Mug Holders 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.

Say hello to Vijay and Rashmi, our Mug Holders of the month who took their love for Toit to The Permit Room.

Our standard opening question—why do you think you were selected as the Mug Holders of the month?

Vijay: I think earlier it would have been the amount we drank, but now it’s the amount we come.

Rashmi: We’re here (The Permit Room) so often, and when we walk in, they recognise us immediately.

Do you guys live close-by?

Rashmi: No, we live near Hennur! *laughs* 

So you can imagine how much we love the place! It’s a 45-50 minutes drive for us. And we’re here a minimum of two times a week!

Vijay: We come with our son during the weekends, and then for the thali we come during the weekdays.

Rashmi: Or I might come with a friend of mine, or he might drop in during a site visit nearby.

What do you both do?

Rashmi: I am right now a stay-at-home mum. I used to be in the financial sector.

And you’re an Architect. How did you guys meet?

Vijay: She was my sister’s classmate. And the way we met is a long, movie-style story for another time.

Are you guys originally from Bangalore?

Vijay: I’m from Cochin. But I’ve always loved Bangalore. I have been visiting the city since I was six or seven, because my aunt and uncle live here. They’ve lived here since the 80s, and I have two cousins here as well.

So I used to keep visiting during my Summer holidays.

And when I did my architecture, like post-12th standard, I knew that I wanted to come here and do it. I’ve been here since 1998.

Rashmi: He’s lived more in Bangalore than in Cochin!

And what about you, Rashmi?

Rashmi: So I’ve lived abroad most of my life, between Dubai and Canada. I also studied in Kerala for sometime.

But I moved to Bangalore when Vijay and I got married, in 2010.

But he’s the through-and-through Bangalorean. We’ll be driving through the streets and he’ll point out places he used to cycle around as a child.

Oh! A nostalgic Bangalorean?

Vijay: Yes, absolutely!

Rashmi: Although he cries about how congested Bangalore has become, he still has his fond memories of this place.

Do you like Bangalore?

Rashmi: I do. All our friends are here, and I love Bangalore for that. Vijay and I love the city for different reasons.

For me, it’s the weather and the food!

Vijay: The food is really amazing.

Do you guys also drink here often?

Rashmi: We used to. There was a time when his office used to be in Cambridge Layout, and we used to meet at Toit after work, have a few tequila shots, and go home.

This post-marriage, and before having our son.

Vijay: I’m a beer lover though. I can’t say that I’ve always been a beer lover, but I think that once I started working I started drinking beer a lot more.

I mean, how much coffee can you drink?

Rashmi: I think my first time at Toit was after I moved to India and he threw me a birthday party there, in 2011. 

The year right after Toit opened!

Do you work with an architecture firm, Vijay?

Vijay: I had a firm, as in it was a partnership between the four of us, which we started in 2006 here in Bangalore.

It was a lot of fun, but I think I reached a point where I wasn’t enjoying myself as much. Which is why I quit.

How long has it been since you quit?

Vijay: Twelve days!

Any particular reason you decided to do this?

Vijay: I guess mentally it was a gradual thing because I was looking at making a lot of changes in my life.

And it wasn’t just about quitting the job—we’re planning on moving to Canada.

Rashmi: We never thought this was something we’d want to do, but I guess following other passions became a priority as well.

Passions such as?

Rashmi: He wants to write. He’s very passionate about it and I think he will make a brilliant writer, be it fiction or architectural journalism. 

Vijay: I have a lot of ideas but I haven’t had the time to actually sit and write.

Rashmi: The years are just flying by, so there comes a time when you have to decide to follow your passion. But this was three-four years in the making, slowly talking about it and getting to this point.

And our son is now six years old, so he’s excited too!

How was the shift for you—from a finance-oriented job to the full-time job of being a stay-at-home mom? It must be hectic!

Rashmi: It’s emotionally taxing more than physically. 

The initial plan was to go back to work, but we don’t have family here and we don’t have anyone to leave him with.

