What’s In My Beer?

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Here it is! The class you always wished you had, but didn’t. The one for which you’d have perfect attendance, perfect scores and would be present at all the practical classes, field trips and group study sessions. Welcome, to your very first Beer 101.

Ingredient number one: Water

water

You’ve always heard people griping about how things were so much better in the ‘good old days’, but as it turns out, they might actually be onto something.
They’d be right about beer for starters. Back in the days when ‘once upon a time’ was present day, beer was actually the preferred beverage, trumping even water in terms of preference and value.

That’s mainly because the brewing process involved in making beer ended up making it a lot safer than regular water to consume. Also, beer contains a whopping 95% of water, which we think probably makes it the logical next best option to water itself.

Plus, who’re we kidding!? Who ever needed justifications for choosing beer over water?

Additionally, the minerals found in water add to the flavour of the beer.

Additionally, the minerals found in water add to the flavour of the beer. That’s why the local beer you’d taste in Scotland will probably differ in taste if brewing was attempted say, in America. Take the example of Dublin, which is home to some mineral-rich hard water, making it perfectly suited for making Stouts. And that’s why we have a hugely popular stout like Guinness coming out from there.

However, if you’re ever likely to try your hand at brewing, just remember that anything apart from distilled water will do. The thing with distilled water is that it takes away a lot of the naturally occurring minerals from the water, and this is ideally not what you want happening. Filtered should do just fine.

Better still, you could just come on down and taste one of our many brews. No pain, full gain!

Ingredient number two: Yeast

yeast

Admit it! The last time you ever cared to know anything about Yeast was probably during school when you studied the ‘Pasteur effect’ or some such thing and had to sketch a cell-diagram of it to submit a completed lab record, so that your merciless Biology  teacher would give you a passing grade in that damn Bio exam. For all those times you questioned why the blasted microorganism ever existed in the first place, you will now finally receive a satisfactory answer.

Considered possibly one of the first domesticated organisms, Yeast has been in use since the Ancient Egyptians, to bake bread and consequently, ferment alcohol. Yeast is the sole ingredient that makes the fermentation process possible. These guys consume the sugar created by the malts (coming up shortly) and produce alcohol and carbon-dioxide, which is essentially the process of fermentation.

But even this process requires a specific type of yeast, depending on the kind of brew you’re aiming to create. Broadly, you have three types.

But even this process requires a specific type of yeast, depending on the kind of brew you’re aiming to create. Broadly, you have three types.

Top-Fermenting yeast, a term commonly used to refer to the yeast strains used for brewing ales specifically, are called so because during the process of fermentation they rise to the surface, and the result is a very thick, rich yeast head. This kind of yeast is also used for brewing stouts, porters and wheat beers, among others.

The second type would be the Bottom-Fermenting Yeast, and these refer to Lager yeast strains. Again, the names come from the fermentation process, wherein these guys, due to less surface foam, tend to settle at the bottom of the fermenter. The Pilsner is one of the examples of this kind of fermenting style.

And the third kind, the Spontaneous Fermentation, where the beer is left open for the wild yeast or naturally occurring yeast to work on it. Usually, you would not want these to get involved in your fermentation process, unless you were looking to create a Lambic style brew.

Your bio teacher is about to become just a little happier, because from this moment forth, whether you like it or not, knowing that yeast is an absolutely integral ingredient for making your precious brew, is going to make you look at yeast in a different way. And without a microscope too!

Ingredient number three: Malts

malts

If the shake was the first image that formed in your mind, stop reading. You might just be a bit too young for beer ed. If you’re of legal age, then it’s time for some education.

Where beer is concerned, Malt is the product that is acquired by soaking grain in water just up until it begins to sprout. When the sprouting begins to happen, the grain draws on the starch reserves it possesses and converts them into sugar. After this, the grain is dried and cured, providing the Yeast with a delicious meal of sugar and soluble starch, thus setting the wheels of the fermentation process in motion.

The grain used is largely dependent on the brewer’s personal choice, but barley is the traditional favourite.

The grain used is largely dependent on the brewer’s personal choice, but barley is the traditional favourite. Rice, corn, wheat, oats, etc., are among the other forms of grains that are also used, and sometimes are the preferred choice for a particular kind of beer style. Sometimes though, these alternate grains are used to cut costs in the brewing process and this becomes apparent in the resulting beer quality. Moral of the story: if you want good beer, use good quality grain. Pure and simple!

Ingredient number four: Hops

hops

They’re not related to the hippity-hop although we kind of wish they were. Something about giant, bright coloured bouncy things seems to go so well with beer. But we’ve seen reactions similar to the ones people have on hippity-hops after they’ve tried some of our brews. And I think for the moment, we’re content with that.

Hops are distant cousins of the famed bad ass, cannabis.

Hops are distant cousins of the famed bad ass, cannabis. They’re the country cousins. The more tame, docile ones, but who can occasionally stun you with their wild sides. Think of beer then, as the wild side of these cone-like flowers, that come from the vining plant.

Hops are the ingredients that give beer its signature bitterness. But that’s not their only role. They also enhance the flavour of the brew, as well as the smell, resulting in what you finally consume in a beer glass. The sweetness that the sugars from the malt produce is also balanced out by the hops.

Apart from all that, hops are natural clarifying agents for the drink.

What’s that you say? You prefer practicals over theory? Well, sure. Come on by for a field visit, and we guarantee you’ll feel a lot smarter for it. Class dismissed!

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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

Guest Brew On Tap

Beachshack IPA

In celebration of craft, we’re hopped to be hosting the Beackshack IPA from Arbor Brewing on our guest tap.

This special is a surprisingly crisp and easy-drinking beer with a vesuvian hop finish, and is packed with citrus and tropical fruit aromas, making for a truly refreshing brew!

AROMA

Strong hoppy aroma, citrus, pine, sweet tropical fruity. 

ABV

6%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body with a smooth bitterness. Clean and dry finish with medium carbonation.

APPEARANCE

Pale to yellow gold colour, light to medium body ,clean and clear beer.

FLAVOUR

Medium malty mouthfeel, bunch of hoppy notes citrus, pine, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, passionfruit, Stone fruit, floral notes came through hops. Complex hops.

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

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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

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

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

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

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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.

Specials

Jack in the box

Jackfruit ale

Brewed with Pale Ale, Oat & Crystal malt, this special brew is infused with loads of fresh jackfruit, which imparts a subtle fruity aroma & flavour.

This Jack is definitely out of the box!

AROMA

Fruity

ABV

5%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body

APPEARANCE

Pale straw to very dark orange in colour

FLAVOUR

Rich malt & subtle jackfruit

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

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

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    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

    Special Herbal Beer

    Kudix Kashayam

    The brainchild of our head brewer, we’re celebrating local produce the way we know best—through a special, one-of-a-kind beer!

    Brewed with turmeric, honey, liquorice, ashwagandha and many other local herbs, this brew is an homage to the harvest season in South India.

    It’s fully local, it’s fully toit, so make sure you try this one before it runs out because you won’t find this style anywhere else!

    AROMA

    Herbal, turmeric

    ABV

    5.5%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium to light body

    APPEARANCE

    Deep turmeric yellow with yellowish-white head

    FLAVOUR

    Turmeric and liquorice notes, with a honey after-taste