Craft beer shop opens in Cass Corridor

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
8 Degrees Plato opened last week in Midtown Detroit.

Dog park? Check. Yoga studio? Check. Tapas restaurant? Check. Tattoo studio? Check.

Now Midtown can add "craft beer shop" to its ever-growing list of cool amenities. 8 Degrees Plato opened Friday at 3409 Cass, right next to Iconic Tattoo and Body Piercing, which had its grand opening last month.

8 Degrees Plato is the second location for owners Tim Costello and Brigid Beaubien. Their first store opened on Nine Mile west of Woodward in Ferndale in October 2011. The new location is similar, with a jaw-dropping selection of cider, mead and imported and craft beer from around the world.

The new shop is also a bar with 16 labels on tap. Growlers-to-go will soon be available.

8 Degrees Plato store and tap room opened last week in Midtown Detroit.

Manager Scottie Kearns says the new shop will host special beer events as soon as this Saturday. Sawyer-based Greenbush Brewing will be on premise with unique and exclusive products starting at noon. Special events with Bell's and Short's are also in the works.

Kearns says the name 8 Degrees Plato comes from a brewing term.

"Plato is a measurement in the brewing process," he says. "It measures the level of sugars before the beer starts to ferment. The number eight is just an aesthetically pleasing number. ... it looks almost like the infinity sign."

Street parking is available, and Kearns says the store's customers have permission to park in the Burton Theatre lot across the street.

8 Degrees Plato beer store and tap room opened last week in Midtown Detroit.

Besides alcohol, 8 Degrees Plato sells locally made foods like jams from Beau Bien Fine Foods and McClary Bros. drinking vinegars.

Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.