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.

Measuring the safety of a neighborhood

A safe community is important to everybody.” Our own Sara Garza was interviewed on Fox 31 last week about how crime statistics impact the real estate process (check out the interview below).  As she says in the interview, understanding neighborhood safety goes far beyond looking at statistics. Here’s three tips for measuring the safety and comfort of a neighborhood before buying a home: 

  1. Drive around the neighborhood at different times of the day (including at night) to see what the activity is like.
  2. Ask a neighbor (or three) how they like living there.
  3. Check neighborhood news sites and community message boards. 

For the most accurate crime information, look to the local police department. Most departments post detailed crime statistics on their websites or provide information upon request. 

Read the full story on Fox 31's website here

Five Questions, One Broker: David Broecker

David Broecker, Broker Associate at Slifer — Denver 

What is one thing we might not know about you? I attended culinary school in Pittsburgh and started my career as a chef in Aspen. After cooking for Pete Coors one evening, I landed the Aspen route selling beer for Coors. That eventually led me into a career as a sales manager in the craft beer industry. Cooking and beer are still two of my passions today!

Local Insider: What are you currently inspired by in Denver? The development of downtown Denver has been amazing to watch; at one point I could see 11 cranes from my balcony alone. What they have done at Union Station is fantastic, and the food and beer scene in Denver is awesome!

What does a day off look like for you? A day off for me varies depending upon the season. Spring means hikes and baseball, fall always means watching football with my wife and friends.

Name one thing on your 2017 bucket list. It is crazy how fast 2017 has gone by. I was excited to spend Labor Day weekend in Aspen for Jazz Aspen. I would say on my bucket list for 2018 is to visit Croatia with my wife.

What’s your go-to spot in Denver? The Barrel Bar at Great Divide is fantastic, and you can always pop across the street to The Source for great food at Acorn.

David Broecker,,  (720) 878-2167