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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Say hello to our first Mug Holder of the new year, who happens to be an introvert with a job that demands maximum social interaction. Yup, that’s Radhika, our Mug Holder of the month.

Tell us a little about what you do.

I work with a  media company as an HR manager. MY forte is basically help build startups from scratch in the HR function.

Are you from Bangalore?

Yes! I’ve been in Bangalore for more than 12 years, so I’m pretty much a Bangalorean.

I’ve been in Bangalore for more than 12 years, so I’m pretty much a Bangalorean.

Where were you before that?

My parents stay in Calcutta, I’ve done a stint in Chennai as well, so I call myself pretty much Indian, so to speak.

So, are you originally from Calcutta then?

No, my native place is Rajasthan. I am a marwadi.

When did you shift to Bangalore then? How did that happen?

I moved here because I wanted to do my degree in Christ University, and that’s how I stuck on. I just didn’t realise that I would be here for a decade.

HR happened as a result of something you studied? Or completely opposite?

No, it’s very random actually. So after college one of my friends told me that there was an opening and she asked me if I was interested. So I thought let me just go and do this, and see how it works out. And I quite enjoyed it. So after that I pursued my MBA and continued in the HR field.

I have been doing this for seven years now.

We ask this of every Mug Holder—why do you think you’ve been selected as the KMH?

Well, I think I’ve been coming here forever! I’ve met a lot of people through this place, and I think I’ve maintained my rapport, so to speak, with all the bartenders around.
And Toit to me is like my neighbourhood bar, it’s like my second home pretty much. So, I think maybe that’s why.

Have you always enjoyed drinking beer?

Yeah! I enjoy drinking beer, although I don’t think that’s the primary reason I come here. That’s the icing on the cake.

In general, I love the vibe of this place, I love the people here and I get a lot of attention frankly, so I enjoy that.

So this love for beer has been cultivated over time?

In college, I used to drink bottled beer and after that once breweries started, I got hooked to craft beer. Obviously, I didn’t know much about them before breweries started off in Bangalore.

…Toit to me is like my neighbourhood bar, it’s like my second home pretty much.

Is it different now? Can you not drink bottled beer anymore?

I’m not that fussy. I know a lot of people are. At the end of the day, I’m not going to get brewed beer outside, if i’m drinking at home or something like that. Then you have to switch to bottled beer. But if I were given a choice, obviously I would prefer craft beer any day.

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Do you have a favourite beer at Toit?

I love the Red! But in general, I also love Stouts.

Do you get a lot of your HR work done here? A lot of people get work done here.

No no! Not at all. I think I’m just too focused on drinking beer. Earlier, when I used to come here I used to sit at the bar and meet a  lot of people randomly. We do have a lot of office parties here, but I don’t think I’ve met anyone for work apart from that. I’ve met a lot of useless people who’ve tried hitting on me though.

So, tell us the most bizarre pick up lines you’ve heard, from all the times you’ve been hit on!

There are a few incidents but there was this one where I was on the second floor, at the bar. This guy comes up to me and is like “hi” and I was like “whatever”. And his line was—“can you tell me what to order?”

So I was like, “who are you and why are you asking me these questions?”, basically trying to tell him that I’m not interested.
And then he said, “let me show you something”.

I think I’ve only had a lot of creepy one-liners, not any good ones.

I’d just gotten done with work, and I was in this HR mode because it was a hard day. So when he took out his phone to show me a video, I’m thinking he’s showing me his videos resumé, for some weird reason.

But he shows me this video in which he’s doing some really weird stuff, and I see the logo of a TV channel, so I understand that he’s part of some reality show. That was really creepy because he was making a fool of himself in that video, doing some really weird stuff. And then he proceeded to ask me my name, and I was with a friend at the time. I generally don’t tell people my real name in situations like these, so I said I was Priyanka or something, but my friend ended up saying her name was Radhika!

So the next time we bumped into him, and he’s like “ Hi, Radhika!” and my friend knew she was in trouble.
It was strange because I’ve never had someone show me a video as a pick up line, and he was behaving like an idiot in it, I think imitating some animal, so just why?

So there’s no hope for boys who try hitting on you when you’re having a beer?

I’m sure there’s hope. Maybe you just need to get the right girl, on the right day. And in the right mood! *laughs*
I think I’ve only had a lot of creepy one-liners, not any good ones.

Back to the work side of things, is it a competitive field?

So, with HR, the problem is that the demand is less and the supply is a lot.
In general, companies have a ratio of 100-2o0 employees to one HR person. So you have to be very good to survive, and in general it might not be the easiest to get a job.

Having been with startups, I’ve had the opportunity of being in a lot of different HR roles. I’ve always been working to set up their function, so it’s been very interesting for me, and I’ve been fortunate. This works for me, working with startups, because not only do you get to do HR, but also a little bit of Finance, Legal, etc.

Everyone has to do everything in a startup. And that’s what makes it fun! You get to do a lot of stuff and meet a lot of new people.

Is that something you’ve always liked doing—meeting new people?

Communication is my forte, which is one of the primary reasons I stuck on in HR, but funnily enough I’m an introvert and quite reserved as a person. But something happens when I go out and get to work.

Communication is my forte…otherwise I’m quite the introvert.

Otherwise I’m quite the introvert, and comfortable spending time with myself.
I like reading, writing, doing random things. I used to blog as well, about the most random things. I end up doing a bit of everything.

People don’t believe I’m an introvert though.

What do you like the most and least about what you do?

What I like most is that I’m in a high-impact function. You can have a very big impact, but you need to be in the right company. Like a startup or a company that values the HR function.

What I like least is that people only complain! So if something good happens, that you and your team might have done, you will never hear someone coming and giving you good feedback. You just have to deal with people complaining all the time.

I have way too many memories here

Back to Toit—in all the time you’ve been coming here, any particular moment stands out?

I have way too many memories here—office parties, birthday, a lot of time has been spent here. Like, when I’ve gone out of town, to my home, I’ve literally come back and headed straight to Toit with my luggage and everything because I want to have the beer here.

Spent a lot of time with a lot of people here, so it’s very hard for me to pick one memory.

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

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Oktoberfest Special

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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

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

Please contact us between 9am and 7pm for reservations

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

    TOIT PUNE

    Oktoberfest Special

    Munich Dunkel

    The classic brown lager style of Munich which developed as a darker, more malt- accented beer than other regional lagers. While originating in Munich, the style became popular throughout Bavaria over time.

    German Munich malts have been used to create a rich, smooth and complex toasted bread crust flavour in this flavoursome lager.

    AROMA

    Deep malt sweetness

    ABV

    5.2%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Light to Medium body

    APPEARANCE

    Amber brown

    FLAVOUR

    Soft, rich and complex flavour of Munich malts

    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