I knew I wanted to be with him, and to me it felt like the most natural thing to do at the time. Because I had created this little human being and I had to give him what he wanted at that age. 

And I think I’ve always known in my heart that I wanted to be a mother, so I knew that when I did become a mum, I would give it my all.

As the baby grows, it just gets easier and easier.

Anyone can have a child, but being a conscious parent, being there emotionally and physically, is a full-time job.

That would have made things easier for you, right Vijay?

Vijay: For sure! Especially mentally, because I would have been extremely concerned if he was at a daycare centre or something like that.

This was definitely reassuring for me. 

I don’t think I could have been half the parent, if I was a single parent at home.

Was that a conscious decision—that one of you would stay at home and the other work?

Rashmi: Not at all. For me, it was the most natural decision to be with my son. 

I said this recently to a couple who are friends with us, and who are planning on having a baby—it will not seem like a sacrifice or compromise or that you’re in some way settling, because this is your own child and in a way it’s a selfish thing in a way, because I’m doing it because I love my child so much.

Sure, I don’t get to go for the movies and late-nights out, but it really doesn’t feel like I’m missing out. 

Having a child is not the end of the world, and you have to prioritise different things at different times in your life.

Vijay: I think we’ve both gone past the phase where we want to do late-nights and party. I prefer going out and having a peaceful drink during the day. 

Rashmi: We’ve taken our son to Toit many times! Like at different stages in his life.

But we have more memories of The Permit Room than Toit in the recent past.

Vijay: She loves the food here!

Rashmi: This is my favourite restaurant. I have introduced every single person I know to this place, right from my parents, extended family from Dubai and Canada, and even my friends.

Everything in a restaurant can be awesome, like the location, ambience, whatever. But I will not come back if the food is not good. And I keep coming back here for the food!

Vijay: The cocktails here are also pretty awesome!

Is this something you both like doing as a couple? Going out and discovering places to eat at?

Vijay: Yes, it is. Also, the thing about Bangalore is that the number of public spaces is very less, places where you can hang out.

You have your standard Cubbon Park and all, but that’s it. So you end up in restaurants or coffee shops.

The thing I like about this place is that it is very Bangalore.

If someone is visiting from out of town, we bring them here. First it used to be Toit, and now it’s Permit Room.

Are there hobbies you both like to pursue when you’re not working, or taking care of your son?

Rashmi: I love baking! Pies and brownies and cakes.

Vijay: You have no idea! She’s awesome!

Rashmi: I used to have a small business from home. Once my son started going to school and I had a few free hours, I used to take orders and used to supply cupcakes and brownies to a local pizzeria.

But it got very hectic because the orders weren’t consistent and they’d come with a very short notice sometimes. 

And when you’re working out of home by yourself, with my son and the power cuts in Bangalore, I wasn’t able to take last-minute orders.

But yeah, I love baking!

And you love writing.

Vijay: I haven’t been able to do it consistently until now, because of work. But I’ve always been interested.

Post-college is when I felt I could also pursue writing as a career option. But I don’t know how soon I’ll do that.

I’ll have to take up something in Canada because we’re moving there, but I’m looking to do some freelance work initially and maybe get in to blogging and see how that goes.

But I love architecture too. So maybe I’ll write about architecture also while I work on my novel.  

Why Canada?

Rashmi: Maybe because I’ve lived there, Canada seemed like a good option.

Vijay: I’m a very outdoors person. This is what I loved about Bangalore—when I moved here I used to walk a lot. 

We didn’t have this kind of pollution and dust levels.

But Vancouver is beautiful in that way.

How does the Bangalorean in you feel about this move?

Rashmi: I don’t think it has sunk in for him yet.

Vijay: I think I’m very emotionally attached to this place. You have memories attached to certain parts of a city, and I have a lot of those in Bangalore. I’m already reminiscing a lot. 

Rashmi: We will keep visiting, we have a lot of family here!

Also, jokes aside, I’ve actually been thinking of how we can get these guys to bring Permit Room there! I’m definitely going to miss 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

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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