Seven Years of Sending It

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We celebrated seven years of our boozy existence this month. (On the 5th of March, to be precise, so now you have no excuse for not wishing us next year.)

Seven years of sending it is definitely not going to be without an incident or two (or ten), and some pretty memorable events.

So, we decided to take a drunken ride (with a designated sober driver) down memory lane.
Most of it is a blur, as all good beer-related memories and anecdotes ought to be, but a select few managed to stand out.

#1 The Massive Mud Mural

In Short: Big mural, made from mud, first floor, contains beer, go find.

The Whole Story: Seen that massive mud mural that is the Toit logo on the first floor? Pretty sure you have.

The mud mural was done by a good friend of Sibi’s, and making a massive mud mural of our logo seemed like a nice thing to do. Mainly because we were still in our early days and were still kind of obsessed with our logo back then.

Yeah, this one, in case you were wondering.

That mural making went on the whole night, because once you start that thing you have to finish it, given the nature of the materials used. Anyway, some of the owners made sure they were around at 3 am when it was getting completed, so that they could pour a few pints into the mix.

A beery baptism, if there ever was one.

#2 The Spa(ce) That Shifted Shop

In Short: Spa has no water water, customers standing in towels, spa gets flooded, spa moves.

The Whole Story: There used to be a spa right next to where we are. And of course, when we were setting up, they had to endure all of the construction work and noise.
The spa used to be open till about 8 pm, and being the good fellows we are, we made sure we kept our music levels low until then, and all that was under control.

…all the customers were in towels, forming a queue to use that one functional shower. Yikes. But also lols.

Of course, through the course of constructing, we had redone the plumbing for the entire building and somewhere during this process, the plumber had screwed up.
So one evening around 7 pm, one whole side of our building had no water. And this included the spa. And they had customers, who had gotten whatever massage that requires a shower after. Some were probably in the middle of a shower!

But we somehow managed to get water running in one side of the spa, and when we went in to check, all the customers were in towels, forming a queue to use that one functional shower. Yikes. But also lols.

Although the last straw for them was probably the flooding—at some point while checking for water that evening, someone left the tap on in the spa and went home. The plumbing was fixed overnight, but this tap was open, and when they came back the next day, the entire place was covered in water.

They shifted after six months.

#3 Our First Proper Music Event(s)

In Short: Toit was young, Toit did a great band event, Toit also did DJ event, Toit grew up.

The Whole Story: We did a whole Sunday of rock bands, and there have been few events like that since.

It was our first year and we went all out inviting the cream of Bangalore’s music scene—Galeej Gurus, Thermal And A Quarter, and a bunch of other great bands.

…right before TAAQ went on stage, the neighbours complained.

Unfortunately though, right before TAAQ went on stage, the neighbours complained. So we had to stop and start and stop again.

And unbelievable as it might seem now, we also had another mad music related event the same year, hosted by Redbull, called The War of the DJs. And that night was probably the most packed we’ve ever been!

And from these varied examples, one could say that we were overly enthusiastic and experimental in our first year. Such teens!

#4 That Time Priyanka Chopra Came and Played a CD

In Short: Piggy Chops came, played her song, threw CDs, cool crowd went crazy, Arun got locked out, Piggy Chops left.

The Whole Story: Yup. This happened.
It was around the time Piggy Chops was the brand ambassador for Blender’s Pride Fashion Week and was also touring around promoting her CD. (That contained timeless classics such as ‘In My City’ and the likes!)

This was our fourth year, and the event organisers really wanted us to be a part of this.
She was covering four venues across Bangalore, and they wanted to do a 15 minute stopover at Toit, where she would come, get on stage, play her song, and leave. Yup. Play. Not perform.

Anyway, we informed our customers in advance that this would happen and it might be chaotic, and in true Bangalore style, they said they couldn’t care less if Priyanka Chopra was coming. Being all cool and all.

She walked up on stage—and the crowd went absolutely bonkers!

When the day came they decided to put out massive cut outs, digital displays and tent cards of Priyanka Chopra everywhere! There were also a whole bunch of bouncers all around.

