Kudix Mug Holders of the Month

Date

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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Meet the women to decided to have their first date at a brewpub and professed their love for each other by partaking in some liquid courage. A year and a half later, they’re still going strong. Yup, that’s lovestruck Chethana and Lise for you, our Mug Holders of the month.

What do you guys do?
Chethana: I was doing digital marketing for an international retail store earlier. I just quit and I’m going to chill for sometime. Then I’m going abroad. I am originally from Bangalore, born and brought up here.

Lise: I am a scholar, so I’m writing a PhD on Indian Literature, and in Bangalore I was teaching French. I have been here for three years. I came here because I wanted to live in India.

I am a scholar, so I’m writing a PhD on Indian Literature…

Let me get this out of the way early on. How does one pronounce Lise?
Lise: Leez. *laughs*

So how did you guys meet?
Lise: *continues laughing* So, basically I was teaching in Alliance Francaise and Chethana started learning French for her work.

Chethana: I think I was flirting with her a lot. I don’t know, the first day she entered class itself I fell flat.

Were you apprehensive at first because she was your student?
Lise: Exactly!

Chethana: She was drawing a line every single time. I was like, you know what? Screw this. And then I broke the lines.

Any guesses at why you’re the chosen Mug Holders of the month?
Chethana: I think we have a good time every time we come here. Also, I think it’s because we end up meeting a lot of people. We’re here almost thrice a week.

Lise: I think it’s because of all the socialising. We meet people in Toit  and then we call them again to Toit and then meet their friends in Toit—it goes on that way.

And do you guys drink a lot?
Lise: Not really. We drink beer, but we love the food too.

Chethana: The Nachos and the Steak are too good!

Since you’re the first gay couple to earn the Kudix Mug Holders title, I’m going to quickly ask you to confirm/debunk some notions.
Chethana: Ok, sure.

First of all, is using lesbians ever derogatory? People tend to wonder whether it is and whether saying gay women is more politically correct.
Chethana: No, it’s not. It’s fine.

What is the best and worst thing about being a gay couple in India?
Lise: Best- I think being in India, strangely, in parts of the city, you can hold hands and everything and it’s not considered as a demonstration of affection.

Even if you say “she is my girlfriend”, they never think of it that way. They think you mean good friends.

Chethana: Even if you say “she is my girlfriend”, they never think of it that way. They think you mean good friends.
Worst thing is especially when men say, “Oh! You’re lesbians! That’s so nice!” in a really creepy way, and their imagination starts working overtime in their head.

That’s the worst thing. Even when you say you’re not into guys, they say things like, “that’s even better.”
The moment you start being visible, this happens.

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Is it very different from the attitude in France, where you’re from?
Lise: Ya. I think it is more accepted because in the West human rights is something you have to respect, because if you do not it’s like you are so backward or something. But in a sense I find India way more open, because people don’t label things as much.

That’s surprising. You’re saying you find India more open?
Lise: Not more open. The thing in India is that PDA is absolutely absent, but it’s the same for both heterosexual and homosexual couples. So, in a way, yeah it is depriving you of some of your freedom. For that I think being in the West is nicer, but again, it’s something that is cultural.
But other than this the people here are really open. You can speak with different types of people and when you tell them you’re a lesbian, they’re like “ok, whatever.”

Chethana: There are also the type of people to whom if you say you’re gay, it’s better off for them not to accept it so they just act like they didn’t hear a word about what you said. That’s not really positive acceptance.

How long have you two been together?
Chethana: Almost a year and eight months.

What’s the funniest misconception you’ve heard as a couple?
Chethana: For me, it was my mother who asked me how I experience pleasure. And then she went into asking me details. I was like “ I do not want to have this talk with you!”

Lise: Me, it wasn’t really funny because it was a work situation. Some parents of teenagers who were not my students wrote a mail to the Director saying that if you have a lesbian teacher, that will impact our children’s lifestyle. They said it would support tourism and child abuse. So that link was really weird. According to them, being gay is either being a tourist or a child abuser.

According to them, being gay is either being a tourist or a child abuser.

With the landmark judgement being passed in the United States, gay rights has once again become a hotly discussed topic. Does the judgement make you hopeful for the scenario here?
Chethana: For me, I think India is still in the Stone Age as far as accepting things and changes are concerned. I think it will take a hell of a lot of time for them to accept that being homosexual is ok and not a taboo anymore. Yes, it does give us hope, but I think it will take us a lot of time.

Lise: We’re moving to France soon, and gay weddings are allowed in France now, since last year.

Since you’ve been here your whole life, do you think there has been an attitude shift towards homosexuality over time?
Chethana: Even when you want to speak about it, your parents kind of shut you up. When I was about 12, I think that’s when I first felt it. Now, a lot more people are ok and accept it by saying “It’s your life, you do whatever you want.”
But before it was like “Oh no!”.

Lise: I think as well that because we live in Bangalore, which is a city, people are mostly more open.
I think the repealing of Section  377 changed a lot. I’m studying Lesbianism in Indian Literature, and when I started my PhD three years ago, there was nothing—something like four books on lesbianism in contemporary Indian literature. And after the repealing, thousands of books came up in just two years. So people were not scared anymore to be visible because it wasn’t an offence anymore.

Now that it’s been criminalised again, people have a more aggressive attitude now, like if you’re going to give me my freedom and then take it away, it doesn’t mean I’m going to go back to hiding.

I think the repealing of Section  377 changed a lot. I’m studying Lesbianism in Indian Literature

Now back to less serious stuff—do you guys have favourite beers and food here?
Chethana: Mine is the Red Ale. I used to have Tint-In-Wit. Favourite foods are the Steak, Nachos and the Broccoli Arrabbiata. I love it!

Lise: Tint-In-Wit with lime. I used to hate beer, I found it was too bitter. I figured out that when I add lime it is less bitter.

How long have you guys been coming here?
Lise: Since forever. Our first date was here, actually. Nothing happened when I was a teacher, but after I finished I was going to visit my parents for 15 days. So, even though nothing was said, both of us were sad, so I said let’s meet each other for lunch. She took an off and we met here. I didn’t know she took an off.

Chethana: I told my manager I was leaving and she was all like “Ah! You’re meeting your boyfriend!”. I just left.

Lise: We ordered the Nachos and neither of us ate because we were too shy! It was so nice. I think we spent six hours here and then came back again for another date. The second time, we ate!

So one final myth buster—is the ‘gaydar’ a real thing?
Chethana: Yeah, I think gay people can tell when other people are gay. I didn’t know I was gay for the longest time, like I was in denial for so long, it took me time. But yeah, you can tell.

Lise: It’s just a behaviour thing. It’s true.

What’s the most memorable thing you’ve experienced in all the years you’ve been coming here?  (apart from the first date!)
Lise: I think the best Jazz concert I’ve ever been to was here at Toit. It was fabulous. They were from the North East.

Toit is like a second home. We feel very welcomed, and all the waiters here know us, so that’s really nice too. They’re really friendly. We have a bond with this place.

 

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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