#MyFavoriteBlock: Tyler DuBois

Tyler DuBois, Co-Founder and Co-Owner,  The Real Dill

The Real Dill is Denver’s official pickle maker. What started as a low-key pickling hobby over five years ago has since become a delicious staple in the city’s food scene. Along with his business partner Justin Park, Colorado native Tyler DuBois runs the company, which now produces several varieties of pickles (jalapeño honey dills, anyone?) and the best bloody mary mix in town. And these guys are the epitome of creativity when it comes to flavors — they even have a recipe section on their blog with clever ways to use your leftover pickle juice in marinades, entrées, cocktails, and more.

We caught up with Tyler to talk about his favorite block in Denver and what it is about it that he loves so much.

My Favorite Block: 

“My favorite block is the stretch of Federal Blvd. between Kentucky and Mississippi. This stretch of Federal is a treasure trove of different cultures. On the same block you have people roasting green chiles, serving up huge bowls of Pho, and serving up handmade dumplings! Two of my favorite places to eat happen to be on the block: 

  • Pho Duy — Pho Duy is my go to pho place. The broth is always great and they do a great job with the tendon. 
  • Lao Wang — My other favorite is Lao Wang noodle house. They are famous for their quirky service, soup dumplings, and pot stickers. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!!”

Give Back: Urban Peak Drive


There's nothing like fall to get you in the giving spirit. Help us spread the love by donating a gently used item to our friends at Urban Peak

Items needed:

  • Clothing, shoes, and boots
  • Housewares, dishes, glassware, kitchen utensils, lamps, and small appliances
  • Purses, belts, and jewelry
  • Hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves
  • Books, records, compact disks, video tapes, and DVDs
  • Collectibles, antiques, knickknacks and other giftware
  • Linens, curtains, blankets, towels, and table cloths
  • Backpacks, school supplies, and office supplies
  • Games, toys, and sports equipment
  • Hand tools and small power tools

For a full list of items accepted (and those not accepted), please visit

Items can be dropped off at Slifer Smith & Frampton – Denver’s Riverfront Park office, 1610 Little Raven Street, Suite 115. We are open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, Saturdays from 10am-5pm, and Sundays from 12pm-5pm. 

About Urban Peak.  Urban Peak provides support and resources to youth experiencing homelessness in Denver. Through their nonprofit thrift store Peak Thrift, Urban Peak employs youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness, provides vouchers for youth that allow them to obtain clothes and household goods, and raise money for Urban Peak. In fact, 100% of proceeds from Peak Thrift support Urban Peak’s services – and your donation helps make that happen. 

Donation receipts will be provided.

Thank you for joining us in making a difference in our community!

Your friends at Slifer Smith & Frampton - Denver 


Photo Credit: Kasia Serbin

Five Questions, One Broker: Lindsay McBride

Lindsay McBride, Broker Associate at Slifer — Denver

Name one thing we might not know about you. 

I’m a mom! My husband and I adopted a baby boy at birth in November of last year. Our long journey to parenthood ended with 2 ½ weeks notice before Wesley was born. It was crazy trying to prepare for a baby in such a short period of time and figure out how to hand off my business for a few months. My Slifer Team was incredible and took great care of my clients while I was out. Wesley is such a happy little guy and lights up the room with his smile. I’m loving being his mom and can’t believe he is almost a year old!

Local Insider: What are you currently inspired by in downtown Denver? 

I’m inspired by what a cool city Denver is turning into.  Growing up in the Denver area, the nation looked at us like a small cow town. Today it’s one of the nation’s hotspots and everyone wants to live here. Our food scene is incredible, new buildings are popping up everywhere, and our economy is strong. Denver is a vibrant city and has so much to offer. I love that I’m a native and have seen the transformation of our city take place. 

What’s the best new restaurant/brewery/bar you’ve tried lately? 

I really like Hearth and Dram in Union Station. It’s so fun to see all the great new bars and restaurants and what a cool neighborhood Union Station is becoming. Hearth and Dram has some delicious food and fun drinks. I also love 10 Barrel in RiNo for a new brewpub. They have an awesome rooftop, tasty beers and really yummy food. I would check it out for happy hour before fall is over! 

Tell us about a recent or upcoming adventure. 

For our first adventure with our son, we decided to do a quick trip to the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs this summer. We wanted to stay close to home in case it was a disaster with Wesley. We had the best time and didn’t feel like we were only an hour away from home. I never go to Colorado Springs and forgot how many cool things there are to do there. We went to the Royal Gorge, climbed the Manitou Springs Incline, fed the giraffes at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and spent time at the beautiful resort. It was a perfect little get away over the summer. 

What’s your go-to spot in Denver? 

My absolute favorite restaurant is Izakaya Den. Sushi is always top on my list when we go out to eat and I love the food and ambiance of Izakaya Den. We prefer to sit upstairs at the bar because the service is great and we meet fun people!  

Lindsay McBride,,   (303) 618-3622

The Beer Expert Says…

Great American Beer Festival is coming to Denver this weekend, and with it comes an incredible number of beer events throughout the city. And while it’s the perfect week to get out there and try some new spots, the list of possibilities can get overwhelming.

Our resident beer expert David Broecker is here to help. Before he launched his real estate career, David worked in the beer industry for decades, meaning he knows exactly where to go to find some of the best brews in town. Here’s his don’t-miss list for the week:

FRESHCRAFT This LoDo beer hall is loaded with fun events in the next couple days. Pop by at 9pm on Friday for a mini tap takeover by Station 26 Brewing (Denver) and Indeed Brewing (Minneapolis). On Saturday, they’ll have an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet, a 4pm tap takeover by Trve (Denver) and Green Flash (San Diego), and a 7pm tap takeover by Surly (Minneapolis).

FALLING ROCK. With over 75 beers on tap, this is a great place to go to try some new ones. They’ll be highlighting new breweries all day Friday and Saturday, including Elevation (Friday at 3pm), Epic Brewing (Friday, 9:30pm), Telluride (Saturday, 6pm), Crooked Stave (Saturday, 9:30pm), and more! Check out their full event list here.

STAR BAR. This is one of the best hidden gems in the city. Though unassuming from the outside, Star Bar is a fantastic craft beer bar inside that has a wide range of great beer. From 10am-4pm on Friday, Star Bar will be featuring its Kenny Lagers (in addition to several other lagers on tap). Then at 7pm, join them for the Curiosity Ball, highlighting collaboration projects from across the country, including Creature Comforts, Other Half Brewing, Wicked Weed, and Jester King.

And since GABF celebrates beers from all across the country, David says there’s an out-of-towner that’s worth a try. Melvin Brewing out of Utah is known for their incredible IPAs. In fact, their Melvin IPA earned a gold medal at last year’s GABF, and a bronze medal the year before. You can find it at restaurants and breweries throughout Denver, so keep an eye out and give it a try!

For a full list of GABF week events, check out this great guide from Westword.