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 Mug Holder of the Month is our little way of celebrating our customers, and their unique stories.

He loves his beer so much so that he decides where to live based on his proximity to his favourite brewpubs. Say hello to Vipin, our Mug Holder of the month.

Why do you think you were selected as the Mug Holder?

I come here quite often to have beer. I don’t drink anything else apart from beer because I think beer is the only alcohol that comes in a mug, that might have something to do with it.

Is it to with how frequently you come here or the amount you drink?

That depends. I normally just have 3 litres and go back.

My wife says that the only liquid I drink in one go is beer. 

I think I drink only one glass of water the whole day, but beer is something I can drink litres of in one go. I can stand for two to three hours and just go. I don’t even eat anything during that time.

Have you always been a beer lover or is this something that you’ve developed a passion for recently?

I think this started in my college days, about ten years ago.
I used to not drink alcohol otherwise. I was very scared of my parents. So when they sent me out for studying, the first thing I picked up was drinking alcohol with friends.

Your scores come down, and your friends direct you to a chilled beer to help things settle down. So that’s what I did.

Beer was just easier for me to consume. I didn’t start drinking stouts until I went to New York on a tour with my office in 2013. 

That’s when I got introduced to Guinness, and that’s when I developed a taste for stouts.
After that I kept looking for good stouts in India, and in 2014 when I randomly ended up in Toit, I tasted the Dark Knight and it is the closest thing I’ve had to the Guinness till date.

I believe that no one makes a stout like Toit does, and I tell Jeffin this a lot.

Where are you from?

My native place is Kerala, but I was raised in Muscat and then the later part in Mumbai.

I moved to Bangalore in 2014 for a year, for work, and then went back to Mumbai. I was working with an audit firm here.
And then I came back in 2017, for work again.

But I think Toit also has something to do with my decision to come back to Bangalore. Not going to lie.

My wife also knew that this had something to do with it.

What exactly do you do?

I’m a financial analyst, there’s a small segment in the financial markets that we cover, so I do analysis of these products.

Is it a fun job? Or is it hectic?

It’s a fun job, and you’re making money, but the only tension is that because of your working hours, your personal life takes a beating. 

I have now moved into a bank, doing a role similar to what I was doing earlier, but banks aren’t as aggressive so the nature of my work is different. I get to enjoy more of my personal life.

You live here with your wife, right? Is she also from Bangalore?

Ok, so there are a lot of stories connected to Bangalore that bring me here.

I met my wife Neetu here, in 2014. When I left for Mumbai is when we developed a relationship.

Bangalore is a great place for you, then! When did you guys get married?

In 2016. By the way, she’s a Christian and I’m a Hindu so it was a tough task to get the families together.

Do you want to tell us that story?

We met in the same office, she’s also a financial analyst. 

At the time, we didn’t speak so much, just professional interaction.

When I was leaving the firm is when we started chatting with each other. And that transformed into something else and led to us figuring out that we had a lot in common, especially our aims and ambitions. 

We thought we should give it a shot. I never proposed or asked her out, I directly asked her to marry me. Within like three months of us interacting like this.

And she said yes?

Actually no, she didn’t say yes. But she didn’t say no either. 

I mean I’d faced rejections a lot in the past so I was pretty good with handling it. I told her I didn’t want an answer immediately, and asked her to think about it.
I told her to forget about the religion bit. In her head head, this seemed impossible. But I still had hope.

And it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.
Maybe I spoke well with her father, because when I spoke to him, he didn’t say yes, but again, he didn’t say no. Which gave me even more hope.

Slowly, things changed, and as soon as her father said it was fine with them, I didn’t waste any time and married her.

All this happened in a period of seven to eight months.
In November I told her how I felt, in Jan she reciprocated, and in March I spoke to her father. We were married by June!

How come you guys decided to move to Bangalore from Mumbai?

To be frank, I’m a greedy man. If someone offers me a 30% hike over my previous salary, I’d just go for it.

I rejoined the same firm I used to be a part of in 2013, because they wanted to work with me again.

And then I thought of the other possibilities that could happen. If I move to Bangalore, I was going to stay in Indiranagar and that would be close to Toit.

When we were searching for places to rent, one of the criteria was their distance from Toit. 

And I ended up getting a place nearby, thanks to a relative. So there was nothing to think about, we just moved here.

When you guys aren’t working, what do you do when you have some free time together?

Well, we both are lazy. But in our free time, we try to learn how to cook new things because both our mothers are fantastic cooks. She’s more inclined towards desserts and I am good with non-vegetarian dishes.

We’ve definitely gotten better over the years. 

What about the future excites you?

I’ve been chasing the people at Toit to let me inside the brewery.
I said I will work double the hours, and for free! All I want in return is a few mugs of beer in the evening. 

I’ll come here all my holidays, and I’m not afraid to pull a muscle hauling sacks over my back.

And what does your wife have to say about that?

The best part about her, is that when I started dating her and told her that I love her, I happened to mention that she’s not my first love—beer is.
And she was fine with that. So it all worked out.  

Every weekend, I come here for a couple of hours, have a few beers, and that’s my ‘me time’. And she’s totally cool with it.

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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

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