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

Beautiful property, beautiful future

7328 S Windermere Street, Littleton, CO 

This past week, our own Sara Destiny Garza put a fantastic listing in Littleton under contract -- one with a beautiful future ahead of it. Located at 7328 S. Windermere Street, the property features 2.12 acres of park-like land right along the Highline Canal, a popular walking, biking, and horseback riding trail that connects the Denver Metro Area. The land and its location are what Sara says made it a “perfect candidate” for development.

“My favorite part about real estate is watching the transformation from when land or older homes change to gorgeous new homes for new families to spend their time together in,” Sara says. “When I first visited 7328 South Windermere, I could feel an enchanting calmness from the beautiful acreage located right on the High Line canal, surrounded by mature trees. I immediately knew it would be the perfect candidate for someone to redevelop and take advantage of the flexible zoning and superb location, so close to downtown Littleton and next to an amazing trail that can take you miles away.”

Ever since, Sara has focused on marketing the property by both traditional means and unique tactics targeted at developers. And all the hard work paid off – the property is now under contract with a plan for the development of new homes.

“With every new sale is a new lesson,” Sara says, “and this one will be a fantastic journey watching the development process from the inside out.”

Sara Destiny Garza, (720) 499-4937,