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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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