet too, but again in measured quantities, and mainly for school work. It’s not like they can spend the whole day online.

If we want to catch up with people, we just meet them. Whether you like it or not, these social networks get addictive, and they actually drive you away from real interaction you would otherwise have with your family. We’ve seen other couples, like in the car, at a signal, each one of them will be messaging away instead of having a real conversation. And I find myself wondering where the communication between the couple is. It’s just taken away by a lot of these technologies. It’s really up to us, how we use it. So, we’re very different people in that sense.

I’m guessing you subscribe to ‘the family that eats together, stays together’ school of thought?

Jasmin: Oh yes! We can’t really have lunch tougher, because I’m at work and the kids are at school, and the morning is a bit of a rush, but we always have dinner together. Our morning prayers are also together.

We go for our regular masses on Sundays, but we say our prayers at home together everyday. More than traditional, we are disciplined.

More than traditional, we are disciplined.

Since you’re doing the cooking, Mark, is there something you particularly like making?

Mark: Oh. I love cooking. And I love trying new things. And it’s different all the time. I never stick to the same thing. So if I make something at home today, I won’t want to make it for at least another month. And I keep experimenting and throwing in my own ingredients. I keeper researching, understand how it’s done and then do my own take of it.

Do you have any food favourites here at Toit?

Yes! We like all the chicken dishes, and the steaks too! The steaks are great!

Twenty long years together! How did Toit become a part of your story?

Mark: It’s been about two years now. So, we haven’t been coming here from the start. We were much later than a lot of people, but when we did start we ended up coming here practically every single week. We don’t go anywhere else. Any holiday, we land up here. So much so, that if we skip a week, people ask us where we were that week. Sometimes, we even come for three days at a stretch. We don’t feel the need to experiment. We’re very happy with Toit, so we keep coming back here. We really look forward to it.

Jasmin: We have checked out some other places, but we keep coming back to Toit. The service and culture here cannot be compared.

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Look forward to having you back when you are old enough to get Toit!

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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

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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