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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If it’s the starting of a startup, you’ll probably find him there. He’s a many-companies kind of guy, but definitely a one-woman kind of man—say hello to Mithun, a man who loves his startups, his beer and is also our mug holder of the month.

Why do you think you were selected as the Mug Holder of the Month?

I don’t know—I drink that much beer and I frequent this place so much. On an average, I’m here four days a week at least, and I drink at least 5-6 beers. Since we work out of Indiranagar, most of our meetings happen here.
So, work, friends, and evenings—we’re always here.

I’m actually a Malyali, but I was born in Bangalore, grew up in Africa

Are you from Bangalore?

I’m actually a Malayali, but I was born in Bangalore, grew up in Africa and then came back here after my 12th and I’ve been here ever since.

I did my graduation from Bangalore, engineering, which was just four years of scraping through!

Tell me a little about what you do here.

So my wife Nisha and I, run a startup named Duffl, which is essentially a peer to peer fashion re-sale and rental market place. It’s a place where you can sell your gently used branded items. Things you don’t wear anymore for whatever reason, you can upload it and we handle everything from door step pick up, quality check, packaging, shipping, payments to returns.

We are soon launching rental services for luxury items as well.

How long have you been running this?

We’ve been doing this for almost 6 months now. So it’s new. I was running a startup before this, which was into mobile application and e-commerce. That got absorbed into another company, and then after that I started this.

How did the concept of Duffl come about?

So Nisha is a fashion designer by profession.

Nisha: It was a personal pain point, when you look at your closet and feel like you have nothing to wear. So I just thought that what if this whole exchanging clothes between friends could translate into something bigger. That was the starting point, and we took it from there. We just started it on a whim, and today we’re 4,000 users and nearly 1000 products strong.

Mithun: The way online shopping is going right now, people are buying! They’re eventually, probably 3-4 years down the line, going to need an exit channel to get rid of valuable items and de-clutter. That’s when the hyper consumption will diminish and collaborative consumption emerge.  We hope to actually be there when that trend sets in.

 

We just started it on a whim, and today we’re 4,000 users old.

Have you been doing this a lot? Startups?

Yes! From the time I passed out of college, I’ve been with startups. I was part of two startups initially where I wasn’t the founder. Then I moved out and started my own. The first one failed miserably, the second one worked out and this is my third one. 

Is it because you started out with startups, that you ended up taking that approach forward yourself?

I have been part of a 9-5 job as well briefly. Again, I couldn’t adhere to the 9-5 part. As long as timings are flexible, I’m fine. Yes, but you could say, that is why I’ve gone forward with that approach.


…hyper consumption will probably die out and collaborative consumption will come in.

For people who are looking to do this, what advice would you give them?

It’s not easy. Not at all. The only thing you need to do is persevere. You just need to go out there and do it. It’s easier said than done.
We started out on a shoe-string budget with no steady income. Both of us quit our jobs, and started this—we were like we’ll see where this goes.
Secondly, you need to be a hustler by nature. Get work done somehow or the other in the leanest way possible.

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How did Toit become a part of your life?

Right. So Toit opened in 2010, and I was travelling quite extensively in 2010 and 2011 between Bangalore and Dubai. I used to stay in Ulsoor that time and whenever my friends from Dubai would visit for work, we used to look for a place to hang out. Toit had just opened then and people were talking about it. So we thought we would just come over here.

You just need to not give up.

We came here once, twice, and what resonated with us, apart from the place, were the people—the staff. They are very friendly, and you can make out they are well taken care of here, because that actually translates into how they treat the customers. The managers, the doorman, the bartenders, the cleaners—we know them all by name. We’ve been coming here that often!

After work, we religiously come here. Like we just have to end up here and have a couple of beers. 

Have you always been a beer drinker?

Absolutely! From day one. I do have rum and whiskey alternately, but then I’m mostly a beer guy.

Do you have a favourite type?

I love the Stout. It is my absolute favourite. 

Do you also have favourite foods?

The Toit steak! Nisha always tells me that I should try something else, but I just can’t.
We used to be pizza people, but I think we had so much of that, that we decided to move on to other food.

Since you’ve been coming here for so long, and so often, what is the best memory you have of the place yet?

There are so many! I don’t think I can talk about even half of them.
The first time we came here was with our good friends Supriya and Rohan. That was a mad night!

But the start to a crazy night, is always at Toit!

One random guy kept eavesdropping, and a couple of Apple Martinis later, I looked up and was like “what’s up?”, and he was like nothing, you guys were talking about a startup and he started telling us about his job and it went on. Eventually we ended up in his house, drinking.
At least once a week, we end up meeting random people here and they end up either at our place or the other way round. Or some after party.

That’s a nice memory. What about some crazy ones?

We actually don’t make a scene when we’re outside. Especially in a place like Toit, where we know the people. 

*Nisha interjects* But the start to a crazy night, is always at Toit! *laughs*

Here, we sit and talk. Here is where more conversations happen. That’s another reason we like coming here—we get to converse. Other places are so loud, you can just sit there and either drink or dance. 

So how have the last six months been?

Horrendous actually! Everyday, we’ve had something or the other that would surprise us or challenge us, and to deal with that was really painstaking. But you kind of start liking it after a while, because it’s something you like doing.

Since both of us are married, and there’s no steady income, we somehow manage to make ends meet, and do our thing. Paying salaries, and all that. People wonder how the hell we manage!

How long have you and Nisha been married?

We’ve been married close to three years, but we’ve been dating for the last ten years. 

What’s the one thing you love and hate about what you’re doing?

Nisha: The mentality of the people is something we would like to overcome. It’s hard to take something like this online because people are so used to physical consignment stores.

…married close to three years, but we’ve been dating for the last ten years.

Mithun: But that’s also the best part of something like this. We get to be part of the movement that changes bad mentality and will probably end up being called one of the first people who started something like this, if it works out. That would be a very big acknowledgement for us!

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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

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

Oktoberfest Special

Dunkel Bock

A clear, dark brown coloured strong lager, this beer brings the typical bready and malty characters to the forefront. Our Dunkel Bock is a strong, medium bodied lager, which is toasty but does not have roasted flavours and maintains clean lager attributes. It has little to no hop aroma or flavour, with only slight bitterness to balance the malty richness.

Get in the festive spirit with the Dunkel Bock. Prost!

AROMA

Malty

ABV

6.5%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium bodied, highly carbonated, smooth

APPEARANCE

Clear dark brown

FLAVOUR

Bready, toasty

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TOIT PUNE

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

    Oktoberfest Special

    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.

    AROMA

    Slightly malty

    ABV

    5.5%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium body, smooth

    APPEARANCE

    Black

    FLAVOUR

    Light malty with hints of caramel

    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

    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

    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

    Specials

    Tall. Dark. Handsome.

    Belgian Dark Strong Ale

    A dark, very rich, complex, strong Belgian ale, this special is brewed with Pilsner malt, dark candy sugar and aromatic malts.

    This brew leads with strong aromas and flavours – caramel, raisin, dark fruit and candy sugar notes.

    We weren’t kidding when we named this one – its guaranteed to make you swoon!

    AROMA

    Complex maltiness and some phenolic spiciness

    ABV

    7.2%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Full body

    APPEARANCE

    Deep Amber

    FLAVOUR

    Rich malt, raisin and candy