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 there ever was a Mug Holder who was all about the beer, it would have to be him. Say hello to John, the man who’s on a mission to further the craft brewing culture, pretty much wherever he goes. Oh, that and flying planes.

Are you from Bangalore?

It’s a long story. I was born in Cochin, my dad was a harbour pilot in the Merchant Navy. Then, when I was six we left for the Middle East. I grew up in Qatar, went to school there. At 18, I went to do Aerospace Engineering in the U.S. I lived in Florida for two years.

This University had aviation but it was really boring because there were no girls. So my two roommates and I, we decided to shift schools, and drove to a University in Arizona. That’s 3000 miles. We picked that University because it had a good aviation programme along with a 51% girl population.

I ended up meeting a lot of German guys here, and they introduced me to a lot of German speciality beers. At that time craft beer was starting to get popular, with microbreweries springing up. Anyway, I ended up switching my major from aerospace to geography. Got a degree in remote sensing and aerial photography.

We picked that University because it had a good aviation programme along with a 51% girl population.

My first job out of college was selling suits! It taught me how to dress and colour combinations, so that was great. I also sold cars, which taught me everything about sales. And then post 9/11 it got hard for me to renew my work permit, so I moved back to the Middle East.

When did you end up coming to Bangalore?

My dad was retiring and coming back to Bangalore. We always had a house here, just off Ulsoor lake. Every summer, when I was growing up, we would come here. I remember coming to Bangalore with my dad and always going to pubs, all the old ones. My dad always liked his beer.

Anyway I came back here and worked as a freelance trainer on American Culture, which was fun in the beginning but then got boring. Then I joined a corporate company, worked as an account manager. But I always wanted to be a pilot. So in 2009 I quit my job and moved to Canada to start my pilot training.

Wow. That’s quite a lot of travel and job switching.

It was great. I got my private license and I was well on my way to getting my commercial license but my dad passed away. And it was a really hard year. I had to make a decision. So very close to getting my license, I pulled the plug and came back to Bangalore. During my time in Canada though, I was very happy because I was reintroduced to all the craft beers.

Have you always been a beer lover?

I was sixteen when my dad gave me my first beer. Just the regular stuff. My family was very different. My dad said do things in front of us, don’t do it behind our backs. So I used to go to friend’s house parties and he would pick me up afterwards and ask me how many beers I’d had. And I would tell him. 

While I was in Canada, I ended up being invited to join a closed panel for beer reviewing. Beers would come to my house and I had to critique not just the beers, but also the packaging, the concepts, the ads, etc.  I used to do a lot of brewery tours and sampling sessions there as well. It was a lot of fun! I almost thought of becoming a beer sommelier. But I didn’t end up doing that.

I was sixteen when my dad gave me my first beer.

How did Toit become a part of this journey?

Actually a friend from aviation school who coincidentally happened to be here told me about Toit. He told me that when I went back, that’s the first brewpub I needed to go to.
When I came back, I had a lot of free time. So I looked up all the brewpubs here and decided to see what the beer was about. That’s how the idea of my blog also came about because I went around talking to and meeting a lot of people at brewpubs. People didn’t know what they were drinking, and all the beers have character, and once you know that you can appreciate them better. I decided I would go on a mission to educate people about beer.

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Tell us more about your blog.

It’s called Tales of Froth. Anyone who wants to learn about beer or craft beer can jump on the blog. I’ve covered brewpubs in Bangalore so far, but I’ve started travelling, and I’ve been going to Bombay as well. So I’m going to expand and cover brewpubs in that area as well. 

It’s been great fun. I launched my blog in February this year, and since then I’ve been to all the brewpubs here and met so many owners and brewmasters. I’ve connected with a whole bunch of people. I ran two beer workshops too!

It’s been great fun. I launched my blog in February this year…

One of the areas Toit focuses on, with its beers, is using local ingredients as much as possible. What’s your take on that?

I think it’s really good! The whole idea behind craft beer is is that it is something that is locally made and is handcrafted in small batches. If you can showcase local ingredients and add to the local economy, then that’s great.

