Pet-a-tête

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Prashanth talks about how his personal journey began when Mass joined him and Arti.

How did Mass come into your life?

P – Mass is a 4.5 years Husky. We together have him since a year and a half. He was a rescue from a shelter. This happened while I am in Ooty, pursuing my photography in a photography school there for 6 months and I wanted a pet. So, I went there looking for a puppy.

Before that I used to not like dogs and I used to be scared of them. There was a dog that traumatised me. Arti on the other hand has always been a pet person and she was pretty supportive asking me not to worry saying everything will be alright. So, I went looking for a puppy but this guy was there, he was 3 years old. His previous owners had abandoned him and could not take care of him. He was too beautiful. I called up Arti immediately and she said pick him up, she said go ahead and pick him up.

How has the shift been, from not being a pet lover and you becoming one?

P – A lot has changed since he has been with us full-time. I feel since he came into my life, I have had my own personal journey – especially about being there for him all the time. He has separation anxiety, given that he was abandoned by his owners. Dogs have anxiety issues when their owners leave them. And I experience this with him. If I leave him and go, he gets restless and anxious wondering where I have gone. He has taken me to be his master, and I struggle too – it’s really difficult for me to leave him and go. For the last one year, I have been doing nothing, I can say, I have become a full-time dad while she is at work working, travelling all around. But it’s been a beautiful journey until now. He has eased into our life and has been a tremendous positive influence in our lives.

Aarti – I think Mass has been P adventure, I can see both of them being such a good team all the time. Mass world is his and his world is Mass and it’s always good to see it. I can see the positive impact in his life. And when you actually see someone who is averse to dogs. He is all about clean everything, clean surroundings. And Mass has tested his patience.

P – I gave in, I refused to fight this and he helped me overcome my OCD.

A – Yes, that’s the truth. You know when we talked to friends, they can’t believe he is someone who has his dogs.

P – I always like this in place. My car used to be spic and span. And don’t ask now, it’s a different scene altogether. But he does not make a mess. It’s only when he is sick and you can’t do anything about his fur. That’s the way things are and you have to accept it as a way of life. And he has helped me a lot

A – he is a ladies man, and you often see that side of him here. He likes it here; he gets all the attention. The guys would like to come and touch him and he does not pay too much attention. But he steals kisses off girls. But he is different to the ladies, he likes their attention. He knows how they react.

How often do you come here?

I come here with friends. In fact, I have been coming here since really long. I know Nagraj since he was a steward.  We weren’t here for a couple of years but since we’ve moved back to Indiranagar, we come here, at least once a month or even more than that.

Do you plan things around him?

Always, we are very happy about having a neighbourhood bar which is pet-friendly. It’s a culture that’s developed off late and we really appreciate it. There are places now that are very welcoming of pets and that is a very healthy thing.

Plus, you know and it comes back to his anxiety, you leave him for just a little time also and he will be restless. We got a remark from our neighbour saying he was wailing last night. We stepped out to Bob’s Bar for just a shirt-time and he was wailing. We don’t like leaving him even for a short time, so we are happy with a place like Toit. And places like yours help us him in overcoming separation anxiety. He does not care, If I leave but if Prashanth leaves, of my god. I also leave him at my mom’s house, she lives very close and even there, my mom will have an interesting story t share by the time I come back.

And it’s interesting, even these days even our conversation is around him -what’s his food like? what are we cooking? did he eat something? Because this fluffy man right here likes variety, you try to serve him the same food and NO. 

P – he is the child of our house.

A – he is moody.

Describe his personality?

P – cute and grumpy! Very cute and he does get grumpy. And that’s wolves or husky’s traits. We call him wolfie, lovingly.

What about the weather? People often say that they can’t deal with the heat and they aren’t suited for this weather?

That is a myth. Even when I saw him in the kennel, I came back and I thought about it for a week. I looked it up and researched the topic. When It comes to Bangalore, his tolerance is as much as ours. He is indoors and under the fan, but he is totally fine. But if you take a city like Delhi, it wold definitely affect them. I thought through this a lot and if he would be okay. I figured, at home, we have marble flooring, ample balcony space. You give that kind of shaded space and they are absolutely okay.

Interesting experience to share?

We’ve got one for you from yesterday. So, I believe that a dog should never be leashed. But he is a Husky, so he is a wanderer. He is naturally inclined to run away and explore. I always look for opportunities to leave him off leash. Yesterday, we were walking, and I was telling him, that it is always so nice to see him walk on his own. So, we unhooked him, and he sees this couple standing. The girl was sitting on a scooter, the guy is standing and they are just talking. And Mass is used to sitting in front with Prashanth on the scooter. This guy nicely walks, straight towards the scooter and gets on to it. You should have looked at that girl’s face – she was like should I scream or not. And the guy is amused but scared at the same time. And both of us were like, did he really do that.

P -and usually he never randomly approaches strangers. He just walks straight. He is trained to walk towards your left in a straight line. He very rarely does that. Yesterday was something else, he just went to them, looked at them, like he greeted them with a hello, gets on to the scooter and actually sits! I had to go and pull his back. And he never does that.

A – One thing about him is he is not predictable. He has a mind of his own, and at the same time he likes his own space BUT when he wants to be in your space, he can be a bully. He bullies me all the time, bullies Prashanth’s mother all the time. He knows who he can push and test. He knows the ones who give in and mom’s usually give in. But he does not push Prashanth’s boundaries.

P – yes, he has understood that there is one master, they relate to the tone of your voice, it’s something that he has newly developed. And we are happy about that.

A – there was another incident that happened recently. We were staying in Ooty at that time. this boy, this wanderer just ran away into the village. People in Ooty and especially, they’re small villages right and they are not used to dogs looking like wolves. And so, he goes running and people are running helter-skelter, they are running into their houses, shut it because they are thinking there’s a wolf. We used to stay near the valley and people are like your dog is out there. Prashanth is looking for him, calling out saying Mass, where are you? And suddenly we look around and it’s all tea estates around and we see a tale going around the bushes, all you see is the tip of the tale moving speedily across. He was chasing rabbits may be.

Did you both live in Ooty?

No, we were there just for 6 months. I was born and brought up in Bangalore, worked then the US, came back and went to Ooty for 6 months. I was staying with a couple of guys from the photography college and it was a great place to keep a pet.

Are you continuing with photography?

I want to do it professionally, after going there I did a PG in journalism and did not do the professional photography course. Though, photography is more out a personal interest. I am mostly a travel photographer, street photographer. I am also excited about product photography, but I am not looking at anything immediately.

What about you Aarti?

A – want to take a break and just chill for a while.

P – we are at a point in our lives where we are exploring about what else.

Are you planning to take a trip?

*Break Laughs* We literally spoke about this one hour back, in fact we got late by half hour because we were discussing this and thinking about our options. So, just a road trip, take him to the beach and show him around. Take him for 10 days and we both enjoy travelling. And this will be great – because we can go with him. We can look for options now, even booking platforms give you the option of pet friendly. So, we’ve noticed that now, In India they are accepting that pets are a part of your family and people make plans around them. I am extremely happy that the management of Toit and TPR have pet-friendly sections.

P – another thing that we would like to mention is the link between beer and Mass. He is named after glassware, German Bavarian glassware at the Oktoberfest. The standard service of one litre beer, mass of beer. In my travels, I have been there 4 times to the Oktoberfest and I thought this name was ideal

A – Oh no! I love the name, the second was going to be called Might, because I love beer too.

P – And we also have another option – Stein.  If the dog is smart then Einstein if he is a dufus then only Stein

Twitter account – @MassTheHusky

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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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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.
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    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