Rice County dining: Brew 56

By Cathryn Cavazos Sterling, KS – March 6, 2018, 10:35 P.M.

Cathryn Cavazos, junior, and Will Dutton, freshman, students at Sterling College, are on a mission this spring semester. They are sampling some of the best foods in Rice County, including pastries, pizzas and drinks. Their hope is to make food sampling tour a tradition with a purpose of spotlighting new or growing restaurants in the area.

This week, I (Cathryn Cavazos) went and sampled a trendy new hot spot in Lyons, Kansas. Owned and operated by Mark Clark, the assistant professor of music at Sterling


College, the coffee and tap house, Brew 56, opened its doors last November. Though, drinks are not all what this place has to offer, pizza is served during lunch and dinner hours, (sampled by Will Dutton in the next part of this series) and pastries are served all day. To get a good variety of what they have to offer, I headed to Lyons to sample a hot drink, a cold drink and a pastry. From the moment I walked through the door, the vibe reminded me of the cool hipster kid you would see walking around campus in tight jeans and a beanie listening to a band you’ve never heard of with a mustache tattooed on his forearm, but all in the best ways. Brew 56 offered a very chill and relaxing atmosphere. There were couches and chairs to sit in as well as regular wooden tables. Signs hanging up on the walls reminded customers of the “Route 56” theme of the shop, which is a route that runs through central Kansas and the shop’s namesake, and there is even a map of Kansas on the wall for new patrons to place a bottle-cap on the place they were from.

My first order was the hot drink. I ordered a small vanilla latte with no whipped cream, which totaled to $2.95. The latte was served to me in a small white cup with a cool “Brew 56” stamp on the sleeve. The drink itself was sweet, warm, creamy and perfect for a chilly February morning. The vanilla was the dominate flavor as there was not much “coffee” to taste, but as somebody who enjoys her drinks just a little bit sweeter, it was something that I loved and would order again.

My second order was the cold drink. I ordered a small caramel frappuccino, also without whipped cream, for a total of $3.25. There are always high expectations for this drink for me personally, as it is one of my very favorite types of coffee. However, all thoughts of Starbucks flew out the window as soon as I took the first sip. Like the vanilla latte, there were no signs of coffee flavor as the caramel encased the ice for itself. It was very sweet, but it was also very delicious. How they got an iced drink to feel smooth I will never know, but I’m sure glad they did.

My last item from Brew 56 was a coffeecake. The coffeecake itself was about the size of a deck of cards with a total cost of $2.00. Normally not one for pastries, I was surprised by how much I truly enjoyed it. It tasted fresh and homemade and it was almost as if it had just been taken out of the oven. It did not have a lot of icing on it, but it also did not need it. The flavor offered just the right amount of sweetness. It was a wonderful way to top-off to the morning! Brew 56 has a lot to offer the residents of Rice County. The staff is friendly, funny and likable and everything they serve is fresh and made with quality ingredients. If you want a place to go to relax and have fun with your friends and that is only a short drive away, Brew 56 is for you.

Brew 56

111 W Main St, Lyons, KS 67554


Monday – 7:00am – 5:00pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 7:00am – 8:00pm

Friday – 7:00am – 10:00pm

Saturday – 8:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday – Closed

Website: https://www.brew56.com/

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