Sure enough, around 8 pm, Priyanka Chopra showed up, looking hot.
She walked up on stage—and the crowd went absolutely bonkers! All those people who said “whatever” and that they didn’t care if she was coming, went totally wild.
She started throwing her CDs into the crowd and people were jumping over each other to grab it—everyone hated the song, but somehow everyone wanted the CD.

We’d locked the doors as well, and they’d stationed their bouncers there, so nobody was allowed in for those 15 minutes. And part of the crowd not allowed to enter was Arun, despite him telling the bouncers that he was one of the owners.

It’s ok though, he eventually made his way in through the backdoor. And before we knew it, Priyanka was gone.

#5 The First Time We Ran Out Of All Six Beers

This Is Short Only:
The month was September, the year 2017, the date we can’t remember but it was a Sunday, when we ran out of all six of our beers for the very first time.
We had to put up a sign saying we were out of beers. Lots of people walked in that day, saw that sign, and walked out.
Oh well.

#6 Making Everyone A Part Of Our Story

In Short: We expanded, we became wheelchair accessible, we had a pets section, we felt happy.

The Whole Story: We always wondered how we’d manage such a large property before we started out.
But within a month of opening, we needed to expand. We decided do a nice outdoor area, which could have a separate entry for pets.

…we decided to introduce a wheelchair accessible toilet.

This space also had a toilet that came with it, and that’s when we decided to introduce a wheelchair accessible toilet. And every property we’ve launched since (The Permit Room, Toit-Mumbai) has been wheelchair accessible. It’s become a company policy, really.

We didn’t do it out of some charitable or noble spirit, and didn’t really realise the impact of this small decision until one of our customers sent us a long and beautiful mail about how he travels all the way from Mysore to come and drink beer here, because he feels comfortable and independent.

It’s just a great feeling to know that a little something on our part makes everyone feel welcome here.

#7 Every Great Story Must Have Villain

In Short: Slimy American brewer tries to sabotage, slimy American brewer gets kicked out.

The Whole Story: We had a villain too. In the form of a rogue brewer.
This American guy who worked under our first brewer for about 2 months.

He was known to have a habit of making ridiculous claims of everything he’d done in life, and he was in Bangalore for a while trying to get work at breweries. He asked our brewer Phil if he could learn from him, and even though Phil knew he spoke a lot of BS, he let it slide and hired him hoping he’d learn something on the job.

Then Phil went on a break and this guy was holding the fort for a bit. And that’s when it all went downhill—the guy didn’t know a thing!

A whole bunch of strange incidents happened when he was in charge…

A whole bunch of strange incidents happened when he was in charge, like issues with cooling which he blamed on plumbing but ended up being him turning off some switches.
And a tank not being cleaned immediately, something Phil was extremely particular about.
So much so that when he got back, he told him bluntly that he wasn’t to step into the brewery ever again.

Of course, we asked this guy to leave and never come back too. He went on to work for another brewery, from where he was thrown out and also stole equipment, forcing him to leave India or face charges.

The last we heard of him was in some magazine interview, where he had claimed to be the sole person responsible for setting up the brewery at Toit and some other spaces. A real character.

#8 Bonus Bucket List Fact (for luck)

In Short: Story to calculate the real age of our owners. (Hint: they’re older than they look!)

The Whole Story: We opened our doors on Sibi’s birthday, fulfilling a collective dream that him, Mukesh and Arun had of launching the brewery before they turned 30.
Mukesh being a year older than Sibi was already past the point. Arun, who is six months older than Sibi, was also 30 before the launch, but we did register on his birthday, so there’s that.

…right in time, on Sibi’s 30th birthday, at 5:30 pm, we were officially open.

But right in time, on Sibi’s 30th birthday, at 5:30 pm, we were officially open. And we got to check that one off of our little brewery bucket list.

These are just a few of the many, many stories. Come by and have a beer with us and we’ll be happy to tell you more.
For those who’ve been around for all or any of these memories, thank you for your loyalty and patronage. And for those who are new to the adventure, we can’t wait to make more boozy memories with you. Cheers!

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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

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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.
    • 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