Top 5 Reasons To Love Fall

Fall has arrived. Gone are the days of the Summer heat and sunshine, patios and beach time. But instead of mourning Summer’s passing, we’d like to encourage you to get on the Fall bandwagon and enjoy what this season has to offer, before the blustery, cold, snowy days of Winter are upon us. Here are our top 5 reasons to love fall:

5. Sweater Weather

Yes, this time of year is all about getting back into jeans and big, warm, woolly sweaters. Of course there is the occasional scarf or toque on the extra chilly days as well. Oh, and don’t forget about the sweat pants and flannel pjs for evenings in with Netflix!

Top 5 Reasons to Love Fall: #5 See, even the penguins are into sweater weather.

See, even the penguins are into sweater weather.

4. Changing of the Leaves

Who doesn’t love nature during these Fall months? The changing of the leaves can be absolutely spectacular during this season. Road trips can lead to fantastic scenery and you don’t have to drive very far to escape from the city and discover a quiet forest or park to relax in.

Top 5 Reasons to Love Fall: #4 The gorgeous colours of Fall

The gorgeous colours of Fall

3. Comfort Food

Chicken Pot Pie, Bangers and Mash, and Fish and Chips, oh my! Because we’ve been eating salads and trying to stay trim all summer, but now is the time to indulge in those delish British dishes and maybe add a little extra gravy while we’re at it.

Top 5 Reasons to Love Fall: #3 Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

2. Beers

It’s a time for stouts and porters and of course, pumpkin ales too. Seasonal beers this time of the year are always interesting and tasty. And of course Fall is the season of Oktoberfest, with events going on all over town and the world!

Top 5 Reasons to Love Fall: #2 Sam Adams OctoberFest seasonal lager in a festive stein

Sam Adams OctoberFest seasonal lager in a festive stein


1. Warm, Cozy Duke Pubs

If you’re not out and about enjoying Fall’s lovely landscape, then the next best place to hang out during this time of the year is a warm, cozy Duke Pub. We’ve got plenty of comfort food and of course beer, and sometimes there’s nothing better than heading to your neighbourhood local to see some friendly faces and enjoy some great conversation in a comfy booth.

Top 5 Reasons to Love Fall: #1 Warm, cozy Duke Pubs

All we’re missing is you!

Get Acquainted with the Duke’s Fall Cocktails

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler but that doesn’t mean cocktail season is ending. Luckily, the Duke Pubs have put together an impressive menu of soon-to-be classic cocktails for this September to help ease the transition from our patios back to your favourite spot at the bar.

This photo credited to Jeff. S.
This photo credited to Jeff. S.

The Duke Pubs take cocktail creation very seriously and their Cocktail Committee (CC) meets several times a year to discuss the trends in the industry and to report on any new and local products that have been discovered. Let’s take a look at what the CC has created for fall.

Donnelly’s Cricket

A favourite of Cindy Simpson, Executive Vice President, this decadent cocktail might get you in the mood for the holiday season months before the snow starts to fall. But if you’re worried about ordering a cocktail that is too sweet for your taste buds, fear not — the generous kick of Courvoisier balances out the flavours.

Old-FashioCollingwood Canadian Whiskeyned Collingwood

Based on the classic cocktail, the CC decided to include a local whisky. Collingwood Canadian Whisky, crafted in Collingwood, Ontario was chosen thanks to its unique finishing practice, largely attributed to sugar maple trees found in the area. The result is a whisky with vanilla, caramel and butterscotch aromatics, with a warm and sweet finish. The team swapped sweet vermouth for homemade cinnamon syrup which might make it the perfect post-dinner cocktail this season. Oksana Salamaszek, bartender at the Duke of Westminster, is the mixologist behind this great beverage.

Orange Bulleit

Of course bourbon needed to show itself somewhere on the fall menu and Candice Salkeld, General Manager at the Duke of Westminster, knew just how to do it. This cocktail combines Bulleit Bourbon with orange juice and homemade sour mix. A Captain Morgan’s Dark Rum float, is the perfect finish to this already delicious cocktail.

The Copper MooseDillon's White Rye

Ever heard of Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers? Well you have now. This distillery based in Beamsville, Ontario is becoming well-known for taking local food and grain and turning them into delicious, premium spirits. They also make delightful homemade labels for their bottles, which I really dig. One of their most popular products is their white rye, which the CC fell in love with and after mixing many a cocktail to find just the right recipe, they created the Copper Moose, a Canadian take on the Moscow Mule. You’re going to love it!

Pie & Ginger

Last but not least, the Pie & Ginger. This cocktail takes everything you love about fall and pops it into a highball. Created by Julia Glanfield from the Duke of Kent, prepare yourself for hints of apple pie and maple syrup finished off with candied ginger.  If you are still craving a slice a pie after this cocktail I’m all out of ideas.

So no need to feel glum about the changing of the seasons – as long as you’ve got the Duke Pubs around, you’re going to be just fine. And don’t forget to tell your bartender that Lizzie sent you.