Opened in August 2019, Trout City Brewing is located at 132 St. Anthony St. S., Preston, Minnesota, inside a 130-year-old former bank building. Anita and Andy Bisek purchased the building in order to remodel it and preserve its history, but the idea to open the brewpub came about quickly thereafter and their son Curt, who was an avid homebrewer, became the head brewer. Trout City Brewing operates on a 2-barrel brewing system with four fermentors and produces a lineup of beer that includes Easy Rider Blonde, St. Anthony Pale Ale, Egomaniac Rye IPA, and Stout It Out Loud Stout. But being a brewpub, they also offer guest taps and a simple food menu too.
The South Branch of the Root River runs through Preston, Minnesota, a town of 1,300 people that bills itself as “Minnesota’s Trout Capital” and sports an eye-catching 20-foot long trout statue along Highway 16. The river is rated in the Top 100 Trout Streams in the U.S. and supports populations of Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. The Biseks named their brewpub Trout City as a nod to the great trout fishing on the Root River.
“My husband Andy and I started Trout City Brewing with the idea of bringing craft beer and food to Preston in a fun and welcoming environment, as well as breathing life into an iconic old brick building,” explains Anita Bisek. “We love beer, people, and especially our town of Preston. Our intent wasn’t to run Trout City Brewing long term but to incubate the business and then hopefully enjoy our signature beer sitting on the customer side of the bar!”
The building includes the brewery taproom, an adjacent beer hall that opens up onto a patio, and a second-floor apartment that can be rented out or used by the owner.
Photos by Louis Livingston-Garcia
You can find out more information about Trout City Brewing by reading the Now Open (Or Damn Close) article published by The Growler in 2019 or by watching a video tour made by a Rochester-based commercial real estate agent.