In the U.S., for example, there are over 4000 breweries. And because of the increase of these breweries, it’s sort of added to the economy and agriculture. There’s a boom for barley, hops, wheat, etc., so it’s helping those cities and towns. There is talk about farmers developing better barley for India, so that’s something to look forward to. 

Do you have a favourite here at Toit?

I have a few. But my ultimate favourite is the Toit Red. Very few bars do a good Red, and to me an Irish Red is balanced. It’s sweet because of the caramel but you also have your hoppy notes. It’s in-between the India Pale Ale and the Stout. And I like both of those as well. The Hefeweizen to me is also one of the best here. 

Do you have a favourite international beer?

That’s a difficult one. But Weihenstephaner is really good. There’s just too many actually.

 Are you as passionate about food?

Yeah! I review food, but I don’t put it on my blog. I write on review sites. Since I’ve started, I’ve met all the foodies, restaurant owners, started getting invited to tastings. So it’s just growing. 

…my favourites, the first one that rolls off my tongue is Toit.

We ask this of everyone—why do you think you got selected as the Kudix Mug Holder of the Month?

I have a top five brewpubs list. So when people ask me which ones are my favourites, the first one that rolls off my tongue is Toit. And I come here a lot. A tonne of photos on my blog have been taken at Toit. I’m also always coming in to check out the speciality ales. 

Any memorable moments in the last one and half years you’ve been coming here?

I come here a lot. I always want to talk to the brewers. I’ve done the brewery tour here as well. And every time my friends from outside come over, we do crawls here. Nothing crazy as such. For me it’s been about meeting the staff. Most of the guys know me and I like that! 

Most memorable moment would probably have to be when two of the founders from Gateway Brewing had come down to Bangalore and they asked us where they should go. Brewmasters from a whole bunch of brewpubs were here, and we all just sat outside and had a great time.

Why Toit, though?

Why do I keep coming back to Toit? The staff are friendly, the location is good and the marketing—I see Toit doing things none of the other brewpubs are doing and they’re miles ahead in a marketing and branding sense. Also, the loyalty programme! It’s like taking the punch card one step further. It’s a nice way in which the brewpub is giving back to you for being loyal.

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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

Guest Brew On Tap

Beachshack IPA

In celebration of craft, we’re hopped to be hosting the Beackshack IPA from Arbor Brewing on our guest tap.

This special is a surprisingly crisp and easy-drinking beer with a vesuvian hop finish, and is packed with citrus and tropical fruit aromas, making for a truly refreshing brew!

AROMA

Strong hoppy aroma, citrus, pine, sweet tropical fruity. 

ABV

6%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body with a smooth bitterness. Clean and dry finish with medium carbonation.

APPEARANCE

Pale to yellow gold colour, light to medium body ,clean and clear beer.

FLAVOUR

Medium malty mouthfeel, bunch of hoppy notes citrus, pine, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, passionfruit, Stone fruit, floral notes came through hops. Complex hops.

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

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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

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

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

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

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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.

Specials

Jack in the box

Jackfruit ale

Brewed with Pale Ale, Oat & Crystal malt, this special brew is infused with loads of fresh jackfruit, which imparts a subtle fruity aroma & flavour.

This Jack is definitely out of the box!

AROMA

Fruity

ABV

5%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body

APPEARANCE

Pale straw to very dark orange in colour

FLAVOUR

Rich malt & subtle jackfruit

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

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

  • 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.

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All tours are currently out of Toit Bangalore.

    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

    Special Herbal Beer

    Kudix Kashayam

    The brainchild of our head brewer, we’re celebrating local produce the way we know best—through a special, one-of-a-kind beer!

    Brewed with turmeric, honey, liquorice, ashwagandha and many other local herbs, this brew is an homage to the harvest season in South India.

    It’s fully local, it’s fully toit, so make sure you try this one before it runs out because you won’t find this style anywhere else!

    AROMA

    Herbal, turmeric

    ABV

    5.5%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium to light body

    APPEARANCE

    Deep turmeric yellow with yellowish-white head

    FLAVOUR

    Turmeric and liquorice notes, with a honey after-taste