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.

He loves his programming as much as he does his beer. Oh, and World War II literature too. Say hello to Amit.

We always start with asking this—why do you think you were selected as the Mug Holder?

Firstly, I think it’s because I’m such a regular customer at Toit.

And also, based on my track record, it will easy for anyone to understand that I’m a beer connoisseur.

These might be the two reasons.

Have you always been a beer connoisseur?

Yes. And I like the bitter beers at Toit a lot.

People say that a lot can happen over coffee, but I’ve found that maximum things can happen over beer.

In fact, I’ve made friends at Toit who have now become very good friends and that happened over a glass of beer.

Another thing I have found is that when people drink something (alcohol) they don’t have a mask. They like to open up about themselves. So you can judge a person very well when they drink beer.

But yes, I’ve liked beer for the longest time.

Are you from Bangalore?

I’m from Kolkata originally. But I work in Bangalore.
But the reason I became such a beer lover, has a bit of history to it.

I studied in Europe, I spent about seven years there, in Czechoslovakia. And they are one of the foremost beer makers in world.

It was my European friends there who taught me how to drink beer, how to judge it.
Earlier, people here used to just drink beer—they didn’t understand the difference between good beer and bad beer.

And the reason I always go to Toit is that it has one of the best selection of beers in Bangalore—actually, not one of the, probably the best beers. They’re just awesome!

When did you move to Bangalore?

I moved here a long time ago, in 2008. It’s been ten years.
Because of my job, I used to travel a lot.

See, Bangalore is the most beer-happening city in India, and that’s been a major reason for me staying here I’d say. It’s always been a very big part of my life.

You said you moved here for work. So what do you do?

Basically, I’m a software programmer. I used to work with a company, and now I’m just consulting.

It it fun? Or is it hectic?

You see, if you love programming, then it is fun.

A job will always be hectic if you don’t like what you’re doing. If you love the job, it’ll never be hectic.

I love programming so I’ve always enjoyed work.

And is programming something you’ve always been interested in?

If you think about it, each ad every individual is a programmer.

The brain is a very big programmer, people just aren’t aware that they’re constantly programming everything all the time.

Just this interview by itself is a form of programming—me thinking about what I need to say to you, and the words I am choosing to communicate, is a from of programming. The brain has given me this algorithm.

So, each and every individual is a programmer.

Also, I think all over the world, programmers like beer. I think so anyway.
I can’t speak for all programmes, of course. But all the programmers I know seem to be beer lovers.

What do you think is the reason for this correlation between the love for programming and beer?

You see, a good programmer always tries to have something good in their life.

Beer is kind of a drink of the intellectuals.

Not whiskey or wine?

No, no. If you really drill down the history of the drink, I don’t think any intellectual can defy beer.

It’s impossible. It’s an unavoidable call-of-the-wild almost.

I think it was Oscar Wilde who once said “I can resist everything except temptation.”
Beer is a temptation.

It’s happened so many times that I’ve decided I’m not going to drink beer on a particular day. But if I pass Toit, some force always pull me in. I can’t resist.

How often do you go to Toit?

I prefer going on Saturdays, so definitely once per week.

The thing is that I always drink alone. I don’t like drinking with a lot of people. Because whenever I drink alone, I can observe people around me. And each and every person is a story. Or you can just imagine a story in your mind about this person.

If people are around while you drink, they will disturb that thought process.

How long have you been coming to Toit?

Since 2014.

That’s a fairly long time. So, the follow up question being, in the many years you’ve been coming here, does a particular incident or day stand out?

I can’t recall just one thing. Each and every moment there has been very memorable for me.

The thing is that generally at a pub, you can make friends if you sit at the bar counter. All over the world.

If you want to fall in love or just make friends, you should go sit at the bar.

Someone will come up to you when you sit alone.
And when you drink, and you observe someone watching you, you end up starting a conversation.

I normally read at the bar, and people always end up asking me about what I’m reading. From that starting point, long conversations happen and they become friends.

Apart from programming, and drinking beer, is there anything else you enjoy doing?

I’m an avid reader. I read all kinds of world literature.

I know German very well, and I can also speak Czech and Slovak fluently. I read a lot of German literature as well, so my reading world is very vast.

But I am predominantly a history connoisseur and my passion is World War 2. I love reading about the WW2 history.

How come? Is it just something you’ve randomly developed a liking for? Or is there a reason behind it?

I think I get it from my father, who was also very interested in learning everything about the second World War.

So some of that trickled down to me, and I’ve been reading about it from childhood.

When I went to Europe, it was as if all the history I had been reading about was there in front of me.

It was a very good coincidence that I loved World War history and ended up in Europe.

I think I have a passion for language also. I mean, I love Bengali literature also because it is my mother tongue.

I believe that if you really want to understand someone’s mind, you need to speak their language. And people end up being more open with you when you speak their language.

Do you mean that you’re able to understand the subtler nuances?

Exactly.

Translations and the original thing are very different. There are a lot of things that can’t be translated. If you read a book in the original language and then a translated version, you’ll understand how some of the wit and humour can never be translated.

It’s impossible.

A translator tries their best to help people understand the essence of the original text, but sometimes you just can’t capture it.

Another unrelated thing that just came to my mind is that, people say they don’t like beer because it is too bitter. I try to make them understand that once you break past the surface, beer is like mathematics. Once you get into it, once you cultivate the taste for it, you fall in love with it. And then there is no coming back.

Since you’re from Kolkata, but have been here in Bangalore for ten years now, is this a place you’re looking to settle down in?

I don’t mind settling anywhere in this world. I don’t belong to any country or city or language or religion.
That is the reason I can stay anywhere, and also the reason I can make friends very quickly.

I don’t have any inhibitions and try to understand other people. Because that’s my interest, my passion.

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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

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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