Sonja Magdevski’s Babi’s Beer Emporium and Tasting Room
Moves to Casa Dumetz Wines-Adjacent Los Alamos Storefront
— Re-Open as of Labor Day Weekend 2014, Babi’s Joins Sister Sips Purveyor, Casa Dumetz, in Neighboring Retail Space featuring Outdoor Patio and Elevated “Bar Snacks” —
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 – Los Alamos, CA – Casa Dumetz Wines owner / winemaker Sonja Magdevski’s Los Alamos beer venture, “Babi’s Beer Emporium and Tasting Room” (facebook.com/babisbeeremporium), has relocated and expanded: The craft and international beer tasting bar completed a move and relaunched Labor Day Weekend 2014, in a Los Alamos, California storefront adjoining the existing Casa Dumetz Wines tasting room (www.casadumetzwines.com). With the move to Babi’s new home, comes a sunny, outdoor beer garden and a kitchen that will eventually be turning out a light, but foodie-focused “bar snack” menu.
Sonja and her partner in all things wine and beer, actor / writer / director, Emilio Estevez, launched their boutique winery project, Casa Dumetz, in 2004, when the couple first planted Pinot Noir vines on the land surrounding their Malibu, California home. Ten years later, Casa Dumetz has reached a small-lot, handcrafted wine case production of just over 2,200 cases, including their Malibu Coast AVA Pinot Noir, as well as a host of Santa Barbara County wines focused primarily on vineyard designate Rhone varietals.
Sonja and Emilio opened the now-bustling Casa Dumetz wine tasting room in Los Alamos, in 2011, in Babi’s original location. Once Casa Dumetz outgrew its initial tasting room space, the couple moved it down the street to its current location, leaving room for the opening of Babi’s Beer Emporium, in late-2013. Babi’s is a tribute to Sonja’s effervescent grandmother, Babi Ilinka who, as Sonja relates, “…was…an incredible cook who had a slight of hand when it came to feeding people and a heavy hand when she shared stories over hot whiskey.”
Babi’s Beer Emporium features a revolving selection of craft beers on tap, as well as a carefully-curated collection of large-format artisan beers from both domestic and international producers. Guests may sample current tap beers through beer tasting flights or single glasses, and may also purchase bottles to go, from Babi’s artfully-displayed – and rapidly expanding – retail section.
Babi’s popularity with both Santa Ynez Valley locals and visitors, alike, prompted the move to the new location which carries a larger footprint, and also houses a kitchen and an ample outdoor seating area. Joining Sonja and Emilio in Babi’s new home, will be a community of local food crafters including Alessio Carnevale of “Gemelli Gelato”, and James Sparks of “Another Bread Company”.
Alessio, Gemelli Gelato owner and gelato-maker, originally hails from Calabria, Italy. With Gemelli Gelato, Alessio meshes and displays his love for, and mastery of, one of his homeland’s iconic frozen delicacies with his now-California roots, through artisanal gelato made with some hyper-local ingredients. At Babi’s new location, Alessio will feature a rotating roster of seasonal, signature flavors such as Santa Barbara Pistachio and Lemon Zest, Roasted Coconut and White Chocolate, Honey and Lavender, and Fig Sorbetto, introducing new creations on a regular basis. Gemelli Gelato is also available via custom order for catering and events, both large- and small-scale.
“Fermentation” will serve as one of the ties that binds the Casa Dumetz wines with Babi’s beers, and Babi’s new bar snack menu: To this end, on the savory side of Babi’s new kitchen, will be James Sparks, Another Bread Company owner / baker, a Santa Ynez Valley artisan bakery (www.anotherbreadcompany.com). Initially launched as a home-bakery in June 2013, Another Bread Company will bring its baking platform to Babi’s, turning out a handful of baked goods – all of which begin with James’ naturally-occurring wild yeast starters – and eventually, higher-end, craft food, bar snack treats made specifically for Babi’s and Casa Dumetz.
In accord with Another Bread Company’s mission to keep things “real, local, natural and organic”, Babi’s menu items will also showcase as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible. Babi’s bar snack menu, once introduced, will start with simple offerings, like Another Bread Company’s hand-made soft pretzels, pretzel buns and organic, artisan bread loaves, and will continue to organically grow as new items and producers are added to the line-up. Casa Dumetz Wines and Babi’s Beer Emporium will also expand upon their popular, regular event schedule, with additional special events and dinners (details to be announced).
Casa Dumetz Wines and Babi’s Beer Emporium are now located at 388 and 380 Bell Street (at the corner of Centennial Street), Los Alamos, CA 93440. Babi’s Beer Emporium is open Thursdays, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM; 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fridays and Saturdays; and 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sundays. Morning bagel service will be available on Saturdays and Sundays, starting mid- to late-fall 2014. Babi’s Beer Emporium’s outdoor beer garden is dog- and kid-friendly. Free street parking is available in the neighborhood.
To reach Babi’s Beer Emporium directly, please call 805.344.1911. Babi’s Beer Emporium is on Facebook at facebook.com/babisbeeremporium. Casa Dumetz Wines is on the Web, Facebook and Twitter, at www.casadumetzwines.com, facebook.com/casadumetzwines and twitter.com/CasaDumetz.
For more information about the Babi’s Beer Emporium relocation and relaunch, please contact Anna Ferguson-Sparks, Stiletto Marketing, at 1.877.327.2656 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sonja Magdevski’s Babi’s Beer Emporium and Tasting Room