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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She’s a psychologist who likes her Whiskey Psours….oops…Sours, and if there’s a flashmob or impromptu dancing session happening at Toit, she’s probably the one who started it. A proper people-person, just as long as your don’t ask her to read your mind—say hello to Anshu, our Kudix Mug Holder of the Month.

 

We ask this of every KMH. Why do you think you were selected as the Mug Holder?

Because I’ve been coming here really often. In a week, they see my face at least twice. People are like,”don’t you have any other place to go?” Any occasion or  meet-up, whether it’s new people in town, it’s always “Toit, Toit, Toit!”

But you’re not a beer drinker, right? So how come Toit?

The thing is, my brother is the one who actually introduced Toit to me and the group. He’s a beer drinker. And this was when Toit first opened, and that time I was like “why can’t we go to a different place”, but then the whole group used to come here and I ended up coming too. That’s how it started.

But I drink a lot of cocktails here. So, as long as I have my cocktails, and they’re in good shape and taste, I’m good.

As long as I have my cocktails, and they’re in good shape and taste, I’m good.

Which is your favourite cocktail here?

The Whiskey Sour.

How many have you had in one sitting?

At least seven. That was the time when I wasn’t actually carried out, but I tripped and fell down the stairs and stuff. But everybody was like it’s your birthday, so it’s ok.

Are you based out of Bangalore? What do you do?

Yes, I am based out of Bangalore. I’ve been here for 14-15 years. I work for a company called UL, and I work as a training specialist & psychologist for them—I’m into training, workplace counselling, customised team interventions, learning and development, all of that.

But the company as such is into product security testing.

Is it a fun job?

I love my job!

So what do you do in a typical day of your job?

It’s two-fold. If an individual or team is going through a crisis at the workplace, and they need skill or personality development, then we customise an intervention for that team or individual and deliver it.

Or it could be someone who isn’t motivated at work, and they need someone to talk to, or direct them on the right path. It could be on a personal  level or a team based level.

I love my job!

Mental health today is a much more talked about subject than before. Are the people you work with willing to seek help, or does some sort of apprehension still exist?

It depends on the company and industry you’re from.

For example, in a manufacturing firm, the employees come with a certain mindset. They’re used to working in a certain way, and if I ask someone there to talk to the psychologist, they’ll think there’s something wrong with the person.

But then if the company creates an environment where the employees are open to seeking not just help, but also guidance, I see a drastic difference.

Today, people are more ready to go to a psychologist and say that there is nothing wrong with it, I am just asking for guidance. There is definitely a change in trend since I started five years ago and now.

How hard is it to give advice without letting your own personal opinions getting in the way?

It’s very hard. Initially I used to find it very hard, but then I took a lot of training, a lot of certifications to help myself be better at my job. Because it’s really tough when someone is pouring his/her heart out, and you do have an opinion. But at the end of the day, you cannot thrust your opinion on that person.

So how do you make sure you are neutral, which is naturally not possible? It’s just that over a period of time you get better at it, so the more you counsel people, the more you get trained and build your skills.

Also, coming from an Army background has really helped because we’ve stayed in all kinds of places and met all sorts of people from all sorts of backgrounds. It helps you deal with different people in the same way.

…coming from an Army background has really helped

Does this approach spill over to your personal life?

Not really. As a person, I am very opinionated and I have very strong opinions about things. But at work, I can’t afford to be that way. But with my friends, I let them see my weaknesses and that’s totally ok.

In fact, the other day these two random guys who were chatting with me asked me what I do, and I said I worked as a psychologist. And the minute they heard that, they were like “ Oh! Let me not talk to you! Are you reading my mind?” They think you’re judging everything they say.

I need to tell people that I’m off duty and a few drinks down.

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So you’ve been coming to Toit for 6 years now, what’s the craziest thing you remember happening here in all those years?

There are so many! But two stand out distinctly.

One was this flashmob we planned for this friend of ours, whose birthday it was. We blocked the entire middle section, and it was a surprise for him. But it didn’t pan out as we’d planned. What happened was, we’d planned to start from the stage and work our way to the middle section. The song was Happy. And total strangers ended up joining us and dancing along. It got random but that was the best part.

But the birthday boy had his back towards the stage. And there was one person with him who was supposed to make him turn around when it started, but for some reason she thought we were practicing and didn’t let him turn. Some miscommunication! So he missed the entire thing and only realised when we got to him. After that Sibi and Arun were like we should do more flashmobs.

…people from our group decided to dance in the rain.

The other memory is, when we were on the ground floor, in the smoking section outside. It started raining and we were all trying to cramp into a small corner. I don’t know what happened but two people from our group decided to dance in the rain. We weren’t even drunk! We just went and started dancing, and again, two-three people from random tables saw us and joined in.
So we were dancing in the rain until the waiters told us that it wasn’t allowed there. So we asked them to join as well! That was a lot of fun too!

We have a pretty huge group, and even though we go check out other places, we always like to end the night with one beer at Toit, otherwise it doesn’t feel complete.

So do you have a lot of friends, given that you’re an Army kid, and a people-person?

I do have a lot of friends, but they’re all in different pockets—one is the Army pocket, the other pocket is people I’ve met along the way through work and also outside of work. I drag everyone here, so people are like if Anshu is making a plan, it has to be Toit.

The pocket that my brother and I share, that group is about 12-15 members, and that is the most frequent group here. We’re noisy, we’re loud, and people do end up noticing us. It’s like Central Perk in Friends for us. We’re here all the time.

A Friends reference! Which character do you most want to be like, but who do you think you really are like?

I think I’m Rachel, or I want to be Rachel. But a lot of people have told me they relate Monica with me. I don’t do the cooking bit but I have a bit of OCD. Like if I’m making a plan, it has to be perfect, otherwise I just freak out!

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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